Friday, September 17, 2010


Happy Friday! It really has been a beautiful week with just the right temperatures. The leaves haven't changed yet but the sun has taken on that hazy slant that it does when the days get shorter. It is only light out until about 7:00 p.m. and that is about the time that I like to curl up with a good book or a movie. The perfect time of year.

Daughter Emily and I have lost our better halves to Football, so Sunday afternoon we took a ride to Marshall's. I had a gift card from Mother's Day to spend {yes, I know, I can be a bit spacey}. They have so many pretty things for fall and as always, the prices are great. I picked up the little duck in the above picture, just couldn't resist.
I also found this cute acorn there also and it looks good on my table. I put out some fall looking place mats, too. I haven't looked at the stuff I have packed away yet, I'm very slow in all that I do. A little at a time is good for me.
The candles are from Target as well as the little pedestals and they were only $3.99. These will work year round with different colored candles.
I was really thrilled at Marshall's when I came to the pillow aisle and saw this cute little ruffley guy that matches my new duvet so perfectly. No...I still haven't put it on my bed. The European shams are back ordered until December, but I have decided that I am going to get regular shams which are in stock. So I bought this throw pillow and a cream colored one. I hope it is not too matchy~matchy. My kids think I have gone nuts with pillows.
In honor of Marty's cloche party, I threw in a picture of a floral arrangement I made under a cloche. I'm not joining the party because I have shown this cloche before and I didn't have a post ready with anything else. It's always fun to go to the party and see all the ideas though.
I made this with a bunch of silk flowers with reindeer and Spanish moss all around. There is a little bird somewhere in there, too
Finally, I have some very big son Kevin became engaged Wednesday to his girlfriend, Mary Clare!! We are all so excited. I have known for awhile that he was going to propose. He really did it the old fashioned way...secretly shopping for a ring, asking permission to marry her. He took her out to dinner Wednesday night and then to the North Avenue beach where he proposed under the moonlight. Meanwhile, family and friends waited for them at a little pub called Cork & Kerry, where we celebrated when they returned. I am so excited to have a daughter in law and we all love Mary Clare to bits. Her family is wonderful, too.

Well, this is about all I have to say for this week. I hope all of you have had cool sunshiny days and that your weekend is marvelous!! :-)


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Fall is starting to look great at your house! Congrats to your son!!

Theresa said...

Congratulations to Kevin and Mary Clare! They sure are a good-looking couple!

I love the old-fashioned way he proposed! Lots of thought and preparation went into that! Warms my heart and I bet it really warmed hers too!

Love your pretties, especially the pillow! Enjoy your weekend! HUGS!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I certainly did enjoy seeing what you are bringing out for fall so far! Congrats to your son and to you with a dil to come. Our daughter's wedding is just 3 1/2 weeks away! Crunch time! We just enjoyed your city. You'll have to come take a look at recent posts. :)


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Jane! I love your fall decor! That acorn is just so cute! I may have to check out the pillow the ruffles! And congrats on your son's engagement! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Carolyn said...

Hi Jane,

I love your acorn and your fall decor looks wonderful!

Congratulations on your son & future sweet and romantic!
Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Wow Jane! Congratulations! And how romantic! I love it when it happens this way! Love the process and giggling helplessly at how wonderful it is. Watching your kids fall in is marvelous. Good for you and your family! I like all your pretties you have at your house too. I love fall.
And yes that was a great pillow find!

Unknown said...

Congratulations to the happy couple and your family! I love that he did things the old fashioned way.

The weather has been so wonderful, I love fall!

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Congratulations to Kevin and Mary Clare... another excuse for a new hat? Always amazed at how you seem to decorate for each season. We do a little for Halloween, but other than that we only really go to town at Christmas!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is such exciting news Janie!
What a cute couple! I love your autumn decor, the cloche is very pretty and I don't remember seeing that one.
And the ruffly pillow is so sweet!
Hope your weekend is a good one. We are just staying home and doing projects and hoping my daughter has her baby soon!

