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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Frugal Fall Decorating

As you turn into our driveway, you are welcomed by this rusty gate and old cast iron wash pot.

Yes, this old cast iron pot is actually what our parents washed their clothes in.  Filled with  rain or well water; homemade lye soap and a good hot fire underneath to boil the clothes. No built-in agitator ... just an old wooded broom stick to "stir the clothes". If you were lucky, you might have a special made stick to stir with. I am lucky to have these two vintage ones and a bar of lye soap.  Forked one is made to lift the clothes out. 


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I am so excited to be a part of this and I hope you will enjoy a little bit of 
Frugal Fall Decorating in our house.

We have been downsizing this year, so this means that we will be downsizing our Fall decorating too.

In the entry hall is this antique bench that I saved from one of those "crusher trucks" that pick up bulk trash. 

 My vintage chalk cats love the cozy quilt in this old green basket. 
The boards in the back sections were bad so I padded and upholstered them
There is also room in the hall for this large Welsh hutch which holds crocks and part of my ironstone collection.

 This is an true 1800's barn lantern.

Dining room ... first door on the right.  

I am building the centerpiece with this huge "Farmer's Market" cutting board I made from an old wooden ironing board. 

Bleached leaves and Dollar Tree $ burlap pumpkins that I painted white and teal ... left one natural.

... scattered a little candy corn ... added a Mason jar of white candles and a gourd dipper full of miniature stone fruit.


The set of covered French onion soup bowls with handles and crock casserole in a stand was a 1950's wedding gift ... had never been used when I bought them at a garage sale in the late 80's (including the original box). I have never used them but I guess I threw the box away.

Makes a colorful table.
Dishes are vintage Mikasa  High Noon
Cutting board is 36" long
Glasses are from Dollar Tree

  Love this old wooden dough bowl with rawhide laced edge. 

This is an Antique Linen Press cabinet ... Yes, I have my table linens in there. I would show you, but it is a mess after I was digging for linens to set this table.

Give Use This Day our Daily Bread (cross stitch)
Hand made Numbers bench can be seen below.

The fireplace mantel in the living room is the first thing I like to decorate. Most everything is thrifted. 

I have loved looking for vintage oak splint baskets this year. I have found a few and made them a part of my decorations.
I find the height of this fireplace is a bit of a challenge.

The old yellow painted jug; the palm leaf pumpkin and the brass weather vane deer seems to always be a favorite for Fall decorating. The jug with branches helps to add height to the mantel.

The colorful collection of pear in the antique, time-worn wooden dough bowl is one of my favorite things. 

More twigs from the yard. The squirrel family always make an appearance in the Fall. The large iron acorn is likely a weight from a scale. Weighs about five pounds. The splint basket with a nice arrangement of sunflowers was a $5.00 thrift store find this year. 
Bleached leaves are scattered about the mantle. 

 collection of copper and silver

Down the hall and a quick peek in the master bedroom ...  
a corner wall of antique mirrors with a vintage rain lamp over this black walnut desk (night table) decorated with antlers and green carboy wine jugs. Always in style regardless of the season. 

Main Bath 

There is a white chamber pot on bottom self.

Green enamel Baby bath tub 
and chamber pot.

Nestled in rolled towels is  pumpkin I made from a milkglass lamp shade.

Mercury glass pumpkin, baby breath in a tarnished silver bowl
and my little cement (yard art) girl hugging her rabbit. 
 Time for a break ....

Texas-size acorns ...
 from our Chinkapin Oak.  This will make the native deer happy.

Happy Fall y'all. 
Thanks for the visit. 
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Related blogs are listed below. 
 Numbers bench can be seen HERE.
Palm fronds pumpkin
ironing board to cutting board
Stained glass windows can be seen here

Farmer's Market stencil  Funky Junk Interiors  Stencils

Thanks for the visit

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cranberry-Orange Chutney for Thanksgiving

Yummy !!!
 Cooler weather turns our interest to Fall, 
comfort food and Thanksgiving. 
I am ready for some of my fresh cranberry chutney. 

I got this recipe out of a Southern Living magazine in 1949 before we got married in 1950. (yes, married 66 years )

I worked at a "Five and Dime". 
How many of you remember those stores? 
There is one in Fredericksburg, Texas 
not far from where we live and I love to go there. 
Gotta love Dooley's     Dooley's 5 10 25 Store 
I see they have added 25¢

When the magazine salesman came to our store he would remove the outdated magazines; tear the covers off (to return for credit) and then throw the magazine away. 
Sometimes I would ask for them.
This is where I got this great recipe and others.  
 Cranberry-Orange Chutney

1 cup fresh orange sections
1/4 cup orange juice
4 cups cranberries
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped, unpeeled apple
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes or until berries begin to burst.
Chill until serving time. Yield: 5½ cups. 
Store in refrigerator.  Freezes well.

(You should be able to copy/paste this and save to your files).

So pretty !
 Tastes great on a left-over turkey sandwich.

Happy Fall y'all

Hope you will be visiting the twenty Texas bloggers in the 
Fall In Love with Texas Blog Tour  Oct. 3rd-7th.
I will be posting on Wednesday

Audrey Z.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

... it lived happily ever-after !

what can you do with an old wooden ironing board? 
What can you do with an old wooden ironing board ?   
IRON clothes, of courses ...         

No WAY !!! 

so, what did I do ?   
I made a cutting board. 

  a Farmers' MARKET cutting board.
36" long and about 12" wide ... this sucker is heavy. 
Left one side plain and will likely add another sign.

 The three small knotholes add a little bit of charm.
(middle hole is where I removed a brad holding the legs on).
I added a little bit more charm with cut marks.
... oiled and waxed

... drilled a one-inch hole in the handle for hanging.

Now WHAT? 
... laid it on my dining table. 

... added bleached leaves and burlap pumpkins from the Dollar Tree. 
I painted some white and some jade green. 

... threw out a little candy corn.

... added white candles in an old Mason jar. 

... added place settings for French Onion Soup and
now we are ready for a nice Fall supper.  

... remove the decoration and use the board to sit the food on.

Happy Fall ...
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I hope you will say hello.
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