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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!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.