Monday, October 20, 2008

It's Fall Ya'll.....

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as Autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne~
It really IS fall ya'll! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for fall to show up here at the Quill. The heat and humidity blew away on a North wind and ushered in some cooler weather. Best of all dame Autumn has opened up her box of brilliant crayons and has begun to color the landscape with bits of red and yellow. She was very kind to lend me a few leaves for a decorating project. I very much enjoyed her company all day on Saturday.
After spending some time tidying up the yard I decided to spend the day out of doors decorating my front steps. After sorting through my outdoor decor I really didn't want to do the same~old same~old but I also did not want to go out and buy anything new. What's a girl to do? Listen to the advice of her grandmother who always said, "Use what the Good Lord has given you." So I looked around God's Garden to see what kind of crafting supplies He had on hand.I have always wanted to try one of those swags over my front door and found some vine with green leaves that would fit the bill to use as a base. I had two sets of matching silk leaves that would do nicely for filler. I gathered bunches of berries, red and yellow leaves, acorns, and seed pods from darling daughters Mimosa tree to make myself some natural "floral picks".After securing the vine across the door frame and adding the silk leaves I wired on the bunches of berries using copper wire. I used upholstery thread and a needle to stitch together the leaves and seed pods, leaving long tails to tie them to the vine, hot gluing three acorns over the stitching on each one. I tied them to the vine.Using copper wire and leftover vine I wove a birds nest. I had to marvel over the fact that I had to use two hands, two knees, and sometimes a chin to hold everything into place and a bird can do this with one beak! (TIP: Don't use vine with thorns.) I think it came out pretty good. I filled the inside with some litter from the forest floor, bits of moss, lichen, and a tiny feather.I wired it to the corner of the swag and added a few springs of yellow silk flowers I had on hand. It is almost complete. I did not fill it out really full because I wanted it to look loose and natural. I may have to add some bits as the green leaves wither, we'll see. I want to add a bird but need a larger one so I guess I will be making at least one purchase after all. Somewhere I have some rusty metal letters that I want to wire in a "Welcome" message. I'll gussy up the steps a bit and then it will be a done deal. Next I'll be moving on to the flower bed next to our front gate. More fall decor to come!

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

18 comments:

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Morning! That is probably the most beautiful autumn door that I've seen this year. You should place your name on Melissa's The Inspired Room Drive By this morning. I know people would love to see what you've done!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Sandy! I absolutely LOVE this! I love that your adornments look so natural ~ just gorgeous! Happy Fall sweet friend ~ wishing you a wonderful week, xxoo, Dawn

Susie said...

Your grandmother was obviously a very smart lady! How neat that you used so much out of your own yard. It's a lovely fall decoration Sandy!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Your grandmother is so right..I love your garland!! How wonderful to take bits from nature to create such a pretty piece. Your birds nest is the icing on the cake!!

Becky

Joyce said...

VERY CUTE!! I loved what you did.
I'm STILL looking for my "Fall Garlands" I have some very nice ones I made a couple years ago and I use them every year and we can't find them in the "hiding places" this year. HA! Maybe they are in the attic?? Will have to run up there and look......blah!
Enjoy your weather and your day.
Joyce

Judy said...

I'm so glad I popped by this morning. I must get out there and decorate my front door...you have inspired me.

Beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

Just lovely Miss Sandy. Vicki Page

Cindy Is Crafty said...

really, really cute. Great job.

Shelia said...

Your fallen door swag is beautiful! You did an absolutely wonderful job!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Scrap for Joy said...

Your fall garland is just beautiful Sandy.Doesn't God give us wonderful sights in the fall? I think your bird nest is as good as any bird's I've seen. They are wonderful builders.

KathyB. said...

Love it, love it! I know just what I am doing tomorrow if it does not rain ! Otherwise I am making soup and crafting for the next bazaar ! I LOVE your ideas and the kind and generous spirit that seems to go with it. Thank-you !

Lori said...

hi Miss Sandy:) your new fall look over here is so pretty!!! i love the garland you made for your door...our fall is nearly finished and it is SO cold already...the snow should be arriving any day...ugggh...oh, thanks for the Jolie shout out!!! you are really sweet to post about it:)

Marina Capano said...

Hi Sandy! love it! nice pictures!

I hope you in my blog too!

xoxo

Marina

Southern Fried Gal said...

Simply gorgeous! Glad you stopped by and to find another AR blogger! I'm in central AR - what about you? I will be back soon when I have time to sip some tea and stay a spell!

Jane Marie said...

Your door arrangement is fabulous. Want to give some classes? :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh it's to much! I love it all. While the weather is divine here there is something in my soul that misses autumn.

Mobunny said...

How pretty!
I'm afraid I have to tidy up my yard before I can start decorating!
It will be a while before our leaves turn and then fall off of the trees, so I still have some time.
It still looks like July around here.

The "Not-So" Empty Nest said...

Sandy, I just stumbled upon your blog and so happy I did. Enjoyed my visit so much ;) I'm sure I will be visiting often!

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