Monday, October 8, 2012

Last of the Fall decor - Lost in the shuffle

I want to make a huge apology to those blogs that were missed in the drawing for my Challenge.
Somehow they got lost in the shuffle or I didn’t get an e-mail with the actual link in them…it’s not an excuse, just the way it turned out and I’m so sorry.
Because of that I’m doing a separate drawing with these blogs…hope this is okay with everyone.

1. Dianntha:

2. Margaret:

3. Danice:

4. Lecia:

5. Robyn:

6. Pam:

7. Francine:
(Francine’s blog was on the original list but I put the incorrect name – I used the name on her e-mail but didn’t realize this wasn’t the name I was to use)

Thank you everyone who joined in and again sorry you weren’t on the list…but look at it like this…now you have a one in 7 chance instead of one in 47!  Better odds I’d say!!!

Congratulations Lecia:
Please e-mail me with your full name/mailing address.

You will receive one of my Mr. Jack Penny Rugs along with a surprise just like the other winners of the first drawing.
Jack Mat background smaller


I must admit I have not been visiting my wonderful friends blogs lately – at least not as many as I would like to visit, so this morning I decided to do it different and got on the blog interface blog roll to start visiting…I’ve only made it through about 6 of them and decided I have been doing it for well over an hour!  Yikes it takes forever to go through the list. Do you find it difficult to visit all your friends?  Please know that I’m not ignoring you – I just need to find a good method of getting through them in a reasonable amount of time. Any good suggestions would be welcomed.
I thank every one of you who are so faithful to me – you are really what this is all about.


So…I finally got the last of my Fall decorating finished.  Remember I said I was waiting for the flea market to find an old wood wagon or wheel barrow to put in place of the White Wicker chair???  Well…NONE – NADDA – well, there were two wagons but the price was so high and they would not come down to where it was acceptable to me.  So I guess I didn’t need one bad enough to pay $195.

We were there from 7:30 to 12:00 and had such a good time – it was the last one of the year and so full of wonderful Fall things – oh my the Bittersweet was EVERYWHERE.  What a great year for it.  Most years if you didn’t get to the 2 or 3 vendors  by 8 a.m. that had it then you were out of luck.
I bought from 2 different places plus some Pumpkins, Cale, some Broom Corn and a large gourd that I hope to dry after I’m finished with it outside (any suggestions here would be helpful too!)

The one bunch of Bittersweet was in a long vine so I used it on the coffee table in the screen room. (now it’s not like that – I put it in a  circle on top of the nest – like a ring.
Nest Bittersweet 1 

I’m sure all of you have this problem when you are doing ANYTHING….Baby has to be on or touch anything I’m working with – this time it was the leaf clusters that were going out to the front porch basket.
Baby in leaves 

I can’t ever seem to get my front porch like I want it – most years it looks the same

Front of house 1

The gourd we bought is the tall green one and then the white one in front (I have to go out often and pick up the small gourds because the squirrels like to play with them)
Basket on porch

Remember all the dried's I bought in PA in August…they are in this bucket on the front porch along with some wheat


The leaves have turned quickly this year and falling just as fast.  Doug wanted to blow these off but I like them – so I got a picture quickly before they were gone.  I like the look – but I don’t do the work so I guess I should not stand in his way huh???
That large cluster of Bittersweet on the door was from the flea market too.


I made this Penny Rug for a customer as a special order…normally this Santa is on a round piece but she wanted a 14 x 44 runner – I like how it turned out and I heard from her last week in an e-mail and she loves it!
Santa Penny Rug long


I’d like to thank all my Canadian friends a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Guess that’s it for me today.  Thank you everyone for being there – if only we could get a blogger convention going it would be awesome wouldn’t it!!!!



  1. Such beautiful pix, Karen. :)

    I have the same problem, trying to catch up with my blog list friends, it's so long. My computer seems to be slow to open blogs of late, some of them take too long. I can't figure out what is the problem. Have done all the stuff to my computer that it would require but still some are terribly slow to upload.

    Hope you have a great week! xo

  2. Hi Karen, I am so thrilled to have won your giveaway. I love Mr. Jack, he will be right at home! I have the perfect spot for him.
    Your fall decorating is lovely!!!
    You are such an inspiration!!! Love your Santa penny rug too!!
    Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. hugs, Lecia

  3. very sweet pictures..
    happy monday xxx

  4. Congrats to Lecia! Thanks Karen for hosting such a neat givaway. Your pictures are beautiful:)

  5. Hi Karen~

    If you find a faster way to visit your blogging friends, let me know. I feel like I'm constantly playing catch up. It doesn't help that I haven't even been visiting any of them for weeks. I finally updated mine this morning & am taking some time to visit.

