Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Has Finally Arrived!

Greetings & Salutations!  Fall has finally arrived in Southern California where I live.  We will still get plenty of warm days, but the nights are cool, and the day time temps are pleasant. 
I have decorated my house, and seem to have an abundance of Fall things, as this is my favorite season, and time of the year.  Since I have relocated my sewing room, back to the original bedroom it was in, my living room is shaping up again.  I still need to find wall décor. I am on the lookout for two large iron sconces for either side of the picture above sofa.
We are also hoping to install crown molding sometime soon.  The pillow at center of sofa, is a recent make.  I used my Accuquilt Go and two sets of Fall dies to cut the shapes.  Then just placed them on black fabric in a pleasing scene and I backed with batting and quilted in diagonal lines.  After that was done, I used my free motion foot to create veins on leaves, and tendrils on pumpkins, as well as spherical lines to add dimension.  I framed it in green, and added an acorn backing, in envelope style.

Still using my free motion foot, I went around each raw edge shape to keep them from lifting. 
I took this photo yesterday morning, because I thought it was so pretty with the morning light coming through the window in there.
The rustic tray on the ottoman was a Hobby Lobby find.  I love how it looks in this room.
The chairs that flank the table in front of the window, are holding pillows that I made last season, using placemats from Walmart. 
This is not a very good photo, sorry, but the light coming in the window was playing tricks with my camera.  The mini quilt underneath tall turquoise vase, is a totem of pumpkins made several seasons ago.  That is our boy Dusty keeping his spot warm.
This cornucopia is a favorite of mine, and I love the rich colors in it.
The living room is a nice place to sit and have a visit.
I am adding in this photo of the stained glass hanging in the window, which is partly why the dappled sunlight looks so pretty streaming in through the window.
This room will look so much nicer when I find what I want for the walls, and get crown molding! 
The piano is dressed with my collection of soft pumpkins.  These were made from thrifted sweaters.  Such fun to make!
The large white one with the sparkly yarn is my favorite!
The little Halloween quilt on piano key top, is from a panel that I cut apart and made several mini projects with.

All of these things look so great against the black scrappy paint job on this antique piano.
Also hanging in the entryway, is an oldie, but goody.  I made this Log Cabin style friendly ghost, a good 12-15 years ago.  On this one, I meandered using black thread on the black, and white on the ghost, and orange on the pumpkin. 
In the entryway as well, is this wood and wicker chest with ceramic pumpkin display.  The wreath above gets seasonal items added to it, as the seasons come and go, but it stays on the wall despite the season we are in.
My family room is also overflowing with small quilts and pillows that I have made. 
The Autumn Subway art pillow is from Kohl's.  The Black Autumn Blessings is from a cute shop in Covina that I bought a couple years ago.  The black cat is a Thimbleberries pattern.  And the pumpkins is another placemat I turned into a pillow from Walmart.
The quilted table topper on the table is also a panel that I quilted.
The pumpkin tureen on table is a favorite piece of mine.  As is the pumpkin pie dish that sits on a table runner I made years ago. 
A Willie Ray lamp, and jackolantern, sitting in a small mug rug I made, just to use some extra appliques I had from another quilt.
In the kitchen is yet another Halloween panel.  This is special to me because it was from a friend of mine, that she brought to my house on a sewing day I hosted, and she let us all pick a piece to cut off and make something with. 
 On my green kitchen guessed it, another Fall panel, quilted by me.
These panels are the perfect size to practice your free motion quilting on domestic machine.  And obviously I like them!!!
In my laundry room, my button up for November, just because I love it, and don't want to hide away until I put it on my quilt rack. The picture is fuzzy, but you get the idea.  And the chalkboard has a Fall scene too.  I used regular chalk, and then went over it with some art chalk.
My new little kitchen table is set for a guest, with wicker chargers, a Nutmeg colored plate, with a small plate atop that, from Walmart's limited edition this year.  Instead of napkins, I am using two tea towels from Walmart that were 88c each.  On the middle is a topper I made with some pretty Fall fabric, and one of my loved Fitz & Floyd roosters.
I have a fun new piece that I bought recently at one of my favorite thrifts.  It is a sturdy iron plant stand, with beautiful scrolled legs, and a great shape.  I knew it had to be mine!!!!  It was pricey for a thrift, but I knew its value, and I had to have it.   I dressed it with Fall mums, and pumpkins, and I couldn't be happier!!  It greets all who enter.

