Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Pumpkin, A Fleur de lis & Red Transferware


Hello everyone! What a day! We had very heavy rains (again) yesterday and last night around 2 am a huge oak fell over (very common in Atlanta) and knocked out the power lines to my neighborhood. Thankfully it fell away from the person's house and since it was in the a.m. no was driving around. So as far as I know there wasn't anyone hurt, but we had no power until about 12:30 this afternoon.



The dog is scared of the dark (and loud noises etc) so he kept me up all night(or should I say morning). Anyway, I didn't feel at all like doing anything I actually was supposed to do today (like wash floors and clean out the fridge). Instead I played with the hot glue and a pumpkin and pulled out some plates and hung a new mirror that I got at the thriftstore.



I took various Christmas picks that were lime green and glittery and cut them up and hot glued them to the top of this white pumpkin.



A Christmas Pumpkin?


I chose lime green because that's an accent color I use but you could do traditional Autumn colors if you like. Just snip off each little piece on a pick and arrange them in a pleasing way on top of any color pumpkin. An orange pumpkin with traditional fall colors would be pretty!





My one truly antique piece of red transferware. I think all the pictures are clickable?







Isn't this a neat plate rack? A very overpriced (at least I think so) home furnishings boutique in my town was having a warehouse sale (75% off) so I grabbed this and couple of Christmas Ornaments. I don't normally even bother going in this store other than the warehouse sale days!



Well that's all I've done so far today besides drink copious amounts of coffee!



I want to show you what a reader sent me. Look at the cute monogrammed pumpkin that Anne made. She liked the one I made so she made one for her family. Isn't that whole thing so pretty! Love it!




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Tracey is having a give away of her two books "Frugal Luxuries" and "Frugal Luxuries By the Seasons" on her blog Frugal Luxuries. Scroll down to her Friday post. These are two of my favorite books!


I'll be posting my November book give away on Sunday. So check back for that!


I don't mind answering questions at all but, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give me an email addy if you don't have a blog that you keep current. It's very frustrating to go to someone's blogger account, access their blog only to find out that the last time they posted was July of last year and no contact info. I never know if I'm wasting my time or not. You can get a GMail or Yahoo email account if you don't want to use your regular one.


56 comments:

Bella said...

That is the best plate display rack ever! I would love to have one. I just love your red toile dishes - and your pumpkin is beautiful, too.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A very pretty post, Manuela! I love your pumpkin redo. The lime is beautiful.

Love the Decor! said...

Love the pumpkin!!
Are those dished hard to find? I absolutely adore them!

Ally0005 said...

Your pumpkin is soooo cute. I love your red table also.

Going to be nice on Thursday enjoy the rain will soon be back.

Ally

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Your pumpkin "creation" is TOO CUTE! Love the metallic lime green and white pumpkin combination! Great plate rack and the red dishes are beautiful! ~Rhonda :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your transferware is so pretty and looks good with the red and white toile drape in the background. I love the plate holder!

glorv1 said...

I like that display too. Your red toile dishes I wish I had. Oh and you have my email address. There all is said and done. Have a great Thursday Manuela. Just relax and enjoy doing nothing. :)

Brenda Eason said...

The pumpkin is beautiful. I love different. I think this amazing because it carries right over into the Thanksgiving time. I decorate mostly with things that can do this also. Im not big into Halloween,just a few things for the babies.
That is one awesome plate rack!Again different than ones you see in most stores.I will return to your beautiful blog.
Brenda

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries TM said...

Hello Manuela! I am feeling tired for you! That being said...you sure do get a lot of things done...even when you have no sleep! Adorable pumpkins and vignettes. I really, really, really, love your plate rack (great bargain!) and the red transfer ware plates in it. It is a perfect accent with your red toile curtains. Soooo cute!! You never cease to amaze!
Love,
Tracey
P.S. Also, wanted to say a BIG thank you for mentioning our books-give-away and especially for the good words about them. :) xox You are so kind.

salmagundi said...

Love the plate rack because it staggers the plates so you can see a lot of each. I would never think to use the lime green, but it is stunning!. Sally

Lyn said...

I love how you posted that you did fun things today instead of tasks. Sometimes we need to take the time off from regular daily stuff! I was just thinking about this and here you posted about it. Time to plan a fun day....:)

Lorrie said...

