Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Fall Cottage

Hello Blogger Friends!

I can't believe there are only 38 days left in this year! Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were coloring Easter eggs. So fall is upon us now and winter will soon be knocking on our door. I took all of the cute Halloween decorations down and packed them into their special plastic bins, hauled them up to my perfectly organized attic and got the fall decorations down so I could adorn my sweet Oklahoma cottage in the appropriate style to celebrate this wonderful season of . . .
I took some paper mache letters and covered them with beautiful fall scrapbooking paper, then added a beautiful garland of fall leaves to decorate this shelf.

You can see from this picture that things have changed. No more black and white! And Miss Molly (my mannequin) got a new place in the room. She is now the official door greeter, waiting to welcome you when you walk through the front door.

I love the way decorations can completely transform a room. I had so much fun decorating this sweet fall cottage. Every nook and cranny got a pumpkin or leaf or something to make it feel more like fall inside.

My fireplace mantle is just stunning this year. I wish you could see it in person. I put orange Christmas lights underneath the decor and when you turn off all the lights a soft amber glow is emitted from this foliage. It is so much prettier in person!

I had quite a collection of pumpkins this year and my favorites are made from taffeta fabric. They are on this table with the ivory doily. They are so beautiful!

Here is Miss Molly all decked out for the fall. My mom gave me this sweet dress and I added some embellishments for the season. I made the roses from ribbon that adorn her hat. Isn't she lovely?

The kitchen got a fall makeover too. The rooms usually get cleared out until they are bare and I add pieces back in as I decorate. It is so much fun to have a new space to live in by being creative with your design!

Even the tops of the cabinets got some new decor. I just love how it all turned out!

My little cottage is so sweet and cozy, especially in the fall because of all the warm, inviting colors we get to use. I can't wait to get home from work every night to play and rest in my sweet nest.

Here is the dining room table and the china hutches. They are just as sweet as the rest of the house! I especially love the dishes I used for the tablescape.

Don't you just love these sweet turkey plates? I used a round fall place mat, a gold charger, a Rose Point dinner plate, and that sweet turkey plate to finish the ensemble. So lovely!

Here is the hutch that holds my Rose Point china collection, well most of it anyway! It is always so fun to try to come up with creative ways to decorate everything so it all works together.

The larger china hutch usually holds my seasonal dishes and then other decor to fill in. This season's china is some brown transferware that was made in England. I think it is called "stagecoach" because it has a stagecoach scene on it. I think they are beautiful!

The china blends in perfectly with the other fall decor and garlands of leaves. I think everything turned out so lovely in my sweet fall cottage this year!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my sweet Oklahoma cottage all decorated up for the fall. I had so much fun and I hope I have inspired you in some way. Please let me know what you think!
Oh, and it might be a good idea for you to stand back come November 26th because I will be pulling the pin on the Christmas grenade! Plenty of pictures will be coming soon! I can't wait!!!
Blessing to you!
Love Tammy

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pink Pumpkins

Happy Pink Saturday My Sweet Blogger Friends!
I was actually able to find some pink to post this Saturday but I had to create it myself! That was so much fun!!! My mom Ginger inspired me with her pretty pink fall pumpkins so I decided to try my hand at it to decorate up my pretty dresser in my bedroom for the fall. This is what I came up with. This is a ceramic pumpkin that was white. I gave her a lovely shade of pink paint, some glitter, and some beautiful embellishments to decorate her up. I think she is so pretty . . . and she has a baby!
Here are mama and baby pumpkin together. I used a different kind of glitter, shade of pink paint, and some different roses for baby. I think they turned out so pretty!

Here is another view of the ceramic pumpkins all fu-fued up for the fall!

This is a flat wood pumpkin that was white and I painted, glittered, and embellished her too. And guess what? She has a baby too!

The baby wood pumpkin already lived with me and she was orange so I gave her some spurcing up and now she looks like she belongs in the family! I had a lot of fun embellishing these sweet pumpkins!

And last, but not least, is my version of the stuffed fabric pumpkin. I think I had the most fun making her because I got to start from scratch. I made two more, one bigger and one smaller, but they have not been embellished yet. Hopefully this coming week they will get finished and I will be able to show you how they turned out.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my sweet shabby fall pumpkins. I want to thank my mom for inspiring me and giving me a great idea for how to mix fall and pink and I would also like to thank Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ for hosting us again for Pink Saturday. Please be sure to check out her blog and the others that are participating this week! Happy Pink Saturday!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will come back and check out my photos of my sweet fall cottage that I will post next time. The decorating turned out so lovely and I know you will enjoy seeing it! I hope you have a great weekend!
Blessings to you!
Love Tammy

Trunk or Treat 2010

Hello Blogger Friends!
I can't believe three weeks have already passed since Halloween but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to share these great pictures with you of my fun time at my church on the Saturday before Halloween. I don't know how it was in your community, but in mine there were tons of things going on all weekend for Halloween. My favorite event was the "Trunk or Treat" event that I coordinated at my church. Several church members decorated the insides of their trunks and dressed up to hand out candy to the community children that came to trick or treat.
James and I decorated the back of our trunk to look like Sherwood forest since we were Robin Hood and Maid Marian. We put a bunch of branches in the back first, then added the ghosts so the forest would look "haunted". Then we added a treasure chest of jewels that Robin had taken from the rich to give to the poor. James even made his own bow and arrows out of sticks that looked very realistic. I made a "wooden" plank sign (that you can't see in this picture) out of cardboard that said "Sherwood" and pointed to the inside of the trunk. Our trunk was one of the best and everyone that came by had a nice comment for us. This children, however, thought that we were Shrek and Fiona! I guess they are too young to know about Robin Hood.
Here is Shrek and Fiona, a.k.a. Robin Hood and Maid Marian. We had so much fun dressing up and passing out candy to the . . .

Sock hop queens . . .

and fair maidens . . .

and tin men and lions, oh my!

The children were so adorable and I hope you got your fair share of cuties knocking on your door to give candy to. This Halloween was so much fun and this event was a huge success. Our church members donated 3 large trash cans full of candy. We had over 900 people from the community come out to our event. I was really pleased with the results. I guess this shows you what can happen when we all work together!
Thank you for visiting today. I hope you enjoyed my "Trunk or Treat" pictures!
Blessings To You!
Love Tammy