a Fall Mantle to conceal a tired old fireplace

hello..how was your weekend?

isn't the beginning of autumn delicious?  

we made homemade caramel corn to kick off the first weekend of fall..
made pumpkin muffins, put a few fall touches on our mantle, watched high school football, went junkin, bought pumpkins,
snapped some pictures, perused Target, Grace spent the weekend with Nana on the farm,
we are busy planning family outings to the Carolyn's pumpkin patch & Shatto Dairy next weekend

we all have fall fever around here

nikki & I were sooooo blessed reading everyone's grateful comments..there isn't anything better than hearing hearts of thankfulness!

The grateful sign giveaway is open all week so be sure to stop by and leave a comment to enter to win...winner announced a week from today

This will be the first of many House Giveaway's!  Be watching for Octobers giveaway on October 24!  wonder what it will be?:)))

We are putting a whole new face on this tired fireplace soon .. in the interim we gave it a white coat of paint and put an old barn door up we had.

For simple and inexpensive easement into fall we re-purposed ok...stole a mirror from Grace's room and placed some produce on either side

and hung a wreath and called it good -- for now.

Cause you know why?  In blogland people are like a kid in an ice cream store..they put everything on their sundae and eat every last bite

and then are bemoaning that they ate so much...so fast.

I don't want to be that little kid..I have learned this about myself that if I put holiday decor up so soon -- I am sick of Christmas before Thanksgiving is even here

So we are taking it very slow around here..I want to enjoy the season and not live in the next one..just yet:)

last night we did buy a big bucket of yellow mums that we put in a galvanized bucket and put inside the fireplace so it

isn't a gaping black hole!

look at what my mom made us -- that sweet little chevron throw...what do you think?
it is adorable... it is lined in a creamy flannel and edged in ruffles.
It would make a perfect blanket to lay little babies on for tummy time.
Looking at these pictures I am going to have to budget for two rugs before winter...those new floors look naked!

we are realizing our little house is starting to look like a home...at least in these two rooms.  Soon the green dresser will be replaced with some shelving that I

am going to build and we need to slipcover the furniture and mud the walls and repaint...but you know what?

it is a start!  we are moving forward..

tomorrow is the day!! oh my..it is going to be SO hard but if I can make it -- this time next week I will feel good!!

now do tell....

what 2 things did you do/or not do this weekend that you enjoyed down to your toes?:)

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