Isn't it fun to take a day to putter and play? We all need those sometimes.
Your red transferware plates are beautiful.

There's a giveaway on my blog right now, so come visit.

Lorrie

Julie Harward said...

I love the plate rack, that would be so fun to have for seasonal decorating too. And thats an awfully cute pumpkin too..how fun!
Come say hi :D

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the pumpkin redo!! Sorry about the power outage. The rain situation is out of control here. We had a day of reprieve today, but more coming in the next two days. I have a couple of paint projects on hold and some outside cleanup to do - who knows when it will get done now.
Have a great evening.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I love that plate rack - actually, I WANT that plate rack! If it turns up missing, you'll know I've been to Atlanta. Your Christmas pumpkin is so pretty. I want to go put some ball fringe on one of my lamp shades now! laurie

Julie said...

Your home is so beautiful!! I absolutely adore your dishes. :)

matty said...

So pretty! I love the red in your house! Don't you think it makes everything so much brighter and energetic! Get some rest!

santamaker said...

Now I can say "I've seen it all"...a Christmas pumpkin! What a great idea. It's really very pretty.

Dawn said...

Beautiful corner! I love red toile and transfer ware with yellow. I recently bought some red side tables for my living room and just love them.
Hugs,
Dawn

Emily@remodeling this life said...

Love it all as usual. the plate rack is really neat! Pumpkin is lovely!

Melissa Miller said...

It all looks so pretty Manuela!
I do love that beautiful plate holder. The pumpkin turned out so cute. :)

Sammy Girl said...

Manuela!
I LOVE the pumpkin. I have just been crushing on green and just might HAVE to copy your idea (think Michael's has the faux pumpkins on sale right now!!) I won't put out for Christmas .... but be ready for next year!!
(Might even use your pic for my post if that's okay.)
Hugs
Betty :)
ps ... love the red transferware plates, too, lol!

Jennifer said...

Your day sounds a whole lot like mine. After all the rain yesterday and the continual running around I just didn't want to do much of anything today. You made good use of your time. I love the pumpkin. A Christmas pumpkin is just a fine idea! =) Your transferware collection is fabulous! I love how you change it all out with the seasons.

So glad no one was hurt when the tree fell. We have seen a lot of that lately! Hope all is well..
Jennifer

southerninspiration said...

Oh, that red transferware makes me drool....so, so pretty! And your pumpkin is cute! Hope you sleep well tonight! ;)

Suzanne

Angie said...

The pumpkin is beautiful and I love those plates and plate rack! Hope you get some much-needed sleep tonight!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Love the plate rack. And the Christmas pumpkin (smile) turned out fabulous!!! Sorry to hear about your power. It's too quiet when the power goes out. And no internet!!!

Mimi Sue said...

I love your cute little pumpkin. I'm thinking of doing a few of those for my Thanksgiving table. Love the colors you chose. Mimi

diXymiss said...

Well drat, I was just at Joanns this afternoon. Can you believe I spied fauX white pumpkins on sale, but didn't pick one up? I may have to go back just for this... Cute! Love that fleur de lis plate rack ~ great find! ThanX for the heads up on Tracey's book giveaway(s). I'm in.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The pumpkin turned out so nice. I'm so inspired by your creativity. I know where your daughter gets her talent. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your kind comments have made me feel so welcome here in bloggerland. I love all your transferware. Red is my favorite.
Blessings,
Marcia

Paula said...

Your plate rack is something else. I love how it elevates the plates so that you can actually see all of them. I wouldn't have thought of green with a pumpkin, but I really like it. I hope you got some rest last night!

Gracie said...

That green glittering pumpkin is so very pretty, I like it better than the traditional colored ones.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! All of this rain is unbelievable, huh? Who would ever have thought it could happen after the last few years! I have a roof problem that has probably been that way for a while but no one knew!! I love your pumpkin and your plates! That mirror is gorgeous!! It looks like more rain for the weekend...so stay dry!...Debbie

Kathleen Grace said...

Who would think lime green Christmas picks could look so good on a pumpkin!? Very pretty Manuela! I love the plate rack, it has your fleur on it. It was meant to be:>)

Sandy said...

