Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  Does it count as fall because it’s September?

Even if it’s 90 degrees and the pool is still open?

2.  Do you have any tips on how to get grease stains out of clothes?

My favorite shirt met some salad dressing and lost.

3.  What are your thoughts on velvet pants?

Yeah or nay?

What if I told you they had flowers on them?  Would that make a difference?

4.  I am so all about lemonade right now.

Usually I only drink it in the summer.

Which leads me back to the all-important question 1. 🙂


I love apple crisp.

It totally reminds me of fall and crisp clear afternoons with lots of leaves.

But upping the ante with peanut butter?

That takes the cake.

Literally. 🙂

You can find the recipe over at The Happier Homemaker.


I laughed out loud when I read this post from my friend Pam at House of Hawthornes.

It’s so true.


And that last line…..priceless. 🙂

Perfectly Imperfect Book Cover

Yesterday the mailman dropped this off on my front step.

This fun book called The $50 Home Makeover is written by Shauna from Perfectly Imperfect and is FULL of decorating ideas and projects for the home.

Every time I re-read it….I get inspired.

There’s upcycled projects and DIY projects and so much more.

Perfectly Imperfect Book

And look who is on page 155. 🙂


I’m in full fall decorating mode here at the farm.

The hydrangea are dried and ready for decorating.

I’m sharing my fall home tour on Monday, September 15.

If you are getting ready for fall, too and need an easy mantel idea….here’s the DIY tutorial for the dried hydrangea wreath.


And in random news this week:

Have you ever heard of faux concrete countertops?

This is duct tape?  Seriously amazing.

Make an entire table top full of these for Christmas.

Just when you were wondering what to do with a cupcake liner.

And this sounded like the perfect double date.


Here’s some fall inspiration for the road.

I am so excited about this next week.  I’m posting the prequel to Thistlewood Farms.

It’s the house we lived in before we moved here.

And a sweet story.

And a porch project.

Can’t wait for a week full of coffee and inspiration. 🙂

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂

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Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Martha Thompson Martha Thompson

    Always enjoy your posts, try putting bath powder on the grease stain, let sit for a few days and launder as usual. This has always worked for me. Good Luck!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love September - it's my birthday month so of course I'd be partial -- 90 degrees or not. I love velvet stretch pants. I had a pair in my thin days -- they looked cute and were sooo comfortable. Mine were black and I had a gold lame long cardigan and shell top. This was for the Christmas season. I think I may have them stuck away somewhere thinking that one day-- the style will come back -- AND I'll be able to fit into them. Yes I'm working on that. Now I love your hydrangeas and I have some in our yard that I have plans for - oops I ended a sentence in a preposition. I'm not quite awake yet so excuse me. Can't wait to see your old house. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Big Hugs!!

    1. Image for Marian@CMShawStudios Marian@CMShawStudios

      I am with the "use Dawn to get out grease stains" crowd here. I've even used it on really old grease stains, as well as on motor oil. Works better than anything else I've tried. Just put some on the stain and rub it all over with your finger. Wash normally. And I'm all psyched to see your old house. How fun! And I got brave. I changed the name of my blog. It would probably help if I started posting again, (it's been a long time-summer and kids home kinda derailed me completely), but we take our victories where we can find them, yes? So thanks for the inspiration. Hopefully fate will smile at my schedule and allow me to move forward in my new direction. Have a jolly day, sweet lady The Other Marian

    2. Image for Corinne Corinne

      I've used Lestoil for years! When I worked for Clairol.....I'd periodically would get hair dye on my clothes. It took it right out. I keep a small white hair dye developer bottle on hand all the time with Lestoil in in and often use it. The nozzle is small for spot stains and it really works! Your local grocer probably has it. I tried Walmarts but they don't carry it in our area. Give it a try!

  3. Image for Joyce Joyce

    I second the recommendation of Dawn Liquid Dish Detergent. Have you seen how it cleans up those poor little birds covered in oil? I figured if it can clean them, it can clean up salad oil! Put a couple drops on the salad oil spot and let it sit a bit. Then I usually put some liquid Oxiclean (or sometimes the powdered Oxiclean) on it, for good measure, before I put it into the washer. I really hate those marks on my tops and I always seem to manage to drip.

