Monday, October 17, 2011

~Little Touches of Autumn~

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Autumn is my favorite time of the year and, normally, I decorate my home during this time of year almost as much as I do for Christmas!  But I haven't put out any decorations for the last two years due to major back surgery and then being diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  I have missed having my decorations up and decided to take the plunge and put out as many touches as I could even though we are two weeks into October!

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What is it about autumn that we love?  Is it the crispness in the air?  The vibrant colors?  The end to a hot summer?  The smell of wood burning?  The last of the harvest?  I found some quotes and snippets of poetry that describe and speak of the fall/autumn season.  Will they touch a chord with you?

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I took tons of pictures of my little touches of autumn but never fear!  I used the My Memories scrapbooking software to edit the photos and put them in clusters.  So grab a cup of coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate, cozy up and get comfy...

"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad." ~ Edwin Way Teale

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.  So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.' ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

One of many basket arrangements used in my daughter's fall wedding reception
"October, here's to you.  Here's to the heady aroma of the frost-kissed apples, the wine-y smell of ripened grapes, the wild-as the-wind smell of hickory nuts and the nostalgic whiff of that first wood smoke." ~ Ken Weber

"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it and, if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." ~ George Elliot

"A few days ago, I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of the leaves with each step I made.  The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, aer as crisp as autumn air." ~ Eric Sloane

Grapevines, fall swags and small lights add a warm glow above kitchen cabinets
"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed, the crowning glory of the year bringing us the fruition of thought and care and toil.  And at no season, safe perhaps in daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August to November." ~ Rose G. Kingsley

"Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all." ~ Stanley Horowitz

"The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools." ~ Henry Beston

Autumn's bounty in full show on the fireplace mantel
"Listen!  The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves.  We have had our summer evenings now for October eves.!" ~ Humbert Wolfe

"October is the month when the smallest breeze gives us a shower of autumn leaves,  bonfires and pumpkins.  Leaves sailing down - October is red and golden and grown." ~ Anonymous

The ironstone pitcher adds a beautiful contrast to the colors of Autumn.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus

"Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue and nights that suddenly become clear and chilled.  The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds and the harvesting of the season's last crops." ~ Glenn Wolff

No Spring or Summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one Autumnal face." ~ John Donne
"Come, said the wind to the leaves one day.  Come o'er the meadows and we will play.  Put on your dresses, scarlet and gold, for summer is gone and the days grow cold." ~ A children's song of the 1880s
You can't have autumn without a scarecrow!  He keeps watch above the refrigerator.

"The clump of maples on the hill and this one near the door, seem redder quite a lot this year than last or year before: I wonder if it's jest because I love the Old State more! ~ David L. Cady

"October is nature's funeral month.  Nature glories in death more than in life.  The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May.  Every green thing loves to die in bright colors." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

An adorable piece I purchased yeas ago at an Arts and Crafts festival.  I love all the details!

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." ~  Elizabeth Lawrence

"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter." ~ Nova Blair

"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart." ~ Hal Borland
A vignette of fall leaves, grapevine pumpkins and pussy willows above an antique cabinet used to house movies.  I love adding small lights for warmth and ambiance.

"When the trees, their summer splendor, change to raiment red and gold; when the summer moon turns mellow and the nights are getting cold.  When the squirrels hide their acorns and the woodchucks disappear; then we know that it is autumn, loveliest season of the year." ~ Charlotte L. Riser

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

May your day be filled with all the beauty, bounty and blessings that Autumn has to offer. ~


Cindy said...

Your fall touches are GREAT! Love how you added lights to the garland, really brightens up your fall decor! Sure hope you get to feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Hi Velma, I found you through Susan's "Between Naps on the Porch." I LOVE your quotes and pictures. I love to collect quotes and had read a couple of these but now I take new lovelies with me. I also love autumn, so much so that I wrote it a letter here:

Looking forward to visiting.
Much love.

Marianne C. said...

Hello, Velma,

Oh, I do love Autumn, too, for the very same reasons as you. Your photos are so fall-like and they take me back and fill my senses with Autumn. I am now living in SE Texas and we are still in the 80s, but tomorrow a cool front promises to show up.

Thank you for sharing so abundantly,

eileeninmd said...

Autumn is a beautifyl time of the year. Your colorful photos and decorations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing on Mosaic Monday!

Cindy said...

Velma! Your decor is gorgeous!!! I love it all, the little lights in it are so sweet. I almost did that one day recently and then I changed my mind, I think you have convinced me that I should do it.
All of your quotes are so lovely, I also love quotes!
Have a lovely day and thank you for finding my blog.
Hugs, Cindy

Hope said...

Very nice, Velma! Lots of homey fall touches! I enjoyed all the quotes too!


Kerin said...

Your decor is so cheery. I love all the cute little touches everywhere!
Thanks for finding my blog. I am following you now too, and looking forward to reading all your posts!
Take care of you, and have a great week!

Cindy said...

Me again, after seeing your little white lights in some of your decor, I did that on my fireplace and I love it, thanks so much for the inspiration!

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey Velma! :) Your fall decor is lovely! I'm sorry you had to have back surgery a while back, my hubby has had it too and I feel for you. He actually needs to have it again, but we're praying for God to heal him..he doesn't want to go through that again. :)
My chairs were a lot of work, but they really weren't that hard, I actually enjoyed doing them because I couldn't wait to see how they turned out! lol
Have a great week
Missy! :)

Nancy said...

Hello Velma, thanks for visiting. You really made me feel nostalgic. The simple white pitcher reminded me of my Moms decorating way back when. I am sorry to hear about you having back surgery. Glad you are able to decorate this year. It is very nice. I have Fibro myself and MS thrown in there they said. Enjoy your week, I'll be back to visit again.

Veronica said...

Hi Velma For me autumn as we call it here is about the colours. My natural favoured colours in my home is all fall colours and in Cape Town it is the best season still warm enough to be in the pool until 9 at night and the fierce winds of summer dies down. Loved all your pictures and decor! We are in spring but here in blogland I get the benefit of both worlds! great isn't it?


Southwest Arkie said...

You've really captured the season with all of your lovely decor...hope you feel better.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Hi Velma. Thank you for visiting my new blog. You have done a lot of decorating! I love Autumn and all its colors. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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