Saturday, October 9, 2010


I am loving playing with my fall things. I unloaded another box and found some things I had forgotten, like these Halloween plates I bought years ago when my girls were little. I also received some fun things from my favorite little old UPS guy upon arriving home from Vegas. Oh, I love coming home to gifts from myself to myself. The beehive cloche is from Farmhouse Wares {I LOVE this place. Do go!}. I tied a festive little ribbon on it and put some REAL fruit under it...that's why it looks half full, my little fruit eaters. Never should have bought that caramel dip. And I have beautiful Bosc pears. Have you ever sliced them and poached them in red wine with some cloves? A heavenly dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I wonder what else I can use the cloche for. Any suggestions?
I made yet another vignette on my chippy table. You see this table when you walk in the front door so I love to play with it. Everyone should have a copy of this book by Susan Branch. If you go to her website HERE, you can get an autographed copy like mine. It's chock full of fall recipes, crafts and her darling watercolors. Grab her Summerbook while you are at it.
Then one afternoon I had a nice shopping trip online to Wisteria. Oh my!! I totally fell in love with these bowls. I am a big bowl lover and have way more than I need but I just love them and these are really a sign of the times. They have a nice texture and glaze to them...very unique.

I also bought some great wicker baskets that I will show you in another post. I once asked that wonderful Australian blogger/stylist, Coty Farquar, how she manages with a small home like mine and she emailed me: baskets, baskets, baskets. Do you use baskets to organize rooms? I think I use them in every room...but I'll post about that another time.

We didn't go to the lake this weekend. The Husband was tired Friday night and we decided to find things to do at home. And I had plenty of cleaning and laundry to do after our trip. It has been a beautiful day in Chicago, in the 80's and the leaves have finally started to change. It is so pretty outside my windows. I hope it is for all of you. I'm joining sweet Marty for Table Top Tuesday and I will see everyone later in the week. Hope your weekend has been wonderful! :-)


Privet and Holly said...

I have the Autumn
Susan Branch book,
too ~ love it! Isn't
it fun to rediscover
old friends ~ aka,
xx Suzanne

Carolyn said...

Jane, I love your plates!! I, too, love unpacking things from when my girls were little....all the memories! :) I love your bowls too! I think Susan Branch also had a bee hive basket she was selling on her adorable! I have to get one of her books....I still have never bought one of her books. I know I would love it bec I love her art so much!

Sounds like you are having a nice, enjoyable weekend at home after your trip!

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

~Country Lady~ said...

Welcome home!! I'm enjoying a beautiful Fall weekend at our lake house. I know what you mean though after a trip needing to stay home and do some chores. Seems like my bags stay packed from April 1 until mid November. Love seeing what you are doing. The bowls are awesome.

Julie Marie said...

So pretty Jane... sorry you missed the Barn Chick party... xoxo Julie Marie

Shirl said...

Hello Blondi, Happy Pink Saturday, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Love your cute fall post, I have that Susan Branch book too, I love her style!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
Glad you are home and got to sleep in your bed! LOL!

I love the cloche, it's so cute and you have it in the perfect setting.

I'm in love with those bowls too.


Sandra said...

Hi Jane. What beautiful plates. I also like that rooster I see behind the bowls. Those bowls are awesome too! Love everything!

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, Jane you have some fine fall goodies there! Love your wicker cloche and your fall plates are wonderful!! Like your new vignette too. Glad your back! We bought that caramel apple dip too, I haven't opened it yet...

Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

Your plates are adorable! I love your new bowls too! I wanted to stop by and thank you so much for stopping by my place. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

Kathleen said...

I love your new bowls. I will go look at that site, but I only buy bargains! :)
Have a great Sunday. Still summery here, no colors yet in my area of NY!

Unknown said...

All such great stuff Jane. Are those Halloween plates Debbie Mumm's? I have a set too and just popped them into my hutch today. Your beehive cloche is terrific :)


Low Tide High Style said...

Welcome back! What wonderful autumn things you have! I'm green with envy over those bowls!!

Kat :)

Pondside said...

Hi Jane - you definitely have your spirit back after switching doctors and going to Vegas. I'll have to have a look at those sites - your arrangements are very pretty.

