Friday, October 18, 2019

Gifts of Autumn



The foliage in New England in the fall is quite exquisite.





This year, there have been a lot of trees dressed in golden yellows, some oranges, but not too many reds.


Luckily, during an excursion with out-of-town guests, we discovered some lovely red trees!


It was wonderful to discover the scarlet ladies. 


We had a delicious lunch at a pub where the fireplace was just cozy and comforting. Loved it!


What a gift it was to be able to see such loveliness.







WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR AND WHY?


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween "Spook" Castle


A Halloween castle has been a great, seasonal project for three little kids.


Their creativity has gotten a real workout.





The original castle, no longer played with, used to be a colorful combination of bright green, pink, purple, and so on. 





I spray-painted it black.


Purple "bat-shaped" and white lights help provide a spooky atmosphere.


Dollar store skeletons, Halloween erasers, and old dollhouse furniture have all become part of the spook castle.


A little fortune teller and small barrel table, complete with a skeleton face, sit in front of a "bottle top" crystal ball.  Luckily, both fortune teller and barrel table were 50 percent off.


A very creepy skeleton head with pink eyes sits on the castle roof.

A day-of-the-dead skeleton head kids' watch, another dollar store purchase, is in an upstairs room. When turned on, it flashes brightly.


Halloween castle continues to provide lots of fun and laughter and will be a dining room table centerpiece until the holiday passes.

HAVE YOU EVER MADE A HALLOWEEN CASTLE OR HOUSE?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Amber Glass



The Amber Room, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskye Selo, near St. Petersburg, Russia, must be a glorious sight to see.  


Imagine a room with huge panels made completely from the glass.


 Amber, a deep, honey-colored glass, is popular, also, in Lithuania and Poland, the two countries my two sets of grandparents were born in.

It's a color very reminiscent of fall.


Right now, various amber pieces line the kitchen windowsills in our home.


It comes out only in the fall. 


Then, after Thanksgiving, it's packed away, once again, until the following year.


ARE YOU PARTIAL TO AMBER GLASS?
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