Monday, October 17, 2011

HAPPY FALL DAYS

To me, fall is all about colors. Our leaves haven't really changed too much so I was able to get my fix at the local garden center on Saturday. The weather was perfect and the sun was shining.
I've been going to this nursery for 25 years...I get my flowers here in the summer and my Christmas tree in the winter.
They have the cutest little scarecrows, corn stalks and flags. It hard not to go nuts in here.
I love yellow and white mums, but we did those last year and this time Emily was with me and picked her own color palette.
Here is what my porch looks like with all the annual flower pots gone and the mums and pumpkins and gourds out. Everything but the mums were bought in Michigan last weekend and they rolled around in my car for a week and some of the stems cracked off. I was worried that the squirrels would get to them and instead it was me.
Aren't these darling?
Some of my impatiens are still going strong so I left them.

So, my fall decorating is done. It is looking a little crowded in my house. Maybe it is the contrast of the decorated living room and mantel and the emptiness of the kitchen. Just a few more days and the cabinets will be done and I can show you. I actually made stew last night after digging around in my piles for a pot, spoon, knife and cutting board. It's amazing what our kitchens hold. And I am sorry to say that I didn't get a picture of Sexy Irish Plumber when we had the sink installed...another guy came and although he was also a S.I. P., it wasn't the same guy. And, The Husband was home and I think he would have frowned on me taking pictures of the plumbers.

Hopefully I will be back this week with a reveal post, as long as their aren't any snags, and so far there haven't been any. Lucky me. :-)

74 comments:

Linda Chapman said...

Love your fall things!!! And how cute it is to have SIP's!!! Sure you couldn't sneak in ONE tiny little pic??

Jeanne said...

Love your fall decorating photos Jane...your house looks so festive!

Jeanne xx

Pat said...

Beautiful nursery Jane.

I love your front steps all done up for Fall!

NanaDiana said...

Darn your husband for coming home! lol

I, too, love the colors of Fall..AND the smells..I always think of apple pies baking and stew simmering on the stove.

I can't WAIT to see your kitchen re-do. I am betting you will be MORE than happy to have it all put back together.

Your front porch looks great! xo Diana

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, those steps are so welcoming! Looks like you have a fab nursery to go to as well. Can't wait to see the reveal...as soon as the SIP is finished with his work!

April said...

Wow...everything looks so pretty, Jane! Those mums take my breath away! I think I need to go out and do a little shopping soon!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Sounds and looks wonderful. I don't think Fall decorating could ever be too crowded.

Town and Country Gals said...

Jane,
What a fabulous place! Looks like they have amazing stuff for the holidays! YOur porch looks great, love the color combo. I was so counting on some SIP eye candy! Oh well, maybe next time! Can't wait to see your kitchen!
Rebecca

Roberta said...

Beautiful colors Jane! Can't wait to see the big reveal....xoRoberta

WinnibriggsHouse said...

I do love the colours of autumn and your steps look great. We dont go overboard with decorating here, but I do love pumpkins and always carve some for the grandsons. great excuse to make pumpkin soup too!

Knitty said...

LOL at your husband's expected reaction. Mine would have had the same I think.

Your porch looks very festive and inviting.

Charlene said...

Oh those colors are so beautiful!!!! I love them all. THANKS for sharing! Enjoy the beauty of the season.
HUGS! Charlene

Marigene said...

Those mums are absolutely gorgeous, Jane! I love your 3 sisters scarecrows, cute as the dickens...

Tracy said...

Hi Jane! Your front stoop looks so cute and cheerful. I worked part time in a nursery like that one last fall and it was so fun to see all the pretty colors every day and have the kids guess what their pumpkins weighed. I am so excited to see your new kitchen!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Jane Sweetie...
Oh my how beautiful and inviting your front porch is. It definitely says Welcome. Love the little scarecrows in trio. How cute those are. I need several of those to make all 8 of our grands. I will have to look a little more around here and see what I can find. They are just precious.

Love the colored mums. I was just thinking I needed to go to Lowe's and pick up mine as well. It is that time.

Thank you for sharing Jane. I love it here. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear Jane,

It IS all about colors isn't it? Love the photos and wonderful ideas.

You know the slump I am in from closing our little cottage. We were lucky though and were able to eat breakfast on our front porch today. Sunny, warm, perfect and some nice waves out there too.

Sending sunshine and color to you,

Sharon

Honey at 2805 said...

Your front steps and porch look so festive and inviting! I adore Fall color! To me, it's exciting!

Coley said...

That festival looks amazing! So many gorgeous fall colors :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You, my dear, have been a busy girl! And I love all the fall. Both at your house and in the other shots you shared. I am a scarecrow nut. SO cute.

XO,

Sheila

Debi@7Gates said...

Hate we missed the hunky man, but maybe that's a good thing. We're alot more interested in fall color, right? I can see why you shop at that nursey. They seem to have it all. Your home looks great and so festive; nice touches.

Gypsy Heart said...

