Wednesday, September 30, 2009

IT'S FALL Y'ALL!! AND A TABLESCAPE!!

It's a fall party, hosted by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality!! This is a wonderful way to see every one's fall decorations at one time and get inspiration to create even more. My decorating started at Crackle Barrel, as you can see from the above photo. Yes, those are my bags. And the big red one is much lighter than when I went in! I wasn't planning on doing any harm to my wallet, and then I saw that some of the fall items were discounted to make room for Christmas decorations. Oh my! The funny part is, as I was looking at the dishes, promising The Husband that I wouldn't go overboard, he started to pick up matching pieces saying things like, "You have to have the matching salt and pepper shakers."!! Well knock me over with a feather!
And look at this sweet little squirrel holding his acorns, which are the salt and pepper shakers! How cute! No wonder hubby loved it!

We were on our way to the Lakehouse, so once we got there I got busy setting up a little tablescape with my new little dishes. Nothing like playing house at my age! I decided again to use some veggies since they went over so well in my last tablescape...



Aren't these eggplant beautiful? My friend Sue, who owns the lake farm stand told me to simply roast these right on the grill as they are, no foil whatsoever. They turned out gorgeous. I sliced them in half, warmed up a bit of salsa that I had made that morning with the tomatoes I grew out behind the Summerhouse. I spooned that over and then sprinkled them with some grated mozzarella cheese. Oh, delicious!


At Cracker Barrel ,I bought the brown salad or dessert plate that has little leaves and acorns textured on them and the sunflower bowls. I also bought cute little sunflower S & P shakers, but when I saw how cute Mr. Squirrel looked with his acorns, I used those in the tablescape. The white dishes are my everyday Gibson, the napkins are from Marshall's. The tablecloth is vintage (and in need of some TLC sewing repairs).





I love this little squirrel candle holder. He is bigger than he looks, about 6 inches high and he has a nice gold rubbed finish.




I haven't done much decorating outdoors at the lake as I spend so much time in my English garden, so I picked up a few pots of yellow mums from Sue and she gave me some small bushel barrels to put them in as I don't like the containers they come in. This is my front porch. I took this picture just as the sun was coming up Monday morning. The Husband and I now stay until then and he leaves for work once we get back to Chicago.







I bought this little metal envelope container at Michael's and filled it with silk flowers. This is also on my front porch at the lake (at sunrise...)!!






This is a little grouping of playful squirrels hanging out on a candy dish and two candle holders. I am trying to remember where I bought these... it was recently and it was at one of my regular haunts. Maybe someone else has seen them. I made a mistake in my last tablescape and said that the votive holders were from Dollar Tree and they were actually from Walgreens. I apologize to anyone who went to Dollar Tree looking for them. I received so many compliments on them. This is why I am not going to guess at where I bought these.









Another view...









And finally the wreath on my front door that says Hello and Goodbye!!
Thank you Rhoda for all of your hard work organizing this party. I had a lot of fun and I can't wait to go knocking on doors to see what all my friends have in store for fall decor!! And thank you Susan, at Between Naps On The Porch for being our gracious hostess of Tablescape Thursday!
Happy Fall, Y'All!!!
xoxo
Jane










84 comments:

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

can you hear me squealing here ? I think those are just the cutest salt and pepper shakes ! I gotta go find that squirrel ! LOL

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane, I LOVE your Autumn decorations, and especially the squirrels! (I have a thing for squirrels you know!) I have the EXACT squirrel candy dish you have and I got mine at TJ Maxx, maybe that is where you got yours too? I didn't see candle holders when I got mine, but I could not resist the little squirrel! I would love to be at your lakeside home right now, it sounds (and looks) beautiful! Happy Autumn! (Way to go hubby, picking out squirrel salt and peppers!) Bisous... Julie Marie

Lori E said...

It is all so Fall. Very cute. The sunflower bowls especially. Imagine clearing out the fall stuff already. I just put it out yesterday.

Kathy said...

What a gorgeous Autumn table, Janie! I absolutely love your covered dish with the squirrel - so dang cute!!! Love it all.

