Fall is our absolute favorite time of the year and this year we are decorating with natural items from the yard! It marks the end of the gardening season. Fall is the promise of slower days ahead and a bit of hibernation before we gear up for another year of gardening.
We love everything about Fall! The colors, smells, cooler weather and the fresh air. The crisp breeze and the frozen mornings that require a jacket. By afternoon, you are too warm and have to remove the jacket.
Fall Starts September 1st here at our homestead
September 1st marks the day that I get to bring out the pumpkin wax melts and fall decor. This year I did something a bit different. I did not purchase any new items from the store that were fall related. I decided that I wanted to keep using what I already own but continue decorating with natural items that I can find outside, decor grown in nature. As I am on this journey to pair down our items and clutter, natural items that will not require me to continue to store them year after year.
Growing our own pumpkins
Every year we usually grow all of our own pumpkins. This year was a complete disaster! We planted and replanted our seeds three different times. This is what happens in farming, some years are great and others can be devastating. We had an extremely wet and soggy spring this year and all of our seeds rotted each time. I did get a few plants that made it but we got a few very small squash off of them. The ones that I did get to grow, we sold in our Farmstand.
where we found our unique pumpkins this year to add to our natural items from the yard
I was on Facebook one day and saw a recommendation for a pumpkin patch we have never been too. They said it was one you would not want to miss. Last weekend, we set out after I got off of work and we were not disappointed! They had so many unique colors of pumpkins and squash. It was absolutely beautiful and we filled up an entire wheelbarrow full! The place we visited is called Gordon’s Skagit Farms in Mt Vernon Washington.
How i decorated with natural items
I love to decorate my front porch for each season. Fall is no exception. I utilized a few of my yard sale finds. The old ladders, antique tool boxes, an old chair and my summer potting bench that lives on my porch.
We have an old oak tree that is still about 50% green but is turning gorgeous shades of orange and brown. I realized after I used it in decor on the porch, it still has its “acorns” attached to it. It all screams Fall to me.
I cut off a few of the lower branches and put them in the old crock I picked up at an antique store this summer, I got it for an affordable price of $10.00. We have a few perennial bushes that turn a deep burgundy color in the Fall. I cut a few branches off and put them in the crock. Then I took the peachy/gray colored pumpkin we purchased and placed it on top of the crock.
unique peach pumpkin
We found two pumpkins that are a peach color with white stripes, I placed one on top of the green cinderella pumpkin and the other is just sitting on my steps leading up to the porch. I added a few warty pumpkins and an orange acorn style squash.
Too many pumpkins
We have a few extra that I have not found a home for yet. A few might make it inside or they will stay on the porch. I had an extra ladder and just displayed a few on there and on the old chair I had found at a yard sale this summer.
natural items used for decor inside
I brought in a few pumpkins that I did manage to grow and save. I placed them on our dining room table. The rest of the decor inside is just the old decorations that I have collected over the years. It includes fake pumpkins, florals and glass pumpkins. Some metal signs and candles.
What is your favorite season and why? Is anyone else obsessed as we are with Fall?