Autumn Blessings

Do you ever have days that you wish you could stop time, or at least record every single detail to memory?

I had one of those days today.  Nothing extraordinary happened.  It was just “one of those days.”

Tomorrow, I go see a Surgeon to decide how to deal with some health issues which are plaguing me.  I should not be worried, but I am. So this morning, I woke up and decided to get some Fall decorating done.  That would make me feel better.

I usually start with my breakfast room table and hutch.

Here is my Fall Breakfast Room Table from a few years back…

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You’ll recognize a few of these elements above in this year’s table.

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While The Hubb’s got out all of my fall bins, I put some laundry in.  I have come to the conclusion that the neighbors are secretly dumping their laundry in my house when we are not here, because there is no way we can have this much.

While I was doing laundry, my phone rings.  It’s my sweet Mama.

“Hey Baby, it’s Mama. Whatcha’ doing?”

“Hey Mom, just some laundry and working on a tablescape for my blog.”

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Mama: “Oh, you still doing that?”

Me: “Yep, I am.”  <---- trying to figure out a quick way to explain to my Mama how blogging fulfills me.

Mama: “What kind of table you doing?”

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Me: “A Fall table.  I have been having a hard time figuring out how to work in my blue breakfast room with oranges and rusts and browns.”

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(Dollar Store coffee mugs with “Autumn Blessings” using a Copper Colored Sharpie and baked in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes)
Me: “I painted some pumpkins Duck Egg Blue with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.”

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{crickets}

Mama: “You painted what with who?”

Me: “It’s a new paint, Mama. Its easy to use and you can paint on anything.”

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Mama: “I ain’t never heard of anyone painting pumpkins blue. You sure that’s gonna look right?”

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Me: {laughing}  “We’ll have to see.  I used one of my new rusty buckets and added some millet.  I think its pretty.”

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Mama: “Are you using your pretty English dishes with the pheasants and deer?”

Me: “No, I am using the rust ones with some blue bowls.” 

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Mama: “Well, you’re better at that than I am, so I am sure it will be pretty.”

Me: “It will be different, that’s for sure.”
{praying “different” is a good thing}

Mama: “Well, me and Dad are gonna go get some dinner so we’ll stop by afterwards, okay?”

{My Mama and Daddy know they DO NOT need an invite…}

Me: “Sounds good, Mama. Y’all be careful. Love you.” {you never hang up without saying “love you.”  Life Rule # 8.}

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Phone rings later.

My DIL: “Hey Mom, how you feel today?”

Me: “A little better.  I am working on a tablescape.”

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DIL: “Oh, well me and Blake and the kids are coming over and I’m gonna cook dinner for you and Dad, ok?”

Me: “That sounds great, baby. See you soon.”

Me: {hustles to clean up kitchen and sweep floor of grapevine, berry and millet bits}

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Doorbell rings.

“Hey Mom, it’s just us.”  
{“us” meaning the loves of my life. Not just any “us.”}

Son: “Blue pumpkins?”

Me: “It’s a Blog thing.”  :)

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DIL: “I like it, its different.” {there is that word again…”different.”}

Grandson #1: “Grammy, how did you grow these blue pumpkins?”

Me: “Magic blue pumpkin seeds.”

{crickets}

Grandson #1: {busts out laughing}  “You’re so silly, Grammy.”

Doorbell rings.

“Yoohoo, it’s just us.”

{in our family, everyone identifies themselves as “us” and you have to decipher who’s voice it is.}

Me: “Hey Mama and Daddy. Come on in, we’re in the kitchen.”

Mama: “Daddy wanted to see your blue pumpkins that Suzie Sloan painted.”

Me: {Annie…Suzie…close enough.}


Me: “Here it is, what do you think?”

Dad: “It’s different.”  {seriously?}

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Mom: “The blue pumpkins look good with your blue breakfast room colors.”

{angels sing.  Mama “gets it.”}

Me: “You think so?  It’s not too different?”

Mom:  “Well, yes.  But in a good way. Who says all pumpkins have to be orange?”

DIL: “Mom may start a new trend.  Maybe I will paint some pumpkins pink for Miss C.”

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Doorbell rings.

“Hey, its just us.”

Me: “Hey, sis. Come on in.”

Sis: “What y’all doing?”

Mama: “Admiring Barb’s Suzie Sloan blue pumpkins.”

{me laughing so hard inside I can hardly contain it.}

Me: “Y’all want something to drink, I made pumpkin bread…..”

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Yep, Autumn Blessings.  The perfect wording for my new Dollar Store cups surrounded by Duck Egg Blue “Suzie” Sloan pumpkins.

I love my family.  I am blessed.

{here is a little sneaky peaky of my Autumn-styled hutch…}

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xxoo

Sharing with:
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tablescape Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Heather/Vanessa @ at the picket fence for Inspiration Friday

Please stop by all of the amazing Linky Parties and check out everyone’s wonderful projects, and say hi to these equally amazing ladies for being such great hosts every week. 




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Comments

  1. says

    Yep, dyed in the wool blue girls know……anything in the world can be made “blue’ – blue/rust/cream is a gorgeous color combo, I think. I’d even throw in hunter green. Very cute post about a wonderful Sunday with family. Hope your appointment goes well. xo

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  2. says

    Oh how I loved reading this! I got a good laugh. I think your Suzie Sloan pumpkins look very pretty LOL. The tablescape turned out great. I hope all is well with your health. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. says

    SO descriptive! I love it! That’s the way families are…”different.” :-) We just love ’em and know how to work with ’em and give ’em everything we’ve got so that they know they are loved. It sounds like your family is full of love and support. I live the blue pumpkins. “Different” is a good thing in this case. :-) The combination of blues and colors in the orange family is one of my favorites. I have a predominantly orange dining room but love to work with a lot of blue and white, so there ya go! Best wishes on your doctor’s appointment, and have a good week.

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  4. says

    Morning Barb!

    I love your “suzie” sloan pumpkins! Blue and orange is my all time favorite color combo and different definitely works here!

    very very pretty and cute post – made me homesick for my Mom and Dad!
    Sincerely, Jeannette

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  5. says

    Loved your thoughts in this post, I always find myself trying to explain blogging to friends…they have accepted me as a crazy artist long ago so they just go along…LOVE the creative blue pumpkins! Can’t wait to try that paint, I keep reading about it everywhere! Your table is beautiful

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  6. says

    I laughed out loud reading your blog about your ‘Suzie Sloan’ painted pumpkins. I could relate to your whole blog. We had 15 close family members come to our house for my lovely MIL bday Sunday for dinner. Sounds just like our conversations. And we had to walk out and kiss everybody goodbye and give them another kiss and an I love you. And then wave as they left. Got to love them. blessings Paula

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  7. says

    Barb, I loved this post- to cute – I laughed and cried- Family is so precious and especially when they surround you with love- knowing you are having fears,(all the while trying not to let on that is what is going on). Gotta love Daddies who try to understand the decorating part that we do and try to be postive. My prayers are with you… Hoping you recieved good report – Hugs Phyllis

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