Well time really flies, doesn't it?!! I didn't mean to ignore my blog for so long! We have been caught up in all kinds of crazy projects, including completely reworking all the storage in our home, starting to redo Maurie's office, and planting a huge fall garden up at our Elementary School's community garden. Crazy! But I have been adding a few more fall touches to our home along the way.
It finally feels a little more like fall here in the South! We woke up to mid-60s this morning, and our temps will be a little lower this week. "Little" meaning high 80s, and we will still hit 90 a couple of days. Pumpkins are beginning to arrive in the stores, but for now I'm sticking with *faux* pumpkins :) I think I'll let Mother Nature give us a little more cool weather before I stock up on the real thing!
A few weeks ago, Abby and I were hitting thrift stores and garage sales in a last-ditch effort to find a few decorative items for her condo. We found a set of two wonderful harvest baskets at the thrift -- for $5.00!! She took the smaller one for her buffet, to store placemats and cloth napkins. I kept this larger one, and do I mean large! I almost keeled over when I set it on the table, thinking about how I would ever fill this baby! It's 34 inches long, and nearly 6 inches deep.
To start, I decided that propping everything up a little bit was the key to helping fill this gigantic basket. Some crumpled grocery sacks raised the fall leaf garlands, and an iron plant stand was used to hold up the paper mache pumpkin. I grabbed a couple of cat food cans to prop up the Pier 1 lanterns.
I pulled out all the leftover fall leaf garlands and bushes from my stash, then filled in with extra acorns and berries. And now you can't even see the props beneath it all! The random mix of elements works together, just like in nature.
Final cost for this great centerpiece? $5.00!! Getting creative and using what I had on hand really paid off this time! I love the blue color of the lanterns, and I'll be on the lookout for some thrifty, soft-colored blue hydrangeas to add to the basket.
I hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather, where ever you may be! Thanks for coming by to see my new centerpiece. I'll have more fall inspiration for you this week!
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