By all these lovely tokens, September days are here,
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.
Helen Hunt Jackson
This year, the first day of fall is on September 22nd. Here in Nashville, it still feels like summer and it still looks like summer, which is all right with this spring/summer loving girl. (I love fall, too:)) But, the days are noticeably shorter now, and they are milder, too. It's only 83 degrees outside right now!
Some years, I like to hang on to every last bit of summer goodness. Some years, I like to think ahead to the beautiful bounty of autumn. But, I'm always grateful that the seasons change in God's perfect timing!
This year is a special September. My daughter's due date was yesterday, and our whole family and her husband's are counting down the moments until her baby daughter (my first grandchild!) decides to arrive. If I don't finish this post, you'll know I got that phone call! LOL.
Anyhow, I've always marked the start of fall decorating season by the beginning of the school year, rather than by the weather. Here's my start to fall decorating this year. (Sorry the photo isn't clearer.) You can see my "Pinterest" beans in the bowl in the middle, on top of the wooden cake stand. If I had to do it over again, I would do them in a taller container. I may end up swapping them out with the rocks in the holder with the scarecrow.
The wooden stand is part of a two stand set that my father brought back from Bermuda. He was stationed there during WWII, and he brought back several wooden things that local craftsmen made.
I was on my way home from a Dollar Store run today when I thought to myself that I wish I had a bird's nest. I am crazy about birds, and I like to decorate with bird themes. I had bought a package of raffia to tie around things. When I opened it, it plopped out on the table in a nest shape. Well, there was my "bird's nest"! I placed in it a ceramic dove? partridge? that I've had for quite a while.
The painting that is reflected in the mirror was done by my talented father-in-law. The one in the picture below (It hangs by the side of the dresser, as you can see in the photo) was purchased by my mother back in the late 70's or early 80's. It is of a place in North Georgia, and the artist mixed local clays to use as the paints. I leave it up all year round, but the literally earthy tones blend in with a fall theme. It looks warped in the photo, but it's really not.