Have a perfect weekend, my friend...Kathy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Jane, your fall decor is gorgeous.

I haven't been to Cracker Barrel in a long time. I think it's time for a visit!

Lou Cinda said...

I am loving all the squirrels!! And those acorn salt and pepper shakers are just too cute!! Love the wreath too and the table is beautiful!!

Have fun at the lake!! I am JEALOUS!!

Lou Cinda :)

Chari said...

Hi Jane...

Ohhh Girlfriend, I love, love, LOVE your new autumn dishes from Cracker Barrel! Why is it when I go in there...they never have dishes? Hmmm...??? I love the plates with the embossed acorns and the little sunflower bowls are just perfect with the plates...so pretty, Darlin'!!! Now...that little squirrel and acorn S&P is just too darn cute! Ohh yes, and I love your squirrel and acorn candleholders and candy dish too! Girl, you have your lake house decorated so pretty...looks like you're all ready to usher in the fall season! Pretty flowers, wreaths and flower stuffed envelopes...all so very lovely!!!

Thank you for sharing all of your autumn pretties with us today!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Those eggplants are such an incredible shade of purple! And eggplant on the grill...yum. It's one of my favorites. I make a mini eggplant parm out of it, which sounds like what you did.

And I can't believe just HOW fall y'all are already! I haven't dragged the containers up from the basement yet. :-) This weekend, for sure. 'Cause...it's like OCTOBER, y'all! How did that happen?

I love all of your little squirrels...even though they are the bane of my, and my dog's, existence. :-)

PatQ said...

Oh my gosh. I love those bowls!! And I like the plants in the bushel basket. Very cute.

Cathy said...

Pretty...pretty fall decor!!! Love it!!!

I am definitely going to make a trip to Cracker Barrel!!! You found such great things!!!!

Wonderful!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Cathy said...

Pretty...pretty fall decor!!! Love it!!!

I am definitely going to make a trip to Cracker Barrel!!! You found such great things!!!!

Wonderful!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

RobinfromCA said...

What lovely autumn settings! The S&P shakers - too cute! We don't have Cracker Barrel where I am but when we've taken road trips across country and I say "let's eat at the Cracker Barrel" there is always a groan because it's really the shopping I'm after and it's a little transparent.

I love your porch setting with the chair and the mums in the bushel barrel. It is quintessential autumn!

Robin

Janie's World said...

Beautiful fall decorations. I love those items with the squirrels on them, soooo cute. I'm trying to get motivated to go get my stuff. Thanks for sharing your stuff, I'm one step closer to getting out in front of the computer and out to the garage!

Stacey said...

It's all so pretty! Cracker Barrel was a good spot for you this week. :) I think you'll be enjoying your goodies for years to come.

Barb said...

Hi Jane,

Love everything. I think it is so funny that hubby was suggesting items to purchase. You can come set my table anytime!

I am excited about your new sewing machine. You'll do fine. I need 2 slip covers so please let me know when you are ready.

hugs,
Barb

Brenda said...

That wreath is so cheerful and welcoming at your front door. Your tablescape is so pretty. And this time the squirrels aren't wreaking havoc, just sitting pretty on the table!
Brenda

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That salt & pepper shaker is a hoot! You're making us hungry for Cracker Barrel though!
Karla & Karrie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Jane, it is all wonderful and of course, I just adore the squirrels. Everything looks so perfect for Autumn.....I know you are having fun.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I just looove what you have done...the squirrel is sooooo awesome...it's my fav!

Blessings,
Linda

xinex said...

Your fall decor is so pretty, Janie. I really like your squirrel candlestick holders with the matching covered server and your dishes are beautiful.

I would like to invite you to see my whole house on Friday. I am blogging about it cause Cheri wants to feature it. But, you have to visit my tablescape first, LOL!

Your vegetables look so fresh! I'll try grilling the eggplants like you said sometime....Christine

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Janie,
I just love this! The little squirrels and the acorns, OMG are they ever cute! What a beautiful table, I love crackerbarrel stuff, oh I can tell you will be fun to shop with! The wreath looks so lovely on your door and the lakeside with mums is very inviting! Hugs, Cindy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thanks, Blondie, for your sweet comments over at Kim's blog. I'm so glad you signed up for the giveaway. Thanks for being a faithful reader!

