I love fall. I love that fall appeals to all my senses–beautiful trees, cooler temperatures, rustling leaves, burning fields, apple and pumpkin treats!

Ahhhh!

I enjoy getting out my fall decorations, too.

We usually go to a pumpkin patch for our pumpkins. The summer rains were not friendly to the pumpkin farmers. This year we ended up getting our pumpkins at the Open Arms Pumpkin Fun Run fundraiser.

Typically, I grab some mums at Walmart or Lowe’s to set around with the pumpkins.

After the blooms have died and the cold sets in, I dump the pots in the trash. Yes, I know you can plant them. I never seem to have the time.

Well, last year, the pots never even made it to the curb! Shame!

weeds

They have sprouted lovely weeds courtesy of the wind and the birds.

There is another pot, however, that is different.

mums

It decided to root itself through the bottom of the pot!

I have mums and I didn’t even have to leave home to get them!

They aren’t the perfectly shaped kind from the store–that’s okay.

I have not bought any fancy mums from the store yet.  I may let my “survivor mum” have a chance in the spotlight this year!

I have, however,  added a few decorations to the porch. I’ll get around to the inside of the house eventually.

Don’t you love that you get to use your fall decorations for a long time?!

Happy Fall y'all wreath

pumpkins and hydrangeas

old rocking chair

outdoor fall decor

Now, go make some fall cookies or something. Here is an idea–Applesauce Cookies.

I’ve been noticing a lot of folks already decorating for Christmas. Now I’m no Scrooge, but I’m still enjoying fall and gearing up for Thanksgiving.

I totally get the working on Christmas crafts and the honing Christmas cookie recipes. Personally, I wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. We always get a fresh Christmas tree, so that does play in to the waiting.

When do YOU start to decorate for Christmas?

Here are some of my fall photos…

I know you’re probably saying-Wow! That’s a lot of pumpkins! Our sweet friends over at Fletcher Farms invited us to a pumpkin pickin’ party. We had a blast!

This wreath is one of my favorite decorations, even if it is starting to look a little sad and worn out. I had seen a wreath like this in a magazine long, long ago.

I thought, “I can do that!”

Raise your hand if you have ever said that.

I hurried off to Kroger and bought me some Indian Corn. I brought it home and tried to cut it. Try was about all I could do. It was pitiful. My father-in-law ended up taking my corn home with him and used a big electric saw. Of course, that was much easier.

The middle of the corn was soft. I poked it with an ice pick. Then I threaded the cut corn onto a coat hanger. I realize it is a little out of round, the raffia is lookin’ kinda frumpy, and a lot of the kernels have fallen off the corn. (It is 17 years old.) I don’t care. I still like it. Although, maybe next year I’ll work on that raffia.

This is a picture I yanked out of a Pottery Barn catalog many moons ago. It may have even been Pottery Barn Kids.

I thought, “I can do that!”

Well, I did.

I made these a couple of years ago. I had to make up the pattern myself. I did a lot wrong in making them, but they turned out cute anyway. No, I didn’t make it where you could put the silverware in the leaves.

See why I’m waiting to put up my Christmas tree?