Window of Opportunity~ Harvesting & Gathering

I took the opportunity & advantage of long hubby-free weekend

to tackle some projects and do a little window dressing~

harvesting & gathering in my Potting Shed.

Dressing my window box~ filling it with pumpkins,

gourds, Indian corn, and ornamental kale.

I’ve been in a Thanksgiving state of mind,

with Pumpkin Granola and

the aroma of pumpkin pie in the air.

A new-to-me turkey platter, unmarked,

with crazing and a few blemishes was harvested

from my favorite antique mall for $8~

This turkey is now free-range :) roosting in my

window box with Thanksgiving on the horizon.

I gathered together some grasses

from a field nearby along with some leaves~

And paired them with pumpkins,

ranging from blue-gray to tiger stripe.

Goldenrod with its feathery texture

along with some fall leaves,

fill a basket on the door in greeting~

 Surrounding a turkey plate, Giving Thanks~

Autumn Monarch by Johnson Brothers.

My weekly pilgrimage to Target for groceries yielded this wreath hanger that came with interchangeable, seasonal plaques.

The plate hanger attached to the plate, hooks easily over the end of the wreath hanger, wired to the basket.

 The other three plaques wish Happy Holidays,

announce Home Sweet Home, and Happy Spring.

I’m raking in Indian Corn

before I have to rake leaves :)

Embracing the season~

dressing in layers for warmth.

Taking the opportunity to enjoy

the fall color before it fades away.

A Spode Celebration turkey plate was

harvested from Tuesday Morning recently~

And is surrounded by a fantail of color

from fall foliage in a basket of gourds.

I took the opportunity to hang my stained glass window,

that was neglected in the corner of the garage and

purchased years ago from Metrolina Expo.

It now has a new home hanging on the porch~

gathering and diffusing light instead of gathering dust :)

We are counting

our blessings~

Our thoughts and prayers are with

those are struggling in Sandy’s wake.

Donations to the Red Cross can be made here.

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 Mosaic Monday~

 Metamorphosis Monday~

  43 comments for “Window of Opportunity~ Harvesting & Gathering

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

    So pretty Mary-Love all of your great turkey dishes! You’ve really captured the beauty of the season-enjoy:@)

  2. Stephanie Layson
    November 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful!!! I love your use of the different Johnson Brothers patterns…..Harvest Time is the pattern my grandmother used each holiday season and now it is mine. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the rest of the season.

  3. Pat
    November 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Give Thanks…with a grateful heart!
    Your post this morning was refreshing after seing all the negative comments on FB in the wake of the election results. Give Thanks is truly shown throughout this post. Abundance graciously displayed throughout your design. I am smitten with the falling leaves atop the rustic roofing! The plaid throw and the pillow on the side bench are unique hues and blend graciously with you color palette. Desired warmth is at hand despite the chill in the air! My overall favorite is still the rake with the Indian Corn. I will Give Thanks for this uplifting and inspiring this post today, among many others.

  4. November 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I love the plates tucked into unexpected places, the texture contrasts are wonderful! And the window, and the rake with the corn, and the old watering cans, and…and…and…! Especially thank you for reminding us to give thanks and live our lives with grace.

  5. kim
    November 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

    It just all belongs in a magazine. Love your attention to detail.

  6. celeste meehan
    November 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    hi, mary!
    i look forward to your lovely posts – a dose of serenity at the start of a busy day. your creativity is inspiring!
    just thought i’d say that i am concerned for your lovely stained glass window. i think those hooks might be a little too ‘open’. maybe squeezing them closed a little more would keep them from unhooking in a stiff breeze?
    happy thanksgiving!

    • November 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Celeste! I actually bring the window in, especially if they’re forecasting wind and rainy weather. Its age is showing and it’s starting to lose some of the glazing on the back side :)

  7. November 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Your harvesting and gathering are fantabulous Mary. I love the rake with corn. Your potting shed is beautiful. Wish I had one of those.

  8. November 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Sharing this on FB.:-)

  9. November 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Mary….I so love seeing your beautiful garden cottage….hard to believe that this beautiful building is not someone’s home…but a place where to enjoy prepping your beautiful plants and flowers and just enjoying your surroundings….I am sharing this beautiful garden shed on my Facebook…
    The fall decor on the porch and surrounding area is magnificent!!…Sigh, sigh….

  10. Janice Locke
    November 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Mary, I don’t know you personally but happened upon your blog recently. Thank you for sharing your creativity. I look forward to new posts. You inspire me!

  11. November 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Oh, my! I feel I’ve been looking through the pages of a fall magazine. How gorgeous. I love all of the fall fluffing you’ve done. You do everything wonderfully.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. November 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Mary, you have captured the spirit of fall for me. Love the new to you turkey platter. I spied the olive bucket too. The bench is lovely with the wool blanket. Stay warm because I am cold today. xo, olive

  13. Carolyn
    November 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I give Thanks everyday for my Friends. Love the rusty tin roof and the stained glass window on the front porch. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of your blogging buddies.

  14. Marie
    November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

    It all looks so pretty. Very inspiring!

