Monday, October 20, 2008

Decorating with treasures

Oh, it has been chilly, chilly here. Only reaching 50 or so, these past few days. The best kind of weather for walking out in the woods, and finding some things to decorate with.
Before we built this home, we had a small in-town lot, with no woods to explore in. We would set out on wild goose chases for things like rose hips, pine cones, and bittersweet. Always, always keep a good pair of clippers in your car. You never know what you are going to find.
I feel extra, extra lucky to live where we do now. We have been able to cut down Christmas trees from our own woods, take long walks, pick berries, and not worry about, um, trespassing, Ahem.

The kids and I went for one of walks the other day, and found some great things to bring inside, like acorns, baby branches, and a huge bunch of rose hips.




Who doesn't need a big, wild, clump of bittersweet for their front door?

If you get the chance, take a nice long walk in the woods. Just don't forget to bring a basket, and some company. Happy decorating.


32 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

How pretty - Jessie and I went for a walk yesterday - found grapevine - I'm thinking I need to try a wreath for my backdoor - I've never noticed bittersweet growing - guess maybe I should go back out there and look again!
Kris

Jenna said...

So simply but beautiful!! You decorate so beautifully

At Home Mommy Knits said...

What a wondeful thing to live where you can go out your front door and find natural treasures!

Fran said...

I love your "natural" decorations! I suddenly feel the need to go find some myself.....however, I am probably going to have to trespass!

Fran

Rhea Daiute said...

You have GOT to love the bittersweet.

TD wool design said...

your home must be beautiful!
i'm always in love with the colors this time of year.

tiennie said...

What a great idea! You do such a wonderful job decorating your home.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I love to bring the outside in & you do it in such a lovely way! :)

Melissa said...

Got to love Maine! The east coast for that matter, the salmon colored leaves are amazing

angie said...

Looks like this post really coincided with my question today. I really love the Northeast.....except in the winter. :)

Renee said...

Taking a nice walk in the woods is one of life's great simple pleasures. You have such a lovely home and property!

Jessica said...

I love all your decorating! I've been bringing little bits of the outdoors inside to celebrate fall...It's been super chilly here as well (it just might snow tonight!)

KnitPastis said...

It's all so beautifully decorated! I especially love it paired up with the white vases.

raining sheep said...

What wonderful treasures. I love finding things in nature to grace my home. I love how you can use simple natural elements and they just look so beautiful...like in your photos :)

Heather said...

The pictures of your place make me green with envy. ALWAYS looks like something from Country Home!

Meagan said...

I love the bittersweet- I always think of you when I scavenge for bittersweet.I remember "harvesting" for your wedding. It is more relaxing to be able to gather without fear of being arrested! I just discovered a huge rosa florabunda bush at my dad's-I "borrowed" an armful of the little hips-now I have an inside source!

SMF.sportychic said...

How festive! I love it!

Julie said...

Love your decorating treasures... and that beautiful brown and white pitcher near the acorns! My husband often wishes we lived on a plot of land with our own woods to walk and explore!

Cottage Mommy said...

Hmmm...I love rose hips. I have a big rose hip wreath and last year was able to cut a bunch for my front porch. I don't know a good spot in my town to find it though. I'll have to look since my Mum is dead on my front porch! Your posts are always inspiring, thank you! I just signed up for a class to learn how to make a sweater for my daughter Addison! You make me feel like I can do it!

Steph said...

Very gorgeous! I have a pair of clippers that I carry around town with me - in case something needs pruned (or rescued). ;-)

Steph said...

By the way - your decorating is FANTASTIC - so lovely!

Hilary said...

How beautiful! And of course if you decorate with treasures found outdoors, you know you'll always be in season!

elliebelle said...

Oh what fun fall can be!

lucky knitter said...

Your decorations look great! I love decorating with nature. It always looks so nice, and the price is perfect too! ;)

amandajean said...

I wish we had woods to hike in...

Elise said...

Oh my lands!! Lovin' the bittersweet!! Nature does offer up some wonderful decorations, doesn't it?? I was telling my son a bedtime story about that last night.
Elise

Little Candle said...

Oh, I love all of the goodness you have gathered from nature! I have been known to drag in tree branches etc. to decorate. You did some very nice things. I am in awe of the beautiful things you do.
I wanted to mention that I used the crock pot recipe you posted for applesauce and it turned out great. My little boy loves applesauce and he thought it was quite tasty. I have a stash now in the freezer, but I hope to do one more batch to really stock up. Thank you for sharing!
Sarah :)

Poshyarns said...

Treasures from woodland walks are just the best. My porch table is a constant depository for our finds and I just love that the children still like to gather leaves and nuts and so on. Your children will have such wonderful memories of these days when they are grown.

Marcia said...

Very festive for the Season indeed. It's been Brrrr here too.
We might even get some snow this week!!!!! (So not ready for that yet)

Dove Knits said...

How very pretty! I wish I had an eye for beauty like that, but I can't decorate to save my life. It's the midwest in me.

Nantucket Dreams said...

i love decorating with nature! nature gives us such beautiful treasures...it would be a crime not to use them in our homes!

crochetgurl said...

I love how artistically you decorate your home. Love the white vase with rose hips! :-)