Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall Decorating

I just realized I never came back with a picture of my $15 steal of a deal in this old sewing machine.  All I did was sweep it down real well to get all the dirt and webs off of it.  I have decided that since I still have a young one at home that likes to play with interesting things, that I would display it with the machine down in the cabinet.  I really want to show off the machine but I know my little guy won't be able to keep his hands off of it... me either for that fact, lol!  It's fun to turn the handle and watch it work.

The top of this sewing cabinet is the perfect place for some family Bibles, along with some old family books.  Doesn't the sweet stitchery from our dear friend Linda over at Parker's Paradise look wonderful just above the sewing cabinet??  It's like Linda knew exactly what would look great in my home, I still love it so much Linda!  Thank you again, sweet friend!

The old glasses on top of the family Bibles belonged to my great-uncle Oscar.  I bought a box lot at a garage sale for super cheap and there were two itty bitty extremely dusty oil lamps inside.  They cleaned up quite nicely, I was honestly surprised.

I bought these little squirrels a few years back when I was working at Hobby Lobby.  I do miss working there this time of year when all the fall is out.  I brought fall decor home each week, hehe!

This little display is on top of the entertainment center in the family room.  The ceramic bear is the very first holiday piece I ever bought for my home back in the late 80's and I just can't seem to part with him.  He's such a jolly little guy.  House of Lloyd, the home party... anyone remember them?  My family loved them and had lots of parties.  Back then, we had these potpourri pots instead of tart warmers.  You put a tea light in his belly (which is why he has a heart hole).  Inside his head is where you put potpourri with a little water, then his hat had air holes in the top.  Thankfully sometime shortly after that, people started using wax tarts instead of the potpourri because it would get pretty nasty if you let it set a couple of days.  My grandma and granddad's wedding picture is in the background.  Oh, and yes... I realize that one candle is way too tall.  I have a replacement patiently waiting to be waxed.  Should have done that before I took this picture, haha.

I have lots of teddies in my family room because I use to collect them years ago.  They still mean warmth and comfort to me.  This sweet teddy bear is sitting on a little stool with the state outline of Oklahoma carved in the top that my husband made many years ago in scouts.  So we know it's an antique, hehe!

A quick shot of part of the mantel.  My main project this winter is to organize all photo frames and family pictures.

Just a little pot with berries in the Living Room in the Amish corner.

In the main bath, I keep a sewing drawer that belonged to my great-grandma.  I have fun changing it out with the holidays.

Isn't this little blue vase just precious?  My dear friend Katie over at Willow Creek Homestead brought this back to me from a family vacation they took to San Antonio, TX.  It came from The Guenther House.  From the website, it looks like a really neat place.

Maybe I can get it together soon and get pictures of the rest of my fall decorating.  You all will be showing your Christmas and I'll still be in fall, lol!  Oh well, I would leave my fall up all year long if my family would let me... dang family anyway.

Don't you just love receiving packages in the mail, especially when they are a total surprise?!?  My dear Facebook friend Micki Groom Creamer sent me a message that she was sending me something only I didn't see the message!  When I opened my mailbox and there was this huge package crammed inside, I was shocked.  Micki knows I love old sewing notions and has sent me some in the past that are displayed in my vintage sewing bathroom and laundry room (which is right beside the bathroom).  What a sweet, sweet thing for her to do, look at all this fun stuff!!

There is old bias tape for 10 and 25 cents, love that!  The old DMC and Coats labels on the floss, some say 12 cents.  Those will definitely be used in decorating, love those old labels!  A couple of cute patterns, a Christmas potholder & oven mitt panel, a beautiful quilt block that was started and never finished.  I was wondering what I could do with the adorable Americana fabric and Micki sent me pictures of pillow tucks she made out of it... CUTE!

Just in time for Christmas giving, there was a 'Cookies to Give in a Jar' kit complete with twine, jar toppers, and labels.  Perfect!  But my most favorite thing of all has to be the 1938 Singer instruction book!! What a real sweetheart my friend Micki is!  She has a fun and wonderful open group Christmas page on Facebook that you really should join: MAKE MINE A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.

I gotta end this post with a picture of my little guy.  I was out taking fall foliage pictures again and he wanted me to take a picture of him as he was dancing and singing in the leaves... so sweet.

I suppose that's enough rambling for one post.  I appreciate you all giving my friend Katie from Willow Creek Homestead a wonderfully prim welcome.  She was overwhelmed at the response and I was too!  You all are so dear and precious to me!  Thank you for your friendship!  =]

Have a wonderfully blessed week~


  1. Beautiful fall decorating! I put all of mine away today so I can decorate for Christmas. My daughter will be home for Thanksgiving and we will celebrate with her then. Want to surprise her and have the house decorated!

    Your little one seems to be really enjoying himself!

  2. I love the old sewing machine and the Bibles must be so precious to you!

    Thanks for sharing pics of your lovely fall decor!

