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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mid-September Fall Decorating

Hello everyone! It's Sept. 16th! First, it's a special day because it's the 15th anniversary of the first date I had with my hubby! And, it also means yesterday was the 15th, (obviously) and that's a decorating holiday for me. Every year I begin my outside decorating on the 15th. I feel like it's a good time to get started enjoying all of the season's beauty without being "too soon tacky." Over the next few weeks I will be adding more but I wanted to show you what I've done so far out front.

Here I was just getting started. Then I tweaked some more. 

This year I have a new house with an amazing front porch and lots of steps to showcase autumnal
delights! I've started with my favorite blue greens shades and purple kale varieties. My garden frog has just the right shabby patina to pull the colors together. Plus he will double as a Halloween
decoration when the witches and cauldrons appear!

Oh it's just Pure eye candy to me. I can never get enough! Let's just hope the deer don't think so too! 

Lookin good, but still needs more...

Today I added another purple kale, and a dark green pumpkin on the plant stand I got for $1 at a yard sale this weekend to the left side, and I found a new (second hand) pot with gorgeous patina for the other side, and stuck a pretty pale purple (say that three times fast) mum to the left side.  Love how the height of the pumpkin on the plant stand adds interest and the juxtaposing textures and colors  of all the fruits and foliage blend into fall brilliance. God is awesome, fall is a gift!

My ferns are just thriving and compliment our home and garden, so I decided to work with the bright
green and create a dramatic color scheme rather than stacking pumpkins and gourds on the urns as I
had originally intended. I love when the unexpected completely thwarts my plans and I have to force myself to go with it. It usually turns out even better than what I envisioned at first.  I have plenty of other urns elsewhere in the landscape anyway,  and as the season progresses I'll stack 'em up with fairytale pumpkins and gourds.

Here it is as of this afternoon. I can't wait to fill the stairs with pumpkins but I'm waiting for our local Aldi to get a shipment. They have nice, big dark orange ones for only $2.99. It should be any day now!

 I'm already decorating the rest of the porch and yard in my mind, so now I need to look around here and see what junk I can consign to make some pumpkin money! Hopefully by next week I'll have more to show. Here's a sneak peak of my buffet too!

Fall is in the air and it's the first one in our new house so I'm inspired with lots of new ideas and things to post. I hope you'll stop by again soon!




  1. I love the pumpkins you picked for your porch. They look great mixed with the plants. I can't wait to do my porch but it's still too warm here.

  2. Loved your fall vignette on your porch step's and I really LOVED your last fall vignette picture. Guess I better get busy , I believe fall come's this week. Take care, TT

  3. Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  4. Beautiful front porch. I am on the hunt for those gorgeous blue pumpkins but so far no luck.

    Happy Anniversary!

  5. Fall is a gift and I certainly love opening it! lol! Your porch is looking gorgeous and I love, love pumpkins! Haven't seen as many unusual ones this year, but still on the lookout. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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