Sandi (Meme) said...

Love you decorations, they all are very warm and inviting. Thanks for stopping by my blog, enjoyed having you - please come back and stay awhile. I've joined your blog so I can see what other great ideas you have! Have a great week!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy fall to you Jane...Girl I'm in love with that S/P how cute is that and bielive it or not I have never been in a cracker Barrel or PB...I know we have them in our big city..which I'm going to on Satursday and I will have to look for those S/P too not cute..Love your heart back Ice Cream parlor chair also girl..I also have one on my front porch...Your garden must be great with all those veggies...I just made fried greeen tomatoes last night from ours...we still have ace tomatoes and cucs growning like crazy..I pickled some of the cucs the other night oh so Yummy...Hope you have a great day my friend...Thanks for coming by and seeing me always love it when you do...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

The squirrels are so sweet, perfect for the fall. Over the pond, you really do put a lot of time and effort into your fall decorations etc.. I love it, it is all so beautifully done. There is an American Museum that I like to visit in Bath. I tend to go there in Autumn as I then soak up the American fall look which I so like.
Isabelle x

Allison Shops said...

The squirrel s&p are too cute! Love the squirrel dinnerware also.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Aren't there some beautiful fall decorations at Cracker Barrel? You've used them in a lovely way. Thanks for sharing and happy fall!

Jenglamgirl said...

how adorable are all your squirrels? super adorable, love it! ;)

Country Contemporary said...

Thanks for visiting my blog recently, Blondie. Thought I'd return the favor. I saw your squirrel/acorn ceramic items last week at a Marshall's in my area - could that have been your source (or affiliate TJMaxx)? Regardless, lovely tablescape! Cheers!
Leslie

Olive Rue said...

Hi Jane. Happy Fall to ya on this crisp Thursday morning. Love all your fall photos.

Knitty said...

I've never seen that many cute squirrels on a table before! We have so many in my neighborhood, they've become a nuisance rather than cute. :( They've destroyed pumpkins and Indian corn that were on the porch. Last year I switched to fake pumpkins and still found claw and teeth marks!

I will have to visit the Cracker Barrel near me and see if cute squirrels are still available. You don't mind if I put them on your tab, do you? ;)

Rhondi said...

Hi Jane
Evrything looks wonderful for fall! I especially like the little squirrel you go at Crackle Barrel. He's adorable.
Hugs, Rhondi

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

Love the squirrels!

I need to make a trip to CB and do some shopping. :)

April said...

Everything looks so Fallish (don't think that's actually a word!). You've done another phenomenal job! The sunflower bowls are a favorite of mine!

Sherri S said...

Everything is so beautiful! I MUST have those bowls!!!!! The veggies are so vivid in color. Divine decor Darlin'

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Everything is super. But I really love your front door wreath!!!

marie said...

I love Cracker Barrel and I love squirrels and I have a gift card for Cracker Barrel....sounds like I need to make a trip.

Your fall decor is so pretty! Especially all those sweet squirrels!

Thanks for visiting me today.

Cynthia said...

Love your fall items. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

common ground said...

I'm just a squirrel "nut"... love all yours! Great fall decor. I need to get over to Cracker Barrel myself. Love your finds.
Debra

Marie said...

Hello Jane - lovin' your Fall decor! My fave is that SWEET squirrel candle holder. Oh my. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty! I almost bought the squirrel candle holder and s&p shakers yesterday! :-) I may still go back and get them.

Maddycakes said...

Just beautiful...okay you have made me get up and start my fall decorating!!! The eggplant is so perfect that I thought it was plastic until I read your post! I just love Cracker Barrel. I really love your Autumn decorations!!

niartist said...

Oh this is just beautiful! Definitely a fantastic way to ring in fall! Oh, and if you're going to be doing any spooky Halloween decor, stop by my blog for a how-to and a giveaway! I hope you can!

June said...

