" of the ways I attempt to create at least a thin layer of authenticity 
is to shun holiday or theme specific manufactured decoration."

When I read this quote at French Kissed and saw her incredible photos
I realized it expressed what wasn't quite "right" with my mantel as arranged yesterday.
It wasn't so much about the orange as the
Halloween-specific manufactured decoration.
So I'm tweeking today.
I'll also be ironing this table runner...

 and finding the perfect spot for this white ceramic pumpkin  that I created last year
or the year before (or the year before THAT) at a ceramic shop.
(Time flies when you're 62!)


  1. Hi Rebecca....Love all your autumn decor. Everything looks nice. Your white pumpkin is the pizazz, too. And you are right....time flies, whether you are having fun or not! ha ha Susan from

  2. Brilliant quote! So true... And I love that pumpkin. My mom and I did ceramics together last year or the year before (or the year before that). ;) Actually it was about 20 years ago. Gasp!!

    Blessings, Debbie

    *wool roving is what you use to spin yarn. You purchase it from a store that sells spinning supplies. Of course the easiest source is the internet and you can purchase small amounts from sellers on ETSY. :)

  3. Excellent quote!
    I love that ceramic pumpkin, so seasonal but classy and understated, unlike all the hideous plastic Hallowe'en tat in our shops at the moment! x

  4. Such a pretty ceramic pumpkin!

    Your runner is sweet. I hate to iron but just did some ironing this morning! Did you know, if you iron for an hour ... you burn something like 100 calories! No joke!

    My MIL always told me that. She is almost 80 and and is still counting calories and worried about her weight. :)


  5. Very pretty! Nice job on the pumpkin!

  6. I'm passing through some of the blogs and thought id stop and say hello. And i hope that you folks have a very nice fall weekend. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  7. You've inspired me to get my autumn decorations out. Maybe tomorrow. Yours are lovely!

  8. Your new tweek is very pretty. I love the white pumpkin,too. White just adds such simplicity and cleanness. However, I still liked your little plastic pumpkins. I try to have my house as elegant as possible, but I have places for funky things like salt and pepper shakers, funny ceramics and even 50sish pieces that I can't resist.


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