Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumn's Arrival

~ Autumn's Arrival ~

I spent  a good portion of the day gathering things from around the house to welcome the arrival of the autumn season.  
As the days become a bit cooler it is a pleasure to open the windows and breathe in the fresh crisp air of an autumn day.
Ideal conditions for cozying up the house in anticipation of the pleasures to be found as summer gives way to the delightful fall season.

I do enjoy a slight decor change with the arrival of each new season.  Having said that I don't think the word slight would quite describe what happens around here for the Christmas season.  We won't concern ourselves with that now though, will we?
Anyhow, moving right along...
While I do incorporate autumnal hues into my decor, there are some colors (bright oranges) that just don't work with what I have going on around here.
Today I took out four different tablecloths before settling on this one.  It seemed to work best with the rug that sits beneath the kitchen table.
Riveting content here today, eh? :D

I like to assemble my centerpiece items onto a platter or tray so that they can easily be whisked off the table, if need be.
I tried using a wood tone basket-type tray, but thought it seemed out of place.
After ransacking the cupboards a bit I settled on this transferware platter as I liked how the patterns worked together.

 I pulled out the pear candles that I've had for years and promptly decided they would look better with something under them.  Enter the blue and white saucers I had recently obtained from the thrift shop.  I knew they'd come in handy sooner or later.

A pear themed plate.
The color and texture tied in nicely.
Too bad I only have one.
Oh well, this is blogland where we can pretend the entire table is set this way.  Right?
Our little secret ;-).

On another note I tried something new today.
Making a blog header in PicMonkey.
I wouldn't even want to admit how many hours I devoted to that.
I hope those gigantic pictures in my header didn't scare you.
I started with four... one and a half of them were cut off.
I went back and created another one with three and that is what you see now.  Looks more like one and three quarters to me.
I went in again and made yet another one.  Before saving it I entered a smaller size for the photos.  After watching the little monkey do somersaults for hours I gave up.  For now the gigantic header stays until I have the patience to attempt this again.
If any of my PicMonkey savvy blog friends have an easy solution to this I would be so grateful.  I'm sure it is an easy fix if you know what the heck you're doing.

From the southeast United States I'd like to extend a Happy Fall Y'all.



  1. I must admit, I do really like your header picture and can identify with how frustrating it can be to make one. I also think your pear candles look so good with that table setting. I like how you incorporated the yellow and blue with the other colors. Pretty and calming.

  2. I do like your new header! It's so difficult to resize things so mine is always just a collage that I make up on PicMonkey. I don't know how to resize my space at the top for it and am afraid to as I just know it will mess up. So. It stays as is. Your table cloth and colours are lovely and soft. I like blue and yellow together. I've gone with the traditional fall colours and pops of orange. Happy Fall to you from the northeast (of Canada that is!). Pamela

  3. I love the blue and yellow together and the pear candles go so well with them.
    I have used PicMonkey to make my header but it was so long ago I can't tell you how right off the top of my head how to do it. I do need to make a new one too.

  4. The pear candle is so lovely! I love all the fall images in Blog Land!

  5. I think all your decorating ideas are always so pretty and creative. You have a knack for it. : )
    Love the pear plate.
    I've never used PicMonkey so can't help you there.

  6. Such pretty decor. Our home is full of blues and grays and oranges don't do well with me. So I like these subtle things you do. The pear candle is really lovely.
    I never know what I'm doing when I change my header - it's always touch and go.

  7. I think your header is great. I always have problems changing my header....that's why I don't do it often!

  8. Your header looks perfect on my iPhone. Almost makes me want to tweak my blog for autumn. Technology has been pushing my buttons lately so I am reluctant to try! I am not a nice person when my buttons are pushed!

  9. Hi Kim, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  10. I dare not offer advice to a soul. I can tell you what I used to do if that would help. I like the header and am sure that it is beautiful. I'm seeing one photo and a half on this here iPad. I love your photos of yellows and blues. The pear plate is wonderful as are the blues and whites and the linens.

    1. Vee,
      If you care to share what you used to do, I'm all ears.
      Thanks for offering to help. Wish I could return the favor.

  11. Thank-you...for your fall wishes! It looks like you are in full fall mode over there. It's looking lovely. Pears and sunflowers are the perfect touch for the season.

  12. Happy autumn, Kim! I like your new header--very bright and colorful. I also need a new blog header but I ma wary of playing around with what I have now now as the photos never seems to size right no matter what I use to make it. I need a day when I have a lot of time on my hands--that is not happening anytime soon!

  13. Such pretty décor. Thanks for the heads-up about Picmonkey, I need to check it out because your blog header is beautiful!

  14. You did a wonderful job on your fall decorations, Kim,as well as the header, I have been trying a new photo editor too, Pic monkey frustrated me so i put it on hold until I have more time, and tried another, so far so good. ~smile~
    My mother and I had a conversation about Christmas today. she is just itching to start her Christmas decorating, shh!! that's her little secret.~smile~ Thanks for sharing.

  15. That little pear candle and plate is so pretty? You know, when I was a little girl, pears were my favorite fruit, until I changed to cherries when I got older. I think your new Header is just right for Fall. I love the orange flowers. I heard orange was the happiest color of all, and I believe it. I don't think they are too big either, as I am a fan of BIG!

    Happy Fall.



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