August 31, 2015

End of Summer Welcome

It's too early for pumpkins and the leaves are still green on the trees but you can definitely feel Fall in the air here in Michigan.  Our town's population has increased by about 10,000 this weekend as college classes start today.  So Big Rapids is hopping!

I'm hosting a Bible study in my home this Fall and Winter so it's so much fun to decorate knowing that others will enjoy it weekly.  "Others" being women - that is!  Not 6'4" basketball players that don't notice anything except how many cows I have in my kitchen! lol

I was at the market this week and spotted a bucket full of sunflowers.  And what says 'end of Summer' and French Country more than sunflowers, dried Lavender and ripe apples?

There's fresh wood in the basket next to the fireplace. (Our fireplace actually has a gas log that puts out wonderful heat, but one day my daughter said, "Every time I see that basket of wood, I keep thinking the fire is real!"  So that's enough reason for me to keep it there!)


And the throws in the basket next to the couch are freshly washed.  I love when guests pile onto our couch Indian-style,  wrapped in a throw, and we share our lives with each other.





There's a new 'Welcome Sign' and some beautiful multi-colored mums at our front door to greet our guests as they arrive.

Please don't notice that one of my mums is all broken.  It was the victim of a basketball. lol  (I'm going to pretend like I didn't notice. I'll miss him so much when he moves out!)

I made the Welcome sign and will share with you how I did it later this week.  When the leaves turn and the pumpkins are ripe, I'll add them to the mix.

And I love when the first thing my guests say when they enter my house is how good it smells! I always have a scented candle, or two, burning. I match them to the seasons and this time of year it smells like spiced apples, spiced oranges or caramel.  And I don't even have to bake!  ;)

On another topic, one of my other son's friends told me recently how much he liked the rug at the front door!  lol  He said it felt so good on his feet.  You would have been so proud of me!  I just smiled and said, 'Thank you!' and didn't tell him how mad I was at it.  My Dirt Rug

Our Bible study group is going to be reading and discussing two books that I have gained so much from - "There Were Two Trees in the Garden" by Rick Joyner and  "What the Bible Says About Child Training" by Richard Fugate (links to Amazon)  God willing, I'm going to post our topics on my other blog Summits of Rubies.  And I'd love to have you follow along and share if you'd like!

Have a great day!

love and blessings~


 "I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You."
 Psalms 22:22









19 comments:

  1. Beautiful! We are just beginning to eek our way out of summer. I sure do love your inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! We might have the warmest week we've had all summer this week. Sometimes our warmest weather is in September! Just in time for the kids to be in class. :(

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  2. Mmmm... I can almost smell the spiced apple :) I am trying soo hard to wait until tomorrow to get my Fall on. There is nothing remotely Fall like in our weather here in N.C.Florida. Still hot and humid and will be for at least another 4 to 6 weeks. But I am ready for the hot days to be gone.
    Luv your swing into Fall décor. Getting my start tomorrow. Bought some burlap sunflowers this weekend and I know they will be popping up somewhere...
    Hugs, Gee

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    1. Hey Gee! We've had a really cool summer this year. We barely hit 90! We might have the warmest weather this week that we've had all summer! I need a little Florida! love and blessings~

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  3. Lynda, I love everything about your decorating for fall. Here in California it's still a little warm, but I am beyond ready for Fall. Lidy

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    1. Thank you, Lidy! My son is visiting California right now. Hope your weather cools down soon!

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  4. I love the combination of colors on your table. Great job.
    Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere

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    1. Thank you, Eilis! Heading over to your blog!

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  5. Beautiful! Ready for the beauty of fall. Excited to read your posts on your Bible study when you start, wish I lived closer so I could attend!
    Have a wonderful day! Blessings, Candy

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    1. Thank you, Candy! Where do you live? We can do an online Bible study! I would love to have your input!
      love and blessings~

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  6. Beautiful decor and a very elegant home. It is still too warm here in Jersey to start decorating for fall so I am making wreaths and topiaries to decorate our home. But for now, we are taking advantage of the beach weather.

    Have a lovely week.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet! It was 88 here today too and we spent the afternoon in the pool I don't blame you a bit! Let's hold on to Summer! :)

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  7. Nothing says welcome like sunflowers….they just grin and invite you in. Lovely!

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    1. I agree! They're such a 'happy' flower! Thank you!

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  8. love your coffee table vignette of the sunflowers, apples and the lavender, so pretty! just perfect for this time of year

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  9. Beautiful Lynda! Thank you for sharing at THT. Hope you have a wonderful long weekend.

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  10. The Weekly Feature Series is live. Pop on over and check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/09/weekly-feature-series_12.html Have a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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