Sitting atop the little table by my door is Happy Jack.  He was always at the table in the cabin, and brings back great memories for me.
I am trying to hang in there with blogging.  I still get over to visit other blogs I love when I can.  I will try to be back soon. 
Happy Fall Y'all!!!
XO  Kris


Betsy said...

I can't believe all of your beautiful decorations Kris. And you made most of them!!!! It makes my pitiful little attempts at fall decor look bad. :-). I would love to visit your home. It always looks so cozy and happy. I think I would like fall in S. California too. No snow coming soon! Here the cooler weather is nice but I dread snow. I live in the wrong part of he country...but you go where the job is, right?

Linda said...

HI Kris!
Everything looks are a wonderful cosy and welcoming.
I am taking a blog is 10 days away...very nervous!
Greg will be 70 next month, and he is retiring at the end of the year.
Lots to get used to!
Enjoy your Fall....
Linda :o)

NanaNor's said...

Oh Kris, You know I love Fall just like you do! Love seeing all the projects you've made~I've gotten behind as hubby has started painting the inside of the house, so I help him. I'm just starting to machine quilt some panels and also doing machine appliqué. Sending you lots of love and big hugs.

Teresa Kasner said...

You have the most wonderful and varied collection of fall decor of anyone I know! It all looks wonderful in your warm and inviting home. Thanks for visiting my blog and catching up with all my doings. I have missed you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gracie Saylor said...

I just asked Teresa this afternoon if she had been in touch with you, so I was especially excited when I checked my computer this evening and saw your post! The Autumn decorating around your house is lovely and it is wonderful to see all the things you have crafted and thrifted and been given arranged so beautifully. I got out some squares I cut long ago and am preparing to stitch them together using a Featherweight sewing machine...I have been studying the operator manual for the Featherweight :) I figure it has been 55 years since I last tried to use my mom's Singer! Thanks so much for posting, Kris. I admire your creativity and regularly think of you and yours with love. xxxxx

Jeanna said...

You have done a wonderful job with your fall decorating, Kris. I absolutely love everything. I haven't done any yet as it is still so hot and then there was that silly hurricane. Your post has inspired me to shake it off and get out the pumpkins.

Hope you have a great day!

Bethany said...

How cozy and pretty!! I'm a sucker for those sunlight pictures that come through the window and throw patterns everywhere. I'm not sure if you have stained glass or if it's the effect through the vase, but I love the colored light. October has been pretty beautiful here (except for some hurricane raininess).

Summer said...

Your living room is looking quite cozy and welcoming ♥

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your home feels so cozy and welcoming, all dressed up for fall, Kris! Your talents and creativity shine throughout!

Debbie said...

LOVE all your Fall decor! It's homey, warm and welcoming. I am always going to make myself up some more decor pillows, but somehow never get around to it. You may have inspired me! Enjoy your week-end!

corners of my life said...

I love how much sunshine flows into your rooms creating such interesting shadows and light.

Mereknits said...

Your house is looking very festive in all of it's Fall finery Kris. Autumn is my favorite season, we don;t really have much of an Autumn here, but I can pretend!

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

I love seeing all of your wonderful Fall decor. I never decorate for any season except Christmas, too lazy I guess. Christmas sis my season tho. Jump back for glitter! I've been on a LONG blog hiatus and don't know when I'l be back but I do try to keep up n all the blog doings.

Karen L. Bates said...

I really love reading your posts and keeping up with your fun life. Please continue to post...even if it's only once a month...or

I love all those cute sweater pumpkins and that chalk board drawing is've got talent...not that we didn't know that already!

Billie Jo said...

Hello there!
I found you through a friend of a friend and I have to say, I enjoyed my visit!
Fall is my very favorite time of year!I
Have a nice Sunday. : )

corners of my life said...

Missing your creative blogging Kris . . .

Nana Go-Go said...

Hey Kris, just wondering whether you are ok. You've been gone a long time!xxx