Paul and I went to a local pumpkin patch this past weekend and picked out a big pumpkin for carving and a few smaller ones for decorating. I could have spent hours walking around (and bought many, many more pumpkins) but that's why I have Paul...he tempers the crazy.
When we got home, I got out our boxes (we have just two) of holiday decorations, hoping to find some candles. I had forgotten about those orange ones and I was excited to find a fabric and paper garland I made a few years ago by sewing freehand cut circles together with my sewing machine. Happily, it matched my felt wreath and was just the right size to drape around the frames on to the mantle.
Saturday, anticipating autumn decorating, I wrapped a glass jar and bottle in black and gold yarn (just like the black and white ones) to create a few more simple vases. I wanted something pretty neutral so they will work for autumn, but will also get me through Christmas (imagine them with red flowers!) and technically could stay out year round.
All that was missing were some flowers, and our farmer's market this weekend had huge bunches of orange ones for $3. I trimmed the stems and tons of leaves to create cute little bunches. Flowers make everything better, for sure.
At the end of October, I'll switch it up a bit (probably just with different color flowers and candles) to make it more Thanksigiving-ish (we are hosting this year so I have a real reason to decorate) and then I'll change it again for Christmas. By January first, I'll be more than ready for a clean slate, but right now, it's pretty fun.