  4. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Dawn dish soap. I concur. Put it on the spot, and let it set for a while. I actually let mine set until the next day. It always works. I keep a bottle in my laundry room.

  5. Image for Christie Christie

    I agree on Dawn, it actually has become my new best friend! Add some 3% hydrogen peroxide and it will get stains out of carpets! No on the velvet....(sorry) :) And it's 90 here as well and my pool is still open! This is the latest it has ever been open. This last week was the first week of school for my kids, that was tough as there is no AC for them. Love to bottle up the weather just leave the humidity behind ;) Take Care.

  6. Image for Patricia Patricia

    The dish sosp makes sense for the oil stain. As well, I've had good luck with shampoo on oil stains. Same idea - cleans our scalp and hair oils so can work in fabric, too. Good luck!

  7. Image for Carolyn Carolyn

    Dawn Dishwashing Soap is fantastic for removing grease on clothes. Rub into the stain with a soft toothbrush. Toss in washer. I don't let it set on the clothes. It will even remove stains that have been through the dryer. It's definitely your new best friend in the laundry.

  8. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Congrats on the "page 155".... I have heard about how great Dawn is...have never tried it...back in the day, when I got a grease stain on my clothes I would put baby powder on it...it soaks up the grease!...Have a great weekend!

  9. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    Just want you to know that no matter how busy and the many blogs I receive on a daily basis, I hunt yours down to get my daily dose! And use Dawn--it takes out grease stains really well.

  10. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Murphy's oil soap always works for me...just rub it into the grease stain and let set prior to laundering :)

  11. Image for Jill Jill

    Shout out grease stains. Not yelling, but try the product. It also works great on Alabama red clay. Then if the Shout doesn't work, go to dish soap. YES! On velvet pants. Flowers are fabulous and you will feel like a rock star when you wear them. But just in case, walk around in them a bit. I had a pair of holiday velvet pants that made a sound kind of like cords do. If you find the sound distracting, it must be a no. Also you must find an amazing top because velvet pants make a statement. Is it Fall? Dove season opened this morning. Kids have been in school a month. College football officially kicked off last week and United Way Campaigns are gearing up all over America this week. The tunes of the high school marching band practicing in the afternoon have improved greatly and can be enjoyed all over town. Even though it is 90 in the afternoons, the morning breeze is cooler. Hmmmm, is it Fall? It is definitely not cotton picking, pumpkin carving, leaf changing, sweater weather. How about Post Labor Day? Or Pre-Season Autumn? Or you could describe it as the Beginning of the Season of Giving? Or just September until the Autumnal Equinox? Off to finish changing the hot water heater. Happy Random Saturday back at ya!

  12. Image for Florence Florence

    Been using dawn on clothes for years. Has never discolored even bright colors after being left on for days in the laundry basket. Very rarely takes more than one try. Even removed oil pastels.

  13. Image for Laura Laura

    Lemon Essential Oil works on oil and grease stains. I had the exact same thing happen to me, dropped salad dressing on a favorite shirt. One drop of lemon oil on the spot and it was gone! No scrubbing or nothing!

  14. Image for Jonell Harrison Jonell Harrison

    1. Does it count as fall because it’s September? Only if you want it to/or need it. Even if it’s 90 degrees and the pool is still open? Same answer 2. Do you have any tips on how to get grease stains out of clothes? My favorite shirt met some salad dressing and lost. 3. What are your thoughts on velvet pants? mmmmm there are better options/w easy care Yeah or nay? What if I told you they had flowers on them? Would that make a difference? OOOOOOOOOO Nooooo no velvet and flowers... 4. I am so all about lemonade right now. Usually I only drink it in the summer. Drink it anytime you want

  15. Image for Pam Pam

    For stain removal I love Granda's Secret Spot Remover. I ran across it at a Bed, Bath and Beyond. Once I got hooked on it they stopped carrying it! Now I get it through Amazon. You put it on, work it in and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and throw it in the wash. It is amazing when it comes to getting out blood. Claims to work on oil, grease, paint, makeup, grass, spaghetti sauce, coffee, rust and more.

