Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Harvestizing" my house for twelve dollars.

 I love making up new words like "harvestizing."  I wound my arms around Adrain's neck, smiled sweetly up into his eyes, (all the while batting my mascara-coated eyelashes like crazy) and asked, "Sweetie... would you mind if I used the checkbook today, for pumpkins, and gourds, and harvesty things?"  He gave me the look... (which means, "I'm not buying this wheedling for one second, little miss.") and then proceeded cautiously.  (And I quote.) "Okay... just don't go crazy." 
 Translation, provided to you, by nearly fifteen years of marriage:  "Spend under twenty dollars, get closer to ten if you can, and please break branches off the trees for free.  Oh, and don't get yourself, or the kids arrested."
  Yes.  Well.  Mission accomplished, thankyouverymuch. This black rooster normally sits beside the console table, but I decided he was kind of harvesty, and moved him on top of it.  The glass dome was actually a birthday present from my parents... from Pottery Barn!!  (Me, squealing with delight!)  I painted an old round cutting board with white paint, and it is the perfect base for the glass dome.

 Because I'm an "asker," I was able to snag these darling burlap coffee bags for fifty cents!  (I placed a tall mason jar with water into each burlap coffee bag, and stood some broken tree branches in them.)  I asked my  Russian produce man, at our local outdoor market, about these burlap coffee bags, which were displaying nuts. (And no, I did not bat any eyelashes, so don't ask.)  He doesn't really smile... he just sort of looks.  "Uh. I give you two for dollar... yes?"  Me, "Yes, please!"  And my point is this-  (I always have one, never doubt that.) It never hurts to ask.  After my big score, I drove around town making my hoodlums keep an eye out for low hanging branches on "public property."  (Which honestly, gets a little shady when you're in the downtown district and you know you're technically on city property.... my answer- taxes.)  I would park, run quickly with the motor running, and snap off a twig or two.  Then we'd squeal our tires as we roared away.  
   Gosh.  This is living... 

 My Russian produce guy also hooked me up with gourds, sugar pie pumpkins, and Indian corn. 

 Oh.  And pecans.  I wanted something brown for my hurricane vase.  (Please note, the glass on my coffee table is now cracked and awaiting repair.  I felt like you needed to know that.  Besides, I have a plan!)

 I'm sure I'll hear, "Just don't go crazy."  Yeah.  I'll get right on that.

 I love all the colors.  And weird textures.  Gourds are really weird. 

 Which is probably why I love them. 

All this, and I get to turn over a twelve dollar receipt to my man.  I'm so proud. 
I wound a few grapevine twigs (from an old wreath) around a candle holder, and stuck leaves into it.  Easy and freeeee!! Excitement flows through my veins...


Happy Harvesting.

66 comments:

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...
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ana.o. said...

Husband and I went to Mt. Charleston on a hike last month and I picked up some pine cones off the trails and paired them with little bronze pumpkin tea-light holders and my $1 pumpkin shaped candy dish from Target!

Jules said...

I re-invented a lot of my fall deco this year. After lots of spray paint and creativity....viola....a whole new look!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

This is actually perfect timing for me as I've been debating on how to havest our home! I love your budget...I'm going to see if I can do it too!

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Love those burlap bags! We "harvestize" our house with pumpkin spice candles and a large wooden acorn from our wedding, just to name a couple items. I love it when we can harvestize our house on just a few bucks!

P.S. Love your blog...thanks for being YOU!

MamaMonki said...

WeeMan and I gathered acorns on public property - all the while being eyed by attack squirrels. We also bought cheap gourds at the Pioneer Festival this weekend.

Jillian said...

Ok I would seriously KILL for those coffee bags- please, don't make me do it! Oh, the projects I could do with them. I too am a thrifty lady- and being that Fall is my favorite time of year it makes me all the more crafty. I hope to have my blog updated so you can come over and see all my thrifty scores. If thats not the case well then, I too am into the gourds and sugar pumkins not to mention yummy smelling candles- oh, and soup- yep, i said soup. I know its not really a home decor element- but there is nothing like walking into a warm home with the smell of fresh home cokin' going on.
Love all the fall photos- and crafty ideas!

Mandy said...

Does it count if I haven't harvestized my house yet?? I mean, I'm waitin on you to send me the bag-duh! You are too cute by the way. I just know we should have been friends back in highschool, gigging the night away. Wait, are we too old for that now??

Jessica said...

I love the way you decorate your house!! And I love the little burlap sack!!

I decorate with pumpkins, gourds, pampaas grass, etc.

Just Me and My Halo said...