I love it all! Fall is my favorite season and yes, the colors are especially lovely. Thanks so much for sharing! As much as I enjoy it all, just haven't been in the decorating mood lately.

xo
Pat

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh pooh, Jane! I was looking forward to that picture, too! : ) Listen, as long as your kitchen gets done and done right who cares if its S.I.P. or Butt Crack Larry. We went to a pumpkin patch today with the granddaughter. We made the mistake of pulling her around in a little red wagon they had. She didn't want to get out to make room for the pumpkins, so we got several small ones and just one good size one. I finally broke down last week and bought a pot of mums from the grocery store. I needed a little something to make me feel like I was decorating for Fall. Your nursery looks great and they must be really good if you've been going to them for that long. Good for them for being around that long even!

Theresa said...

Darn, No pics of the S.I.P. Oh well, perhaps the cabinet men:) "he he" Love all of the Fall colors! I have some of the scarecrows on my front porch! Enjoy your evening my friend, HUGS!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

a sip will never be the same LOL
Lovely post sweet Jane your front steps look pretty!!!!
xo
Pam

Toni said...

Aww.. was really looking forward to the SIP. But you do have some great pictures to share. Your porch looks so ready for fall, the leaves now know it is time to change. Love the scarecrows, and your "go to" nursery looks like a fun place to spend a couple of hours. Brave of you to cook stew during a remodel.

Designs By Pinky said...

Your photos at the garden center are so pretty! Fall is my favorite season, I adore the colors of Fall! Your entry looks beautiful with the mums and the cute scarecrows too! XO, pinky

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Glad the reno is coming along smoothly for you Jane, that's truly a beautiful thing! Lovin' the fall steps they look great-enjoy:@)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Jane, your fall decor looks so pretty. Love those scarecrows. I can't wait to see your kitchen. laurie

Karen said...

Plumber pictures...lol... your stoop looks wonderfully fallish. Why I said it that way? I have no idea.

laurie said...

your porch looks lovely,, those are the sweetest little scarecrows! I'm still smiling, I just imagined you sneaking up behind the plumbers trying catch photos of them,, too funny!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Janie... oooh, your Fall decorations are just beautiful!!! I love that nursery, would spend hours and hours there... your porch looks so cute with your scarecrows and pumpkins... rats!... I was excited to see your Sexy Irish Plumber (almost as much as I am to see your new kitchen)... xoxo Julie Marie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

The mum colors are a winner. We have a garden center similar to yours...family owned business that has been around forever. It's always a treat going there. Good luck with the cabinets. Can't wait to see them!

podso said...

Your front steps look so colorful, bright and cheerful! I love fall colors, and yours looks so good against the gray steps!

Mary said...

What a colorful welcome to your door Jane - it all looks fabulous.

Thanks dear for the well wishes for my trip. It is going to be an awesome one - know I'll see and do so many new things.

Hugs - Mary

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Jane, what a fun fall post. I love your little scarecrows! :D

I am a bit disappointed that I am not looking at photos of the SIP!!! Meh!!!

By the way, I like your mum color combo this year! :D

~Ricki Jill

Isabelle Thornton said...

These pictures make me happy! I love Fall plants and pumpkins :)
Xo

Pondside said...

I love fall colours too - October is my favorite month! Your doorway is lovely.

Jilly said...

A great combo with the orange & brown. I also add pumpkin in each and every card work. Also enjoy to make it in various colour. Many thanks for joining in Anything Goes challenge over at OSAAT.
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xinex said...

Your house is so dolled up for fall, very inviting, Janie. I love the colors too. Emily did a good job picking. You are so funny about the plumbers, lol. Anyway, I added pictures of the jewelry I made to my post, if you want to see them...Christine

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Jane..I am just plain having the time of my life with all the Fall colors on the different blogs..and yours didn't disappoint! Gorgeous color...Loved every minute! :)
Hugs,
Mona

Lori said...

The mums are gorgeous ~ we have already had frost so mine is pretty much done. Like you I have my favorite garden center and we get our tree there too! Have a great week Jane and I cannot wait to see your reveal.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am so enjoying our second fall in Chicago. Your porch is so inviting.

Fondly,
Glenda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your porch looks beautiful! What a wonderful place to shop...love the mums! ♥

Marla and Steve @ Always Nesting said...

LOL, yes I'm guessing your hubby would not have liked you following the plumber around with your camera. :) That picture in my head will make me laugh all day when I think about it!

Gorgeous photos and the color is fantastic.

Susie Q said...

Isn't Fall just so much fun?? Love all the decorating!
Your steps look perfectly festive!
I know you are having such fun with your kitchen redo! It looks amazing! Excited to see more photos!
I am such a bad blogger and real life has interrupted my blogger routine for a year now. But I do get around when i can and I so love catching up with you!
Love,
Sue

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jane!
Your front porch looks amazing!
I love the fresh fragrance of Fall mums...It would be sweet to sit on your doorsteps and chat with a mid morning coffee!
~Lynne
[w/L]

d e l i g h t said...