  3. I love fall to so I just transition into the turkeys and scarecrows and pumpkins.The cabinet is perfect with the rustic look already there.Hope you have a great week!~Amy

  4. I can't get over that deal for 15 dollars..awesome girl. The place looks so beautiful.!!

  5. your home is just so cozy, beautiful redo on the tredle too! Your little guy looks so cute playing in the leaves.

  6. I just love your home. Everything on top of that sewing machine is so beautiful! :)

    What a joy it would have been to find that package. We can read all this stuff online, but opening up your mailbox to a real hand written letter-and a package of goodies to boot, there is nothing finer!

    Hope you have a blessed day!

  7. LOVEEEEEEEEE your old sewing machine you found~I'd leave it looks like it's already primified, lol!!Your display on top is just sweet and I love the other decor you showed too!
    What fun it is to get a surprise in the mail~she really picked some great pieces to send you! How nice!
    I must have missed your last post or two~sorry! I try to keep up w/my dearest of blog buddies!


  8. Holy guacamole! I can't believe you got that sewing machine for 15 smackers! I love it just how you have it - the Bibles and the oil lamps look so perfect on there.
    I love all of your fall decorating! That sewing machine drawer is awesome - love the pilgrims. :)
    Looks like your boy has a love for fall, too! :)
    Thanks for sharing all your treasures!

  9. Love your Fall decor Angie....and that sewing machine is amazing!


  10. Oh wow Angie you did a lovely job on the sewing machine. I do wish I didn't sell my moms. I love your finds and collections. You sure have the eye for decorating.

  11. Oh, it is so welcoming at your place, Angie. You KnOw I LOVE that sewing machine cabinet, too, what a find! Thanks for your beautiful fall share ~

  12. I am enjoying Katie!
    I love the sewing machine. I want one so bad. they remind me of my grandma Young.
    Also love the Americana tucks---very cute.....

  13. LOVE all of your cozy Fall touches around your home!! Your Pilgrim couple is so cute. I'm going to have to do a Ebay search and see if I can find a set!!

    Fall Blessings,

  14. Everything looks so warm and cozy Angie...Great job !

    Grace to you,

  15. I love how your sewing machine turned out. Very prim. I still have mine sitting in the garage. I don't know where to put it in the house yet. It still has the machine in it with all the sewing stuff.
    You have inspired me to get mine done and hopefully find a place in the house for it before winter.
    Thanks for sharing
    Country at heart

  16. Good morning dear of my most faithful followers.
    I swear dear girl that you read every blog through and through and comment on every speck of that post. Oh how I envy your diligence.

    What a lovely post. Your decorating is so pretty and 'Fall Festive'...and that sewing machine is so pretty. The color is so Prim. I guess if I had a little one who liked to 'tinker', I'd keep it down as well...don't need needles stuck in little fingers.

    You are a recipient of Linda's blessings too...isn't that so sweet...she's just an angel.

    Oh I love the little squirrel sitting on the Pine Cone...adorable!

    I have a little pot like you have with the berries in it...I love the ties around it...something I should consider to change out the look.

    Love the photo of your little one enjoying Fall...great photo.

    Thanks for a fun post Angie.

  17. I love your machine cabinet! It is neat, and also all the pictures! One thing I hope to achieve is to get mine all done as well, I have been gathering frames here and there. I don't know about you, but my hallway seems the most logical choice to place them. Love all your decor.

  18. Hello Sweet Friend!
    When I saw the thumbnail of your sewing machine, it looked like a page out of a book! Then I opened up your blog and really enjoyed it!
    Love what you did with it.
    How nice you have your Grandmothers old sewing drawer, and how neat what you did with it! Love the mini crock next to it.
    You little boy is so sweet...ah the innocence when they want their picture taken..pure happiness and faith.
    Have a great weekend!

  19. Angie, I love your fall decor. I remember those potpourri pots. The kind you fill with water!!! Those were the days. Your sewing machine is fantastic ($15?) as the display. You have an eye for putting things together. What fun to get a surprise package from a friend. Happy day. I bet you danced from the mailbox. I love the sewing drawer. And the fact that it was your grandma's makes it so special. The pilgrims inside are wonderful. My mother has some like that. I have to go in search of some myself.

  20. Every display is just simply beautiful. You've got a lot of nice things and the sewing machine was a great find. I know it seems crazy, but all of my fall decor is packed up and all the Christmas is out. I like to enjoy fall decor Sept-Oct then start the Christmas decor early enough in Nov to enjoy it for two months. I hope you and your beautiful family have a very Happy Thanksgiving Angie.

  21. Hi Angie: Hope you had a great Christmas and New Years...Love your shabby sewing machine! My son likes to see how things work too. Love your bears (I love to collect them too). Thanks for stopping by my blog...yes I made the New England tree lights...very easy and a nice pattern for $2.00 from Kathy @ My Primitive Salbox.
    Have a great week!


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