This is the winding road that leads to Thistlewood….
….and this isn’t even the post I was going to write today.
I had a story and a project and when I went to post it, I sighed and stared at it and decided it wasn’t enough and wanted more.
I wanted fall.
I wanted color and texture and leaves and pumpkins and a crisp morning with the smell of fall in the air waiting for the bus with a steaming cup of coffee in my hand wearing an old gray tattered sweater and laughing at an ant joke.
So today I curated my favorite fall pictures from blogs gone past rated from 10 to 1.
Kind of like a best in show.
It’s a little random. I know…..right? But today I’m following my heart and if you like fall as much as I do…..
….this is the post for you.
10. The Leaf-Covered Church Pew
This is a pew from an actual church. It was kind of falling apart which is why I got it for free. #freeisthebest
I hid all the broken parts with leaves.
And I wish I could tell you that I imported the leaves for this picture.
But I didn’t.
This is an actual leaf per square inch of yard representation.
9. The Spider Web That Looks Like a Grill Cover
I posted this picture two fall home tours ago.
Someone e-mailed me and asked if it was a grill cover wrapped in twine.
I wish I was that creative. #butimtrying
8. The Mercury Glass Pumpkin Heard Round the World
This picture is from when the blog was nine months old.
It was my first fall tour and I made a mercury glass pumpkin with spray paint.
And found that barn door for free to match.
I still have that pumpkin…..and that barn door.
7. The Leaf Charger Idea
I loved this idea.
Cut a leaf out of plywood and sand it and paint it.
I’m using these again this year, but I think I’m painting them with chalkboard paint.
6. The Kitchen Hutch
I’ve loved this hutch from the moment I found it 14 years ago at the back of a garage covered in old tools.
It’s been a lot of different colors, but it likes gray the best.
And bee skep that I found at another yard sale.
5. The Newcomer
This is a picture from this year’s tour.
When I look back at old tour pictures I’ve decided I’m currently going through a minimalist phase.
A little less is more by the front door.
4. The Color Arrangement
This is another newcomer to the group.
This year I decorated my hutch for fall three different ways and this arrangement was my favorite.
Mostly because of those gray iron leaves.
3. The Mantel
I love the look of this mantel.
I’m not even sure why.
Maybe it’s the wood sticks and wood flowers against all that white.
Maybe it’s because it only took five minutes.
Maybe because I got everything on sale.
Whatever. Whenever. Becauseever. It’s my favorite.
2. The Countryside
This picture comes in at number two because this is my view every day.
This is a minute from my house.
And when you drive through the country, past cow barns and fields of hay and corn fields and rolling hills.
…..this is your artwork.
1. The Story of the Bowl
And this is my favorite fall picture.
In the history of ever.
Not for the apples. Not for the pumpkins or the vintage mantel or the toile pumpkin that is much too small for the vignette. Not for the constantly reappearing barn door.
I love it for the story…..
…..of our family tree.
PS Don’t think I forgot about the project. I’ll post it next week.
PPS Do you agree with my ranking? Which one was your favorite?
And I’m sharing some fun fall mantel ideas over on Homes.com today! You can check it out here.