Monday, October 20, 2014

Signs, Autumn and Halloween Outdoors!

 I'm enjoying the autumn colors that are in full swing in our yard.

My Japanese maples are in their glory- love shade of red they turn into.

Our area is at prime for colors and this will be all done shortly.

I rearranged the DECKorating a little bit. I combined two sets of the corn stalks together to make a fuller bunch and changed the lantern placements.  Leaves are plentiful so I made sure some are clustered into the arrangements.

I got this cute sign from an Etsy site called Daisy Patch Primitives you can click "here" if you want to see the link. 
I saw some giant signs from Grandinroad and one of them said Old Salem Broom Co. but they were too big.  Somehow I ended up on Etsy and found this little sign which I liked even better.  I found the broom at Walmart which had just the look I wanted.  I had the sign treated with an exterior clear finish so it could be outdoors.

I moved my other sign over to the wall by the back door entry.

 A week ago I cut every last bloom from the Annabelle Hydrangeas.  I trimmed down for the end of the season and I gathered every single bloom and plopped them in this large empty planter.  They were quite green yet but it didn't last long.

The hydrangeas have browned up quickly and I thought they'd look good over by the back door with this arrangement.  I moved a few things around and you may notice my little fairy on top of the pumpkins.
She used to hang on a spring like wire but as time has passed she's lost a few pieces.  I found her mixed in with one of the plants so I just gave her a new spot to set for a bit.

I have been waiting to pull out this metal pumpkin lantern.  I'm finally ready to think about Halloween on the outside.  I'll have to try a flameless candle in there.  The tea light only lasted a few hours last night and wasn't quite big enough to give a good affect.

 Looks like a witch is visiting the Olde Salem Broom Co.  They're busy making more brooms and that's a good thing because we don't want to get her angry!  She'll be needing a fresh broom in tip top shape for upcoming events!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


I was thinking of a children's party when I began this Halloween tablescape. 

 Smiling Pumpkins

and funky creepy spiders!

Lots of fun colors and even a treat!

The centerpiece is a square cachepot that I set on a crystal candle holder. Square meets round so I used the Boo ribbon to blend them together.

I used a standard coffee filter, pressed it on the outside of the clay pot with my hands, then pushed it down on the inside to make a liner for the candy! I trimmed it a tad so the pumpkin would sit as tight to the top as possible.  There was room enough for some of those miniature candy packets and chocolate bars but I chose candy corn. 

Keeping the pumpkins plain so a child could draw their own faces on them.
The hats were actually a part of a garland made of hats that I cut apart.
 The black glittered ribbon kind of dressed them up!
I painted the clay pots white since they were too close in color to the orange.

Some fun straws in a lime green swirl glass goblet

The purple napkins added a nice pop of color!
I turned the plates that normally would look square on an angle just to be different!

Imagine some 8 to 10 year old kids sitting here having some fun and enjoying a pizza party, some punch and a little dessert on the night of Halloween and then off they go to trick or treat!!

Between Naps on the Porch
Tablescape Thursday

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Fall Tour in Northern Michigan

On Sunday we checked the weather and it was promising to be a beautiful day so we made quick plans to head out for an afternoon drive to tour some of the countryside.
 The fall colors were fabulous.

We ran across this Michigan Historical sight called the Rugg Pond Dam located in Rapid City that we'd never seen before.  

These children came running to the water's edge probably looking for turtles.
Such sweetness!

The dam is nothing exciting to see other than the fast rushing water.  It was created back in 1904 by the founder of the local light and power company. 

 He reportedly had local farmers bring in wagon loads of stones to construct it.  It was abandoned some time ago and was restored and upgraded a bit. 

These two trumpeter swans were gracing us with their presence!

  Apparently this species has become endangered but are starting to make a comeback. 

 It was a pretty sun filled day and it warmed up into the low 60's which felt great!

Not far away I spotted this old barn.  I love taking pictures of barns- I need to do more of it.  So many barns are on the decline and ready to collapse these days.  The trees in the background were a beautiful mix of wonderful fall colors!  

I believe this is called a combine/harvester from the early 1900's.  I like to capture some of the pieces of old equipment like this that people put out for display.  It almost looks like a face on the left with an eye and mouth!

We crested a hill and I spotted this windmill. 

I turned around and saw this view and had to take a picture.  It was my favorite shot of the day. 

As we headed north we took a minute to visit and walk out on this scenic area overlook area.

This was the view we had when we got out on the overlook area. 

We headed up to Mackinac City but didn't go cross the bridge because there is still some bridge/road construction going on and they've got it down to one lane on the north bound side.  We just didn't want to get into any travel delays.

We slipped into Mackinac City and had dinner and purchased some pasties (pronounced pastee(s) with a short "a")  from Cunningham's restaurant to take home for some future meals.  
In case you don't know what a Pasty is 
  It's a small hand sized pastry full of meat (usually beef) potato, onion, carrot and rutabaga.
They were used by the miners as an easier way to eat their food.  My father grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and this was a staple food.  My aunt used to make them and so far this Cunningham's restaurant is the closest I've tasted without going way up north!  The owner told me she sold 700 of them since the Wednesday before to people taking them home!  We also got the breakfast version which we love on a weekend!

Our trip home was sped up by taking I75 for a while.  Where we live there is no close expressway so it's back to the county roads.   
It was a nice day and I'm glad we got out because there is rain predicted for this whole week, again!! 


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