Debra@CommonGround said...

I always love seeing your chippy whtie table. That's the most versatile table around!! Always looks great! Fall is so much fun, I need to find this book by Susan Branch, looks wonderful!
big hugs,

xinex said...

I love your cloches, Janie, so pretty. Somehow, I think the wire ones are more interesting than the glass. Beautiful plates and bowls! I Cannot believe you have kept the plates all these years. I am always unpacking packages, the mailman jokes about it, lol...Christine

Tina said...

I love all of your fall treasures Jane, including those fabulous plates:) My favourite is that GORGEOUS beehive cloche!!!!I love it! Enjoy your beautiful fall decorations and have a lovely week ~ Tina x

Daydream Living said...

I always read your posts with pleasure Jane, thanks for sharing! Enjoy the Sunday,

Rebecca said...

Your number bowls are so fun-and your Halloween plates look interesting too! Happy Fall decorating!

Karen said...

As i've been unpacking boxes for This Old House I have found all treasures I forgot about too... love when that happens. Love your halloween plates too!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How fun to find things that you bought and then put away! I've done that, too! I love those bowls, Jane! So cute! I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I love baskets too and use them everywhere! Speaking of, your cloche basket is wonderful! I think you will be suprised how many different ways you come up to decorate with it. Your plates are wonderful. It sounds like you have had quite a wonderful weekend at home!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Love all your fally things! I have that same pattern on your plates, only I have a large platter. I love Susan Branch, too. I get her wall calendar every year!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello dear,

Just peeping by to say, Happy Sunday to you.

From a bloggie TS (tablescaping) friend.

Greetings from Stockholm,

Maggie said...

The plates are lovely, but the bowls are something altogether special, Love Them.
Have not come across Susan Branch before but will check it out.

Debbie said...

Hi Jane! your table top vignette is AWESOME!! LOVE the cloche!! When the kiddos finish the fruit...maybe you could add gourds, or small pumpkins.
I'm enjoying this great Autumn weather too. I was hanging on to summer for so long, and now realize this time of year has it's joys as well. The colors are peaking here in the northern part of Michigan....mmmmmmm.
Have a wonderful afternoon sweetie.

Sherri said...

Everything is SO pretty! I love the cloche. And baskets are awesome! Can't wait to see what you do with them. Oh, I reposted on your question. I just used white spray paint to prime the plates. Have a great Sunday.

Balisha said...

I live in Northern Illinois, so I am experiencing the same kind of weather. It's heavenly. I have the same Susan Branch book also the summer one. Her illustrations are so cute..I used to do a lot of crafts and oil painting. Now, I'm older and am trying watercolors. Illustrations in books always catch my eye. I can look at her books over and over.
The sun's out..have another wonderful day...Balisha

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm so glad you shop for yourself! Isn't it fun? Thanks for sharing all your treasures ~ everything looks beautiful.


June said...

Jane, I love baskets and can't seem to quit picking them up whenever I see one that I think will be perfect.
I love your Fall decor, it is so fun! Just as I imagine you to be.

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Happy Autumn Jane!
I have the book too and Love your bowls...The trip to Vegas looked like a ball...Such fun.
Weekend happiness to you,
xoxo~kathy @
sweet Up-North Mornings...

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Jane, How are you doing? Really enjoyed seeing all your new pretties and displays! I've never checked out Farmhouse Wares or Wisteria but will certainly be checking them out now! Your set of bowls are so great, love em!!

Yes! I also love baskets too! I have a bunch! I even have some large picnic baskets with lids on them that I like to use for storage!

Have a nice Sunday Janey!
Love and Hugs, Sherri:)

Suburban prep said...

Love Susan Branch and all her books. I don't have all but I have quite a few. She has a newsletter that comes out every now and again.

stefanie said...

the bowls are the BEST!!!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love your willow cloches. I have little white pumpkins in mine right now. They look cute. Green apples also look cute. I love seeing yours with the pears.
Isn't it wonderful to be home and be quiet? After your fun trip to Vegas it's still always the best feeling to come home to peace and quiet. Hope you are having a peaceful weekend at home. said...

