After living in South Africa for 9 years (where there are two seasons: HOT and Brrrr) I have a new found appreciation for all four seasons. And here in the Pacific Northwest we get a good taste of all of them.
But when autumn hits, there is something inside me that fires up. Maybe it’s the sensory stimulation I get. Who can’t love the brilliant colors, the crunch-crunch of leaves and that wonderful fresh fall air?
My creative juices get flowing.
And it doesn’t take much to add a little bit of seasonal flair to a space.
This year I have paired a hand painted sign I made last year with an antique water pump and crate on my front porch.
A couple rustic wreaths….
(Isn’t this one amazing? A sweet friend makes these for sale! If you are interested in buying one, leave a comment and I will contact you)
And an old ladder with orchard buckets full of herbs…..
Now my porch is a little bit of everything I love about fall.
It doesn’t matter where I travel and what I see, there is nothing that makes my heart warm like country side pastures, humble farm houses and dusty barns. For me, it symbolizes peace and tranquility. (I do, however, have a few memories of not so tranquil moments in my childhood chasing a pig down the road or running for my life from an angry rooster – but those are stories for another day!)
Not too long ago, I decided to venture into painting some of the scenes that make me so happy – and put them onto some great blown glass ornaments to hang on the tree. A few of these, a few burlap accents, red berries and some sparkly white lights, and it is country love at first sight.
I am offering these barn scenes for sale this year on a custom order basis. Each is hand painted onto a 4″ glass ornament
$12.00/each plus shipping
Orders are taken on a first come, first serve basis. I am starting early this year – and hope to be able to fill all orders before November 25. Please allow 7-10 days until shipping.
My grandson’s favorite book is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. I think it is the illustrations that has captured his imagination, as well as the squeezes I give him as we read it. Capturing imagination is what it is all about!
When I found a very tired, old cradle at a local thrift store, I couldn’t pass it up. It brought back memories of me lovingly rocking my favorite doll and doing all the things loving mommies do.
It wasn’t hard to decide what to do with this poor scratched doll cradle.
Can’t you just imagine some sweet child leaning over this cradle, rocking the object of their adoration?
This item is currently available for sale! One of a kind and hand painted! $40.00 without mattress and pillow
Bed measures 23″ long and 13″ wide with cradle feet measuring 17″.
This would also make a great photo prop for newborn photos!
Deep inside of me, somewhere under the hardworking business women and responsible mother, lies a pensive little girl, who gets giddy at the sight of a tree full of yellow, red and orange leaves – who cautiously looks around before running pell-mell into a pile of leaves and whose mouth waters at the thought of cinnamon spiced apple cider and pumpkin bread.
While I can easily ignore the urge to decorate my porch during the summer – once those leaves start to turn, it becomes a constant hum in my imagination. A hum that can easily turn into a melody that just demands that I hum along!
With that said, I say WELCOME! to Autumn – to my friends – to my family who make my life a beautiful heap of color.
While this particular sign is happy on my porch, I am taking orders for any who might be interested. Made from repurposed pallet boards, this welcome sign has a rustic charm. It measures 6″x30″ and has a saw tooth hanger at the back, so you can display it in your favorite place. I’m asking only $30.00 each, but will have a limited number that I am able to make. You can expect the finished product to be ready for delivery or collection 4-5 days from order.