Can I be honest for a minute on this Thanksgiving Eve? I really really do not care for Fall. I can hear about 95% of you gasping right now. Let me explain. I grew up in Southern California where Fall means, well, not snow (yes we got quite the dumping on last week with over a foot.) My first Wisconsin Fall took place 19 years ago and I was really excited about it. I had heard about the fall colors and they did not disappoint. My mom and dad came to visit from CA and it was so much fun showing them around and doing all of typical Midwest Fall Activities together. It also happened to be an El Nino year, which of course meant waaaaay warmer than usual temps. Looking back I feel I may have been tricked, because little did I know that subsequent year’s would be cold as heck!
What I also did not know was that the very next Fall, immediately after Halloween, I would watch my Dad pass away in the Hospital. Every year thereafter, the crisp (cold) air and and falling leaves would be there to remind me of one of the saddest moments of my life. This season is a season of struggle for me. Facing the uncomfortable cold (sometimes snow in early Oct.), the dying back of my beloved greenery (you all no I love my growing things) and the memories of my dad (yes it can still hurt after 18), the melancholy can seem to sneak up on me.
This year was different though. Maybe it was that blessed El Nino bringing me some unusually warm temps. Or maybe it’s been some hope that I have received for myself and for other’s I know that have been struggling with their health. Whatever it was, somehow I managed to really love Fall this year. For the first time ever, I decorated my house for the season. I found so much Joy and Therapy in doing so too!! In fact, I found that therapy so often that my husband said, “You and your pumpkin painting!” I did paint quite a few of them. I also found some joy in many other DIY fall projects, which I will try to point out.
Tomorrow I will have 15+ people that I love in my house. It will be filled with joy and laughter and maybe a few tears as we will be missing someone who cannot be with us. But, I am so blessed and thankful to have a home to share, friends and family to share it with, and a husband and kids who put up with all of my pumpkin painting. I hope you enjoy my photos as you all prepare to gather with your own loved ones.
Our Kitchen was remodeled 2 years ago due to a flood. It is absolutely the most favorite room in my home! I’m not a huge fan of orange, but added some in for the season. I think it goes well with my copper elements as well.
Have to keep some of these treats around for my 2 year old niece. She calls them acorns.
One of my favorite projects this fall. Best part is that when the pumpkins are done, I can put the succulents in one of my terrariums.
Onto my living room. Yes, I have white couches. Yes, I babysit a 2 year old And have teenagers and A husband. Yes, the covers are currently being washed for company tomorrow.
Each season I draw on a fresh piece of craft paper for under my coffee table glass. This past spring and summer it was peonies. Last Christmas it was a deer head. Dried Hydrangeas from my yard were a perfect fit for my vase.
Pinterest is great for free printouts!
Onto our Fireplace room (or as we call it “The Blue Room”)
My banner changes throughout the seasons, but I always incorporate some blue watercolor elements because I love watercolor. My Dad actually painted watercolors growing up and I loved seeing his work.
Painting Dropcloths are great for wall hanging and lettering canvases.
Tis the season for lots of Wheat!!
I am not at all great at Chalkboard lettering, but I at least can draw some simple leaves.
My Dinning Room is another one of my favorites this season. I went a bit fancier than I thought I would. But, those green pumpkin and copper accents were calling my name.
Say it with me, “Copper Spray Paint is your friend.”
Photo of my Daddy up there.
Spray Paint goes with everything. Even Wheat!
A great reminder for us all this Thanksgiving season.