Hi Jane,
Yes, I use baskets for lots of things but also use bowls,and wire baskets too. I am a bowl nut too. The old ones are great to hold things around the house and always look pretty:)I love your numbered ones.
Capers of the vintage vixens

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I adore all of your wonderful Autumn wonderfulness! Isn't it fun to unpack treasures that have been put away for a bit?

Olive said...

I am a Susan Branch fan and have a couple of her books. Love your numbered bowls. I also get attached to bowls. What could this mean? The cloche would look great with a litlle ghost pumpkin in it or at Christmas your favorite ornaments. hugs♥olive

Melanie said...

I love the bowls! Adorable. It all looks very nice. Glad that you had a relaxing weekend.

Deanna said...

Hi Janie,
I adore the plates and I really love the bowls too. Unique it!

Deanna :D

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Jane, those plates are so cute. How fun to find them after forgetting them - almost like getting a gift. Your bowls are wonderful, and I'm loving your new cloche. Shoot! Now I'm going to have to be looking for vintage blocks to spell my name - so cute! laurie

Rettabug said...

Welcome home from Vegas! I'm so glad to read that you are feeling somewhat better & have been out shopping. Retail therapy is the best kind. ;-)

I've already opened your links in new windows so I can go shopping too.
Thanks bunches for the info.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Your plates are adorable. the rooster is great. I will check out her book. Linda

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Jane
Love Coty.. and love baskets... and can't wait to see yours... where I am living at present there is NO storage.. I mean NONE.. so I have basically not unpacked!! I might need some more baskets myself..

Love those numbered bowls... too sweet... Hope you have a wonderful weekend.. xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

i meant wonderful week... xxxx duh.. and it's only Monday.. hahaha

and thanks for you sweet comments my way.

Donna said...

Love your fall things....AND all things "Susan Branch"!!
Can commisurate on not going to the lake....we too, could not go this weekend and I am fearing it could be the last for the season! Boo! Love going there! Ah fall....

FEDERICA said...

Just a quick post to thank you for always stopping and commenting on my blog! It means a lot to me :)
Ciao dall'Italia!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane....Now we know what you were doing when you were home recooperating....armchair shopping! How fun to come home and find presents from yourself! You are doing a great job of decorating for the season!~Hugs, Patti

Barb said...

Hi Jane,

You found some great items. Wonderful plates and bowls. I am a lover of baskets. You can do so many things with them. Hubby doesn't quite get it.

Thank you for the Anniversary wishes. I can't believe it has already been 7 years. Jeff did a good job.

LV looks like it was so much fun.
There is so much to see and do it can become overwhelming. It always feels good to come back home.

Have a wonderful week.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful Fall treasures, Jane!

Debbiedoos said...

I really love the bowls and plates. You have some fun things to work with Jane for the Fall season.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Really love those bowls! Thanks for the links to all those wonderful places. Made me want to shop!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Love those bowls Jane! Looks like your fall is coming together nicely and the weather too.
Glad you had a nice trip and are home sweet home:)

SmilingSally said...

Hi Jane,
You have the most interesting things; no wonder you like to play.

Check out my book giveaways.

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Janie! Your table is so warm and welcoming! You could always put a sweet white pumpkin under that cloche for autumn (this coming from the gal who slaps white on everything in sight...). And I'm with you on the basket issue! I have some fav gardening/decor books in wicker baskets inside the living room armoire. There are some full of office supplies and mags in my office. There's a couple in the linen closet full of make-up and some lesser-used items. And the industrial ones I nabbed at the flea market earlier this summer are in the upstairs linen closet full of TP and shampoo!

I'll bet it was nice to sleep in your bed this weekend, wasn't it? And what a breathtaking weekend it was weather-wise!!! Doesn't get any better than this! Hugs to you!

xoxo laurie

Sue said...

Isn't our Illinois weather glorious? I wish it would stay like this all the time, cool at night and early in the morning...sunny and warm all day and starting to glow with reds, oranges and yellows! I don't always love living in Illinois, but this time of year...we are the lucky ones!

Anonymous said...

