Today is cold and rainy. The leaves are turning finally here in Michigan and I am drinking my favorite tea, as I type this and I have a yummy pumpkin scented candle burning. It is just the kind of day where you want to stay home. This is my favorite time of year. It is nature’s last hurrah before things get cold and ugly. I feel like autumn reminds me every year, like spring, to relax and enjoy the little things in life. I walk my dog more. I bake with my daughter more. I look forward to being outdoors more because I know, its gonna be darn cold here soon! Every year during this time, I also start redecorating….my husband says it is like clockwork. It drives him crazy! I do have some small projects in the works, which you will hear about later, but today I want to share with you, my fall decor.
I absolutely love Halloween! My daughter and I start planning what she will be months ahead of time. This year, she and the puppy have a theme, as usual. Hysterical! I cant wait to see it! Last year, she was Bat-girl, her dad was Batman (he is such a big kid), the puppy was a bat and the cat was a criminal. It gives me great joy to come up with these themes…..see, Autumn brings me such pleasure in the little things!
One of the other small things, is Fall Decor. I love to decorate my house for all of the Fall holidays. I think I started decorating for Halloween a month ago?
Here is my mantle. My daughter is obsessed with the spider webbing…..for the past five years we have done it together! I know it makes a mess, but I can over look it for the pure joy it brings us to put it up each year.
Normally, I hate spiders! I actually did not want to put any of this out the first year we were here, because when we moved into this house it was covered in its own community of huge spiders! Thank god for Exterminators! But, it is fun for my kiddo, so we put it up together.
I also like to just take natural things from the outdoors and bring them in, like these pine cones and this bowl of acorns, and place them on various end tables. Or, fill glass containers with candy corn, and mix with bowls of chestnuts on my kitchen counter.
In my family room, the focal point is the TV, so we added a little Fall decor above it….My kiddo is also obsessed with Owls, so she has added those here and there.
We like to add a spider in an unexpected place too! Who would expect it under the glass of my Mackenzie Child’s Cake Stand in the Butlers Pantry, lol? Kind of gross, right?
This year we expanded beyond Spiders…..and I two years ago when we moved in, I never would have done this! This house had enough Spiders and Critters, but I thought it was cute. My daughter loves it too….it makes us giggle every time we walk up and down the stairs, so it is worth it!
And that is just a tiny bit of what we do inside….outside is full of Mums, Pumpkins and Gourds, too!