Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall Kitchen Tweaks: "Use What You Have"

Happy September! I am just getting started adding a few fall touches around the house. I started with the top of my fridge and kitchen cabinets. This year I decided to go with the "use what you have" idea and I just took things from around the kitchen that already had fall tones and added in some faux pumpkins, leaves and gourds. I am not able to go digging through my fall decorations because I am just too weak from all of my various health issues but I am really enjoying how it turned out anyway. I kind of like the challenge of being forced to be creative with what you have. If I have one of my "good days" this week I'm going to try to get my husband to get the totes out so I can start really decorating but I just couldn't stand it any longer! I love fall!!!!

 I collect vintage soda memorabilia and normally I have several coke items on display in the summer. For fall I swapped out the red, white and blue Americana themed accents for my orange Sun Crest crate and added some fall tea towels. I noticed the orange writing on the Maxwell House tin and decided it would work for fall with a pumpkin on top.

I like to use vegetables in my autumn displays since it is harvest time. My stepfather, Frank, passed away a few years ago. The canned veggies are the ones he grew and canned just a month before he passed. They are very dear to me. I was so excited when I found the vintage Frank's beverage crate! Perfect for displaying the jars! 
I found this old gumball machine a while back and have been intending to paint it a creamy white and fill it with pearls but for now I decided to fill it with festive candy corn for fall. Behind it is my favorite old ice cream bucket  filled with burlap scraps and topped it with a realistic faux pumpkin. I remembered the wooden blackbird in the basement and decided to add him to the bucket. I especially love his  rusty bottle cap eye. 
For the most part my decorating style is a "junky chic" potpourri of vintage treasures with the most focus on romantic cottage style, but I do love primitive accents, especially in the fall. Adding country primitive pieces to the cottage gives our home a bit of farmhouse charm as well.

 I recently found the large white duck for $5 at a rummage sale. I had been wanting one for years but couldn't bring myself to pay the ridiculously high asking prices in most primitive shops. Gotta love junkin'!

One the things I love best about primitive decorative is the ambience created by the use of lighting. I like how this strand of silicone dipped rice lights cast a soft, golden autumn glow and a grubby primitive candle placed inside the old grater creates interesting light.

Well after editing the photos and getting a good look at what I've done, I have decided that I like the look of my kitchen now  just as well as any of my other displays in the past using traditional fall decorations. I will probably add a few more things when we actually drag at the totes but I am really thinking about the stress and time it takes to keep everything in storage and I'm seriously considering purging some things since I have enough junk around the house to use in seasonal displays anyway.

 I hope this post inspires you to look around the house for things you already have that you can use in new ways. It's really fun!

Have a great weekend!

Great Parties!

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  1. I really like your use of all these different elements to create such warm, sentimental and fun vignettes! Love that you added the lights -- makes a big difference.

  2. Love, love your Prim Fall Décor! Can't wait to decorate, but waiting for it to his below 100 here.

  3. Great idea. Love the crates and the lights!

  4. It looks really pretty, just as it is!! Very warm and cozy!

  5. Love what you've done to get ready for fall, but still staying true to your own style. The creative way you displayed everything is just gorgeous. Great job using what you've got!

  6. Looks great! The candy corn in the gumball machine is very clever. Hope you're feeling better!

  7. That is looking good! I can't wait for fall!

  8. Oh, I love it all! You have a marvelous primitive style! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I will be featuring you later today. Hope you feel better soon!

  9. Nice collection o "junk" - I'm a junker too! esp old tins. I use my Christmas lights above my cabinets as well, gives off such a nice and warm glow. Visiting thru It's so very Cheri party.

  10. warm and cozy. Where did you get those neat little lights? Love those!
    Would be delighted if you linked this up at The Scoop Link party on my blog tomorrow night.

    1. I actually purchased them from ebay. Type in "primitive light set," "primitive rice lights" or "primitive silicone dipped lights." They are kind of expensive but in the past I have had similar sets last over a year.

      I will definitely link up! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I love all of your antiques, they are wonderful. Great displays and vignettes. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire ME. Hugs, Marty


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