October 31, 2011

Happy Pumpkin Day

We're pretty much traditionalists when it comes to pumpkins around here.

No fancy schmancy, artistically carved gourds at our house.

October 29, 2011

How Much Wood Can A Woodchuck Chuck?

It was mighty cold last night. Woke up to frost on the grass and trees.

So glad we got some wood delivered last week.

October 27, 2011

Trick-Or-Treat Retake

Since it's Trick-Or-Treat night here in our town, I thought I'd replay my post from last year for all my new followers.  Besides, it has pretty pictures.

Tonight my son is going Trick-Or-Treating. Don't even get me started on why towns schedule Trick-Or-Treat on October 28th rather than oh, let's say Halloween.

Photo courtesy of Country Living Magazine

Anyway, you would think I would have all sorts of awesome stories of my Trick-Or-Treating as a child. Doesn't everyone?

Well, no. As a matter of fact, I don't have very many memories of Trick-Or-Treating because I grew up in a small town in Ohio.

Photo courtesy of Country Living Magazine

October 25, 2011

Sears Has Nothing On Me

Last week I showed you the chippy metal toolbox that I bought at the farm sale HERE.

Hydrangea, kale and pumpkins in a rustic toolbox for your fall decor

I spruced it up a little bit with some hydrangea. I have never left it on the bush this late in the season, but I am sort of liking its fall colors.

Hydrangea, kale and pumpkins in a rustic toolbox for your fall decor

October 23, 2011

Pam's Pumpkin Palooza

I really wanted to go to the Circleville Pumpkin Show this weekend, which is a gargantuan pumpkin festival with pumpkin donuts, pumpkin burgers and just about anything else pumpkin related you can think of. They even have a mega pumpkin pie that measures 6 feet in diameter and weighs 400 or so pounds. The whole thing is a huge deal around these parts and has been featured in Country Living and other national magazines.

But, the traffic going in that direction was ridiculous and we decided to work in the yard instead (how that equates to the same sort of fun, I don't know). So, since I didn't get any killer pumpkin photos for you from the show, I am going to have my own pumpkin show. Let's call it Pam's Pumpkin Palooza.

For the last few years I have enjoyed decorating the great outdoors with pumpkins. Nothing says fall to me more than those orange globes. Or white ones. Or bumpy ones for that matter. And there's no easier decorating than plunking a pumpkin down on a bench or a chair.

When I bought this chair at a garage sale this summer, I was envisioning this very photo.

October 21, 2011

I'm A Winner

Well, you always knew I was a winner, but I mean that I actually won something!

Kim at Musings From Kim K. had a Halloween giveaway this month and I won. I am so excited!

First of all, she is one of the most creative people I have ever seen. Second of all, she shares my love of vintage things. Third of all, she is one heck of a packager of gifts!

Look at this festive black bird

October 19, 2011

The Rural Society Antique And Garden Show

I thought you might enjoy some scenery from the farm sale this last weekend. There seems to be more and more of these types of sales cropping up around here (cropping = farm talk) and I just love them. It's all about the ambiance of the farm, you know. Being out in the country, driving down a dirt road, stepping in "mud" patties.

And nothing says farm sale like a vintage truck and pumpkins.

Loved the bed filled with pillows. With a parasol in case it gets too sunny for you while taking your afternoon nap.

October 17, 2011

Fall Farm Show Findings

Yesterday, I whined about what I didn't buy, so today I'm going to show you what I did buy.

I see wooden tool carriers all the time, but have been holding out for just the right one. And then I saw this metal one with chipped green paint on it and fell in love. And it came with a pumpkin and hay (straw?) already, so I had to buy it.

It's actually quite large. 18 inches long, 10 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Plus the green is sort of Christmasy and we all know that that season is lurking just around the corner.

My other purchase was this Cosco step stool/chair that I bought at Urban Farmhouse's booth at the show.

October 16, 2011

Holey Metal Buckets

Remember the buckets I showed you in Friday's post HERE? Well, all the way there I was trying to decide how many holey metal buckets I wanted to buy.

Hmm, two would be perfect because I could put them on both sides of my front door at Christmas and fill them with pinecones and greenery. Or maybe place a little pine tree in each of them with a little bit of burlap poking out the top of the buckets. If there was only one left (gasp), then I would put it beside my fireplace with some white paper birch logs in it. Oh, the possibilities that were floating through my naive little mind.

At the farm, I spotted the bucket vendor and it looked like they were ALL there. Eeek!  I could hardly contain my excitement, but I didn't want to look like a metal bucket geek, so I casually strolled on over to the display. And then my heart fell into my mud covered boots.

Uh, my holey metal buckets were $65.00 a piece!