I am just starting to Harvestize my home - I am printing off so many ideas from Blogland, I may have to trade them for Xmas ideas! And, if I were to win this lovely little prize, I would copy YOUR idea! Yep, I would!
Grace & Blessings!
~Crystal

Just Me and My Halo said...

I blogged about this cute thing!
http://justmeandmyhalo.blogspot.com/2010/09/give-away-from-one-of-my-favorite-blogs.html

~Crystal

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well girlie your house is so pretty. Perfectly fall and all. Love your Pottery Barn dome. Your folks did good. And you know I love that rooster;) I'm going to the fields with my folks...who just got here tonight and getting lots of pumpkins and I'm going to scatter them around with some giant mums for my planters! Then it will officially be fall:)

Melissa said...

Ummm, can I just say that I love your kitchen!
It is so calming, I bet you never fight in there!!!
And uh, we have 2 huge pumpkins on our front porch!

Bekah said...

WELL, this year, I had a genius idea. ACORNS! I picked up a whole bunch at the park with my son, and scattered them around the house along with the usual assortment of pumpkins and cider scented candles.

Then, two days later, little white grubs came OUT OF THE ACORNS. I nearly threw up. So now we are decorated, sans acorns, with mostly pumpkins and one tiny hay bale.

Mae Goodale said...

I changed all my pillar candels to harvest colors. and I plan to group tiny pumpkins down the center of my table :)Mae

Jewls said...

Can I just hire you to come harvestize my house for me? All I'm doing so far is sticking a cute little scarecrow wreath on the door...I'm so lame!

Kayli said...

I love free & cheap decorating! We usually do a lot more to the outside than the inside. We take the corn stalks & pumpkins from our garden & decorate our lower porch, upper porch, mailbox & fence posts by the driveway. We're also incorporating this year some giant pieces of wood & GIANT pinecones from the West coast when we went there this summer.

Katie said...

You did a great job for $12 Bucks!

Mine is full of gourds too, fall colors thru out, & Mums were planted a few weeks back.

Katie said...

Great Job for $12 Bucks!!1

Jamie said...

Lots of goodies for just $12. I pulled out my box of Fall decorations today. I also strolled through Pier One for about 30 minutes to see if I could pick up a few new ideas. I will be working on it this weekend. Happy Fall!

~beautyandjoy~ said...

I am going mushroom hunting, apple picking and to Stoney Ridge and we are going to make apple compote and hopefully bring back some pumpkins and inspiration. I have one other wonderful idea but I have to show you, not tell you! :)

Missy said...

I have never really decorated my house for fall before, but I was thinking it may be something I attempt to do this year. These burlap bags would give me a great start. =)

AML said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I want to steal it all! Come do my house next =)

Julianne Hendrickson said...

OH LMM...how I wish I could come snag some of those branches! Ours go from green to bare and back to green, there is no middle ground of fall colors. I want to do a similar thing with acorns in a hurricane--I know I can scrounge up enough off the ground!

Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography* said...

I put a fall leaf garland I got for half-off a few years ago at Hobby Lobby around my fireplace mantel and some wooden crows on top of the mantel. I also decorate with gourds and pumpkins and fall-scented candles. Autumn is my favorite time of the year and I love "harvestizing" my home. :-)

edie said...

Just so's you know, when I read the following bit I laughed really hard. "Gourds are really weird. Which is probably why I love them."

This, of course, is no reflection upon you or your state of weirdness or your affinity for the same. No, it is not. No, no, no, no, no. Whatever made you think that? Why, I couldn't possibly imagine.

Chris said...

Oh Sasha...this is my most absolute favorite time of year for decorating. Partly because I love autumn and the smell of fallen leaves makes me think of my grandparents' old house in the woods...and partly because decorating can be so cheap and yet so effective. And I'm really starting to love orange.

I also snatch free-ish branches because I have woefully few trees in my yard. I also display leaves in bowls and on plates. I use burlap, when I can get it. I buy Warm Apple Pie candles for a dollar apiece. And I am currently waiting with utmost patience for this one crabapple tree in the park to ripen. Once it does, I will pluck some branches of the deep, shiny red berry-looking fruit and place them in my house. And all will be well.

I will post some pics of my table decor and also my new harvest wreath that I made a few weeks ago for $11! And in this same post I will tell one and all about about your harvest-y giveaway. And then I will send you the link, because I know you're dying to see my wreath. ;)

janenes said...

I harvestized my house with some nice fallish leaves on the mantle, a scarecrow on the end table, more leaves, and a spice candle burning pretty much: non stop. I'm glad the house looks fallish because with this record breaking heat wave--it sure doesn't feel fall--at all: )

Sarah G {austinbygeorge.com} said...