Olive said...

Love that Kevin proposed the old fashioned way...good for him. Your cloche is so pretty as are all the fall decorations. Have a great weekend. hugs♥olive

Anonymous said...

congratulations Janie on your new daughter-in-love. My youngest son asked his for his girlfriend's hand in marriage also a couple of weeks ago. I was thrilled that he did that....good ol' manners. As to when there will be a wedding...who knows! Have a wonderful weekend. xo

Marigene said...

Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family! I wish them all the love and happiness in the world.
I love the little duck you found, he is just the thing for fall decorating. Your bed linens are such a pretty color.
Have a great weekend, Jane.

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Congratulations! How cute that you were all waiting at a pub to celebrate:) Fun times!

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

love that white duck! enjoy your growing family :)

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love to read about your everyday life. You make it so conversational. That girl looks like she's got a good head on her shoulders. I've got to get to Marshalls. Haven't been in awhile. You sure do great things with floral arrangements. I'm all thumbs with them.

Susan Freeman said...

I love that acorn!! Kevin and Mary Clare are certainly a cute couple. Just think... a wedding!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane!
Hurray for Football, because we get to go shopping!!! Love that Marshalls. Love your ruffly pillow too. It's going to look great with that cover.

Congratulations to your darling son, he's so handsome and to his pretty bride to be.


Natasha in Oz said...

Congratulations to your son and his fiancée! How exciting...a Wedding!!! They look so happy together.

I am glad that you have been relaxing and enjoying special times with your family. I hope this weekend is another good one for you.

Best wishes always,

Daydream Living said...

Hi Jane!
What a super romantic son you have! I love the way he proposed and that you all waited for them!Also, if you want to get rid of the pillow, you can send it to me, no problemo! Enjoy the weekend!

Nancy's Notes said...

Congratulations to the great looking couple, I know all must be so excited! Love your awesome fall decor~

Enjoy your weekend!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Congratulations!!! What great news. Your cloches are very pretty, too. The weather has been wonderful her in Illinois, hasn't it!

Pamela said...

Love the ruffle pillow Jane!
Congratulations to your son how wonderful!!
Pamela xo

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Congrats to the newly engaged! You seem to have raised a very nice young man. I love Marshall's too. Every now and again I find real treasures there.

Suzann said...

We have had the BEST weather here in Chicago!!!
Love all your goodies and congratulations to your family!! How exciting for all of you. And kudos to your son for doing it the old fashioned way. LOVE that.

xinex said...

You got some wonderful finds at Marshall's, Janie. I love the pillow, such a pretty color. It will match my guest room too, lol. You should have joined the party, your cloche is pretty and you can add the acorn too. Come by my blog when you have a chance cause I have some interesting pictures from the 1800's....Christine

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane!! First congratulations to your son! They make a sweet looking couple!
Now I love your Marshalls finds! I love that store too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sarah said...

Congratulations to the young couple. What a fun way to start off.
I hope to get to TJM or Marshalls or both this weekend. Glad you found some great things.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... congratulations to Kevin and Mary Clare... she is just gorgeous and your son is so handsome! I wish them much happiness... and how romantic that he proposed the good old~fashioned way!... Your Autumn decorations are so pretty and I love your little duck...xoxo Julie Marie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane...Congratulations on the newly engaged couple! Sounds like you whole heartedly approve of his choice. Isn't that nice when our sons find girls that we really like? I love this time of year and the wonderful temps...warm in the daytime and cool at night! I am enjoying this soon to be autumn time of year!~Hugs,Patti

Debbie said...

That's wonderful news about your son! You must be so happy...she's a beautiful girl.
LOVE that pillow you found for the bed!
Cute fall decor.
Have a nice weekend Jane.

Anita Diaz said...

How exciting!!! What a great way to pop the question too! I must be the only person around who does not have a cloche. Gonna have to go shopping!! Thanks for stopping by!