I don't want to question the dealer's pricing strategy, because of course she has to make a profit and who knows how much she paid for these things in the first place. But I was just imagining them to be priced at somewhere between $5 and $10 a piece.

So, Pam has no holey metal buckets with handles.  I'm thinking that I will run across them again one day at a less impressive price, so my bucket dreams will just have to wait.

October 14, 2011

Fall Farm Photos

I stopped by my favorite farm yesterday to get some seasonal shots of fall foliage. I was a little too late for that I think.

Although there were a few trees with pretty ones left,

a lot of the leaves were on the ground already. Bummer.

So I decided to shoot the animals on the farm (with my camera of course), but all I could find were the sheep

and the chickens.

Where did the cows and horses run off to there, Mr. Leghorn?

Speaking of farms, I am off to The Rural Society Antique & Garden Show this morning, so I've got to run.

I've got my eye on one of those holey, metal buckets with handles that they show in this photo, so I'd better get there when they open. Have a great weekend!

October 12, 2011

Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest. Oh, my!

Well, it's happened. Hell has frozen over. The fat lady has sung. Pam has moved into the 21st century.

Yes, I am on Facebook. And Twitter. And Pinterest.

I know, I know, Facebook has been around forever. Twitter too.  I just like to know something isn't a fad before I dive head first into it.  No pet rocks in my house.

So, if you want to Like me on Facebook click here - Find Me On Facebook
To Follow me on Twitter click here - Follow Me On Twitter
And to see my Pinterest boards you can click here - My Pinterest Boards

To be completely honest, I have been on all of these social media giants for a few weeks at least and have had them listed on my sidebar and my About Me page. I just wanted to be sure it was something I wanted to continue with before I did a post about it and I was inundated with followers (hah!).

For anyone unfamiliar with Pinterest, it is a place where you can catalog photos that you find on the web, keep them all in one place, organize them and still keep the link back to the original owner/artist of the photo.

For instance Robin at Happy at Home did a post on her vintage step stool. I thought it was pretty cute and I liked how she decorated it rather than just had it sitting there waiting to be stepped or sat upon. I mean, what's cuter than a birdhouse on a step stool.

Also, I found this photo on Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces website and wanted to save it for future reference (I have a bunch of those basket lids in my garage that are just taking up space with no particular project in mind). So I pinned it on Pinterest so I wouldn't forget about it.

I have Pinterest boards devoted to vintage cameras, photography, trailers (you know, the cute travel trailers from the 50's and 60's), fall decorating and just plain kooky things to name just a few. Other people may have boards for favorite recipes, fashions, favorite quotes, etc. Just about anything you want to categorize can be categorized.

You do have to have a Facebook or Twitter account to register for Pinterest (you request an invite and once you get your invitation email, you can log in with one of those accounts). And only do so if you want to be addicted to Pinterest for the rest of your life and are ready for your dog to disown you for forgetting to feed him. Yes, it's that fun.

OK, gotta get back to pinning, tweeting and Facebooking. It is called Facebooking isn't it?

October 10, 2011

A Fall Dining Tablescape

I'm on a fall decorating roll. Now that it's mid October and all.

This area is right off the kitchen and is probably my favorite area to decorate. We never, ever, ever sit at this table to eat. We have bar stools at the counter to the left and we always eat meals there.

October 6, 2011

Fall Front Porch 2011

I have really scaled back in what I am doing inside and out for fall decor this year. I don't know, but I think I sort of got burned out by being a new blogger last year.

Back then I was all excited to do decorating for the seasons and sort of went all out. This year it's much more laid back. And honestly, anything that I put out for fall will have to be put away again and that in itself is a drawback to me.

So I just added a few key fall items to my summer porch and called it a day.

Fun fall front porch decor - from houseofhawthornes.com

October 4, 2011


I realized the other day that I love to show you what I bought at the thrift stores and yard sales, but rarely show you where it ended up going in the house. And decorating with the thrifty, vintage items is half the fun of buying them.

So, this is my fall entranceway table vignette decorated with a few of my thrifty finds.

I fell in love with this framed print as soon as I saw it. And I really fell in love with it when I saw the $4.50 price tag. Despite numerous trips to the thrift stores, this was my one and only recent thrifty find and it was found at the antique mall.

October 2, 2011


I'm officially done with all roofers and all ceiling fixer/painter guys for the rest of my life. I have a lifetime guarantee on this work, you know.

So I have started bringing out some of my fall stuff.

Ghosts made from gourds from houseofhawthornes.com

You'll be happy to know that Kate has finally made it off the kitchen counter.

I made these ghosts by painting some small dried gourds with heirloom white spray paint,

Ghosts made from gourds from houseofhawthornes.com


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