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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Little Autumn Decorating

I got rather inspired after reading Sarah's blog. She's been drying larkspur and grass. I need to remember to make a note in my gardening notebook to be sure to grow more flowers and foliagefor drying next fall. I would like to be better prepared next autumn.

Because I needed to make a door wreath for the main entrance, Ashley, Hamlin, and I made a trip in to Anderson to visit Hobby Lobby. I needed ribbon and a couple of "somethings" to design a wreath around.

Be sure to click on the picture to see up close.

I really loved the oval shaped grapevine wreath. I grew straw flowers this summer and was richly rewarded with lots of crunchy blooms which add great accent to the "couple of somethings"I had to buy.
"I will bless the Lord at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:

The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.

I'm so thankful for yard sales and thrift shops! It is sooooo much fun to search for buried treasure! It is thrilling to see how the Lord has provided over the years through these "fun" hunting and gathering expeditions.

This past weekend, we ladies (Ashley, Thelma, and I) went yard-sale-ing. We had so much fun, I wish you could have been with us!

At the very first sale, we found this old quilt. The lady selling it told us her mother-in-law made it about 75 years ago, and her husband remembers sleeping under it. It is entirely stitched by hand! It was sewn in lengthwise strips. I consider it a special find. Can't you imagine it atop one of those old metal-framed beds with the squeaky springs, concealing three or four wriggling little boys huddled up to keep warm? It it needs a little patching, then I'll wash it on the "hand-wash" cycle.

Now, it takes a real visionary to see the potential here~but my friend, Marmee has a plant stand just like this one (only fixed up). Maybe I can persuade one of my dear sons to prepare it for a new coat of paint.
I love old suitcases! They are so nice to store things in.

I informed my family that I felt a need to be prepared to travel in case they decided to send me for a little trip to "Happy Dale". (They wouldn't DARE!)

I found this old suitcase and the hand~painted pilgrim couple at the same house. The people I bought them from were very nice.

Here they are on the kitchen mantle. They are just what I wanted.

My parents grew the Indian corn some years ago, and I keep it from year to year stored in plastic bin, otherwise, I'm sure it would attract rodents. I do look forward to the nice warm fires we will be having before long. There are few things more peaceful and comforting than a crackling fire in the hearth with the house all quiet and dark.

It's hard to believe that 2008 is winding down, as Thanksgiving time draws upon us. We have so very much to be thankful for. We still have the freedom to to what we ought to do; to look to God above and attribute to Him the glory due him.


Proverbs 31 said...

Your wreath is gorgeous!!!!!! I love the old suitcase too I have one which belonged to my Dad when he was in the navy it has definitely seen better days but I store some special things in it. Thanks for sharing have a great day!! Marie x

Miss Lila in Atlanta said...

Good Afternoon Sharon,
Mercy, yes, I LOVE Yard Sales! I raised our two lovely daughters on clothes and shoes and coats from Yard Sales and second hand shops. Now they are raising my 8 grandkids the same way. Isn't it fun to seek out these treasures?
I enjoy your blog and Ashley's so much.
Have a lovely evening,
Miss Lila

Paula said...

Dear Sharon,
What a delightful post! Your wreath is just gorgeous!!!! The images are lovely too. I love Autumn, it is such a refreshing time of year, a lovely break from the heat and humidity of our southern summers. Autumn is such a lovely season!

Oh yes, you, Ashley and I need to go antique shopping and to yard sales together! What a fun time we would have. I see you found some beautiful treasures on your last excursion! That quilt is gorgeous and I love that is was entirely stitched by hand! Wow! That is impressive and I cannot help but think of the joy that lady had in being able to sit and rest a bit and stitch that quilt together to warm her loved ones!

All your other treasures are just lovely and I love what you have done and are going to do with them! Your fireplace is just beautiful and I know you and your family will enjoy it's warmth!

Yes, we do have so very much to be thankful for, thank you for your encouraging words dear friend!
Love, Paula