Oh how I wish the leaves changed color here, that's so what I would use. I'm actually going to have my parents up North wax some leaves and mail them to me to decorate the house with. They've done that in the past for me and I LOVE it!
I'll be decorating once ACLMusic Festival is done!

shawnadammit said...

I would love one of those bags - it's just my style!

I haven't harvest-ized my home yet - that's my plan for this weekend. We used burlap for table runners for our wedding earlier in the month (and had our centerpieces in mason jars -it was so cute) so using one of those runners on my dining table is as far as I've gotten this year!

But this weekend, I plan to go to the pumpkin stand and the farmers market and grab some of the more odd-looking pumpkins and gourds. I love them lumpy and bumpy and 'unusually colored' - I adore the bluish grey pumpkins and of course the white luminas, too. I am going to pile them on the porch, and a few small ones in a mini greenhouse that sits on the credenza in my dining room. I also have a hutch with cake stands that will also hold a few beauties.

Mums are a must, as well!

Elle Bee said...

For my harvestizing, I love gourds gourds and more gourds. The more crazy and lumpy, the better!! I can't get enough of them!

thechattymommy said...

We stick those cheap sticky colorform things on the windows- sometimes the wrong side is facing out and then we watch them slowly fall here and there because they are old.
I am thinking about nailing some holes right into the wall and hanging some things the kids made at church up.
I have a wreath that I have had for years that will come out and I might - just might - hold your breath now- take down the screen that is broken in my front door.
Good times!
However,
after seeing everything beautiful you have done, I am considering stepping it up a notch!
We shall see!
Happy Harvestizing!
That could catch on- you need to patent it.

Traci said...

I'm "Harvesting" on Saturday with pumpkins, fake fall leaves on the mantel, and wreaths. Lots of wreaths!

schwadette said...

pumpkins pumpkins and MORE pumpkins! i use the cheapie little pie pumpkins around the house for harvestizing (GREAT word by the way!!). I also have random harvesty candles burning... and jars of fresh made applesauce on the counter... ONLY because I'm too lazy to drag them to the basement! :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I laughed out loud at your translation of Adrian's "just don't go crazy." HA! Amazing how a few cute little gourds, leaves and branches can "harvetize" your home. Everything looks really nice. :) I have a few pumpkins out now. But I like to decorate for Halloween so I am starting that today. :)

Cheyenne said...

I love busting out the warm smelling candles. Yup, leaves come from outside too...

Holli said...

yepppeee i love being your sister! i cant believe you snagged me one of those awesome coffee bags! you totally rock in my world! have you already drooled over the new PB catalog?! i am dying to but haven't yet....i should go do that now while am i waiting to chat with you!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love the word harvestizing! perfectly describes what i'd like to do to my home. my kiddo is NOT into the scary business of halloween so harvestizing will work perfectly for us.

VV family said...

Oh, how cute that bag would be with all my coffee decor! For fall, I love leaves. Through the years I have picked up some cute viney pumpkins and leaf garland. I really miss my mantle for decorations, but instead this year I have found a little ledge leading downstairs that would work for leaf garland, gourds and some cute little pilgrim people. Most decorations I have found at garage sales or thrift stores.

Christy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Your blogs is by far one of my favorites! I just love your creative ideas, honesty, humor and wisdom that you pass on.

Your fall decorating ideas are fabulous and every time I visit here, I want to make those cupcakes in your sidebar!!! Since I have a cake mix in the pantry, today just might be the day!!!

NaomiG said...

Um, it's falltime?! When the heck did that get here?!

Nothing yet. But I will, oh yes, I will. I'm currently obsessed with finding a cheap, high quality bookcase on craigslist, and can't seem to come up with fall decorations until I've taken care of this obsession. :-)

The Little House That Grew said...

Look at your blog..what a gem! I stumbled here from who knows where and I am thrilled that I did!! Your home is a masterpiece and your tasteful "harvestizing" is inspiring!! I would love a bag..so I am glad to post..but really I just want to tell you that I think I may be by for more lemonade in the future...
Lisa

Heidi said...

I picked up some harvesty smelling candles at B & B, 2 leaf garlands from the dollar store, and we're hitting up a fabulous pumpkin patch/orchard this weekend! yay, fall!

golonghorns said...

Love it, you are inspiring me to decorate and to be resourceful with what I have. However I still say that "legos" are my biggest decoration and are sprinkled all around the living room floor!

Trudy said...

not sure...wish i could consult with my x-neighbor!
trudy

Trudy said...

not sure...wish i could consult with my ex-neighbor!
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Corie said...

