Monday, September 26, 2011

Signs of Fall

The maple along the fence 
is always the first to turn.
It's still pretty warm here in Illinois,
but the sky is gray and it's been
 drizzling rain on and off all day.

Remember the antique top hat mold I found? Here it is as a candleholder.

I am trying my hardest 
to hold off
until October 1st
before buying 
our pumpkins and gourds.
 Only five more days to go 
and my willpower is fading!

Thank goodness I can get
a little fall decor fix with the
velvet pumpkins that I got last year.

They are from Hot Skwash.
I am sure every blogger must have
posted on them last fall 
because they are so soft
with a deep rich velvet
and even better....
they last from year to year.

So for now....
the velvet pumpkins 
are holding me over.

Linking up with:


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

lol I just asked if you had the rain and I see here you do! Lovely photos, Alison...I SO love your style!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You need to see my last post....I have someth ing you just showed! Everything is fantastic!!

Blondie's Journal said...

The velvet pumpkins have my heart going pitter patter!! They are gorgeous and go with your decor so well!!

Yes, our weather has been really dreary here in Chicago and I hear we have a few more days of it. I'm holding off on the pumpkin buying, too...the squirrels always get mine and I have nothing left to carve for Halloween!!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Those pumpkins are grand! I have never seen them before. I have all my lit pumpkins out for Halloween, but I too, am holding off. I want to decorate my new porch so badly, but know I will get in the carpenters way :( I will look forward to Christmas for that!!!

Kelly said...

I love those little velvet pumpkins and have entered a few giveaways hoping to win some. I wait until October too before buying pumpkins because they do better in cooler weather. Your decorations look great.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love the beautiful jewel tones of your velvet pumpkins!! I am holding off getting my pumpkins too. Our town is having a harvest festival on 10/1 and it will be so much more fun getting them there than at the grocery store.

The enchanted home said...

What a beautiful post, fall is indeed in the air but over here we cannot seem to get down past 80 and I am longing for a really crisp cool morning. Your post was very inspirational, as you captured the essence of fall perfectly.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful Alison!
A top hat mold? How unique and LOVE it as a candle holder! Everything is so gorgeous and warm and fall-ish.....already bought my pumpkins :0 Couldn't wait!

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love the little velvet pumpkins. :D I need to make the time to decorate for autumn.....I am behind a little.....

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

It seems like we're getting into your season with the rich textures and colors! I love that needlepoint background. Yummy!

Richard Cottrell said...

Your photos are wonderful and very inspiring. I love the way you use things like needlepoint as a background. Very clever. I always love to visit. Thanks for sharing. Richard from my old Historic House,

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty Alison! Love your pumpkins...velvet, nice touch!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Those pumpkins, Alison, are so pretty. I've been admiring them for a couple of years but have never indulged myself. And your photos are always so perfect. Nicely done, as usual!

debra @ 5th and state said...

oh how i love those pumpkins, i carry them in my shop and when the big boxes arrive we have fun opening them and ooohing & aaahing

Gypsy Heart said...

So gorgeous!!!!

It's still in the 90's here ~ :-( Wayyyy too warm for pumpkins and it's driving me crazy. They'll cook if they're out now.


Pamela Gordon said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the top hat form as a candle holder. I also use putka pods for decorating as I love their colours. Your velvet pumpkins are sweet. We've been enjoying some really sunny and warm (hot) days too. Have a great week. Pamela

Linda said...

Alison I love the top hat and the candle holder. Is that potpourri?
No I have not seen those lovely velvet pumpkins before. They are gorgeous.

Babs said...

Gorgeous colors on your velvet pumkins. I'd love th have some real ones now, but it's still to hot outside and I doubt they'd last very long. I like the little dried pumpkins ?? in the candle holder.

Okie Chic said...

So pretty and your weather looks so nice it was 95 here today... I want some cool weather. Love your velvet pumpkins they colors are yummy!!

Coley said...

I love your gorgeous, rustic touches of fall!

Blog Buttons said...

Gorgeous! It's 83 here today and although I'd love to decorate for fall it's just not feeling very fall like. Perhaps this weekend. Hugs

Katherines Corner said...

oops I accidentally comment with the wrong email. Hugs!!

a quiet life said...

your photos are beautiful~

Privet and Holly said...

Love your willpower
and your photos, too!
How sweet is that top
hat mold candleholder?
xx Suzanne

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Loving all your fall decor. Thanks for joining the party!