Karen said...


bj said...

Congratulations to all...

Love the fall look around your pretty house. I really need to do a little fall decorating...just so hot, I keep thinking it's still summer.:)

Low Tide High Style said...

Great finds, I love the little duck, and your pillow goes perfectly with your new duvet!

And how exciting about your son's engagement! Weddings are always so much fun to look forward to! Please give them my best wishes!

Kat :)

June said...

Oh congratulations to Kevin and Mary Clare!
Your home is beautiful Jane. You certainly came home with lovely stuff for it too.
Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

Anne Lorys said...

You picked up some great things!
And big congrats to your son, they make a gorgeous couple! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What an adorable couple.... It's awesome when everyone "fits".... They look so happy.... Wedding planning now!


Jane said...

Congratulations to your son and his fiance. I really like how he proposed and then had the family waiting to help celebrate! Now you can help plan a wedding!!
Looks like you had a successful shopping day. Love the acorn piece!

Unknown said...

Jane..congratulations to your family on the upcoming addition of Mary Clare as dil :)

I LOVE all your Marshall's finds. We don't have a Marshall's here (we are blessed to have TJMaxx though). While on vacation, we found 2 in Minneapolis and I went a little nutty, lol.


Becca Bertotti said...

Congratulations to your son ... you must be so proud and excited! Thanks for your kind note about my Fall cloches! Your "scores" from Marshall's are so pretty! And, I love your cloche with the floral arrangement! Have a great day, Becca

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Love your good news!

And love it, that he likes to do things, in a romantic way. Our second son is like that, also. :-) Sweeeeeeet!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh and I too agree, that when the sun goes down earlier, it can be cozy. I'm not one to really, really dislike sooner-sunsets. But it seems, we are in the minority. :-)

My Grama's Soul said...

Hello sweet Jane.....obviously you have BIG NEWS in your life.....Congrats on your son's engagement.....they are a lovely couple.

One final thought......"ONE CAN NEVER BE TOO RICH, TOO THIN, OR HAVE TOO MANY PILLOWS!!!" teeheeee



Sonny G said...

Fall looks mighty pretty at your house.. Congrats to Kevin and Mary Claire and all your family.. They look like a very happy couple.


Monica said...

Hi Jane,
the duck and pillow look great! Love that shade of blue-grey. The acorn is perfect for this season too.
And congrats to your son!!
Hugs, and have a beautiful Sunday!

Melanie said...

Congrats to your son! I love that y'all were included in the celebration.

As for the pillows, I love them too. They can change up a space for just a little bit of money. I have also seen those candle holders at Target. You scored with those:) Have a great weekend.

Gypsy Heart said...

Such a cute couple! I notice Kevin has on a Texas shirt ~ yay! I wish them every happiness ~

Fall is still elusive here. The temps have only cooled to the 90's and the humidity has been staying. I long for cool, crisp mornings to take long walks and enjoy nature. Your decor looks lovely.

I haven't been on the computer much ~ house/dog sitting while my dau & s-i-l are on vacation. Next week should be better for blog time but I've felt like I have been on vc this week too. No "have to's", etc. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue said...

That is exciting news! It is wonderful that you like her! I love your acorn/almost cloche type thing. It does look great!

I've lost my husband to football and still baseball. We watch separate televisions these days!

Tina said...

What wonderful news for your family Jane! Congrats to your son and his fiance:) I love all of your gorgeous new treasures, but my favourite is that gorgeous ruffle pillow! Enjoy your fall decorating ~ Tina xx

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Congratulations to your son and to you for gaining a daughter. How exciting!!
Good thing you waited to cash in on your gift card. I love all the little treasures you found with it.
Patricia :o)

Lori said...

The weather is beautiful here as well.

Congrats to your son!

Annesphamily said...

