Monday, September 9, 2013

If fall won't come to me...

I am always very, very anxious to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.  Obviously, our heat gets old after several months of 100 plus degrees, but I just love all things about this season.  I can't wait to uncover the patio wicker and enjoy my morning coffee outside.  I like putting out a few decorations, and spent some time today doing just that.  So, even though the calendar and weather tell me that fall is still around the corner, I'm jumping the gun.  Here's a few photos:

 
I bought this wall cabinet years ago in MN, and it's one of my favorite places to dress up for the holidays.
 
 
If you've visited my blog in the past, much of this will be old news.  I pretty much stick with the same old stuff that I like.  I get a kick out of all the glittery pumpkins in odd colors, they are fun to look at in the stores, but not for me.  Each year I find myself simplifying, which means more natural things like gourds and bittersweet. 
 
 
A simple little display like this is more my style.
 
 
 I have been experimenting a little with moving some samplers around.  I know someone will be curious about the large one in the center.  It is an antique.  Ellen Strick was her name, and she stitched her sampler in 1849 when she was 9.  It will be reproduced at some point.
 
 
Last year I finally got around to finishing Halloween Queen from Notforgotten Farm.  I just love her!  This year, I found the black and white checked pumpkin at Home Goods.  I'd like to make some velvet ones just like it.  Maybe next year...
 
 
This is a new design that will be ready to ship later in the week.  It's called Button Eyed Cat.  I used 40ct. Cedar Plank from Lakeside, and Tomato, Raven, Oatmeal, and Gold Leaf sampler threads from The Gentle Art.  The orange border is rice stitched over four, but can be done in cross.  I wanted buttons for the eyes, but they are also charted to look like buttons if you'd rather stitch them.  For the fob, I used black rick rack, and sewed a button on the back for a simple finish. 

14 comments:

April said...

I can't wait to decorate for fall. I may start tomorrow after seeing your post.. lol I love the new design!!!

marly said...

You little chest under that fabulous sampler is divine! After seeing the Halloween Queen, I'm sorry I sold her! I agree with your decorating style.

Margaret said...

Love your fall decorating. So pretty! Love the antique sampler! Love the new design too -- how cute is that!

Barb said...

I love your fall decorating!!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Fall decorating is the best--love the colors and the coolness in the air. I like simple--definitely not a glamour girl.

The new designs are awesome

Brigitte said...

Your fall decorating is so pretty. Love the new chart and your little Notforgotten Farm finish.
Great sampler wall!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

So very beautiful, no matter what the season :)

Nicole said...

I love all of your decorations Tanya! And your new design is so cute!!

Michele said...

love the start to your fall decorating ... and that cat is too cute!

Karen said...

Maybe this will motivate me to put up the winter snowmen and put out the fall.... somehow spring/summer was skipped!

Everything looks great... happy stitching!

Katrina said...

Fun, fun, fun!!!!! Love your fall decorations and the kitty is too cool.

Karoline said...

Your autumn decorations are lovely & I like your kitty

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I love the kitchen cabinet!

Fall is my favorite, too. Everything looks warm and cozy. Like the cute new designs, too.

Be well.

Natalia said...

Cute, cute decor, Tanya... Your home looks so cozy, I want to sit in your living room and stitch !!