Have you been glued to the TV, watching Irma hurricane coverage? I dread seeing the aftermath, lost lives, and destruction. We have been in constant prayer all weekend!
Since today is 9/11, those memories of lost lives are on our minds again, as well.
On the much more trivial decorating front, I’m still holding off on the pumpkin decorations. My painted gourds are a close second.
A few weeks ago, on a trip to visit Fun Son, I had a chance to shop at Michael’s. (We have no Michael’s near our home, so I HAD to check it out.)
My last stop at a Michael’s store was When We Were Struck with Wonderlust in Dallas last November. How I pine for Michael’s!
I collected burlap from my stash and some of the gourds I painted a few years ago. On my trip to Michael’s, I’d purchased the fake flowers and the basket. (Because they had a sale, which hooks me every time!)
I didn’t take in-process pictures, but I used a very basic process to build this fall basket. I spread the burlap inside the basket and let it spill over the top. I loaded the fall painted gourds, varying the colors, and placed the flower stems between the gourds to hold the flowers securely in place. White flowers are balanced against white gourds so the white wasn’t all on one side.
I was in the process of moving porch furniture during that time. Our lounge chairs on the patio played out this summer. The two cast iron chairs took the place of the lounge chairs, leaving sparse areas on the porch.
Here are last year’s fall pictures to refresh your memory.
The table to the left of the glider completely rotted and fell apart since last year.
So, off to the trash it went! The black table came from the other end, and it was replaced by the Drop Leaf Table in Mint Condition that was on the front porch.
And, of course I covered the pillows with my fall pillow covers made from thrift store shirts and sweaters. (Brought out my wool-ish scarf to use as a throw.) The lantern is home-made by our neighbor. He wired it for electricity and installed a light bulb that looks like a flame.
Did you notice I placed the one white gourd on the ground each time I moved the basket? It was extra, and I had nothing else to do but to make it look like it accidentally fell away from the group. Neat and tidy isn’t naturally my style, so something misplaced looks completely correct at my house. Ha!
I’m sure I’ll have more porch pictures when my pumpkin resistance wears thin. I do love pumpkins!
Don’t you? Have you bought pumpkins yet? (Also, are you a Michael’s fiend, like me?)