  15. November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I have that exact same window box and LOVE what you’ve done with it. The platter looks fantastic there. I’d have never thought to do such a thing, but now I’m itching to get to the local antique mall. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

  16. November 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

    First, I am a WEE bit jealous of your hubby free weekend:):) With a retired husband I don’t get a hubby free MINUTE:):) I love your garden shed and I adore your new turkey plates. What day do you usually go to Target? Our Target does not have alot of groceries, does yours have a full grocery store???? Gorgeous pictures once again. XOXO

    • November 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Pinky~ LOL, My hubby doesn’t go out of town but maybe twice a year :) We have a Super Target so it has a full selection of groceries. I go a couple of times a week depending on what I need but it’s never any certain day.

  17. November 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Oh, Mary……….you’ve done it again…You live in a magazine picture!

  18. November 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Mary… Just found your blog and LOVE it. Your photos are beautiful.

  19. Debbie
    November 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous – you’ve got such an eye for decor. Love the plates and platters in the arrangements – never thought of that. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  20. November 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Mary, you just never disappoint! Love the potting shed decor and the plate and platter are gorgeous!! I love how you have incorporated them into the decor. This is just perfect for the season!

  21. November 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I haven’t had a hubby-free weekend for a long time! I also gets so much more done when those times come around. You have done such magical things with your potting shed and I’ll say it again…it’s cute and cozy enough to live in :)

  22. November 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Such a gorgeous display! I have been searching for scrolly iron window boxes like that one for a long time. Have a hubby-free weekend of my own coming up too, we always miss them, but seem to get so much more done don’t we :) It’s just beautiful, Mary!
    xo, Andrea

  23. handgrs
    November 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Mary. I could sure live in that adorable shed! You did such a great job decorating for Fall and all of your photography is lovely.

  24. November 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Oh, Mary… you must be having so much fun with your potting shed! It looks so stunning all dressed up for Thanksgiving! Stunning as usual! I love the tartan blanket on your bench… looks like it is waiting for someone to cozy up in it… maybe me!
    Mary, it’s about 9:10 pm and I have your wonderful pumpkin granola in the oven. It smells so good. It’s on the menu for breakfast tomorrow!
    I’m making a second batch for the Thanksgiving weekend crowd here at StoneGable! You are such an inspiration!

  25. Bonnie
    November 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I have been enjoying your blog for about a week now and I am so glad to have stumbled onto it. How creative you are! And your dogs are such cuties. Love all the details you capture in your photos. We lived on Lake Erie for many years and then on a small lake farther south. Now we are land locked! No water and we sure do miss it. So I live vicariously through your blog. Thank you!!

  26. November 8, 2012 at 2:33 am

    What a fabulous shed. Even the shed has a view and gets dolled up! I love how you used the plates in your outdoor decorating. Everything you touch is filled with style!

  27. Barbara
    November 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

    god bless you , you have once again inspired me and will be heading to yard sales this weekend to find things to decorate my outdoor space love ya

  28. November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Mary, what is so wonderful about your posts is that they give such joy to your readers. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing for just a smidgen of your creativity.

  29. November 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Mary, I echo what Linda said above. I too, would love just a smidgen of your creativity and I might add energy. I love natural material be it fruit, berries, pumpkins, kale, flowers and on and on. You do it the best. I also love the vintage waterings cans, olive buckets, baskets, textures and colors. Thanks for your visit and sweet comments. I think the torch would be a hit.

  30. November 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Mary, I can’t tell you how much I love the baskets with the “free range” turkeys nestled in the foliage and pumpkins. GORGEOUS! and the olive bucket with the grass…LOVE it ALL!

  31. November 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Mary, not sure how I missed this when you posted, but I’m here now. It’s such a treat to see the potting shed dressed in autumn’s best. It looks so warm and welcoming. Best be careful, someone might decide to move right in. LOL ~ Enjoy the weekend……..Sarah

  32. November 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

    You must have the prettiest “shed” in the world…love it :)

  33. November 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    What a lovely place, and oh so very beautiful and quaint, all decorated for Thanksgiving. I love the aromas’s of theses seasons, and I am betting that the shed has an amazing fragrance that it shares~

  34. November 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Gorgeous! Thank you for joining HSH!

  35. November 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    II love it all, especially the use of your transfer ware!

  36. November 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Each post of yours needs to be in a magazine!! love the door basket with wonderful Turkey plate!!

  37. November 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I think I tried to leave you a comment on this post a few days ago, but for some reason, it wouldn’t take my comment. So I’m back. :)

    This is so beautiful; it’s like something out of a magazine!! I love everything about it. I love the window box, the antique stained-glass window, the turkey plates and platter, the rake with the Indian corn, and the tartan plaid throw. I adore tartan plaid!!

    What a productive weekend you had; your hubby should be impressed. Thanks for sharing this with us; it’s just charming!


  38. November 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    that shed is to die for. I show my husband the pictures of it and let him know it’s in our future to copy it.

  39. August 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Love the hanging stained glass window! Gorgeous!!

  40. October 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Hi Mary, I think I missed this post last year when we were still powerless from Sandy! I love all your turkey dishes and of course the wreath hanger which I want every time I see it change for the seasons! Hubby free weekends are the best for really getting things done, and then it’s wonderful to have them come home again! Linda

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