I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 29, 2017

Out and About ~ It's October!

Hi! Did you all have a great week? We had roller coaster weather, hottest summer days so far, high eighties, ''feels like 94*" hot and humid days, then a dip into the 60s. Back to normal now, I think, high 70s.
Summery though it seems, October is looming, time to give the house a little fix up for the holidays and winter ahead. I talked my friend into a trip to The Christmas Shop.

Once a simple Cape Cod shop, now they have stores all over the east coast. [And sadly were recently bought by Bed, Bath and Beyond]. Perhaps it began as a shop to buy Cape Cod Christmas souvenirs and tree trimmings---you know, a sand dollar with Memories of Cape Cod on it and a drawing of a bewreathed Nauset Lighthouse, red bow, a little glitter?---, then the store[s] grew and grew to have amazingly cheap and fun things for your summer beach house, plus year round holiday decor.

Despite the changes over the years I still love going there and got good stuff, all under $200.00. Some put away, for Fall fix up:  The gorgeous hand embroidered pillow, center of their famous flyer, above; Waverly chair pads, Christmas cards, broom and dustpan; throw rugs, simmering potpourri, and more.
The store sill specializes in faux but wonderful Nantucket baskets. A new authentic handmade by an American artist Nantucket Basket can cost thousands of dollars. These are more utilitarian, at about $6.oo to 15.oo.

You never know what you'll find: ''beauty aids'', as these drugstore items are called here in NY, shampoo at half usual price, cheap mascara,

Pumpkin salsa, $2.oo.

Fall paper goods for holidays entertaining, a candle wreath, a bag of faux acorns.

Fake LL Bean canvas tote.

Quilted place mats to cut up for water bottle covers, and planned Kindle propper uppers, think tiny pyramids filled with bean bag pellets.

I passed up funny Halloween decoupaged carpet balls, a Fall wreath---number one item on my list, but soooo $$$, and quilted bedspreads for computer chair slipcovers. They did not have dog beds or doggy strollers this time either.

We went a different way, fast if not so pretty, 40 minute drive. This time we did not go wrong and end up on Fire Island! And we're planning to go again for Christmas shopping fun.

More out and about-ing---since August I've been snapping pix of fun things I see in stores. I just can't buy Halloween in August, but looking back I see some cuties I missed. Here's a Fall home decor roundup, mostly Home Goods with a soupcon of Pier One.
Starting off with very pretty but too early mums at the grocery stores.

Colored glass pumpkins are replacing plain  mercury glass as a fad.

I really loved this duck egg blue and gold metallic glass pumpkin.

Ghosts and ghoulies. Love these, so spooky when lit, wick flickering.

A macabre take on classic transferware, below, kinda wish I'd bought a couple even tho I'm not a fan of  death images.

If my friend's succulent garden doesn't survive, the Tonka truck could be filled with little pumpkins? [it is thriving, so far, though.]


Pretty and different Fall palette, Pier One linen napkins. Might grab a few for my quilt fabric stash!

Adorable squirrel and bird serving china, nice woodland change from the ghastliness of Halloween. Notice the little squirrel figures, so cute.


Poor Mo---his costume had to be returned, he was terrified of it.



gone to the beach...

Autumn sunset with crescent moon....