Saturday, September 18, 2010

Decorating: Fall Decor

Some of the newest additions to my Google Reader have been decorating blogs. Now that the house is pretty much all in order I'm really excited to finally get to decorate. And since Fall is my favorite season I'm loving all the fall decorating posts that have been showing up. So I thought I'd join the trend and give you a look at what I'm doing to make the house look good during my favorite months.

My in laws got us some lovely decorations toward the end of last fall when they went on vacation. I adore this little pumpkin - for some reason I get a Cinderella's pumpkin coach vibe from it. The little candle inside is a little battery operated tea light. The back side of this actually have a turkey image on it (I'll get a pick when I put out my turkey day stuff - promise), so when November gets here I'll just turn it around.
I actually picked this up at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago for $1.00. The little old lady who it belonged to was really happy I was getting it - she actually said "oh good! someone is buying my planter!" Cute, right? I saw it as soon as we got out of the car and loved it right away because to me it looks pumpkin-ish, so I had to have it. I think I want to get some small gourds to put in it but I haven't had a chance yet.
These are also from my in law's vacation last year. I love them, I think they are so cute. They are a deep orange color with a little bit of a black-ish tint to them. I have them on this awesome window-shelf we have between our kitchen and living room (I need to show you all this!) so you can see them from all sides.
I got this a few weeks ago when Doug and I went shopping. It's from Prairie Gardens (I think this is a Midwest chain maybe?) I loved this as soon as I saw it. It is such a simple, clean item and a new take on using a pumpkin as decor without it being the traditional item. That's actually a deep purple (formerly raspberry scented but too old to smell) candle inside that I've had forever. I wanted an orange candle at first but already had the purple, so I just went with it.
I actually just got these today - from the Dollar Tree! The plan is to take something at least - either the 2 small ones or the bigger pumpkin (it's a candy bowl) to work to decorate my cube. A couple girls were decorating yesterday and told my friend and I about the great finds they got from DT - so I had to check it out when I went out that way to grocery shop today. I might take all 3 to work and just see what fits and then decide. And whatever doesn't go in the cube will find a home as my casa - I can't have an orphaned pumpkin - I love them too much!
So that's a quick look at some of what I've got. I'll have more coming soon - including some incredible pieces made by my very own in laws!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blog Journal Day 9: Something You Are OCD About

The shorter list here might actually be "What are you NOT OCD about?" Seriously at times I really do think I have OCD - I'm that bad. I once saw a silly little online graphic that said "my OCD is so bad I have CDO - cause that way the letters are in order" - yeah, that's me.

But, I decided to make myself follow the rules tonight and just give one example. So you're getting the one I'm the worst about - checking to make sure doors are locked. I will check the back door 10 times before I go to bed - I even shake the handle just to be sure.

Issues? I haz them.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blog Journal Day 8: A Photo You Took

For those of you who looked at the actually Blog Journal list I posted in the first post you may have noticed that I skipped a post. The first one I skipped is "a photo that makes you angry/sad" - I'm skipping this because I have no desire to spend energy thinking about something that I know makes me unhappy. Plus I fully plan to skip any other posts I just don't feel like doing. My blog, my rules - right?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blog Journal Day 7: A Photo That Makes You Happy

I took this photo when we were on our honeymoon. It's the sun setting over the Mississippi River. It makes me think back to the fun that we had on our trip.

It also makes me think of all the other "sun setting over ____ body of water" photos I've taken over the years. I could probably fill an entire photo album with sunset over water pictures. Photography is a major love of mine and I love getting to snap these pics, as it is an opportunity I don't really have here at home. I can't wait for the first time I can take the new camera somewhere and snap some pictures.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

In The Bag

I stopped at the store on my way home from work today to grab a couple of things. The store I was at has these little cards you can get and have scanned whenever you use a reusable bag - for every so many times the card is scanned you get a dollar in store coupons.

So the girl asks if I have a store discount card and I say "yes and I have the bag and card too" and point to the bag and card and put it on the counter. So she scans my items, my discount card, and my shopping bag card. Then she goes "did you want this stuff in the bag?"

Seriously? Um, that's kind of the point, isn't it? Yeah, I do.

Anyone else hear questions like this when they use reusable bags?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy Fall!

In my head September 1 = fall. So happy fall!

Bring on the pumpkins, apples, college football, and cool weather!

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