Hi Janie!! Oh, I love your post! Those little plates are so cute. I love Susan Branch and her art - just makes me smile!
Your beehive cloche is so cute! I think you could poke just about anything under it and it would look great!
Can't wait to see your kitchen! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

La said...

The beehive cloche is fabulous and unique. I love gifts from me to me, too. I almost always like it! :o) La

Leslie said...

everything is gorgeous Jane.
Are those Debbie Mumm Haunted house plates?? I love them. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......I am ebaying tonight.
Have a great new week

KimMalk said...

I really like your wire cloche and numbered bowls. Your fall items are looking fun and festive.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty vignettes! I like the beehive cloche! Those bowls are really neat, so are the Halloween plates!


Betsy Brock said...

Fall us my favorite! Your fall decor is fun and beautiful!

Nancy said...

You're so right about Susan Branch - her book is just great. I love those cute and spooky little plates. Don't you know the kids will love seeing them again, also? Have a wonderful aka asthma free week, Janie. xoxo Nancy

myletterstoemily said...

i adore susan branch! you have the
loveliest collectibles!

thanks for all the wonderful fall ideas.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh how I LOVE those bowls.... I'd be a sucker for those tooooo!

And, yep... I use baskets everywhere. I like the ones with lids the best. Things are tiny here at the cottage and I use them for storage. The more the better!

Love your fall-ish vignettes.


Dana and Daisy said...

I love the numbered bowls. I am drawn to anything with numbers, I don;t have a clue what it is, but I do like it!

koralee said...

Oh my from one bowl lover to another...those bowls are amazing...I soooo want a set now!

I love Susan Branch...I have many of her books. xoxox

Hugs for a great Tuesday.

Sue said...

I love all of you goodies Jane, especially the bowls from Wisteria. I also like unpacking things that I have put away, it is like having a flood on memories at one time.
I also like any book by Susan Branch.
I read your post on your fall decorations and enjoyed all of them.
Welcome home, it looks like you had fun.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your plates are so cute. Of course you know that the cloche stole the show. I love it. Your vignette on your little table is so cute, love the pumpkins and the little blocks spelling Jane. Perfect. Everything is just lovely. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

Oooh...I love all of your new pretties, Jane! Of course, you know how I love cloches and your beehive cloche is fabulous! I think the fruit looks pretty under it...if you can manage to keep a few pieces! Hehe! I just giggled when you wrote about your halloween plates...that you had forgotten all about them. I do alot of "end of the season" sale shopping and I'll pick up pretties...and since it's the end of the season, they just get packed away until the following year. I can' tell you how many times...I started going through a box and I had completely forgotten that I had bought the's like Christmas! Hehe!

Oooh...and I love your "number" big bowls too! I'm going to have to go and check Wisteria's been awhile since I've been there!

Well sweet lady, thanks so much for sharing your pretties with us! And...thank you for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet note on my Sunday Favorites! I always enjoy your visits, my friend! I hope that my note finds you well! Have you managed to get your asthma under control? I sure do hope so, Darlin'!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

AntiqueChase said...

Love those bowls, I would have purchased them too!

Thanks for the visit!!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Thanks for your sweet comment and for visiting today. Love the wire cloche!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love those numbered bowls and your chippy table. I love old and chippy anything.

April said...

You always have such a knack for making everything look BEAUTIFUL!

Marianne said...

Finding 'gifts' in your own house that you love is the best. Enjoy playing with your Fall accessories!!

Pam Kessler said...

I am in love with the bowls. I am going to go to their website and check them out right now. I love to send myself gifts.

All That Glitters said...

I'm loving those bowls and your centerpiece!!! You are so sweet! I have been in a bad state of mind here lately and you ladies just know how to cheer a girl up!

Take care!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Jane, you have so many fun things on this post.
I have Susan Branch's wonderful cookbook. I think I have all of them. I just love her watercolors.. and all her yummy recipes!
And finding things you love is better than getting something new.
Now I'm off to check out Farmhouse Wares.
So lovely to visit... it's been far too long!

Lindy said...

Love your fall decor! I need that book!!!!

Unknown said...

