Monday, October 28, 2013

Make-Do Fall Decor



I stole these leaves from someone last year, pressed them in a ridiculous spiral-bound Congressional book, dug them out 365-odd days later, and tied them up with sewing thread.

Only, does it really count as "stealing" if they're on the sidewalk?

They're just so pretty, those ginkgos. And rare. At least around here.
Although I have to say, I'm not fond of the actual trees.

A reader commented on this post, "Just make a little fall banner to hang from nail to nail and it will look like they are there on purpose." With Howard the cat as my witness, I would have nevah, EVAH come up with that solution on my own.

True, my "fall banner" hits the paintings at an awkward spot, but we're making do, here. We're acting like those screws are intentional FOR THE WIN.

I bought this print at a local vintage market a few weeks back and then stewed around forever about where to hang it. (check out the artist's site here)

The thing about this house is, too few walls. And the ones I do have are all collaged up.
So, I'm making do.

Kitchen cabinets are totally frame-like, if you think about it.

Rubes & Calv frolicking in the leaves back at the farm.
*sigh*

I taped it right over the glass with borrowed washi.
Making do.

Does it seem like I'm more invested in fall this year than usual? I'm acting like it's Valentine's Day. I can't explain it.


My friend sent me this year-long calendar and I want to kiss it on both cheeks, European style.

I know it's not November yet, but it almost is, and I don't know, it made me happy that she let November have some fall fun, too. We always give the pumpkins to October, and November just gets the pie, which, let's be honest, isn't the best of the pies. (It's a texture thing.)

You'll have to close your eyes for this last thing, because I don't have a picture.
Are they closed?
Now are they?
Picture bushels of sweet, juice, Honeycrisp apples held together by just enough flour and sugar to qualify it as a cake.
Do you see the picture I'm painting here?
No? This might help.

It was so good. It probably goes without saying, but the caramel sauce is not even slightly optional. (I used whole milk instead of heavy cream and it worked just fine, I just had to cook it down a bit longer. Also, I added half a teaspoon of vanilla, because it seemed like the right thing to do.)

We're in the home-stretch of October. Can you believe it?
I'll be honoring the day with knee socks, crock pot root beer pulled chicken, a few cut-throat rounds of this game, and New Girl reruns after dark.

Happy fall, ya'll.


38 comments:

  1. The gingko leaves make a glorious fall banner. And now I'm going to be going all over my house taping pictures over glass with washi tape. First I have to buy some washi tape...

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    1. Or just borrow a few swipes of tape from a generous and cool Mother-in-Law, like I did. ;)
      ps - We seem to be on the mend!

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  2. I love the simplicity of the leaves as a fall banner! And the fall paintings~are they vintage?

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    1. They are! I've had them so long, I forget where they even came from.

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  3. you are the best decorator on a dime (or steal) i know.

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  4. My favorite apple cake recipe is a box of yellow cake mix, 2 apples cut up and tossed with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and dropped into the cake batter. I top it with cream cheese icing or caramel icing. Its so easy and so good!

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  5. I love that you love New Girl. Seriously, that show cracks me right up. Happy Fall, friend!

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  6. SOOO with you on the pie-that-shall-remain-nameless. ICK! It's totally a texture thing because I sure do love me some other things with that same "flavor". Also hate stuffing (soggy bread that's been inside a dead bird) and gravy (why would anyone choose "drippings" over butter for their mashed potatoes?) Good thing there's ambrosia, apple pie and football onThanksgiving too! :-)

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  7. Hello! A friend told me about your blog. I'm so glad I stopped by and checked it out. My husband and I also adopted our son and in just a a couple posts find things in common with you! :) I look forward to reading more!
    Have a blessed day.
    Chels

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. I find adoption to be an instant connector of awesome people. :)
      Happy Monday!

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  8. I never thought the leaves were out of whack. Don't tell all your secrets, farmgirl.

    xxoo

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  9. i can't believe the leaf banner. so creative and perfect.

