I have to say…Autumn in New England really lives up to it its expectations. This year especially seems to be more amazing than ever. Perhaps it’s because this year we are settled and there’s just a little more time to stop and take notice. While watching my son play baseball at Mead Park today I took a walk through the park to admire the colors. The park sits below the train tracks and there is just something about the sound of the train arriving and departing the station that makes me feel like I’m home. It’s good to feel that way, you know?
Our front porch is decorated and lit up for Halloween with candle light and the warm glow of Edison bulbs in our old lanterns. As the days get shorter I realize that our front steps are quite dark. So I’ve added a few jars with candles and not only does it add a little extra light, but it makes a very warm welcome too! I’ve used my Sharpie paint pen on the glass door and wrote trick-or-treat at the perfect height for little ones.
It may be a little early to be ready for trick-or-treaters, but there’s plenty of candy in the stores and I loved these adorable treat sacks I found at The Container Store. Halloween is kind of a big deal in our area if you live “in town.” People come from all over to trick-or-treat with their little ones on our quaint streets that are decked out for the night on October 31st. I filled each bag with a few pieces of candy, a toy and sealed it with my tinyprints gift tag labels.
This was so easy, now I just need to get the front porch ready and add some lanterns to light the way.
This post was featured today on the tinyprints blog. I love these gift tag stickers from tinyprints.
There are more photos right here. I’m also working on a post featuring the new line of tinyprints holiday cards that gives you ideas on how to display all those pretty photo cards. More on that later, but check out the beautiful new cards at tinyprints.com.
Next time you take a bunch of grocery store flowers or a plant as a hostess gift, elevate the look with a few simple changes. The first thing I do is add a few greens from my yard to a store bought bunch of flowers. Here I added three stems of variegated hydrangea leaves. You could also add lemon leaves, holly or evergreen trimmings in the winter.
I take apart the flowers and always ask for an extra piece of clean plastic when I’m buying the flowers. I clean the stems and give them a fresh cut then re-wrap all of the flowers together. Using my Sharpie paint pen I’ve personalized the black kraft paper I’m using on the outside of the bouquet. You’ll have to play with this for the proper placement and size, of course depending on the length of the name. (I wrote the name on the large paper before I wrapped them).
I’ll be taking this plant to my nephew at college along with a dresser I found at Goodwill. Everybody needs a house plant and his apartment has great light. So next time you need to make a statement with grocery store flowers or plants, black paper and a sharpie paint pen make a big difference!
Lindsay McConville is the winner of the $100 Minted.com giveaway! Lindsay, contact me and I’ll fill you in on the details.
I have a great giveaway and it’s from Minted! I love Minted for Christmas cards, moving announcements and of course their art prints. I’ve been working on a collage wall and the Minted Limited Edition Art Print was the perfect addition to my wall. Minted is offering one reader a $100 credit to anything at Minted.com. All you have to do is enter here by Wednesday, September 11, 2013. I have an entire pinterest board devoted to collage walls and yet I didn’t have one. I almost gave up on the idea until Minted contacted me about doing a giveaway. Well of course I was thrilled and when we decided on an art print, it took me about a minute to find one that I absolutely loved. The artist is Annie Clark and it’s called Sedona. I’m sure it has a broad appeal because it’s just so beautiful, but for us, it’s because Sedona has great significance. My husband and I met in Arizona and we were engaged in Sedona. It’s so beautiful and this print truly has the essence of Sedona. Since my house is small and has a lot of windows I don’t have a huge wall to work with which I guess can be both good and bad. The reason I love collage walls is that it’s another way to have in your home the things that you only truly love. Everything has a story behind it and that’s no exception to having a collage wall. it tells a story…your story. Or in this case it tells my family’s story.
1. Photos taken in 1991 by Steve Casimiro. Steve worked with my husband back in the Surfer/Powder days and these were taken on a a ski trip to France. They stopped in Paris for a few days and some of my all time favorite photos were taken by Steve back when everyone was still shooting in film. 2. Prints from The New York Botanical Garden, a place our family has spent so much time when the kids were young. 3. The beads were collected over time at the California flea markets. Once I added the Sedona print I decided to add the silver and turquoise pendant my mom gave me a few years ago. She bought it back in the early 1970s on a family trip to Phoenix. 4. A drawing of a pineapple in a frame found at a flea market. It was drawn in ink on a page from an old book and the pineapple is the traditional sign of welcome. 5. A photo of Strands Beach in Dana Point, California. This was our beach. I took this photo a few years ago, but cropped and in black and white it seems to look as though it was taken in the 50′s or 60′s. 6. The catching snowflakes photo as we call it, was our Christmas card back in 2001. 7. The mirror was a new addition from a thrift store in Sarasota. 8. Silhouettes of the kids (2000)and me (1970), 9. I recently came across this page in an old book of poems titled, “It Can Be Done” I took it to the frame shop and asked that it be mounted on black in my $2 thrift store frame. So that’s it…now head on over here to enter!
Labor Day weekend and I while my geraniums were doing fine, I just couldn’t wait another minute to plant a few mums. I’m seeing all kinds of beautiful autumn images on Pinterest so I know I’m not the only one ready to move from summer to fall. Tomorrow I have a really great give away! I hope you’ll check back!