G'eve Janie ~ I love the bowls, plates & cloche ... glad you all had a lovely trip.

Have a great eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Jane!
I don't have any Susan BRanch books -- will have to look for them!
I can hardly believe the summer is gone, and we only got out to the beach house twice. Criminal.
It's so hard to get away most weekends.

LOVE the white bowls -- I am a big fan of bowls -- especially white ones! Always getting more. And more. And more.

And YES I love baskets for storage and organization. Got that from my Mom, who every fall would make a pilgrimage to Vermont to pick up baskets at a huge place up there -- can't remember the name of it!

By the time she was shopping, there was hardly room in the station wagon for the 4 kids.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane, I am crazy in love with your Halloween plates and the number bowls are fabulous. I am on a little Autumn trip today and bought some number stuff too! Okay...signing off for now to read about your Vegas trip. xoxo

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

Love your fall goodies ;)

My Grama's Soul said...

I love it when we get presents!!!! and the fact that yours are from you to yourself even makes it better (O:

Glad you are home again....and are enjoying this fall weather...hopefully you are in the PINK health wise also.



Anita Diaz said...

I love those plates too! I love that cloche especially because it is different. We are getting the best of the leaves right now, so I'm trying to take it all in and just enjoy it before they are gone. Thanks for stopping by!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hey there- love all your decorations and your beehive cloche is gorgeous! Sounds like you had a great time in LV! :)

Decor To Adore said...

Oh so lovely! Wisteria is very dangerous for me. :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
I am trying to get caught up on my blogging even if it is the middle of the night! hehe.
Love your new bowls and plates but especially that bee hive basket!
That is way cool!
Great vignettes my friend!
Isn't this weather been wonderful!
We still need to get planning our get together. Does Al have a date for his party yet?
Big Hugs,

Blue Creek Home said...

I love the beehive cloche - it's a nice change from the standard glass ones.
Great Halloween plates too.

I know what you mean about getting gifts from yourself!!! Fun!


The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh we just love Coty Farquar! What fun...can't wait for that post! Love your number bowls...we just got in containers and pitchers - I think they will be quite the HOT item this winter! Have a great day Jane!
Karla & Karrie

Jeanne Henriques said...

Beautiful Jane!! What a great collection of Autumn decorations :))

Jeanne xx

Carmen said...

Your Fall things look so nice together! I love the Fall with all it's beautiful warm colors! I'm going to check out some of the links you provided. BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment!!

Unknown said...

Poached Pears and Apples are so perfect for Fall. We do that a lot in France.
I am not ready for the Holiday too! HAHAHA
Love the cloche. You can use it like a glass one. nest, birds, pretty dish.
Love the bowls....Ohhhhhh Love them too.

Glad you are doing good. Thank you so saying hi :)

susan said...

Janie-You HAVE been shopping! Like you, I find it is the best way to get exactly what I want :) LOVE your cloche and numbered bowls---which would be great for the apple pie oatmeal..I have not discovered a way to have it delivered bedside. If I do, you'll be the first person I tell :) Take care and have a good weeekend!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

You have put together some pretty vignettes for your home this fall. What fun t post stuff back to yourself - must prolong the holiday.
My French Country Home

Sarah said...

Jane, glad to hear you feel like playing with some of your fall things now. I finally pulled the boxes down from the attic. It is fun to get out all the Halloween decorations. Thanks for stopping by to visit the witches. ;-)
~ Sarah

Lynn said...

I just love your blog and I had such a great visit here this morning!
Love the 1 2 3 4 bowls!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Jane, I am in love with the bowls. I'll have to check out Wisteria. I use baskets a lot in our home. They are great for hiding my clutter!
xo, Sherry

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the cloche, Jane! I am so loving them and it is all Marty's fault! LOL! : ) I am going to have to visit the place you link to. I actually went back to Marty's cloche party last week to see what other people put under theirs. A lot of Fall stuff at the moment, but how about at Christmas - some ornaments, holiday figurines, some fake snow and a snowman. Recently I've seen small pumpkins {I did one of those myself}, pinecones, acorns, skulls, spiders, probably anything an apothecary could hold except your kind of doing it upside down!