Oct 31, 2011

Halloween Fate...

Are you ready for a night
of Halloween thrills?

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or maybe a night of scary movies
 and candlelight,
with a loved one to cling to
for safety?


As I girl I loved to dress up as a gypsy,
layers of ruffled skirts,
a borrowed wig with long long hair,
and piles of jewelery...

I have always
been intrigued by Gypsies
and fortune tellers,
the seers...

I don't know that I would truly like to "see" my future
I like surprises too much...

but it is fun to imagine....


I am enchanted by Vintage Halloween postcards,
their simple verses,
foretelling your fate...



the secret of my life's destiny
lies hidden in this beets root,
if only I knew...

perhaps tonight,
I will stumble upon a clever gypsy,
who will share the secret,
or perhaps YOU know?


Night falls soon,
let the fun begin,
stay safe...

Trick or Treat?

Oct 16, 2011

The Softer Side of Fall...

After dressing up my mantle
for Fall-O-Ween,

I still craved something a little softer...

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something a little girlie,
something with a little lace...

something in softer shades...


I spent this morning cleaning out the veggie garden,
gathering...

a few last carrots,
a small pile of acorn squash,
more cucumbers than I know what to do with...

and while I was gathering
I plucked some floral goodies too
for a new centerpiece...


a white pumpkin was set in the middle of the bounty...




Peegee Hydrangea,
a few Endless Summer Hydrangea
and the vivid purple berries
of the Beauty Berry...

It's a centerpiece with staying power,
since the Hydrangea are already almost dry...

we'll see how the berries hold up...


and
a curly bow on top,
just 'cause :-)

Today I am joining,
and


Thanks for stopping by today....

Oct 13, 2011

Fall-O-Ween on the Mantle....

It's time for Fall on the mantle,
but who could resist a little Halloween tucked in?
so Fall-O-Ween...

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I had dreamt of a black and white fall decor,
but the rich colors of fall were irresistible,
if only for a moment...


BOO!
a scary banner,
I made years ago...


I love crows,
but maybe the naughty creatures are best
kept under glass...


cut autumn branches are the easiest
and cheapest way,
to bring the beauty of the season inside....

and they smell wonderful!


my warty pumpkins
from my pumpkin farm trip...



it seems a witch stopped by
and left a few things laying around :-)


I have relit my faux fireplace
and it seems to have stirred up a mouse (or is that a rat?)...

but don't worry
when my back was turned, the girls
took care of it!!
he is now a one eared rat :-)


Tonight I am joining,
and

Thanks for stopping by today...

Oct 11, 2011

Treasured Blooms...

Saturday was a beautiful day,
and we did some fall garden clean up...

I snapped a few pics along the way...

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Eden Rose

if you visit my garden often,
most of the flowers will be familiar,
they are just popping out a few treasured
 last blooms...


the Beauty Berry is newly in fruit,
the bright purple berries are a welcome sight in fall...


a couple Asters are the other newbies,
more purple :-)


the faithful Bonita Rose...


she is fearless in the face of the cool fall weather
and is blooming away...


the Winchester Cathedral rose...


Anemones and their happy faces
seem oblivious to the weather...


a few spikes of Toadflax....


the Jacobs Ladder sent up a surprise late bloom or two....


Mallow...


the pink Anemones falling through the gazebo rail...



lazy nodding Eden Rose blooms...

Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for strolling with me today...

Oct 10, 2011

A Cozy Tea with Iris...

I have been enjoying the cool fall weather,
but last night it turned on me...

I love to keep the windows cracked at night,
but last night...
I had to get up and close them
 all up tight,
and go searching for fuzzy socks...

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when it gets coldish
It is time to bake...


I set up my little tea party,
in a snuggly corner of the couch...


a cake stuffed with Roses,
makes a sweet centerpiece...


the first cookbook I ever owned
is the Better Homes red cookbook,
and it's still where I turn for basic recipes...

this applesauce cake is a yearly favorite...


and yes,
 Roses are also a favorite...

besides they don't want to spend the day outside
in the nasty cold either :-)


a rosy teapot...


and rosy china...
a big mug,
and a mismatched big plate...

make a pretty couple...


 and are a good place
to balance a piece of cake...


after the cake has been cut,
the too simple secret to the sweet centerpiece...

a jelly jar
tucks into the center of a bundt cake easily,
and when the cake is gone,
you still have a simple bouquet :-)


so this has been a post covered in Roses,

about now maybe you are wondering
why the title is...
A Cozy Tea with Iris
?


Iris was my tea companion today,

she is fascinated by the cake!
I couldn't keep her away...

the silly little thing has the biggest sweet tooth...



Today I am joining these tea parties...

Thanks for joining me today...