Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tiptoeing into Fall

Artie and Marty are having a party

Vignettes for Artie

Cloches with Marty


Sounds like an old jump rope rhyme, doesn’t it? But no, two of my favorite bloggers are having parties that complement one another. Marty at A Stroll Thru Life is having one of her now-legendary cloche parties and Artie at Color Outside the Lines has recently launched Vignette Fridays. Cloches don’t seem to be my strong suit, but here’s what’s going on the breakfast room. We’re tiptoeing into fall.


This is the top of a small antique chest I use in my breakfast room. The marble top is handy for serving desserts and coffee. The drawers hold placemats and stationery. I like to change the accessories to suit the season or holiday. Hence, my vignette with a fall cloche :).


My birthday was last week and a friend brought me a bouquet of bittersweet. She knows my love for flowers and arrangements so I have chosen to overlook the possible hidden implications :). I know she bought this at the local florist and I believe it is oriental bittersweet. The berries are perfect shades for autumn.


I added a few curly branches, some dried eucalyptus, and a couple of dried lotus pods. I love the woodsy effect of the pods and the different textures.


S0000, in keeping with the woodsy theme we have going on, I just filled this big ole cloche with dry stuff….huge pine cones I found in our yard at Seaside this summer, faux dried berries, a couple of dried hydrangeas, and a few pods and nuts from the yard. It makes an interesting sprinkling of all things fall.


This is my nod to the men in my family… a family of hunters. This is a Vintage Game plate made by Churchhill China. The banner underneath says cervus elephus—the red deer or elk. I have only a few of these. I like the idea of shopping the china cabinets for display items. I bet you have something “easel worthy” too, if you just look. And finally, the small frame you see in the first picture is is a little camera shy. A permanent resident no matter the season, it says this:

The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord make His face shine on you

And be gracious to you

The Lord lift His countenance on you

And give you peace

That is my daily prayer for all those who gather around my table….and for you.

Thanks Artie and Marty! You can join the cloche party here. Hop over to Artie’s Vignette Fridays by clicking here!

Thanks for stopping by to see my little addition to the parties. I hope you’ll take a minute to say hello—I love knowing you’ve been here and would love to visit you!~~Susan


  1. Love your bittersweet too. Forget the name and just enjoy the perfect little fruits in the most glorious colors. Your vignette is wonderful - fall at it's best.

  2. Your pictures are so pretty. I am soooo ready for fall. We have had another hot week this week. Just not quite as hot as it was for so long, but yet, not cool enough to call it fall.

  3. I do like your vignette! I have a saying on my fridge "Live your Life and Forget Your Age". :-D
    I need to get busy around here. I used pics. from last year for Marty's cloche party.

  4. Beautiful vignette, and your cloche full of woodsy items is a perfect choice. I love to use natural bits and pieces in our home too. I'm jealous of your arrangement of bittersweet. It is my all time favorite fall item for decorating. I have some from previous years that I still keep in containers. But you can be certain I'll pick up some fresh bunches as soon as they are available here.

  5. Beautiful - gorgeous - wonderful fall vignette.

  6. I intended to comment earlier on the photo on your sidebar of the rubber duckies floating in the punch bowl. What a darling idea!

  7. Pretty! I haven't brought one thing for Fall out!
    So I'll just admire yours!

  8. Your Fall vignettes and cloches are fabulous! I love decorating with pine cones too.

    Gee I wish it was Fall over here....

    Best wishes,

  9. Hi sweet lady...

    My friend, Happy (belated) Birthday! What a beautiful gift your friend gave you! I love the look of bittersweet as's perfect for autumn! Love the look of the woodsy pods too! Girlfriend, your cloche is lovely...filled with all kinds of autumn goodness! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. A pretty vignette! I love the bittersweet and your deer plate, screams fall-enjoy!

  11. Your fall cloche is wonderful and I love your fall vignette on the side table too!

  12. The floral arrangement is amazing! Just lovely!

  13. Your vignette is stunning. I absolutely love it all, your cloche is perfect with all the pinecones, berries and nuts. Your floral display is gorgeous. I love the pod in it. I absolutely adore the two pictures you have on the wall too. They are wonderful. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  14. Beautiful! I love the bittersweet! What gorgeous colors.

  15. Hi Susan! OH, your pinecone filled cloche looks so pretty on your table in the vignette! The bittersweet branches are so lovely! I've never seen any in person before. I am deprived!
    Bless you, Dear One.
    Shelia ;)

  16. Lovely vignette, Susan! I couldn't take my eyes off your wonderful sheep and rooster pictures! Fabulous! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  17. Oh Susan, it's all gorgeous in here. Love the pods and the stems, so much beauty in nature, Char

  18. Beautiful. Love the pods and have always found them to be such a wonder of nature.

  19. Hi Susan,
    I think you do great on vignettes! I love that huge cloche filled with cones and leaves!
    Thanks for the visit too!

  20. Beautiful, SUsan! I love the vignette on top of the chest but also like the paintings above them. Thanks for coming by...Christine

  21. Bittersweet. I never knew its name but now I do! Your vignettes are beautiful, btw. I especially love the jar filled with dried stuff. Gonna copy that-thanks for the idea! And, if my rambunctious kitties knock it over, well, it won't break. It's going beside the fireplace.

    I really loved this post and all your ideas.....

  22. Susan, a belated happy birthday to you. I love the bittersweet! Perfect Fall decor - and your cloche filled with dry, woodsy treasures is so pretty. That plate is abeautiful, and what a wonderful little framed blessing. laurie

  23. Beautiful fall at your home. I hope your men don't take that wonderful plate out for target practice!

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