“I’m So Glad I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers…..”

Do you spend this entire month quoting that wonderful line from “Anne of Green Gables” like I do?  🙂

Happy October, Vixens!!!  Thirty-one days to enjoy this glorious time of the season!!!  Fall finally feels official although it is still quite warm here on the east coast.  The most wonderful month of the year is here!!!

SONY DSC

I have broken out-rather, unpacked-my slow cooker in anticipation of the comfort foods it will hold this season:  soups, roasts, hot apple cider and my favorite, baked apples.  Thanks to Pinterest, I have several pumpkin bread recipes I want to try out, in addition to baking the pie of the season-apple.  Candy corn, apple cider donuts and hot chocolate are now my go to snacks whenever my sweet tooth gets a craving.  My sweaters, ankle boots and warm socks are all clean and ready to wear.  I am ready for the season-almost.

Where I am stuck is in my decorating.  I usually have a very natural approach this time of year thanks to the bounty of nature.  But the leaves have not started changing yet due to the warm climate, and the white pumpkins and gourds are in rare supply for now.  I try not to buy too many fake ones because one, I prefer the real ones and two, I would rather not store any more items than I have to.  But I do have a few ceramic ones.

SONY DSC

I am still figuring out my new place as this is the first time I am decorating it for a season.  I realized I have more orange pumpkins (fabric & ceramic) than I thought, and I really like them despite my desire for a neutral palette.  However, I have more pink than I expected thanks to a small trunk I am now using as a coffee table & a pink wash bin that I am turning into a buffet for my dining area.  I guess it is the pink and orange I am having a problem with.

SONY DSC

So as I still figure that out and where to pepper in the Halloween decorations as well, here are a few pictures of the progress I have made so far.  If we are spared the remnants of  Hurricane Joaquin (great name, right?!) this weekend, I will be hitting some local farm stands and pumpkin farms to start this month off right!!!

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging & happy October!!!

Advertisements

Local Sale With A Cautionary Tale

The Islip Antiques and Collectibles Fair is one of my favorite shows.  I try to hit it every year.

It is held on the grounds of the Islip Art Museum, a stunning old building which was a private home, then an orphanage and now home to the museum, the Islip Arts Council and several Islip offices.

SONY DSC SONY DSC

It overlooks a lake with lots of daily visitors…..

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

and beautiful reminders that fall is finally here!!!

SONY DSC

The weather the day of the sale was more reminiscent of summer than fall but it was beautiful nonetheless.

SONY DSC

I saw great stuff beginning at the first booth I walked into…..

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

I L-O-V-E-D this leather camera bag but there was no way I could justify the $275.00 price tag.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

I adore old bed headboards and footboards.  Some day I want a whole house of them!!!

SONY DSC

Trunks, too!!!  These look great as coffee tables, at the end of a bed to hold extra pillows and blankets or anywhere else you need extra storage!!!  And they can be painted any color you choose.

SONY DSC

There were great Beatles items at every turn…..

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

and pop culture galore!!!

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

Do you remember when Jimmy Carter was President and his brother-Billy-came out with his own beer???

SONY DSC

How cool is this metal phone book stand?  This would make a great entry room table (just add a basket on top to corral keys and sunglasses and a mat below to leave your shoes on) or a small kitchen island.

SONY DSC

Each book covered a different county.

SONY DSC

And now for my cautionary tale, fellow Vixens:  I found this GORGEOUS roll of pink linoleum flooring at the sale.  I had instant fantasies of how great this would look in the country dream house I want someday.  I pictured it as the floor of a first level powder room, the laundry room or the butler’s pantry-maybe all 3!!!

SONY DSC

But while I was waiting to ask the dealer how much the flooring cost, I talked myself out of it.  I thought about how small my current place is, and why I should use up valuable storage space now for a dream that is years away, how I might not be able to find someone to install it, etc.  I worked myself up in to such a state I walked away telling myself I needed to fix my current place before bringing in things that I want someday.  But since the sale I have had SEVERE non-buyer’s remorse.  I should have bought it.  Sigh!!!  😦

I always tell people they can always find room for something they want-they just need to be creative.  I could have stored this in my trunk until I made room in my apartment.  Next time I have to remember to take my own advice!!!

My find at the show:  A flue cover.

SONY DSC

On my way home, I stopped at my favorite farm stand for some produce and picked up a few gourds.  They are now on top of my fridge with some of my antiques:

SONY DSC

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!