Sunday, November 10, 2013

Inspired Sunday Blog Party

Happy Sunday everyone! I have spent the last few days relaxing after a super busy month! I haven't decorated or crafted nearly as much as I had desired, but with my only child leaving the nest this month with all that involves and taking on a new student after work--I'm trying to adjust to a new schedule and wonderful new season of life. Here are a few vignettes I threw together to celebrate this gorgeous season:

The lidless tureen is mid to late 1800s, purchased for a song at an antiques dealers' yard sale. The handleless cup and saucer is also mid 1800s. The style was adopted from Asia, and the British would pour their tea into the saucer to cool before drinking it. The custom was called "saucering" and persisted until handles were added to cups. My Appalachian mamaw would constantly scold my papaw for keeping this tradition even though their 1950s cups had handles!

I mixed some very old vintage folding rulers in with the fall foliage.

And I had to display this wonderful appreciation gift cup:

Nearby is the velvet pumpkin I made from a thrift shop shirt and 
adorned with a leaf pin from the vintage market:
Below is the overall view--sort of.  It really looks so much better in person. Dear son, who is an excellent photographer, keeps reminding me that the camera lens is not a human eye. (While slightly annoying, there's something reassuring to me about man's not being able to replicate what God has created!)

I found many great posts this week at the blog party, and I trust you did as well.  I have a picture wall, but it looks no where as put together as Julie's at Creating this Life.  So I am going to play "copy cat" and spray all my frames black. What a great way to update those outdated frames we all have or can pick up cheaply at thrift shops! Love this!

Creating a Family Photo Wall at

And next on my list of things to make, like today, is Jann's "Give Thanks" banner! I am SO excited about this idea! I can see chalkboard style labels, memorabilia from trips, map pieces, endless possibilities for every holiday. And the really nice thing is that storing is so much easier than with most banners as you can just unclip the top pieces and reuse the base for another season.  I will share my banner(s)  in a future post.

If all this craftiness has worn you out, you might sip a cup of pumpkin spiced coffee or tea and browse Brittany's wonderful post on the Ludwigsburg pumpkin festival. What interesting history and culture and beautiful scenery she has captured for us.

And finally, as many of us are looking ahead to Christmas already, 
let us not pass up the beauty that autumn provides. Debby Ray calls it "the color 
of God's love" in her inspirational post, perfect for a Sunday afternoon:

Now let's see what you are doing this busy week!  If you join the blog party, please link back to my blog and please become a follower.  A huge thanks to all of you who link up each week!


Unknown said...

Your Fall decorations are so beautiful Laura! Thanks a lot for hosting and have a great Monday.

PetraB said...

Thank you for hosting the blog party! I adore your Autumn decorations with the beautiful colours.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Lovely post and I especially love that velvet pumpkin!
Thanks so much for hosting and thanks for your visits and kind words!


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Happy Sunday Laura. I love your beautiful vignette! The tureen is fabulous. I always love how I learn something new from your blog. Like saucering. I remember people doing that, but didn't know that's what it was called. I have wanted to make a velvet pumpkin, but haven't ran across any velvet yet. Love how yours turned out! Thanks for showcasing my 'give thanks' banner. I know you will make a fabulous one! All of the Fall features are so beautiful. Happy to be partying with you today.

The Old Parsonage said...

Oh what a lovely table of treasures. Love the stories too!


Trisha said...

Happy Sunday! Thanks for hosting!


Debby Ray said...

Laura, thank you so much for featuring my post! I was getting ready to link up the this week's party and there it was! You are such an encouragement to me and again, I appreciate you providing the opportunity to share. Have a blessed week!

The Charm of Home said...

Your teacup, appreciation cup, and velvet pumpkin are gorgeous!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your tureen and the teacup.

The Vintage Chateau said...

I just found your blog, what lovely Fall decor you have! I'm a new follower!

Unknown said...

Thanks for featuring my post about the Ludgwigsburg pumpkin festival. I love your fall vignettes!

Ivy and Elephants said...

That little velvet pumpkin is just the cutest! Thanks so much for hosting.

Julie @ Creating This Life said...

Laura, thanks for hosting this party every week and for featuring me this week. It is much appreciated! - Julie

Tea in the Library said...

That pumpkin is killer. Love the arrangement and the transfer ware. It's so nice when something stirs up pleasant memories like your pawpaw drinking his tea from the saucer.