Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beauty of Fall walking tour

 We have had such a colorful fall in SW Washington, so I thought I would show you a few more photos of our fall foliage.This post will be a little light on words. I'll let the pictures express the beauty of fall.  

This is one of the lovely lakes we like to visit, although the water is a bit murky this time of year, the trees are gorgeous with all their rusts and golds. 

The colors of fall make a lovely collage. 

These pictures were taken in late October and some of the trees hadn't quite reached their peak yet. The Monticello Hotel is peeking through a bit in this photo.  

Most of these photos were taken in the early afternoon. I really like the  interesting light and shadows this time of day. I've shared photos of this historical library before. It's one of my favorite places to photograph in Longview, WA.   

A side view of the library and a huge maple tree. 

I wanted to show a closer view of the enormous trunk.

More lovely trees near the lake.

The sun was so bright when I took a few of these photos that it washed the colors out somewhat. This is the entrance to the Japanese Garden. You can take a tour of this beautiful Garden in my earlier post here. 

The bridge leading to the Japanese Garden. 

One of our last stops of the day was the historic  RA Long High School.

The grounds are beautiful here, especially this time of year. All the maples are lined up in a row showing off their beautiful colors. 

RA Long High School was built in the late 20's and still serves as a high school today. Very pretty architecture. 

Love the look of this building with all the beautiful fall trees. 

I love old clock towers and this one is gorgeous. Also, love all the beautiful stone work in these historic buildings. 

A velvety carpet of fallen leaves on the school grounds. 

And the lovely hills of autumn with a clear blue sky.  Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fall in simpler times

Since I'm still loving the warm, earthy colors of fall, I wanted to share something I created with a few quick changes. I like to change my little bookcase for the seasons, so I pulled together a few fall looking things for my vignette. 

I added a few fall flowers to my pitcher and recycled a basket for fall by adding some wood fruit and leaves. I have a couple of brown transferware pieces I wanted to share as well. This Clarice Cliff bowl is a lovely poppy design that I received from my inlaw's years ago. I love the look of the poppies, so I'll be on the lookout for a few more pieces of this pattern and start a collection. The bowl is rather small but it has the fall vintage look that I love,  and I thought it would look pretty on my small bookcase. 

 I have lots of dinnerware, but nothing in pretty brown shades, so I wanted to display this and another bowl I have. Since the plate stand is covering up part of the pattern, I wanted to show it another way. 

I added it to my little wooden chest that was already filled with vintage cooking utensils to show the design better. Since my bookcase is so dark I decided to display this on the floor. I love the soft, golden brown shades of the poppies in this vintage bowl. 

My pretty little Johnson Bros. bowl. I love all the pretty detail on the edge. They created such beautiful vintage dishes back then. I actually had two of these, but I over tweaked my display and one broke. At least it broke on the carpet and it was a clean break, so I can repair it easily. Sometimes it's just best to leave well enough alone!  This is a lesson I learn daily, especially since I started blogging. Just be happy with it, as is.  

Another closeup of my pretty poppies. I'm so grateful I didn't break this one!

I also wanted to share my sweet farmhouse print. I've had this for years and it has always reminded me of fall. I love the colors and the prairie style look to it, possibly from the late 1800's. It looks very french farmhouse to me, with the lady of the house feeding her chickens and the husband herding his sheep. I took this picture at an angle to avoid the reflection from the glass. 

I'm displaying the print now on a narrow wall between two windows. The faux hydrangeas are in my little crate and sitting on my kitchen counter. My counter has turned into my craft space, it's very cluttered, so I'll  share more about what I'm doing later. 

I faded the colors a bit on this last photo, which I think best sums up my style for fall. 
Softer shades and simpler times. 
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