Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I would like to introduce y'all to a new blog......... MAKE MINE BEAUTIFUL

My friend Polly has now extended her many talents into the world of blogging. Polly is a very talented designer. Many of you might even recognize her once you visit her site.

Her talents soar when it comes to combining fabrics and sewing. She makes the most incredible items and will be selling them in her Etsy store.

In addition to her sewing talents she is full of fun ideas, tutorials and lovely photography.

All the items you see in these pictures will give you a glimpse of her incredible creations. She is in the process of building her Etsy store and her blog. The "sneak peak" shows that she is off and running and will extend her talents into a place we will all want to visit frequently.

I urge you to make taking a visit to her blog Make Mine Beautiful a high priority. For anyone who loves decorating ideas, fabric and crafts it is a must see. Watch for a fun giveaway at Southern Whimsy in the future featuring some of Make Mine Beautifuls lovely goods. Welcome Polly!

Monday, September 28, 2009

If You Give A Girl A Pumpkin......

She will decide she needs to make a topiary out of it with a monogram.......

Which will prompt her to pull out some baskets she has had in the closet since spring.......

She will need to Paint them so they match!

Which involves picking up a can of Colonial Red spray paint.

On her way to get the paint she decides she needs to stop at Michael's for some fall foliage for the baskets.......

She finds what she needs to fill said french basket which is now painted colonial red!

Then the weather is so gorgeous in North Carolina today she decided she needs to stay outside as long as possible. After she hangs her french baskets full of fall foliage on the door she.....

Places her fall wreath up as well......

Black eyed Susan's, green hydrangea, fall leaves .......

She decided to dress her rockers for fall as well......

Just one more peak at the baskets.........

She adds some pillows to her rockers........

She places her pumpkin topiaries in urns on the porch...........

She decided to put up some Halloween fun......

and lines her walk way with iron luminaries.........

she adds some signs to her shutters........

and because she wants to stay outside as long as possible she plants her fall mums..........

If you give a girl a pumpkin you never know what the day will bring. Join Susan for more Met Monday action over at Between Naps On The Porch.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bring A Little Fall To Your Table

I seem to be on a roll with the Fall inspiration photos. I decided to carry it right onto the table. Along with several tablescape ideas and pictures to decorate your side boards or buffets, your end tables or coffee tables. I think we have all the tables covered! I just had to start with one of my favorite habits. The monogram! Loving the monogrammed pumpkins above. Have fun browsing and remember to visit Susan over at BetweenNapsonthePorch for Tablescape Thursday. In the mean time sit back and enjoy some Fall inspiration for your own tablescapes. I love the apple green and orange theme of this table.

More green this time with gold.

You can find these individual soup tureens at William and Sonoma.

They have individual acorn ones too!

A great table runner that would be easy to execute.

Kumquats make a great vase filler for fall.

Orange china is a surprise with magenta linens and florals. These dishes are found at Horchow.

Pumpkins are always in style as a nice plate topper.

Depression glass in amber. Perfect for the season!

Some fun napkin place cards. These are made out of construction paper. What could be easier?

What a great idea. Coring out gourds and squashes for your Hors d'oeuvres.

I love this. If your Thanksgiving dinner is being served up buffet style, why not post the menu for all to read. What a fantastic ribbon and embellishment!

A fun way to display your fall table napkins when serving buffet style.

Simple and lovely.

Glasses, napkin rings and place card holders all share the theme of ceramic fall leaves.

Fall colored florals in a traditional china tea pot.

Mixing sunflowers and artichokes into this wire basket of squash, moss and flowers makes a unique arrangement.

A classic that is easy to execute. The pine cone as a place card holder. I love the painted acorns scattered about the table for interest.

These items can be found at Pottery Barn. The quail plates are sophisticated yet casual.

Pears. Often overlooked for the Fall table but perfect.

Ready to spook some areas up for Halloween? Spider webs draped over candle sticks are fun.

Look at these variegated beauties. They add such interest.

Are they gray? Are they green? They sure look spooky! I found this at Martha Stewart Living.

This is a great idea. Pumpkins with oil lamp domes used on the top of them. What a clever way to turn a pumpkin into a lamp.

Glitter up or sugar up some baby pumpkins for some glam!

Ewwwww! Some roaches on the table? Not for me but they certainly equate to creepy!

Gothic pumpkin basket. I love the idea of turning a pumpkin into a basket for a center piece. I think fall florals or leaves would be lovely.

Tier your baskets and add some greenery.

Gourds are always a classic and understated in their execution.

Always an easy way to bring a season into the room. Filling a glass candle holder or vase with what is in season.

Gobble Gobble!

Pottery from Pottery Barn looks great filled with nuts and fall foliage.

If you saved all your summer hydrangea and dried it out, now is the time to use it for your fall displays!

Pottery Barn had these adorable pewter squirrel salt and pepper shakers. I just love them and just may have to add these to my fall table this year.

These ceramic leaf dishes can be found virtually anywhere now. They make them in melamine as well. They instantly bring fall to your table setting!

Another Pottery Barn find. This three tiered galvanized tray looks great with Autumn goods on it.

Easy to make and always a classic. This also makes a great hostess gift!

Formal silver and fall foliage.

A pumpkin and cranberry chandelier. Baby pumpkins turned into candle holders.

Fall can be done without oranges, russets, browns and golds. Monochromatic creams create an elegant table.

A more rustic take on the pumpkin vase.

How clever. Make a pumpkin arrangement out of your orange mums

An easy way to create interest to your fall pumpkins. Just add vines.

A fun place setting "card".

You don't have to get too fancy when displaying your fall table goods. Nuts, corns and gourds will do just fine!

Moss and pumpkins in a basket. What could be simpler?

Last, some classic topiaries done out of fall leaves. Grouped together they are always nice on any table. I hope I inspired you with plenty of ideas to bring fall onto your tabletops!