Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Free Fall

It's Fall! Autumn. Time for pumpkin everything coming from our kitchen.

Time for crisp/cool/warm days and sweaters and a-mazing color everywhere.

Did I mention the part about how I love Fall?

Of course I love bringing my favorite season inside. I've found that after a few years of building up a solid collection of flexible, basic, timeless things for our home (almost exclusively from clearance shelves and thrift stores), I don't really need to buy anything anymore. (Though of course thrifting is still a very thrilling hobby of mine...)

Mostly, though, when I want to make a change, I just shop around my own house, move things around, try something different with what I already have, bring something in from outside (my girls love to help me out with those projects).

This year, we have lots of great little pieces of Autumn, and I didn't spend a dime.

Jim grew lots of neat gourds, which after planting the (very inexpensive) seeds, need almost no attention at all, save for watering between rains. They were really fun to watch grow through the summer.

And I got all of our corn-vase-filler from Jim's parent's farm a few years ago.
Feathers are our thing. When the kids and I are out at the park, if we see a neat feather, we pick it up. We've collected bags full of them. I hear birds are full of creepy things and diseases, but so far, we're good.

Collecting neat feathers is even more special when I display them somewhere in the house- they can honestly tell the difference between some of them, and remember where they came from.

We collected these particular feathers in one night at the park, walking up and down the edge of the lake. The ducks watched us like TV. One even got out of the water, waddled over, stood super-close, stared at us, dropped a feather, and waddled back to the water. I kid you not. The girls flipped. I'm sure it was a coincidence, but I tell you, I'm not sure. Ducks are real smart.

If you bring some gourds inside this year, don't forget to check them often! Like, I check them once a week, on cleaning day while I dust. They can get nasty with no warning... but most of them will be going strong all the way to Thanksgiving... After which I immediately throw them all out and break out the lights.
But we're not thinking about that right now. Because it's Fall. And I love it.


anne said...

FALL!!! I love it too!
Definately my favorite time of year! Pumpkin Spice Latte...need I say more?
Especially since this year summer seemed to last forever!
You always to the best job decorating!!

ps- I have those EXACT same salt and pepper shakers!!!....of course :)

Rachel said...

I thought it would never come but its here!!! I love fall as well and held off as long as I could about decorating my house but after reading this...I am already thinking about what will go where haha. You're decor is beautiful by the way!

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

My kids think feathers are the very best thing ever, too! They love collecting them, though I am not as kind as you and I make them leave them outside :)


Megan O. said...

I wish it were fall here--it's still 100 deg. outside. I love fall too and can't wait to pull out the little bit of fall decor I have waiting around in closets. Your house looks beautiful!

Molly Betsy @ Star Cottage said...

Fall is my favorite! I love how you brought some of God's decorations inside ;)

Danielle said...

I found your blog through Anne's. I've visited several times, although I've not been back for a while.

I just wanted to say I love fall too, and like you, I love bringing nature indoors! And the framed feathers are awesome. Why didn't I ever think of that? I think I'll copy you on that project!