I've hung up my favorite wall art - fall tree pictures that my three girls painted two years ago, using their sweet little arms as the trunk of the tree, their hands as the branches, and fingerprints with red, orange, and yellow paint for the leaves.

Courtney Walsh said...

I have NO harvestizing tales to tell. Unfortunately, since we're in this termporary rental house, I don't feel up to doing much of any decorating. :( I hope I don't feel that way at Christmas!!

Your blog makes me question my decision though... I wonder if I could do cheap and easy decor for fall... hmmmm. :) Bags are adorable!

Anna said...

I'm about to get out the gourds and small pumpkins and possible steal your nut idea...and if in Arizona I could find some orange leaves I will steal them...ahem. But most likely I will take some dried wheat and stuff into my galvanized metal vase/thingys...
Looks great you did a wonderful job!

Anna said...

I'm about to get out the gourds and small pumpkins and possible steal your nut idea...and if in Arizona I could find some orange leaves I will steal them...ahem. But most likely I will take some dried wheat and stuff into my galvanized metal vase/thingys...
Looks great you did a wonderful job!

Karen Deborah said...

It looks lovely and I think it may just do the trick for selling the house.

Stephanie said...

Aww, so fun that you are having a giveaway! Okay so I took the candle and faux hydrangeas out of my hurricane lamp and put in dried leaves and pinecones... however, now that I have seen you use pecans with your candle, I am going to Harvest your idea (hardy har) ;) and do that instead :)

thedomesticfringe said...

I just added candy corn and candy pumpkins to some glass "thingies" I made for my mantel. That's about as good as it's gonna get around here.

Your home is beautiful and so very clean. Mine is quite the mess at the moment. Maybe I should have cleaning instead of adding candy corn to the mix. I always think of these things after the fact. :-(

-FringeGirl

Heather said...

Your havertizing is quite beautiful in it's simplicity - just as it ought to be! I'm going to get my hubby to get my fall stuff out of the attic - I know I'm a little late on this, since it is the first of October, but, like you, September was quite a month - though, I was not bored in the the least before September hit, and will not be bored for one tiny minute if October is a stress-free, healthy and um, joyously normal month!

Robyn said...

this year I made a 'fall' banner out of burlap and felt :)

Seizing My Day said...

Love the Rooster!

does painting count?? I am just not in the mood for Fall this year! hm... somethin is not right... I LOVE Fall!

Christina said...

I just want to say two things.

Your house is always so darn cute!!!

Also, watch the pecans for worms, if you got them from outside. I know acorns can have them...maybe pecans, too. That is a yucky problem to deal with.

I am totally not creative or organized enough to be decoratey (how is that for a made-up word, though?). I just enjoy the beauty in other people's homes. And your pictures! They kill me, because I have the same camera and it won't behave for me like yours does for you. Wah!

City Girl Turns Country said...

Thanks for all the great Harvesting ideas... I sure would love those burlpa bags for my new room.

Bekki said...

I haven't even started yet! I keep wanting to pull out my bins and see what is in there but something always comes up. My goal is sometime this week. I did get some wheat bundles for 4.00 each and some mini pumpkins at a farm stand. Hopefully this week it will all come together! We are going acorn hunting tomorrow, my children think it's for our nature walk, little do they know I am putting them to work for decorating purposes. :)

Chris said...

Here you are, dear. Count in me for two votes! :D

http://pruneddownandbranchedout.blogspot.com/

AtOneWithHim said...

I buy gourds and pumpkins and I break out the fall wreath for the door. I stick to leaves and pumpkins and candles.. I'm not a spooky or cutesy kind of gal. I also like to bake things like pumpkin spice cake and drink cider. Oh and soup!

and of course I follow you! Happy Harvestizing!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

So far I've harvestized my house by sitting out a bowl of candy corn. That's it!! Isn't that sad?!

Hoping to head out today and get some pumpkins and do real decorating in the next day or two.

Martha said...

I hang Fall wreaths on my doors, fill candy jars with Candy Corn and burn pumpkin scented candles.

LeAnna said...

Everything looks so cute, girl! I haven't gotten out my box of decor yet, keep dragging my feet. My house tends to be decorated with a Fall feel all year long, because those are the colors I like, but my favorite piece of autumish decor is my horn of plenty, complete with fake fruit and veggies. I lurv it.

becky_mcarthur said...

I'm still in process... but I did make a cute little fall bunting banner with burlap and felt that is hanging on my mantle. I need to get a few pumpkins, and then I'll be happy!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Your house is gorgeous. I'll take it!!