Congrats to your son! The fall theme is looking terrific in your house. I am so glad I stopped by. Some days it is hard to go everywhere. I love everybody over here and want to visit each person Come see me soon. Hugs Anne

Kat said...

I love all of your fall decor. It's starting to look like fall here too - it really is the quality of the light that gives it away. It's certainly not the temperature (here anyway) Congratulations to Kevin and Mary Clare! I love the picture of them, and I love the way he proposed! I just wanted to stop by and thank you for always leaving such encouraging comments on my writing attempts, it really means the world to me! Hugs, Kat

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love the look of FALL...I am so ready for it....Congratulation on the upcoming wedding...Have a great Sunday...


Rebecca Nelson said...

Oh girly...congrats to your son and his sweetie! How exciting for you and them!

I wish it would rain here in Oklahoma... It's hot, hot, hot. But that will soon change I'm sure!


Paula@SweetPea said...

Congratulations on your exciting news! It will be fun to hear all about the wedding plans as they are made.

The weather this time of year is just about perfect, isn't it? Enjoy every second of it.

The Stylish House said...

I’m so happy for Kevin and Mary! They look adorable together and its sweet Kevin took such care with the proposal.
I love your pillow from Marshalls and that duvet cover looks delicious. I’m redoing my master bedroom and I’ve been looking for a new duvet also.
Hugs, Cathy

Mary said...

Love your finds Jane - and especially the French grey ruffled pillow, so sweet!

Congrats. on your son's engagement, Mary Clare looks lovely and I'm sure was blown away by the beach proposal. May they have a wonderful life together.

Pondside said...

An engagement - what happy news! It's lovely to have a daughter in law - welcome to the club.
Your new pillow is perfect - won't you be happy when the back-ordered items arrive?

Hearts Turned said...

Wonderful finds, Jane! Love your decorating style, too...very warm & welcoming!

Congratulations to your son! The old-fashioned ways of proposing are the most beautiful and romantic, I think--well done!

Hope your weekend is going well!


Blooming Rose Musings said...

You are all ready for the arrival of fall. Everything looks wonderful. I love the duck! Congratulations to your son on his engagement. You are going to be having a lot of fun with a wedding in the family!

Sue said...

Congratulations, and best wishes to Kevin and Mary Clare, and to you on getting new daughter.
My hats off to him for being such a gentleman, you have done well.
Loved the fall decorations, I really need to get busy and finish mine. Thanks for sharing.

Deserae said...

Love the touches of fall around your home...very pretty! Congratulations to your son too! How exciting for the whole family :o) Have a great week!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a great looking couple Kevin and Mary Clare make! It sounds like he did the proposal right! What a sweet and romantic night! Congratulations!
I am in love with that duck. What a cute pose! Your cloche looks so pretty. laurie

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh...congratulations Jane....Such wonderful news about your son & future d-i-l! Love that ruffle pillow - toooo cute :) Love the "glamour shot" you look like Marilyn Monroe!! Have a super weekend! (end of it, I guess!)

Kitty Deschanel said...

That cloche is beautiful! At first, I thought the flowers were alive and growing :)

Nancy said...

Janie!!! Oh my gosh how exciting - your son's getting married. That is so wonderful and what a beautiful couple. Plus...I'm doubly excited - he's wearing a Texas Longhorn's shirt!!!! Hook 'em!
xoxo Nancy
PS - LOVE that ruffled pillow

Cat said...

I am new to your blog and I absolutely love it! How adorable! Congrats to your son and his new fiance! They are so cute together!

Charlene said...

Congratulations on the engagement!!! Is this the first in the family? Weddings are sooooooooooo much fun. LOVE the blue pillow.

Thank you for the sweet comment about Sandy. She is a LOT of fun. I wish you could come down to visit too sometime. I know we would have so much fun. Come while it's COLD up there. A good escape Texas would be from your bitter winters. HUGS!

Unknown said...

congrats on your son's engagement- my son's will be soon. Love your duck an d acorn -love marshalls too.