  16. Image for Beth Beth

    According to my trusty go-to book on Making Things Last. It says to scrub grease stains (on washable fabrics) with a lather of laundry detergent and water. Distilled water works best since "soft" water cuts grease better than hard water having a high mineral content. And I would add to not stick into dryer until you can get the stain out, otherwise the heat will set the stain, and you don't want that. Hope that helps.

  17. Image for jae jae

    In old days before fancy laundry stuff, my mom always rubbed a little real butter in the grease stain to "loosen it" then soaked it with Wisk detergent, rubbed it in and washed. Always worked, though sounds crazy! Noting the good reviews on Dawn. Velvet pants....hmmmm, maybe for Christmas and New Years? And drink all the lemonade you want...and remember, hot lemonade with honey isnt just for sore throats! Beautiful post. Enjoy your weekend.

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  19. Image for Mari Mari

    I use Lestoil. I just pour a little on but I dont rub it in. It even takes off grease stains on clothing that has been dried in the dryer. Now if I can only figure out to get rid of those mysterious yellow stains that appear on white clothing!

  20. Image for BETSY BETSY

    Around our family I'm known as "the Queen of Stain Removal" !!! I always use 3% peroxide with some Dawn dish soap -- in fact I keep it in a spray bottle on the washing machine. :^) Every once in a while I might need to treat something twice but most of the time the stain is gone the very first time. Guess I'm old school but I have to say "no" to the velvet pants and especially "no" to any patterns on pants !!! I've always felt like my butt was on display enough without adding to the problem with any prints on it. As for the lemonaide I say go for it. As for me I'm a Texas gal and must always, always have a glass of tea by my side !!! I say that fall begins whenever you want it to begin !! Just enjoy all the seasons to the fullest. Blessings to you and your family !

  21. Image for Maria Maria

    There's a product that easily ( ususlly no scrubbing) gets out grease, chocolate, mustard, blood... most stains. It works on whites and colors equally. It's called Soil Love. It's in a light green bottle and available at many grocery stores. But, the best place to get it is at a .99 cent store if you have access to one. I go to a .99 cent store just to stock up on this pre -treat bottle of wonderful-ness. Its has SAVED many items of clothing. ( I am a mom of four).

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  23. Image for Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA

    Tide liquid. Saturate the stain, and leave on an hour or overnight. I no longer bother with any other spot removers. A month ago I was going through a cedar chest in which I'd stored my son's baby clothes. I was horrified when I discovered a couple of stains on the front of a tiny blue sweater. It was there for 26 years! I poured on Tide on each spot and let it soak overnight. The next day I hand washed it and all the stains were gone; it looked brand new.

  24. Image for Laurie Haas Laurie Haas

    I live in AZ where its always 90 degrees and the pool never closes. The grocery store had pumpkins this morning which is always my sign that it is Fall. Of course Sam's Club also had all the Christmas stuff out right across from the Halloween stuff so its hard to say. Yes to velvet pants especially with flowers. Always to lemonade. ....counts as a fruit serving right? As for the salad dressing I swear by Resolve stain removal and I have never been disappointed.

  25. Image for Joan Joan

    Yes to Fall. (Everyone is So ready for it....don't know why, because summer wasn't that bad.) Yes, to velvet pants. Even with flowers. What a lot of fun. If you like 'em, wear 'em. You can dress them up or down all season long. Dawn and hydrogen peroxide mixed are supposed to be great for stains of any kind. And YES to lemonade anytime. I drink it hot....all winter long.

  26. Image for Maggie Maggie

    Hi rock star !! I like when you start your post with that. Here in Central California we still in full summer: today was in the late 90's so lemonade with a lot of ice sound good !! I'm with the Dawn's club it works really well on grease. Regarding the velvet pant I will have to say NOOOO !! Blessings to you and your family !

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