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  10. Love the leaves! I can now hear echos of a family member, "Use it up, don't throw it out. Make do or do without." You are one of my favorite make-doers Ms. Shannan : )

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  11. Love your leaves! On another note, my scarf arrived from FashionABLE and I LOVE it!! I wore it to a pumpkin carving party and got tons of compliments!!! AND it came so...fast!! One happy girl here and I will be ordering more!!!!!!

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  12. Leaf banner for the win...for sure!

    I love Ginkgo leaves! You'll find them around my house and they were even on my wedding cake (sugar ones, that is.) I too would like to steal the washi taping of photo ideas, but I don't have any either. Can you steal a little more and send it to me?

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  13. how am I supposed to read with my eyes closed?

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  14. p.s. I think I know why you're treating autumn like V day....something about Home. It is the season for Home

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  15. Pinned the cake recipe! And I am so with you when it comes to carrying fall over into November. I mean winter doesn't officially begin until December anyway! :-)
    xo

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  16. Waxing leaves is super fun to...and not need to plan a year ahead...no pressing involved. Go ahead and wax some leaves!! (google it)

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    1. We did this years ago! (And lived to blog about it, of course.) :)
      Meant to get around to it again this year. Alas...
      But there's still time!

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  17. Mmmmmm and yes yes yes to New Girl Reruns!

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  18. Your stolen leaf banner is darling--and looks perfect above your paintings.

    Making do looks good on you, FPFG!

    BTW, I made that one dish wonder pasta you blogged about not too (I think) long ago and am still thinking about it, dee-lish, is what it was. So...thank you!

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  19. I want to steal your paint by numbers. Can we still be friends?

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  20. Kitchen cabinets are made for frames. We always stick our photo Christmas cards in our kitchen cabinets. It is cheery and they stay up there until about May.
    And fall is my Valentine's Day. September, October, November = bliss.

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  21. So thrilled you loved the apple cake. I know, it's just crazy how good it is and I'm typically not even a cake lover. (I've changed my mind. :))

    Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam :)

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    1. I'm not a huge cake person, either. I think that's why we both love it so much - not too cakey. :)
      Thanks for the great recipe, Jen!

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  22. love the leaves and ginkos ARE rare! so rare that Windows underlined "ginko" in red like I spelled it wrong. did you know they're like thousands of years old too? like the oldest tree ever? I don't know why I know this. but your banner looks great!

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  23. I am IN LOVE with your "make-do" decorating! Taping right over the frame......totally my style!

    Also, using kitchen cupboards as frames!?!? I totally did this at my old house, changing it out whenever my son brought some wonderful new art home from school. It was perfect!!

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  24. I love the strung leaves...I think this would be cool to save for a Christmas tree. The variations in color on fall leaves would certainly contrast nicely with the vibrant green of Evergreens. Good idea!

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  25. Perfect! Every bit of it. I'm so making that cake.

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  26. 1. All of your decorating is adorable, it seems you can't go wrong. Either that or we have identical taste. . .
    2. Will you please report back on the rootbeer chicken? Specifically, is it delicious? But more importantly, is it kid-approved? Not that your kids eating it would be any indication that my kids would eat it, but i at least like to know some odds before i gamble.
    3. In exchange for linking me to some fantastic recipes lately (you're on a roll! Connecting me with your favorite pizza dough recipe/the resulting garlic breadsticks alone merits my undying devotion to you), i will share one in return. If you like the flavor of pumpkin desserts but not the texture of pumpkin pie, you absolutely must google the pioneer woman's pumpkin cream pie recipe!! All of the pumpkin pie flavor without the weird dense texture. . .we loved it last year!

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    1. The root beer pulled chicken was DELISH! I used this recipe for the barbecue sauce: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-barbecue-sauce-just-like-sweet-baby-rays/
      and we topped the sandwiches with homemade pickles. I'll definitely make it again.

      Thanks for that PW recipe! I'll check it out.

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    2. Ooh, yay! Thanks for reporting back! I'm for sure going to try it. . .and maybe i'll even go the extra mile like you did and make barbecue sauce instead of using bottled. Thanks for the link!

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