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Jane
Congratulations on your son's engagement.. How sweet he planned it the old fashioned way... brought up well by his mamma!!!

Well I love your recent purchases and was only looking at a ruffled cushion yesterday.. but it was a bit $$$.... Was just sitting considering whether to lash out and buy either the Euro sham or throw pillow just before reading your post.. hmm... still can't decide!! hahaha

Hope you have a wonderful week.. I guess you will be lost to the football season now.. ours is almost over.. Take care xxx Julie

Carmen said...

Congratulations on your sons' engagement! How wonderful!!

I sure love all the things you got...especially that duck, and the acorn, and those candle holders, and that ruffly pillow. All of it is so nice!

I'm a bit slow with things sometimes too. I have yet to put pictures of my family on my wall, with the exception of one framed photo of my boys. We've lived here 20 years!

Anonymous said...

It appears football was to your benefit this weekend. The color and texture of the pillow are lovely. Congratulations on your son's engagement ~ a handsome couple, indeed. Have a lovely day ~ xox Alexandra

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

First of all, how exciting that your son got comes all of the wedding preparations !!
.... and, what lovely things that you bought. There is definitely an Autumnal chill in the air here in the UK as well. XXXX

Laura said...

Congratulations to your son and his lovely fiance!
I LOVE that acorn.
I am off to Marshalls to see what I can find!

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Barb said...

Hi Janie, I love your sweet pictures. So festive. Many congrats to your son....pretty exciting!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Lori said...

Congrats to your son Jane ~ you will be in wedding mode soon!
Loving your cushion ~ it is a find for sure.That acorn is cute too. I have to get into fall mode ~ still getting there I am afraid! Hope you have a wonderful week. xo

Melissa Miller said...

Oooohhhh great finds Jane! Everything is so pretty.

Congrats to your son. Wonderful news.

Blesssings & Happy Fall!
~Melissa :)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Congrats on the sweet new daughter. How lucky can you get to grow your family in Love. When is the wedding? Take lots of pics for us.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Congrats to the happy couple. Isn't it fun to see your family grow and grow! Love your fall bargains - great choices! Linda

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Janie! Isn't it a ball to find those treasures for so cheap AND have them go so well with what you already have at home? Gotta love it! Your duck is just adorable. It's stance is comical and sweet! lol! And congrats to your son, too! How exciting for everyone!!!! :)

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Hi there
Thanks for the lovely comment. I do love tomato soup. hope you catch yours in time and enjoy your spoils too.
Jenny said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting! My son just got engaged too and also did it the old fashioned way. Love that:) I just love your acorn, duvet and ruffly pillow. So pretty. Have a great week:)
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The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh Jane, that's wonderful! Congrats on your sons upcoming wedding. He sounds like quite a catch! Your cloche is so pretty! I really love all your new decor from both Marshalls and Target. Two of my favorite stores! Your new pillow is going to look great with the duvet. I still can't wait to see it all set up!

myletterstoemily said...

hey jane!

that's just great news! they are an adorable

you must be so happy. i love the old-fashioned
ask permission approach. what a guy!


Jenna@Breathe Beauty said...

Congratulations to your family! They look excellent together. This is my favorite season as well and I too find that 7pm is the perfect time for the sun to go down!

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore Fall!!! Hope all is well with YOU!!!

Deb said...

Congrats to the happy exciting! Love your cute new pillow too!

Tommie Jo said...

Congratulations to your son and family! And good to see you've gotten a bit bitten by the Autumn bug! It's my favorite time of the year!

Knitty said...

Congratulations! What a lovely way to propose, and how wonderful that you already love Mary Clare as your own, and her family too!

It sure makes all the wedding plans easier when all involved are so happy and like each other. I couldn't have picked a better daughter-in-law if I had looked for mine on my own, and I am guessing you feel the same way.


Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

They make a beautiful couple! How exciting for you all.