    Congrats to Lecia!! She's such a sweetie.

    Love your decor!! I'll be trying to work on mine this week.

    Have a beautiful day~Becky

  6. I love all your fall decorating, Karen! And to me the front porch is just gorgeous!
    Thanks and enjoy your day!

  7. I know what you mean Karen, I am also trying to catch up with everyone! Love your fall decor!

  8. Looks like you're ready for fall...Santa penny rug looks great as a runner...blessings...Pam

  9. Hi Karen,
    Enjoyed viewing all of your fall decor! Looks great!
    That Santa looks so cute! I'm still making things for fall~lol. Guess I need to start making things for the next season!


  10. I find it hard to read all of the blogs I want to also. Maybe this winter when I have more "idle" time. Love the runner and all of your bittersweet. I didn't get any fresh this year. Not one sprig! Been missing you on the forum, too.

  11. Congratulations, Lecia!

    Karen, your porch is beautiful. I especially like the brick pattern on the walkway leading to it. So inviting. You can't go wrong with cornstalks either!

    I have a beautiful red goat cart and will get it out tomorrow. I found pumpkins that are twice the size of basketballs for $2.49 each! Now,...that is my kind of bargain!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.


  12. Hi Karen, that was so nice of you to give another chance to us, congrats to Lucia, that is one sweet pumpkin mat. Your home looks ready for Fall, beautiful decorating, warm and welcoming. Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes, Blessings Francine.

  13. I think it is impossible to keep up with all of the blogs but do the best we can.. Your work is awesome as always and your decor is lovely..
    I wish we could get some bittersweet here in our neck of the woods..
    It is so Fallish.. Is that a word? grin..

  14. How can your entry's decorating be any better!! That second door - whoa. It ALMOST makes me like fall. makes me like fall decorating!

  15. Karen, How sweet of you to have a second drawing! I love you decorations and the santa is so perfect for her runner! Dianntha

  16. Am loving all the Fall decor...and I agree,the leaves just add to the decor. Just always love visiting your blog...Blessings!

  17. Oh Karen, you are so sweet! Congrats to Lecia!
    Funny, I say the same thing about the leaves. I want hubby to leave them for a bit and enjoy the beauty. The other day there were leaves in the house and I was complaing about it and hubby said he wanted me to enjoy the beauty inside as well! ;) Stinker!!

  18. So pretty Karen!
    Love the look of it all!
    Congrats to your winner the 2nd time around!

  19. Congrats to Lecia!!!
    Your porch looks gorgeous!!!
    So many wonderful pics!
    I always put my gourds in the basement over the winter to dry ~ they will get moldy ~ when dry just wash them with bleach water.
    Love your fall drieds ~ wonderful display!!!
    Stay Warm!
    Prim Blessings

  20. WOW..Everything looks amazing! Sorry you couldnt find a wagon!! I had felt the same way at one time...and then bam found one for 60 bucks..and then the red one i have for 40 dollars...imagine that? LOL

  21. Hi Karen, Your front entrance looks so Fall! And I love the simple elegance of the bunch of bittersweet hanging on the other door. Nothing says Fall like a big bunch of bittersweet! Santa is looking good...he'll be here before you know it!

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  23. Everything looks soooo pretty!! Keep saying I'm going to get fresh bittersweet each year because it's so pretty. Your Santa runner is adorable. I'm going to take a few shots of my fall decor soon, still need to do the outside but with being in an apartment it's a bit of a challenge!! Always love to see your pictures of your beautiful home ~Kriss~

  24. Ha...! Tips on keeping up with blogs? Not from me....Obviously not - look how long it took me to get here - and yours is one I try to get to faithfully. (I really have a heck of a time keeping up with the ones who post every day....I just trust that there's only so much time in a day....) Love your fall decor - as I said, my is sadly lacking this year (and I miss it SO!!) Nary a cornstalk to be seen here (except those still standing in the fields)....And I'll trade you front porches ANY day....Mine is so dinky it doesn't allow for decorating at all - and whatever is out there has to be bolted down or it will be blown into the next county at a moment's notice. I absolutely adore the bittersweet bunch on your door - what a perfectly simple - and simply perfect touch....I assume the flea market you were talking about was the Walworth/Elkhorn one?? Oh how I miss going to that!! Perhaps next season, if things ever get back to "normal," I'll have to plan on coming down for one - stay in a motel somewhere close Saturday night and meet you there Sunday morning.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (PS - Congrats to lucky Lecia!!)


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