Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Making Fall Centerpieces and the big and small pleasures of life

When changing up our seasonal decor, -- let's experiment a little --  it's all for fun anyway, right? 
Fall Wedding, Halloween Wedding, Elegant Halloween, Ornate Splendor
 Life hands us enough serious moments, doesn't it? 
Halloween Wedding, Fall Wedding Centerpiece, Ornate Splendor
Adding a little beauty to our homes is a small pleasure.  I keep it in perspective.  About this time last year my daughter was hit by a pick-up truck while riding her bike to school.  Thankfully she was okay, and only had large scrapes and lots of bruises....She is one of the giant pleasures in my life along with the rest of the people in my family.
PEOPLE at the big pleasures.  Decorating is a small pleasure...and yet decorations make our families smile....we are creating an atmosphere for our should be filled with love...and beauty can be a small part of that.  And if the beauty that you create makes someone smile....then you, my friend, have brightened the world a little bit.

Things to consider when putting together a Fall Centerpiece:
Rule of three:
Our eyes will draw a triangle between the three objects, keeping the eyes moving over the grouping.
Velvet pumpkins, silk pumpkins, Halloween Wedding Ornate Splendor

Vary the heights of the three objects, short, medium & tall.  Think of a straight line on a graph - boring, right? 

Now think of a line zig zagging up and down - much more interesting!

Vary the textures.  Smooth, rough, wispy, spiky, hard, soft...think natural elements -- pine cones, berries, feathers, wheat, acorns, branches, antlers
I made these pumpkins out of a vintage silk beaded evening gown and real pumpkin stems.  They are one of a kind.  You can find them in my Etsy shop Here. The proceeds from this sale will go to help  people in the Flooded areas of Houston & surrounding towns.  The charity I will donate to is called Mercury One.  They are a disaster relief organization similar to the Red Cross.  They are local here in the Dallas area.  UPDATE:  These pumpkins have been sold & proceeds donated to Hurricane Harvey relief through

Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy the big and small things in life.

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  1. Your pumpkins are gorgeous! I love the sparkle!!! Do you sell them?

  2. Just saw that they are in your Etsy shop.

    1. Hi Pinky, Thank you, and Yes, I do sell the pumpkins. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Beautiful pumpkins. You are an angel. What is happening in South Texas and Louisiana is horrible. I'm so glad your daughter is okay.

  4. Beautiful. That's sweet of you to donate the proceeds.
    OMG, hit by a truck. I can't even imagine the horror of that.
    Thank goodness she was not hurt worse.

  5. These are amazing, and I'm the lucky gal who just purchased them! When doing so, I had no idea you were donating their proceeds, thank you for telling me, it makes them even more special!
    So sorry your daughter was hurt, but so very happy it wasn't any worse and that she recovered. Nothing worse than when your child is step-daughter was one of the soldiers shot and killed in the Ft.Hood shootings and is missed every day.

    1. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for her service to this country.

  6. The pumpkins are beautiful, so nice you made them out of recycled clothes and even nicer that your donating the proceeds. Very generous of you. I wish your family well, had to be horrifying.

  7. Hi Catherine! Beautiful fall centerpiece! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

    1. Thank you, Angie. And thank you for featuring my post on Dishing It & Digging It!!

  8. You are so right Catherine the big pleasures of life are family and everything else is secondary. So glad to hear your girl is safe and sound, and now she too can enjoy the little pleasures in life like your beautiful fall centerpiece.

  9. You make the most beautiful pumpkins and it's wonderful that you are donating the proceeds.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!!

  10. What gorgeous pumpkins!! They are so pretty! What a wonderful gift to be donating the money! Just found your website through the amaze me Monday link party! I'm interested to explore your blog. pinned:)

  11. Our families are our greatest pleasures and treasures. And, your pumpkins are stunning.

    Thank you for sharing, and for making Pink Saturdays specials. This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one with the most clicks".♥

  12. I always swoon at your pumpkins! You certainly have the knack for creating vignettes. That is so scary about your daughter!! So glad that she is okay. Little things do make us happy, but people mean the world to us! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. I have a serious crush on the pumpkins you make. It amazes me that you might even have still around to sell. I am sharing this on social media to help promote, so people can see these gorgeous beauties! Also, loving the new look of your blog. (You did just kinda change things up a it didn't you?) I hope I am not being a idiot and confusing yours with someone else's)

  14. Your pumpkins are fantastic. I looked through your Etsy shop- so many pretties to choose from! That is so scary what happened to your daughter- so glad for you all that she's okay.


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