This is the first year I haven’t had the chance to decorate the house for fall in one day. I normally have a plan. Of course, I have a plan! I’ll have my ideas all sketched out and my materials at the ready days before I move one plate into place. I’ll brew a strong pot of coffee and work to add fall touches to the house all in the same day. It is always so much fun. My schedule hasn’t allowed for that this year but I’ve had a chance to carve out a bit of time here and there. Things feel like they’re finally coming together and it makes me excited for what’s to come this season.
I’m a few weeks away from swapping out apples for pumpkins so I wanted to do something with the entry that would make the transition into Thanksgiving a seamless one. It all started a few weeks ago when I was looking for a picture of my great grandmother. I can see the picture so clearly in my mind but I couldn’t find it anywhere. At first, I was totally bummed. You know how you get an idea in your mind and just can’t let it go? I wanted to find that picture so bad!
It took a few hours but I was able to come up with another idea that honored my great grandmother and her Native American heritage. Many years ago, certain members of my family participated in a naming ceremony. I won’t go into all of the details since it was a sacred occasion but it was definitely something I will never forget. I don’t even have to close my eyes to conjure up the sights and sounds from the experience. It still gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
I left that night with the name, Lady Fox. My sisters were given Smiling Turtle and White Fawn. All, which seemed fitting given our Grandma’s name, is Mother Hawk.
Since I couldn’t find the picture I was looking for, incorporating the Native American names we’d been given into the fall inspired entry seemed the next best thing. I printed out images from the New York Public Library’s digital collections. Most of the images are free to download or are available for purchase. I also used Pic Monkey to label each picture with our name. Honestly, this project took a few minutes and it’s something that anyone can replicate.
Using the frames that were already in the entry, I covered the maps with brown craft paper, printed the image I wanted to use and glued the images to the craft paper.
Once they had dried, I hung the pictures back in place. You guys know my heart speaks in neutrals and I was tickled pink at the results.
I’m always looking for creative containers to hold our keys. This brown and white transferware gravy boat was perfect.
Of course, I had to use apples somewhere in the entry. I know the honeycrisp apple season is coming to an end soon but they’ve been great to use on the tables and in recipes.
You guys already know how I feel about mums. I love love love them for fall.
I’ve had these pillows from IKEA since last year.
I’m still loving this cabinet that we built back in June. It makes storing things so much prettier.
So there you have it, a few inexpensive fall decorating ideas from Lady Fox J