October 30, 2009

Look what I won!

I was fortunate enough to win this exquisite, embroidered, beaded heart brooch from Pat Eaton of Bird Nest on the Ground blog.
I wish you could see this in person, her work is amazing! Visit her blog and you are sure to be inspired. She even included these lovely extras...I plan on using them soon on another "heart project". Thank you Pat for your generosity and inspiration!

October 7, 2009

Autumn...my favorite season

We spent Sunday afternoon in the yard, preparing it for the winter onslaught that is Upstate New York. The pool will be closed soon. The garden furniture is put away and any remaining annuals in their pots are looking pretty sad. Still, the perennials are are wealth of beauty in a fading sort of way. Shabby chic hydrangeas are the nicest, changing into various shades of green, blush, deep purple blue and the older blooms, a lovely pinkish beige. The cone flowers are only cones now, and the butterfly bush struggles to put out it's last purple flowers. Plenty of red rose hips on the climbing pink rosebushes, of course the mums and burgundy yarrow are at their best now. Japanese lanterns are a pop of color in the back by the fence, where my holly bushes are shiny and dark green, waiting for their turn to star in the winter decor. I am hoping the birds will leave just a few of the blood red berries appearing on them now. All of the above as well as the delicious herbs still flourishing will make gorgeous arrangements. I love to use hollowed out pumpkins for the fall leftovers of plants. I concentrated on using the hydrangeas, there were so many! I cut the flowers and wired them to a wreath frame. They will dry, hanging up in the kitchen window. The moss from my neighbor's yard is destined for my terrariums. Here are a few of my gatherings so far...

I will leave you with these thoughts for I must go bake something apple, quickly.

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. " ~George Eliot

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face." ~John Donne