Fall is my favorite time of year and I love harvesting leaves, acorns, and bits of organic material to bring nature to the table!
My preference is to use real materials, but here in the South, our leaves don’t start to turn until mid October, so any fall decorating before then requires artificial garlands or wreaths.
Enhancing an artificial garland with natural materials is a happy compromise, making a more realistic looking garland, and at the same time, gives you a base and starting point for a garland for your mantel or table.
I had several emails and comments inquiring about my
garland on my Pfaltzgraff Falling Leaves Table.
I started with a 6 foot artificial garland as a base,
that was a little sad and in need of enhancing. . .
I collected some dried hydrangea blooms, cut some oak leaves, and trimmed some burgundy tipped Loropetalum.
I found some espresso colored burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby along with some grapevine pumpkin picks.
I started with the ribbon, winding it through the garland and then added the pumpkins and then hydrangeas.
Next came addition of the oak leaves and greenery. I didn’t attach anything permanently since I planned on replacing the leaves and greenery as they dried, rearranging and tweaking the garland during the season.
You can use a glue gun to add your natural
materials to hold them in place permanently or even
semi-permanently with a minimum amount of glue.
This is an easy project to do once you’ve collected your materials. Let your flowers or leaves naturally fill in the gaps for a more realistic and fuller garland to use on a table or mantel!
Set your table for Fall
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My branches and burlap window dressing
in my Potting Shed were ready
for a spring metamorphosis!
I found the idea and inspiration for spring-flowering branches at An Extraordinary Day~ using a paper punch to make book page flowers.
You can find the tutorial here.
My branches in my Potting Shed were
ready to shed their oak leaves and
long overdue a spring face lift.
Instead of a book, I used photo copies
of my vintage seed catalog also used
to create a wreath for my Potting Shed.
A flower paper punch found at Hobby Lobby from The Paper Studio was used to cultivate :) 1 1/2 inch blossoms, which then sprouted from the branches with help of a glue gun.
This is a perfect little project for a rainy
afternoon or a day you need to be indoors!
I was all aflutter over the paper punches
that were 50% off at Hobby Lobby.
Like a butterfly seeking nectar, I found an ‘all over the page’ punch from Martha Stewart.
An ‘all over the page’ punch, as the name suggests lets you punch in the middle or anywhere on you paper, not just along the edge.
Magnets help the top of the punch align
with the bottom of your punch on your paper.
To attach the butterflies to the burlap temporarily,
I used a dot glue runner instead of a glue gun.
Before I realized it
I had a butterfly migration~
They found their way to my seed catalog wreath~
before the metamorphosis pictured below~
And after the
Hope you’re enjoying a spring
metamorphosis where you are!
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I’ve had the most delicious fun with
Full of best-loved Irish favorites and contemporary
recipes, with a little scenery sprinkled in~
My love of the Irish is rivaled by my love of potatoes.
Champ was included among the traditional favorites, along with a little tabletop inspiration with the custom of leaving a bowl under a bush for the fairies.
Champ is creamy mashed potatoes served with a pool of melted butter. The key to the flavor of these potatoes, besides the butter :) is the green onion infusion in the milk in these potatoes!
2 lbs. starchy potatoes, peeled and cut into even chunks (I used Yukon gold)
20 scallions, some green tops included, chopped
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoons peppercorns
1/4 cup snipped chives
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted and hot butter
A Pot (or bowl) of Gold for St. Patrick’s Day with
Yukon Gold potatoes & a well of golden butter!
Cook potatoes in salted water (I add a chicken bouillon cube to the pot for flavor and color). Bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes or until done. Drain well and put potatoes back into the pot to get rid of any excess moisture.
While potatoes are cooking, put chopped scallions in a pan with milk and peppercorns. Simmer 5 minutes, then drain, reserving the milk and scallions separately.
Mash potatoes until smooth, stirring in enough of the milk to produce a creamy consistency. Stir in scallions and chives. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
Transfer to a warm serving bowl and make a well in the center to pour in the not melted utter. Serve immediately, mixing in the butter at the table!
With a little fairy inspiration, I’m at the table in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day with a mossy runner, fairy rings, and a benevolent fairy :) as a centerpiece.
In Ireland, fairies are known to live in special places called fairy rings, which are earthen circular mounds.
Fairy rings are created by fairies dancing in meadow grass~ causing it to turn brown and bare, or green with tall grasses, often with mushrooms growing around the edge.
Take caution and do not disturb them~ it is considered bad luck to interfere with these mounds. . .
For the table, woven chargers are surrounded by reindeer moss fairy rings. Two moss runners from Hobby Lobby (18 x 48) are placed end-to-end over a foundation of green burlap, also from Hobby Lobby.
Pots of Irish Moss fill Mikasa Stanton mugs, providing a pop of emerald green at each place setting~ to be planted later to creep between stepping stones by my Potting Shed.
With a wee bit of fairy magic :) daisies are
sprouting on the moss instead of mushrooms~
A centerpiece of green veggies and fruit and this week’s dinner :) all from the grocery store is easy to assemble on a tray~ apples, cabbage, ruffly salad savoy, artichokes and brussels sprouts, sprinkled with daises and alstroemeria.
Florist water pick tubes keep alstroemeria from wilting and are tucked out of sight. Daisies are long lasting even without water and are sprinkled in among the veggies.
Fairy Table Details:
Dishes/ Mikasa Stanton
White Chargers/ Deartis, T.J. Maxx
Woven Chargers/ World Market
Napkins/ Pier 1
Napkin Rings/ Bed, Bath & Beyond
Flatware/ Argent Orfevres
If You See A Fairy Ring
“If you see a fairy ring
In a field of grass,
Very lightly step around,
Tiptoe as you pass;
Last night fairies frolicked there,
And they’re sleeping somewhere near.”
I had such an overwhelming response to my cookbook giveaway that I’m giving away two!
The winners are:
O’Paula from Indiana
Pat at Back Porch Musings!
I’ll be in touch with you by email and your cookbooks will be on their way.
Thanks to all who entered!
You can visit fairies at the table at the links below~