Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Friday, September 23, 2011


Oh how we love pumpkin season.

You DID know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?

Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin….

We anxiously anticipate it every year.

~ Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer~

The days have a definite crispness in the air and everywhere I look there are fields full of bright pumpkins, growing warm and ripe, ready for harvesting! It’s Pumpkin Season!! After a visit to my favorite local farmer’s market, I purchased some lovely little pumpkins, and decided to do some simple decorating on my small front porch.

Remember my old tool carrier from an earlier post? I decided to use it to showcase all these beauties! There are different sizes and I found some with some really great curly stems! I have an old simple red bench that is just the right size and remembered I had found an old cast off trellis that would be perfect as a backdrop and also allow me to hang a wreath! I added some small Indian corn and hung the wreath with a mustard fabric strip for contrast! It certainly added just the right touch, rather than just a plain old screen! I just love castoffs too, don’t you??

I needed to fill in the space underneath the bench and thought some plain crocks would be the perfect touch. The crocks are a nice mustard color with dark brown interiors and contrast so well with the orange of the pumpkins!!

Then I brought out a favorite little old red chair that I actually found one day sitting by the curb, ready for trash day!! I could NOT believe my eyes OR my good fortune, and since red is my favorite color too, the chair came home with me. Sometimes “another man’s junk” really ISN’T junk!!

I decided to continue the crock theme and used another favorite crock filled with flowers……and believe it or not, these are NOT REAL!! I purchased these from New England Saltbox last year and just love them for how real they look!!

I added another pumpkin and then a lovely piece of Indian corn, also red, for contrast again!

Here is what it looks like as a completed grouping! I just love how it all came together and really dressed up a very simple area and made it POP!! What do you think? I hope you enjoyed my pictures and bit of decorating and that it gets you in the proper mood for celebrating this wonderful time of year……..Autumn!!!

I have been really busy creating things for our upcoming Autumn Evening at New England Saltbox and hope to post some pictures soon, but like all of you who create, I find my time filled with stitching, stuffing, painting, staining, hand sewing, and all that comes with making handmade items! I am really trying to enjoy the whole process and take pleasure in using my hands and heart and wish that for all of you who also do what I do! May all of us just relax and take time to enjoy each and every day and be sure to enjoy the bounty all around us because……… It’s Pumpkin Season after all!!!

Wishing you Harvest Blessings~~


It is the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in autumn.

~ B. C. Forbes~


Cheyenne said...

Hooray for pumpkin season! :)

Your blog is always so inspiring.

I hope you are well.

Primsue said...

Your porch display is fabulous. Red is my favorite color and I love the way you used it with the fall goodies. Very warm and inviting!

HomeSpunPrims said...

Hi Julie, your porch display is just perfect! Love everything you put together and how you displayed it. What a lucky find to see that little chair just in time to save it! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. I sure do love the colors of this season. Take care my friend, Lori

Lee Prairie Designs said...

My favorite time of the year is fall and hopefully it lasts a while....lovely post and beautiful pictures, Julie!

Hugs, Carolyn

Penny said...

I think your porch looks fantastic! LOVE that tool box!! You did a great job with the crocks and that wonderful little red chair -- which is a major score!!!
I will be off to get pumpkins and corn stalks this weekend, and I hope to get my front porch decorated as well. Thanks for sharing your photos -- they are an inspiration!!
Have a nice weekend.....

Sheila said...

Oh how I love your fall displays! So welcoming.

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Your decorations are beautiful!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

You have truly touched this pumpkin hoarder's heart....I LOVE how you did up your porch!! Prim perfection - so simply beautiful and so beautifully simple!!! Pumpkins, grapevine wreath, crocks, old chairs, sunflowers - what's not to love???! Thanks so much for the inspirational post! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Mary Ann said...

Love that grouping, and I have just bought an old toolbox and filled IT with pumpkins and squash! Hooray for Fall!

A Primitive Homestead said...

I love sunflowers & they just look so real. Love crocks to. You can never have to many. Your porch display is so wonderful. The chair sure is a treasure. Blessings!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Wonderful displays Julie!
I love adding pumpkins for that touch of color ~ perfect!
Prim Blessings

Penelope's Beehive said...


Warm hugs,

The Humble Stitcher said...

It's nice to know that I'm not the only pumpkin lover around! Your display is wonderful...how lucky you were to find that perfectly primitive chair :) I love pumpkins with long curly stems too and it looks like you got some great ones.
Happy autumn!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi Julie,
I love all your beautiful pumpkins/gourds...and you have the displayed to nice...and your arrangement in the brown/ivory jug is beautiful.

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Hello Julie,
Thank you for welcoming me back to blogland so sweetly. I appreciate your very kind comments about my studio re-do. :)

Speaking of busy...looks like YOU have been awfully busy! I just LOVE your pumpkin patch...they're perfect! And your comments about the process really resonated with me...I feel like I am always poking along, trying to make everything just so. Having been the recipient of one of your beautiful pieces I can say that your attention to detail is QUITE admirable. Your work is stellar. :)
The porch looks wonderful too...I love a simple display of naturals better than anything else.

Good to hear from you...keep in touch!
Blessings to you my friend,