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Signs of Fall are slowly making an appearance in my home! Many of you decorated for Fall a few weeks ago but preparations and travel to the retreat in California and family and chaplain responsibilities made me wait a bit longer than usual to begin.
Every October I bring out the candles that were put away earlier in the year – and I get out warm afghans and throws to help warm a chilly day. Then I return the fireplace tool set to its spot on the hearth, add a basket of pinecones gathered in my dear mother-in-law and father-in-law’s yard many years ago and a brass wood basket with firewood made ready for warming chilly moments.A day or two ago I finally brought out my Fall decorations and things started to change around here. I've added a few new things this year and it wasn’t long before I knew I wanted do something different. There’s no way to tell you how many times I have carefully arranged things, then stepped back to look it all over only to realize it wasn’t what I wanted. Because I really wanted to use the things I already had I tried to talk myself into ignoring the new ideas that kept popping into my mind. Finally, after a few things were in place I knew I had to follow my heart and make the changes I wanted – changes that seemed to be just right! It’s coming together little by little – and I’m liking it.
Hard decisions were made and I went back to some of my original thoughts – and I couldn’t be happier! Here’s what I did beside my favorite chair. I’ve changed parts of it several times and I like the way it looks. Remember my new, little coaster that I showed you here? It’s right beside my chair where I can enjoy it every day. These little treasures are on top of my grandmother’s sewing stand. It always stood near a comfy chair in her living room and I grew up wondering what she kept in the little drawers and ‘cubbies’. I was thrilled whenever she asked me to find something inside. Recently my mother gave me this little piece of my history – it needs some work done so you will have to wait to see more. I gathered some special things to display – just bits and pieces of things I enjoy.
I love candlelight! It took me awhile to find just the right thing for the candle in this spot. Some of my things were too large; others were too small. Some were just not right at all. This year I am using more of my yellow glass and pottery collections and working in bits and pieces of Fall decorations. I don’t know how many candleholders and combinations of candles and pretty things I tried before I decided to use a cute, little yellow glass vase on a small yellow candle coaster. I added a small candleholder inside so I could see the candlelight from my chair. I wanted the candle and flame to be enclosed for safety and I didn’t want the candle to melt all over the inside of my vase! So, this is what I put together.This sweet, little autumn bird sits beside my candle. I found him at a garage sale a couple of years ago. Isn’t he cute?
I added two old books, chosen for the colors of the season and put a little yellow glass acorn on top. I decided not to put anything inside the acorn so the light from my big window would shine through and reflect off of it.
I’ve enjoyed watching the autumn sun reflect off the yellow glass pieces – and I find myself smiling as the ever-changing shadows dance across the room.
Yes, the signs of Fall have begun to appear. You can be sure there will be more – simple things are being changed and you’ll be among the first to know. I promise.