I know as a home blogger, I’m supposed to crank out awesome new holiday projects weeks before each season starts. Well, I honestly don’t do a lot to decorate for the seasons. I like to throw out a few natural elements…like sea shells in the summer, a few eggs in the spring, some evergreen boughs and pine cones in the winter and I’ll buy a few pumpkins for fall. So far, I bought one pumpkin at Wegman’s the other day and plopped it in a dough bowl. Done.
I’ll probably pick up a few more as I see ones that I like, but that’s really about it.
I already had some feathers in an ironstone pitcher and those look fall-ish, so I moved them up to the living room to give them a more prominent place.
The times when I do actually do a project, it’s almost always for an HGTV freelance article and usually I’m doing it after the holiday has passed or in some random month like April. Most pumpkins I acquire are for free when people are ready to decorate for Christmas.
Here a few of the fall freelance projects I’ve done…
…one of my favorites, a white thanksgiving table (I don’t think it’s live, yet)…
…a “mini pumpkin” wreath…
… and foam tomb stones.
Here’s the thing. I’ll make them, set up the photo shoot and then I end up selling most of the projects and props or dropping them off at the local thrift store. I’ve kept a few of my very favorite to use for future shoots, but I really don’t decorate with them.
I’ve always loved the idea of decorating for all of the seasons and homes that have seasonal decor beautifully arranged on their porch look so inviting. My porch has empty concrete urns and cans of Verathane that I need to list on Craig’s List. I think the thing that prevents me from going all out is that I would rather spend time upholstering a piece of furniture that I can use all year or put my money towards some paint or a rug. I don’t want to buy a bunch of stuff that spends 11 months of the year in bins in the basement. My only exception to that is Christmas decor, but I don’t get too carried away with that.
My point is this… in this Blog/Pinterest world, it can sometimes feel like we need to do all of that or we’re somehow falling short. If you’re just throwing a few pumpkins on the porch, just know that I’m right there with you. And if we’re falling short, I’m sure we’re in good company.