Hi Jane,
You certainly know how to do Autumn in a beautiful way. I think it is so great that your husband picked out the shakers. I wouldn't have even gotten mine in the store. The wreath on the door is so pretty.
Hugs,
June

The Lazy Peacock said...

love your pictures! the squirrels are all so cute, great finds!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I am really digging squirrels & acorns right now!!! Great stuff.

bj said...

How beautiful all you decor is, Jane. Just love it all.
I like your little salt and peppers!!
And...I love Cracker Barrel, too...

Lorrie said...

What a nice post Jane, I enjoyed each and every photo. I love the squirrels! I'm not surprised you hit the jackpot at Cracker Barrel.

Those eggplants are such a wonderful color--I'd love to have some on my table.

Your Fall decorations and tablescape have provided me with a mini-vacation this evening--thanks!

The Berry's Patch said...

LOVE those sunflower bowls. I'm sensing a squirrel trend around blogland. Yours are so darn cute. I love decorating with animals and squirrel's are so much cuter than pumpkins and even scarecrows. I'm going to find me some squirrel's.

Kathleen said...

Hi Jane,
I love all your new purchases..but how good of a sale WAS it??:)
No CB's around here, just love to hear about bargains.
Your table looks so pretty, the bowls are just lovely!

Chatelaine said...

Love those dishes. As for the ones with the squirrel on the top, I think you got them at Home Goods. I just got the same squirrel design on a teapot and it came from Home Goods.

I also got a lovely bisque colored soup tureen. Love it!

Your tablescape is lovely. The salt and pepper shakers are so sweet.

Julie said...

Everything looks so beautiful ... I love all your Fall...love love love all the squirrels
xoxo
Julie

RobinfromCA said...

Hi Jane,
I've left a comment and a little award (if you want it - no obligation) for you on my blog.

http://weareflyingnow.blogspot.com

Robin

Lady Katherine said...

I love it! Those sunflowers bowls! Can you hear my heart beating? Adore them! Oh, love the squirrel! I laughed so much about your hubby! Mine will not let me go back to Crackle Barrel! I love he wanted the squirrel. Maybe I should show my hubby yours, might be my ticket back to Cracker Barrel. lol I love the bowl and candle sticks too! Now tell Sue I been wanting a couple of those bushel baskets for a long time! lol Everything is just so lovely! What! Your a Yankee! You did not say that! lol How I would have loved it if you could have came, you could have helped me do a table that was done in about 15 minutes! Just love all your notes you leave for me. I think we should all call them notes and not comments! lol

Carrie said...

All your fall decorations are so pleasing. I love all the ones with acorns and squirrels since there are lots of them in my neighborhood.
Have a wonderful weekens!

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Those purple aubergines are wonderful! Never saw them in that color, I would love to taste those.
Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog! I'll do my best to keep you entertained.
Take care and have a nice weekend, marianne

Patti Cakes said...

Everything looks so nice. Will you please come by my house and decorate for me. :-) The girls at work came by with a huge pot of mums. So I have a little bit of fall. While I'm thinking about it I should go give them a drink. Hugs

Mrs. G said...

Beautiful fall decorations. All the little details are teriffic. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Sue

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Jane,
I wanted to tell you that the color Belgian Waffle is from LOWE'S - Olympic Paint...not Sherwin Williams...

And yes, I got a good deal on my tub. I went to Signature...the place you got yours! I just got a little different style. It was delivered within a week. I am VERY pleased! Thank you for your advice and contact.
Hugs,
Penny

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Jane
Thanks for paying me a visit. I am a blondie too.. [well assisted these days to cover some grey.. haha]. I love how all around blog land people are celebrating Fall. In Australia we are now in spring and everyone has summer on their mind. But elsewhere I'm finding people like yourself enthusiastic to welcome the new colder season. Well those little salt & pepper shakers certainly look content with themselves. Is it the acorns they have collected.. or the fact that they have a new home? hehe

Have a great weekend, and thank you so much for your kind comments. Julie

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

ooooooooooooo; love the squirrel holding the acorn salt and pepper shakers. Hey--our hubbies enjoy this tablescape business --mine even went along with me buying a silver soup tureen at an antique store--it was pretty black but polished up quite nicely (I will probably show it for met Monday and the next tablescape ;-) )

At first I thought you sad cackle barrel....then I thought it wouldn't be such a bad name for this time of the year. lol Oh love the yellow wreath!