I would go nuts in that place as well!! Looks lovely as does your porch! I love mums and their fragrance!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Jane!
(I'm in a hurry, kids are getting wild here, mama is behind the computer, daddy isn't home...), just wanted to say, thanks for your sweet comments, they always cheer me up! and as you know, I love coming to read what's up in Blondieville (love that name), your daughter has a good taste, love the colors, my house looks so empty compares to yours, not warm, have to do something about that soon...
shame no cute pics of nice looking Irish guys, hahaha, now, this mama has to get two girls to their beds, see you soon honey! Maureen xxxx

Olive Cooper said...

Your steps full of pumpkins and mums are so darling Jane. I am all about pumpkins.

Donna said...

I love places like that...ones that are so familiar that they are included in your seasonal trips and you look forward to the changes with them. Yours all look lovely!! Happy Fall!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Wow, everything looks just beautiful! I'm almost done, I just need a few more things . . . I'm hoping it will last through Thanksgiving Day!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Such beautiful fall decorations. I love what you created with yours. I was talking to my husband tonight over dinner and he asked if I had ever been to Chicago. I said no, he said I would love it there. Reading your blog over the years, surely makes me want to visit Chicago.

Karen

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a beautiful fun fall entryway. I'm sure your house will be the favorite on the block. Hope you have lots of candy!
Hugs,
Patti

Kelly_Deal said...

Love those scarecrows! So cute! My favorite garden center is closing it's doors forever. I'm so sad, because it was my go to place for flowers and ferns in the spring.:(

Debbie said...

Wow! that market looks like such a neat place to shop for Fall decorations! the row of mums along the walkway is gorgeous!
Your trio of scarecrows is just too cute, Jane. What a sweet welcome to your porch.
How nice that your kitchen is coming along smoothly.
Anxious to see pics of the finished room.
xxxooo

vintch said...

your mums look so cute! mine, for some reason, haven't bloomed yet. i keep waiting and checking every day...however the ones i replanted from last year are just reaching their pretty yellow heads up to the heavens!

Bella Vista said...

Love the wonderful pictures, Janie. Isn't Fall the best?!

Hugs, Barb

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh your funny Jane!
Love your mums and all the great outdoor pics!
That must be the same nursery we went to? The plant I bought there has done really well and should look really nice next summer!
Too bad about the sexy plumber pic, lol!
Yes, lets check into Galena for December....that would be wonderful!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Leslie said...

It looks fantastic Jane!!!!!

Faded Plains said...

Your porch looks great! I promised myself that next year I would FOR SURE decorate my porch. It's a huge wrap around porch and it just plain intimidates me.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow,that garden center is fabulous! they really go all out, don't they? What a great place to shop.

I like the mums! We usually do yellow and gold mums, as I think they show up better, but this year Howard chose the mums and he got darker reds and rust colors, and they are lovely.

I like the change.
Your steps look great -- love that pinkish-color in a couple of the mums. so pretty!
Cass

designchic said...

I was just saying today how I needed to add a little Fall decor to my front...this week...

Laurel said...

Your porch looks so welcoming...love the colors of fall :) Chat soon, Laurel

bj said...

Your porch looks adorable. With the sand and wind blowing right now, I will wait a little while before putting a few things out...by then, tho, it will be Christmas. :))

Liz said...

HA HA HA ... Try to get a snap of the SIP next time. :) You crack me up!
Your front porch is darling.
Can't wait to see your new kitchen! :) Stew sounds yummy! Maybe I'll make some for this weekend... uhmmmmm

~Liz

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I just love your steps! Wish mine were done. Hoping fall doesn't pass me by before I get it in gear. Wow! I just spied your granite coming off the truck. Gorgeous!

Bunny Jean said...

Thanks for stopping by for the visit, and the sweet comment too!

I bet you are just can't wait to get the kitchen up and running again. The holidays will be so nice this year with a new kitchen... waiting for the pictures.

xoxo Bunny jean
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A Hint of Home said...

I love all your Fall decorations and your scarecrows are sooo cute!
I'm from MI. Moved south 17 yrs. ago.
Did you go there for a visit or to get pumpkins??
Have a great evening. Can't wait to see your kitchen pictures.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh Jane!! You are cracking us up with your SIP....does he travel in a 3 hour radius??? lol!! Anyway - love the mums...but we are dying to see the reveal.....bring it on!!

CAS said...

I just about went nuts looking at your photos of the garden center -- wonderful displays! Your front porch is so lovely & inviting. All your mums and scarecrows are wonderful. Happy Weekend!
:) CAS

Erin said...

You had me rolling about the SIP, Jane! Too bad for the rest of us you weren't able to get a photo. :) Love the mums and decorations on your steps. So festive! The leaves here are nearly at their peak and I can't get enough of it. I took a walk yesterday evening and the smell of dry leaves, smoke from a nearby house and and chilly breeze just about overwhelmed me with happiness. Hope you have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

Love fall color. It's always fun to see pumpkin stands and fields. ~ Sarah

Anita said...

I can't remember if I said thank you for entering the giveaway, but I do thank you in case I didn't thank you, lol! And thanks for the nice comments about my table:-)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Jane your front porch looks beautiful! I love those three little scarecrows, too cute! Martina