Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall is in the air

October is certainly showing signs that Fall has finally arrived. The leaves are changing and the air has taken on the crisp breeze. Decorating round the house has been complete. Here is an easy Fall hall mirror and table decoration. First hang a fall garland around the mirror. Then tuck in the fall stems and berries. The weight of the mirror and the garland hold them in place. A real bird's nest found on the ground completes the theme.

Using an inexpensive glass garden dome, grapevine wreath, iron birds and more Fall stems a co-ordinating centerpiece is created for the table. Place the grapevine wreath on the table. Arrange the vignette with the birds (or your choice of items) , man-made birds nest and eggs, a small topiary. Place the glass dome over the setting. Finish by tucking stems, leaves, and acorns into the grapevine wreath and your decoration is complete.

Another true sign of Fall is Homecoming parades, football games, and dances.

I was called on by my youngest to create a gold fish from the story book of "Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss.
Their floats this year had a theme to honor their favorite story books. Their float was based on the Cat and his many adventures. After all the wedding prep it was a fun diversion.
I created the pattern free hand then made a copy to cut the components apart. The Body is created in felt with 2 pieces and then painted. There are 4 parts for the fins, painted and then sewn together. Wire is place inside each fin and in the body before each is stuffed. The water is created by using the resin products that create "fake water" in flower arrangements. Double was used so it took 48 hours to dry or harden. Using aquarium rocks in a bright blue to anchor the wire stand (this is 18 gauge wire) , the fish bowl is partially filled. The resin is then mixed and poured over the top of the rocks and the wire. I tilted the bowl inside a plastic bowl to make the "water" dry at an angle. The storybooks always showed a fish too big for the bowl in water that was always swishing around inside the bowl. The resin dried at angle as if it were frozen in the act of that movement. The fish was added to the wire and glued in place. The bowl will be placed on a table on the float to look as if he is jumping out. The students will have the "Cat" on the float with many of his other notable characters in the book. I think we all love the storybook and it brings back so many memories of wonderful times with our children. (Also my own childhood)

Her class will all be dressed as the Cat in the hat with big red and white striped hats.

Have a great weekend!!!
Until next time...


  1. Cute ideas for fall.
    I love the gold fish that you made and the water in the bowl looks real.
    Yes...fall is definitely here..all the leaves are falling off the trees and the ones that are left are changing colors, so pretty.

  2. Lots of great ideas. I love the goldfish....really gives the impression of the one in the book!

  3. I am so pleased that the wedding was such a wonderful success. Your fall decorations are very attractive and the gold fish is a treat.

    I envy you autumn - my favourite time of year. Ours lasted about three days this year!

    Cheers, Ann.

  4. The garland is beautiful, but that fish - awesome!!!

  5. I love the garland over the mirror and the dome, too. Thank you for sharing these ideas with all of us!

  6. Congratulation sweet friend...we gave you our very own "Designing for Life" Award...because your blog is truly, truly incredible!

    Stop by our blog to pick it up!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

  7. Wow, you are so creative! Everything looks beautiful!


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