Faded Charm said...

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on my blog. Looksl ike you are all ready for Fall. Enjoy your weekend.

Kathleen

Tootsie said...

fall at your house is pretty!!! I think I should just move in with you!
good luck with your hibiscus...they are touchy plants...I hope you get there in time!

Rettabug said...

What a wonderfully warm & inviting tablescape! You found some real treasures...thanks for sharing them with all of us.

I will try your method of grilling the eggplant & adding salsa & cheese. I've got TONS of them from our garden & am always looking for more ways to fix them. Thanks!

Regina said...

Hi Blondie. What a fabulous table scape. Great post!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, you outdid yourself girl! Your post is beautiful. I love that tablescape, and all the wonderful items you displayed are so beautiful! Wow. Love the little squirrels. thanks for your kind words the other day. I appreciate them!
Blessings,
Debbie

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Don't you just LOVE it when you husband gets into the groove like that? Your great post has me one step closer to getting some "autumn" put out in my house.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Jane, Love, love, love all your squirrels. I found an old concrete garden squirrel the other day that I decided to keep instead of selling in the shop. Today I placed him in a vignette with the pumpkins and a fake crow on the front porch. Piece by piece I will decorate for Fall and Thanksgiving and when I finish it's time to take it down for Christmas. LOL...xo

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love all the squirrels running around your place -- what fun!

Charlene said...

Happy Saturday! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you saw Robin in the magazine for her wedding.

Loved the fall tablescape. I am soooooo in the mood to start decorating. Hope to go to the storage building to get the buckets of "stuff". Love the new Salt & Pepper (the one hubby chose). Isn't it great when they surprise you & get into the groove of your vision? LOVE IT! You may have inspired a trip to Cracker B for breakfast tomorrow! :) Thanks for sharing!

The Stylish House said...

You've included so many wonderful autumn touches! Those squirrels are simply adorable. Cracker Barrel here I come.
Cathy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Can that squirrel be any cuter? The eggplant are the prettiest I've ever seen.

Karin said...

your squirrel grouping is adorable!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Your Autumn tablescape is so cute and cheerful with your darling sunflower and squirrel dishes! You did such a great job with it all!

We don't have a Cracker Barrel here but my Mom took me out to lunch there once when I visited her, and I just loved it!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I always enjoy your visits!

Hugs,
Sherri:)

Sarah said...

Jane, I was out of town much of the week so just now getting by to visit the TT posts. Thanks for sharing your fall decor. Cute little squirrel. ~ Sarah

Bonnie said...

Hi Jane, is it really Fall Y'All already! Loved your beautiful tablescape and the cute squirrels scampering about. I wish we had a Cracker Barrel and Der Dutchman out here.

Thanks for stopping by the Bhive, glad you enjoyed your visit. I think Debbie is a pretty special person!

Have a great Sunday,

Bonnie

Patti Cakes said...

Oh Jane! I am sooooooooooo stupid. I over did it and started bleeding last night. I am spending the day in bed. I'm a stupid girl!! :-(

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Those squirrel pieces are the best!That is a great table setting and I love your front porch.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love your fall goodies, Janie! Squirrels are always some of my favorite things. Does that say something about me? Nuts, perchance??? ;-)

FINALLY got my computer. Am racing around blogland like a prisoner set free!

Love to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Libby Murphy said...

Lawsy Mercy, you are all "falled" up and it looks wonderful. I can almost hear the color of the leaves changing.
Happy Twirls

Lynn said...

Who knew! I am a fall person now!!!

Knitty said...

Just had to let you know that I visited Cracker Barrel and the squirrel S&P and candle holder insisted they come home with me! They will show up in a blog soon. I saw related items to your covered squirrel dish at Home Goods, but they were down to the last few in stock and were chipped. I took that as a message that I needed to STOP shopping and get back home. :)

Ashley ~ said...

Your post and all your pretty pictures remind me again why I love Fall. Love all the squirrels too*! (((Hugs)) _Ashley*

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