farmers market roundup

I’m usually that girl who plants mums in August and has pumpkins out for Labor Day.  This year, however, I have been reluctant to say goodbye to summer.  I’m simply not going to do it ’til summer is really over.  At the end of September.

But I can’t deny the crisp air and winding down humidity so I have been thinking about switching out my seasonal decor and introducing some late summer favorites.  I love this time of year at the farmer’s market.  The colors, textures and pickins’ are in abundance.  Not only do I want to eat the season’s harvest but I want to decorate with it!

fall bistro table

Here are a few decorating ideas that will bring the changing season in without breaking your budget.  If you’re lucky, you might already have these crops growing in your own backyard garden.  If not, you know where to go!

Indian Corn Wreath:  Husks of Indian corn aren’t just for the lamp-post.  Pick up clusters of mini Indian corn which show a variety of colors.  Attach them to a wire form and you have yourself a new wreath plus a squirrel’s feast.  These are best hung between a storm door and front door or you won’t have anything left in a matter of hours!

mini Indian corn fall harvest wreath

Hot Pepper Wreath:  Pick up some hot peppers next time you’re at the market.  If you can find a surplus of them, you’ll get a better deal.  Wire them up to wreath form for new door decor.

hot pepper wreath

Farmers Market Vignette:  This vignette is nothing more than colorful, seasonal squashes and a pumpkin mixed with locally grown flowers that are drying out.  Arrange them amongst some other items that are already on hand like a rusty old scale and homemade pumpkin for instant impact!  When you’re not sure about what’s for dinner, slice open that squash and steam it.

fall vignette

Mumkin:  There is always the classic pumpkin planter stand by.  Grab a large pumpkin and 6 inch mum at the market.  Carve and hollow the pumpkin.  Plant the mum, pot and all, directly into the pumpkin planter.


Seed Packet Art:  If you can’t bring the freshness of the harvest inside, you can always create your own original seed packet art.  I duplicated a few vintage seed graphics last fall with paint and reclaimed wood.

vintage sunflower seed pack reproduction sign

a vintage seed packet

Happy Monday!  I spent last week recharging creatively and I have lots to share with you this week and next!  Woo hoo!  I did quite a bit of antiquing, painting and just generally reflecting on what’s in store for this little business and blog of mine.  Plus the weather ended up being quite lousy, rainy and humid most of the week driving me to stay indoors…until yesterday when I captured this beautiful monarch on my butterfly bush.

Anyway, you didn’t come here for a weather report so onto the project!

I have had a slight infatuation with vintage seed packs for a few years now.  The graphics are always gorgeous.  Although I’ve never actually collected or done anything more than admire them.  I mean how many collections can one person have, ya know?  I decided a few weeks ago that I really wanted to paint a large reproduction of a seed packet and maybe even create a series of these seed packs.  Well, I completed the first one!

Sunflowers have always been a favorite of mine so I thought that was a good packet to start with plus the red sunflowers seem quite appropriate for harvest season here.  My “canvas” was a salvaged oval table top.  I like how the oval shape allowed the words to run off the “page”.  I used all Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and mixed colors and waxes.

This seed packet was my exact muse for the project.

You didn’t think I could freehand that, did you?  What I did was project the seed packet onto the wood and sketched it in chalk.  Then I mixed my paints and really got creative painting my chalk template.  This was a very fulfilling project for me!  I want to do a pumpkin seed pack next…

I’ll leave you with this picture I took while dining alfresco last night in the city.  The sun setting behind the buildings really lit up the sky in a fiery way.  It looks like there is a blaze in the sky or behind the building.  And I love ginkgo trees which made a subtle appearance in the photo.

How was your weekend?


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