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

Thursday, October 10, 2013



My large kitchen window has once again been decorated.....this time with all things Autumn and Halloween!  I love that I have this wonderful space to use for those special seasonal times!  Don't you just love the colors of Indian Corn??

Taking center stage is MR. GOURD!  He is a large dried gourd with a removable cap and is just the most wonderful burnt orange color!!  Believe it or not, he was a bit damaged (okay, a LOT damaged) where his mouth and nose had BIG CRACKS and someone decided he was no longer usable!!!  That did not deter this Make-Do gal one bit!!  I decided I could fix him and even if it didn't work, I still thought he was amazing! As you can see, he came through surgery just fine!!  I had a battery candle to put inside him and he now sits proudly on my metal stand!  I just love him, don't you??  The best part of the story is that he was only.....$2.99!!!

 Right next to Mr. Gourd is my Oil Can Cat!  I made him from a wonderful pattern by Lori Brechlin and he and Mr. Gourd have become the best of friends!!  They both love being the center of attention too! 

Who said that cats and mice can't be friends?  Mr. Folk Mouse just loves Oil Can Cat and is even willing to share his prized acorn!!  He is all cozy and snug in his nest of flax, tucked inside an old pewter sugar bowl!! I made him from a Kentucky Primitives pattern and am happy to report that he stays in his bowl and does not like to scare anyone since he is a very mannerly fellow!!

The happy trio!

Below the bench where Mr. Gourd is sitting is my Crow on a Pumpkin!  He has a string of old buttons in his beak and loves his special pumpkin with patches!  The pumpkin rests in a old rusty pan, filled with corn husks, quince slices and rose hips!  He is kind of protective of his pumpkin so he loves to be by himself!

 MR. CAT loves name tags, so no one will forget his name!  I love his expression, don't you!!  I purchased him years ago and forget who made him, but still smile each time I see his bent tail!

He also has a special pumpkin (made by me) and wanted to be sure you knew it was his, so he had to be sure to get in the picture again!! 

Behind Mr. CAT is the happiest little fellow, a tiny little pumpkin bucket that I won from THE PRIMITIVE HEART in a Giveaway several years ago! He reminds me of those old antique ones and just loves to sit and smile on his little mustard box!  You would never guess that he just loves STARS, would you?

Presiding over this little group is my witch Make-Do!!   As a small bit of trivia, when I was in High School, I actually played the Wicked Witch in our school's production of The Wizard of Oz!!  Unlike that witch, she really is a good witch and loves to give candy out on Halloween with her special friends!!  She NEVER says things like, "I'll get you my pretty!"

On the other side of the bench sits a sweet little Pumpkinhead Man, made by Steins Country Collection!!  I just fell in love with this little guy and his long nose and collar!  He loves crows and this small stacking box was just perfect for him!

Next to him is my Farmer's Field Pumpkin, made by me from a wonderful SweetMeadow Farms Pattern.  Little Pumpkinhead hopes he can be just like that when he finally grows up! Love the painted bowl and vintage scale!

SOCK CAT decided to join in the display, even though she is still waiting to see if anyone will take her home.  I think I just might have to keep her, as she fits right in on her sweet little box with the willow tree!

SMILE for the camera!!

 Here it is, all together!!!  

I had so much fun putting this display together and hope you have enjoyed it as well!!  I have to say that AUTUMN  is one of my very favorite times of year, and from what I am seeing and reading around blog land, I think it is many of yours too!!  Guess I am in good company!!!  

Wishing you a Happy October, my friends~~



Lee Prairie Designs said...

Thank you, Julie for sharing all your fun "vignettes"!

Delightful post.

Hugs, Carolyn

The Evening Stitcher said...

I love how you decorated your window! I have a large window and am always having trouble getting it to look just right....you gave me some great ideas!

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Julie, I love your window display, full of such wonderful Fall goodies....prim pumpkins, sweet black kitty's, I love it all....looks so great, good job, Love to see how you decorate for the different seasons.........Blessings Francine.

Earlene Landis said...

Looks great Julie...TGIF
Great header picture!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

WOW Love all your decorations!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi, Julie...your window looks so fun and festive! I am a big fan of black cats, and I spy a couple of great cats in your display. Love the witch head!
Hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of year with your grands!
Thanks for sharing your window!

HomeSpunPrims said...

What a wonderful window display! I love it all and so much to see!! Thanks for breaking it down and showing us each special part of your awesome autumn display. Biggest of hugs, Lori

Cheyenne said...

Oh, Julie, you...friend...time and time again, put such awesome displays together. This is seriously outstanding. I LOVE it.

I too love this time of year. The colors are so brilliant...and I think they are so cozy to boot. It's our Thanksgiving this weekend, and we are having fun finding little things to put on the table.

Hope you are well.

annie said...

I loved the window, everything is so very appealing. Just love all your friends, and can't pick a favorite!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Good heavens...my apologies for this visit most tardy. I seem to have missed your recent post along the way! But alas, now I am able to take in all of the Autumnal lovelies perched in your window. So many handmade treasures, happy grins, treasured antiques! You have a flair for decorating truly!
Sending warmest hugs your way dear friend ...
Judy ♥

A Primitive Homestead said...

Very nice display. Just love your sock cat.