Dining Room Update: Fern Prints



Hi! Just a quick update to our dining room. Finally hung the two fern prints I bought at the Brimfield Antique Show back in May of this year ($4 each, pages from a 1938 publication).


I'm completely happy with them here where they are, as they are. However, before I hung them up I had pondered perhaps painting the mats a dark gray to add some contrast. Now I'm not sure if I need to or if its worth it, considering I like them fine enough as is. So I did a quick mock up, maybe you can help. Here they are again with the white mats:

And here is what they might look like with dark gray painted mats. Thoughts? Better? Worse? Stupid? Leave as is? Thanks!

PS. How is everyone fairing after Hurricane Sandy? Thankfully, things are fine here, it was just really windy and rainy. Hope you are all ok!!

Fall Vignettes: Mantel



Here's the last spot in our house that I decorate seasonally, the mantel.

I started out by hanging one of the pine cone garlands Maura and I made last Christmas.

Then added this wheat..uhm..thing that I made a long time ago based off Martha's tutorial (I just change out the ribbon to go with whatever I'm putting it with) paired with a couple of the fun, small gourds we got at the farm stand.

On the other side, another one of my vintage #13 mason jars filled with dried hydrangea sitting on
a couple of Hardy Boys books (nothing like consistency, huh?!) balances things out nicely.

For kicks, color and shape, I added a branch we found outside, as well as a couple of the acorns we collected.

And thus concludes this year's episode of fall around this Sarah's house. (Well, I have another little project I want to get to - did you see the cover of the new Country Living yet? - but we'll see if it happens.)


Hope everyone is having a good week so far!!

Fall Vignettes: Foyer Bookcase



I love our bookcase for fall because its something fun Maura and I did together.

We love collecting natural things while we're outside playing (last year it was pinecones) and our yard and driveway have a ton of acorns on them right now. We put our finds in this little glass bowl and it was the first seasonal thing to go here on the bookcase. (Aren't they cool?)

Then we took a trip together to a local farm stand and had fun picking out all sorts of different pumpkins and gourds. I love the non-traditional colored ones like this soft gray green pumpkin. And it looked pretty paired with some dried hydrangeas in one of my vintage #13 mason jars.

I took back out my old Hardy Boys books and used two of those cute little striped pumpkins for bookends. I like how they add back in some warm tones to really achieve a good balance of color here for fall.

Lastly, I wanted to use my chalk board again up on top of the bookcase (I like having something tall there to make use of the double story wall). And since Maura is so into acorns (Tinkerbell's best friend Terrance wears one as a hat, you know!!) I decided to do my own botanical drawing of one. I love how it turned out and so does she:)

I've got one more fall spot in our house, the mantel, and then I'm going to have to come up with something else to post about. Hmmmm.....

***edited October 29...linking this up to Melissa's Favorite Fall Projects party over at The Inspired Room!

Fall Vignettes: Ledge Shelves



...otherwise entitled "How to Change your Seasonal Decor from Spring/Summer to Fall in 5 Minutes or Less":)

As much as I like fall, I love summer way more...so at this time of year I'm still in denial. But, the last few days, with the leaves finally changing color and the temperature dropping, even I have to admit that fall is here. 

This might look familiar. If you remember, our spring/summer ledge shelves looked like this:

Tee, hee. I'll admit, there's not a ton of free time around here to be messing with seasonal decor, but I enjoy it, so I'm not giving up yet. I did decide, however, to cheat in here a bit. Racking my brain to figure out what I could do here for fall, I realized the only springie things about this are the color of the books and the prints inside the frames. The rest...well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or if your toddler is about to wake up from her nap, just get 'er done good enough.

First up, switch out the cool tone books for warm tone ones. Check.

Second, open up the big frame and rearrange the prints inside so that the bird one (also used last year for fall) is in the front. Store the spring one behind it. Tip - I always keep the different prints that I put in each frame still in the frame even if I'm not using it at that time, then you always know where the ones that are the correct size for that frame are.

Three. Quickly find, download and print a fall related image from Vintage Printable. Load her up into the small yellow frame, again moving the spring image behind.

Four. Dust around your stuff if you are feeling ambitious.

Coming soon...our fall mantel and foyer bookcase (which I spent a little more time on!). Hope all is well in your neck of the autumn woods!

24 Months!!



I wanted to follow through with Maura's last bi-monthly update, even though she turned two almost a month ago (crazy)! I'm so glad I started doing these write ups when she was 6 months old, although I wish I had started right away at 1 month. Sadly, I bought a really lovely first year book for her from etsy and wasn't all that good about filling it in, but the pressure of getting it done here on the blog when I publicly said I would do it was the motivation I needed! It is so fun to look back and read about what she was into or see how she has changed...and I think it will be a huge help when/if we ever have a second child - all those things like starting solids and two naps and crawling are already foggy in my toddler mom brain:)

{my most successful attempt at pig tails and she hasn't let me put them in since!}
Here's her last two months' bunny chair pics (and sadly, probably the last I'll be taking - this has been a fun project!):

Height: 34.75"
Weight: 28lbs

Maura speaks in complete sentences now. I love right before nap or bed time when we are cuddling in her glider having a full blown conversation about our day!

She's made leaps and bounds (ha!) when it comes to jumping...she can now jump off of things with two feet and finally actually gets airborne when she jumps or hops in place. She walks up and down stairs completely on her own.

Maura is still sleeping in her crib and seems completely content with it, so I'm hoping to milk that for all its worth! She is still napping once a day for about 2 hours in the middle of the afternoon.

She's still in diapers...we bought her a potty which we put in the bathroom and a couple of books which we've read one or two times. We're not actively or aggressively potty training right now, just sorta talking to her about it and trying to get her interested and will most likely just let her do it when she seems ready. She'll sit on it every once and awhile, but more for fun, she has never actually gone in the potty yet.

We discovered early on this summer that apparently one of Maura's favorite things to do is go to a country fair!! She loves the rides, the animals, the food, and was completely enthralled watching a folk band up on stage. So since then, we've tried to hit up any and all fairs we can find!!! At first we only rode the carousel with her, but soon we tried putting her on a ride all by herself (those cars that just drive around the circular track). I was so nervous, but she loved it!!!

We did a bunch of other fun things this summer..like going on a seal cruise and riding in go carts!

Of course, we also went to a ton of beaches in all kinds of weather. I'm so glad Maura gets to grow up being around water, its one of the things I love most about where we live.

We went on a couple of hikes:

We've also been doing a lot more arts and crafts...

building things with blocks (usually either a "princess castle" or a road for her trucks - go figure!)...

...and we love to just hang around outside:

{one of our favorite spots in our yard is under these two big pine trees...she loves to lay on the grass and look up through the branches at the sky, birds, etc.)
{Maura's first time getting ice cream from an ice cream truck! Who doesn't love eating a Chipwich on the front steps before dinner?}
Right now, as in since she turned two, some of Maura's favorite things to do are play with her fake food (we have a lot of "picnics"...it is hilarious the things that she decides to put fake mustard and ketchup on!!), play with her train set, have tea parties and use Play doh.

She's a real little person now and I'm always telling her she's my best friend:) Love you so much, girl!!

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