Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall's Welcome

I've flung open the doors and welcomed fall into my home! (I know, I can't quit talking about fall! I am a fall fanatic!)

The autumn months are cozy ones for me. The colors suit my personality (though I love pinks and reds and Minnie Mouse dots!), and there's something about cool nights and smoky scents from fireplaces (well, ours is now a fake-a-roonie, so I have to ride my bike around the blocks for that yummy inhale).

Anyhoo, while my husband was out in the deep blue sea with our oldest son, I spent the weekend cleaning and setting out the rest of my pumpkins and such. I have to tell you, I have been looking at photos of fall homes on various blogs. It was about making my brain twirl. They were all so inspiring and cute and magazine-worthy. That might be my dream, but not my reality. Truly, I had to shut down the computer, lay my head on the desk, and get a grip! Oh, and be thankful!

First of all, I am not an artist nor a decorator. But, my heart has always had a love for making a cozy and welcoming home. Sometimes it's easy to try and be, or wish for, what we're not, and well, it robs us of peace and joy. Much better is our attitudes when we are content to be the woman God made us to be. Really, contentment with godliness is good!

So, dragging out my green plastic tub from the back of the closet, carefully hidden behind old jackets, I would clean a little, decorate a little. A little here, a little there, and by the end of two days my house was pretty clean and looked like fall had arrived (though it was still 106 degrees yesterday!). I had fun, and it's nice to finally have a clean home!

Most of my knic-naks were collected in Cambria on my girlfriend getaway with my BFF. We have tons of the same things because we both love fall! Every time I grasp a new item from the bucket, I say, "Ohhhh... I remember when we bought that!" For me, it's not just the decorations, but the memories that they evoke.

Below are Mr. and Mrs. Thanksgiving. I bought them years apart, and were they ever happy to be united! Problem is, I decorate in September and come November, I forget to set them out. This year, that dilemma is solved - I just put them out early! This will make up for all the lost years. :) And, why not have these darlings reminding me to be thankful a little early?

Anyhoo, last night I lit all the lamps and candles, settled into my cozy home, and watched a movie. Ahhhh... there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like...


Celina & Adam said...

I love the fall too! Someday you must take a little trip to Apple Hill in October. It is one of my most favorite places. Fall is definitely in the air up there. We can't go this year, but next year with baby in tote we are going!

Mummy McTavish said...

I have only seen Autumn twice. Both times in the same year! Once in Canberra here in Australia which took my breath away and then in the UK and Romania... Every day I woke up in Romania the leaves were a different colour! They were just starting to fall as we were leaving. Walking through the forest was wonderful, the smells, the sights, the crunch of the first leaves under our feet... I think Autumn is my favourite too, pitty I'll probably never get to see it again. (re-reading this and I sound like a little kid getting excited about Christmas! It really was that amazing for me)

Aimee said...

I'm so glad to read your comments about being content with the woman God created us to be. I am very far from being a great decorator or even a great housekeeper, and I ooh and aah at all the wonderful pictures and ideas found in blogland. But they are not my reality and I have to remind myself (sometimes rather sternly) to get away from the computer and remember that I am a precious daughter of God and I do have worth and talents. I still want my home to be a heavenly place but I mean that in a spiritual way and not really a designer way.

Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone!

Lora said...

Fall is my favorite time of year too! Your nest looks very, very cozy. And I like the thought of putting out your thanksgiving couple as a reminder of daily thanksgiving. The book they are placed by looks very interesting.