Loved your plate rack and that is a wonderful ideal for the pumpkin.
Thanks for sharing,I really enjoyed seeing everything.
Sandy

Shilo said...

Sorry for your sleepless night! I had one of those this week too...so nice to be able to be home and recover!
Your new mirror is so pretty and I have always loved red...it's all over my house!
Have a great Thursday!
Shilo

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hello Manuela,
Love all your plates in the pretty rack. Your little pumpkin is very cute too. The reds are so very lovely; love all the toile in your room! Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Sandi

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Manuela, I love your love for fleur de lis and harlequin patterns. Come by my blog and get the award I nominated you for!!

Linda said...

Hi Manuela, I'm Linda and I used to follow The Feathered Nest. Glad to find you again!

I love your pretty blog. You have such a knack at putting things together. And I enjoy seeing the results.

I love homemaking and making things look nice. And I like your red toile dishes. I have a few.

Oh, and the pumpkin is great! I am like you, I don't care for Halloween, but I love the Fall season decorating, and Thanksgiving especially.

Take Care!
Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Julie said...

I love visiting your blog. I love toile too! It's a classic! Your plate rack is so pretty. Love it.Thanks for sharing all your neat finds and decorating tips.

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

After looking at your blog for the last couple of months I decided I'd like to collect some red transferware too. I found two antique cups with turkeys! Sadly no saucers to go with them. Any ideas how how to display them for Thanksgiving?

Jane

Shelia said...

Manuela! I love that precious corner you've set up. The red table is so cute and I adore the transferware (I have some too). What a very nice pumpkin and your outside dressing is so lovely. You always make pretty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kasha said...

Manuela,
What a fabulous blog! I guess the only good thing coming out of my dental work is meeting you!I seriously can't wait to stalk your blog and learn about your fabulous talents. Your home from what I can see is gorgeous. 5 crowns has me beat. Do the permanent crowns feel so much better because I am seriously nervous I will never eat again. The other bummer is my Dad is the dentist so I don't have anyone to complain to. Anywho, I hope we can be friends and thanks so much for making my day!
Love the pumpkin!

Janean said...

i have a set of red transfer ware, along with teapot given by a dear friend. yay! lived in atlanta area & were very fortunate NOT to have a tree fall.

Simply Heart And Home said...

Manuela,

So pretty! Your pumpkin is gorgeous! What a great idea to hot glue the Christmas picks to it. And I love your mirror!

Gina

Marti said...

I love the pumpkin and plate rack. Good find there. I don't think the pumpkin looks like Christmas at all, but more a dressy fall look. I like that because I'm really not into Halloween.

I thought of you when I bought the tureen. I actually thought it was a sugar bowel at first until I saw the spoon slot.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I love this corner, I think it might be my favorite corner in your house xoxoxo Clarice

Anonymous said...

You are so inventive!!I love red accents in my home too. How you come up with such pretty ideas and reuses is beyond me! Great ideas..again! Jody

jenjen said...

Beautiful Manuela! I love that "Christmas" pumpkin. I think it is lovely for Thanksgiving!

I love your pumpkin that you monogrammed. I was going to try my hand at that but ran out of time. So cute!

XOOX
Jen

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, the pumpkin idea is great! But, I love, love, love those plates....wow, are those gorgeous or what?!

I am going to do a tablescape soon with my Country Living Plates from KMart....thanks again for the tip.

Barb ♥

june@craftyniche said...

The decorations are super cute as usual! :)

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I just adore that pumpkin idea! You creative girl you!
Brenda

kristeen said...

I am into all-kinds of plate racks -- wonderful way to display your collection -- nicely done! Kristeen kandgough@gmail.com

Sue said...

Hi Manuela....Happy Halloween...will this rain ever stop....I love the black mirror and was wondering where you got it and what it is made out of? I wouldn't be back wrought iron would it?

Stacey said...

I love everything you showed in your post. I honestly think you have the cutest house EVER!

Kim said...

Manuela, I am so glad to have found you again! I used to follow your old blog & lost touch & am glad to see that you are around!

I just love your red transferware. It looks perfect with the black accents.

La Familia Garcia said...

That is so beautiful! Love the pumpkin. ALMOST time for a new season! Christmas is soo much fun! Can't wait to come back.