Saturday, September 22, 2007

My autumn hutch

This week I took up the task of redecorating my hutch for fall. I wanted to leave some of the things in place, and just add others for an autumn feeling. So here’s what I did:

Top shelf: Left the Proverbs 31:31 stitchery in place; this will probably be a permanent fixture here. On either side is a lovely autumn mug. I love to drink my morning coffee from these in the fall, so I’ll likely be taking one of these down quite often to use!

Next shelf down: The maple-leaf teacup (you can’t really tell from the photo, but the leaves are autumn colors) -- just moved to the left-hand side. I had to leave the “Smile” sign in place, but added a leaf, some tiny raffia pumpkins, and some bittersweet around it. Then there’s a teeny-tiny original copy of Tasha Tudor’s book Pumpkin Moonshine. On the right-hand side, there’s a cute little glazed maple-leaf pitcher. We sometimes use this to serve maple syrup!

Next shelf down: 2 Gooseberry Patch cookbooks that feature fall crafts and recipes along with Christmas ones. You can’t really see this, but the things in the center of the shelf are resting on a rectangle of pretty fall fabric. There’s the Old Curiosity Shop pitcher again, along with 2 Fiesta salt & pepper shakers, and a sprig of bittersweet. The cute little sunflower is a favor I got at a fall ladies’ conference some years ago. The “stem” is a cinnamon stick, and the “flowerpot” is a spool trimmed with sunflower-themed ribbon. They would be fun and easy to make.

Bottom shelf: Kept that cute card in the corner -- the quote says, “What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?” It’s a quote from Louisa May Alcott; from Little Women, if I remember right. Kept the yellow Fiesta teacup, too, accessorized with a couple of orange leaves. In the opposite corner is an old mug from my grandfather’s family and a little amber glass mug -- my parents used to use a similar one to hold toothpicks. I also kept that cinnamon apple tea bag holder which is so seasonal-looking. The pretty glazed pumpkin is actually a candle holder and was a fun gift from my sister-in-law Dawn. Last but not least, in the middle is a gorgeous autumn teapot from Walmart -- they do have some wonderful seasonal stuff there!

So there is my autumn hutch. It gives me a warm cozy feeling just to look at it!


  1. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Oh how I love the teapot, it is so cute...glad to see you have decorated for fall, how are the leaves outside doing any pretty colors yet, mine are just GREEN!!
    I did find the coolest cookbook the other day at the used book store, will post pictures of it on my blog today or tomorrow, so come by and visit and hopefully I will have the pictures up when you get there...
    Blessings, Joann

  2. Hi Joann,

    So glad you love the teapot... I do too! I just love fall things and am slowly gathering a collection of them. It is my absolute favorite season.

    I'll look forward to seeing your cookbook pictures... will visit very soon.

    Have a great weekend!

    God bless,


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