Wow...can you feel fall in the air? Not many trees changing colors here but the leaves are falling and my resident squirrels are leaving chippy walnut shells all over. We have not had a lot of rain at all and since we pay for our water, I really don't like to water the lawn. Still I've given everything a good long drink a few times over the past few weeks. Now that the air feels crispy and the humidity is gone, it's that time to start pulling the spent flowers that have lost their energy, rinse and store my pots and put away all of my cute pieces that I have hither and yon in the backyard and on the patio. This is something I've put off before, thinking I'd like to have it around a bit longer and then it's early November and the wind is whipping and the days are short and gray and who wants to freeze their little pinkies off? So I have work ahead and I'm not going to wait until the eleventh hour. ;-D
I have been a good girl as far as jumping too soon on the fall wagon. Just this mum plant and some pots of pansies. Okay...I found 4 irresistible baby pumpkins. But that's it, I swear. I hope to get some time to bring out some of the things I like from my fall bins, I simply can't use it all anymore. I'm really starting to revolt against clutter. Somewhat.
Right now I want to thank everyone who made it through my previous post, as long and droning as it might have been. I don't regret including the wise words of Leslie Harris, nor do I think I will avoid addressing issues in the future which I feel are important for women of our age and place in life. I was more than happy to see so many of you weigh in and I know a lot of you were reading other's comments so it was a nice 'round table discussion'. I hope you enjoyed the post.
Sunday was such a wonderful day. We had Emily's much anticipated and prepared for baby shower. We had been planning this for weeks. Thankfully her sister and sisters in law helped tremendously as did many of Mike's family. I've been long time friends with Mike's mom, Maureen, actually going back to before I even had Emily.
Isn't this a lovely banquet room? It reminds me of a cathedral, or maybe a Swiss chalet. We chose a country club in a suburb way out toward the once barren countryside I grew up in. That's all changed now but the area around this golf course and country club is in the middle of land untouched.
As I said, so many in the family pitched in. They made vases out of canning jars, bought flowers from a farmer's market, simple gold votive cups from The Dollar Tree and filled them with lollipops from a party store (candles are banned in the banquet rooms). For favors we found a lady nearby who is known by word of mouth. She makes the cutest cookies decorated with fondant. Man, I'm so sorry I didn't get a picture. They were shaped like little baby bibs and I wrapped them in tissue and put them in little paper bags secured with washi tape.
She received so many much needed items for the baby; a stroller, the crib mattress and bedding, a small bassinet...just so much and I loved to see her happy face and shining eyes as she was gifted by friends and family who can't wait to meet little Madelyn. On that note I want to share some of the nursery Emily has been working on.
What is really amazing is that this room did not have the chair rail or trim before but she knew it was something she wanted. Most of the artwork on the walls was found on Etsy. She loves the combination of the coral and minty green/blue but it's subtle and and makes all of the smaller pieces pick up the colors and stand out. The big splurge was the Pottery Barn Kids crib. It is beyond beautiful. And then on the flip side, she found the pink bouncy chair at a garage sale for $5.00, washed the fabric and cleaned up the base and wow, it looks great.
On this side of the room we have a peek at the closet. She was given a lot of baby clothes from DIL Mary Clare, that were Elsie's, my first granddaughter. Em also hit up a Carter's Outlet where everything is half price and then marked down even more. The little drawers in the cubby were hand stenciled and embellished for pennies after she saw the idea on a high end store website.
For the baby shower, instead of cards we asked guests to bring a children's book. Emily found the 'book shelves' at iKea, they are supposed to be spice racks. She IS good! On the DIY painted quilt rack she had in her basement for years, she has some cozy blankets. The one in front is actually part of the quilt and sheet set I had in her crib 29 years ago! I do save everything but I don't know how or when she confiscated it. Still, I love it. Sweet memories.
Now I want to share with you a great giveaway that my friend Lidy at French Garden House is collaborating on with me. If you've never been to her shop or blog, you don't know what you are missing. I tell everyone and anyone that Lidy unknowingly got me into blogging. I recently did this interview and I mentioned it without naming Lidy (should have!).
All of these beautiful treasures will be given to a lucky winner. Pictured above, A pretty Bon Appetite Linen Towel...
...a French Market Tote...
...a gorgeous smelling Harvest Apple Soap, and...
...a fabulous Wine Bottle Cover!
Hmmmm...wondering if I can get in on this giveaway!
I am really indebted to Lidy for being a friend over all of these years and I'm super thrilled that she's letting me sponsor this giveaway. As my way of thanking her for her inspiration I'm having this giveaway and asking only that you do these few things to get your name in the drawing:
Visit Lidy at French Garden House and have a look at her blog and shop.
Leave a comment telling Lidy what you love most about her blog/shop.
Subscribe to the French Garden House blog and her newsletter.
Easy! She will determine who the winner is on Sunday, October 2. Good luck. She will wrap everything up with a big bow and send it off to some lucky lady! Thanks so much for playing along. You are going to love her as much as I do!
That's all I have for now. I hope you were able to put up with a whole lot of pictures in this post. Off to the lake on Friday to open more boxes!!!