Day 20: When You Don’t Have a Mantle {Or a Porch}

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Sometimes, I positively long for a beautiful mantle or front porch to make even more beautiful during seasons like fall. (Ok. Really like, 75% for fall, and the rest for Christmas.) It’s easy to look through the seemingly infinite pictures of Pinterest mantles and magazine porches out there… like these:



…and think- oh, woe and alas! for I- the saddest of beings lacking such a mantle, such a porch!!!! in a dramatic voice with a British accent.

But we aren’t in a season of mantles and porches and all the accoutrements thereof. We are in a season of a 3rd floor apartment and a toddler, whose wonder basically paints the whole world as one giant, gorgeous mantle and/or front porch. (I mean, at the covered bridge festival, all she did while we ate lunch was pick up a million different gravel rocks and bring them all to us- she even got upset when we made her put them back on the ground…) And if she can delight in so much around her, then I can too.

Wow. Learning how to enjoy life from your kids. I don’t think anyone’s ever thought of that before…

Anyway, I hope that if you have a mantle {or porch} you are just enjoying the awesomeness out of it! And if you don’t, I hope you are still celebrating all the corners of beauty in and and around us, this beautiful October!

Day 3: Spice Up Your Weekend Pinning

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It’s Saturday! We’re three days in to 31 Days of Enjoy, and for Day 3 I thought I’d share 10 favorite things from my Autumn board on Pinterest.

  1. Who doesn’t love free printables??? This one is a gem.6295273f13650d0f3863732b81dc7d8d
  2. I just love this centerpiece. The article linked to the picture is, supposedly, “60 Amazing Pumpkin Centerpieces and Glorious Fall Decorating Ideas” which I think is a) a verbose title and b) overselling a little- I mean, “glorious”? Well, they are gorgeous… so what do I know?5e0611e5a45926521f8bfda9390a0ab9
  3. This is one DIY I actually want to do! It looks easy, and also rather gratifying, considering its simplicity. My kind of DIY.79d31efa222b9c2899da75d690069c70
  4. I just love this girl’s mantle! It looks utterly cozy. And makes me want a mantle to decorate. 1ec41762cc9e76e71325a4934e13e5e9
  5. This is one of those things I pinned because as Liz Lemon says, “I want to go to there.” The link is to some place on tumblr. (Can I confess to not really understanding the purpose of tumblr? Is it just pictures?? I realize I could just google it, but I want to be real about important issues like this.)bc177faa509af99e64b1eb9178905ec1
  6. I want this scarf SO. BADLY. I found it recently on Amazon for considerably cheaper than the linked site shows, but haven’t ordered it yet. (One has to be mindful of spreading out one’s purchases… especially on things which one absolutely does NOT need because one already has a ton of scarves.)faa365990f898e574d2e9fb31c1a7e27
  7. Speaking of plaid things… I love this tablescape (incidentally, one of my favorite words ever) from The Turquoise Home. That post features 26 other fabulous tablescapes (weee! there it is again) for Thanksgiving.b4c420cb1dccda8a9218d8717bc33f6e
  8. This pillow. (Hmm, plaid again in this picture… I am really on a plaid kick, aren’t I?)b3c9068c21efeb8f1da5121a90a77898
  9. These velvet pumpkins. Velvet pumpkins, you guys. I desperately long for a few, however they are QUITE pricey. But still. Click on this one, because Love Feast is making some beautiful things in their shop!c916547d9fd353ad4864ea4318b2aa66
  10. And last, but not least, I had to include this one because it’s an old favorite. (And still funny.)Pumkin Flavored EverythingThere you go! 10 of my favorite things from my Autumn Happiness Board on Pinterest. To see the whole board in all its glory, click here! I linked each picture to its original home on the internet, by the way. That way, you can go explore these fun places. Enjoy!

Pre-Fall: A Most Frivolous Post

That’s right. That’s what season it is. Don’t try to tell me it’s the season called End-of-Summer. If you did, you’d be wrong. It’s definitely Pre-Fall.

If it weren’t, people wouldn’t already be pinning stuff like apple cider donuts (aka “AreyoukiddingmegetinmybellyASAP”) would they?

Ok, ok. Clearly I can’t be trusted not to gorge myself on fall stuff, and need to remember that no matter what Pinterest says, it’s still 90 degrees outside and boots are not viable footwear.

So, in an effort to distract myself from it not being fall yet, I decided this post would NOT be about all the beautiful wreaths and whatnot I saw at Michaels…

…Except to show you an adorable picture or two of my child next to the faux-flora-and-fauna:

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Notice how she points accusatorially at said pseudo-garlands. You can’t tell in the picture, but she was saying, “Enough of your shenanigans, Michaels! I’ll not be drawn in by your seductive and overpriced sprigs!!! Good day- I said good day to you, sir!” Or something like that. She’s very articulate.

Now back to not thinking about fall… My distractions shall be in the form of a current list of my favorite things! {And there was much rejoicing.}

And they are as follows:

1. This sweater

920884fa54df32bdeedabbc7c88929f1 Okay, so it’s kind of fallish. WHATEVER. Since I pinned it the other day, I just keep finding myself gazing fondly at it, resisting the urge to pet my computer screen and creepily whisper, “Myyyy preciousss…” Anyway, isn’t it fabulous?

2. This book by Claire Keane called Once Upon a Cloud


The whole thing is seriously so beautiful, and so well done, you guys. Please go to B&N and buy it!! Claire Keane is incredible to say the least and one of my new favorite artists! She did concept art for Tangled and Frozen, and artistically speaking I basically want to be her when I grow up.

3. These pillows at IKEA

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4. This mug


Here it is in a cozy context.

IMG_1756 …And again in a this-is-actually-where-I-create context.

Okay, this is the first thing on the list I actually own… Which might make all the other things cheats, but regardless, I. LOVE. This. Mug.

5. Grumppuccinos. IMG_2106

I mean, seriously you guys. These are epically (epic-ly? epicly? epicley???) delicious. Probably because they’re made for grumpy people in need of de-grumpifying. Well, mission accomplished, Grumppuccino. I am officially de-grumpified. (You know, if it isn’t first thing in the morning or something… I mean, I’d have to ingest such a beverage in order to be de-grumpified at that time.)

So, there you go. Just some favorites to tide you over until we can properly celebrate fall together… in like, two months. (Gaaaaahhh.) Anyone have anything else to distract me??? Anything fabulous in your life? If it’s on Pinterest, I count it.