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Oh how I love October! The colors, the changes (which I'm normally not good at in the rest of life), the anticipation of holidays (I can't believe I'm saying it! I still want it to be Summer for a while. How can I be anticipating the holidays? I don't know, but I am).

I picked up this wonderfully festive book this weekend, For The Love Of Pumpkins. It's just full (151 pages) of beautiful Autumn photos, receipes, unique carvings and decorating ideas. Just to celebrate October... I thought I'd do a drawing for a copy of this book on Friday morning (yep, this coming Friday) so if you'd like to be in the drawing, leave a comment on this post.

I was over at the store Friday when I spied this thing-a-ma-jig. I don't have any idea what it is but I can think of tons of fun things to do with it. Today, maybe it'll be apples. Aren't Penny's pumpkins darling?! (I think it was Penny who introduced them to us.) The kids had fun making them. We did 6 or 7 before we ran out of toliet paper =)


I've been thinking about how I'm going to decorate for Christmas this year. Only because every other year I have the typical tacky, gaudy stuff - just because it's what we've accumulated over the years. And every year I hate it and can't wait to get it all put away so I can have pretty stuff out again. But this year, I'm going to enjoy the decorations, darn it! I want pretty Christmas stuff!! I saw this picture over at Chez Fifi and I think it's a wonderful sparkly look. Maybe that'll work for Christmas... I asked Fifi (because I can't stand not knowing stuff), when she's at these beautiful homes and shops, if she does the set-up designs, takes photos, etc. I was curious about what exactly she does because she has a million things going all the time. She told me that she finds the various locations, does scouting photos, writes a short description and then, if it's accepted, she goes back to the location and styles the rooms. Then she writes the article! Can you imagine??? I'm sure it's incredibly exciting, but what a ton of work she must have! She writes for 12 different magazines! Anyhow, I just thought you might find that interesting.

Did you get one of these in the mail last week? I think I like her new look. It's perfect for Autumn which is a new twist and the little brochure is interesting too. If you didn't get one, drop me an email with your address and I'll send my copy over to you.


I was browsing over at A Fanciful Twist on Saturday and had to take a peek at the Galliano collection that she had linked to. I don't go for all the heavy make-up but the designs are really unique!


Can you tell that I'm feeling a bit lackadaisical today? We went to a bonfire last night and we're all sleepy today. I don't feel like engaging in anything that might require more thought than what cereal would go well with my Diet Pepsi. And today all the girls are meeting at the store to do some re-arranging and set up for the holidays. I hope I have a partner =) ...I'll show you some pictures later this week of the end result. I'm out the door... as soon as I grab some more caffeine. Happy Monday! (p.s. Do you have any idea where a homeschool mom would find a substitute teacher for the day?)

23 comments:

  1. Hi Polly - stumbled onto your pretty blog via Frills Frocks and Fancies. Just had to say hi to another Polly and say that I"m in the middle of watching The Painted Veil right now. : )

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  2. Yes I too am wishing summer would hang on for a little while too, but here it is Oct 1rst already! OH MY, it is gone:( ! The trees are just now starting to change. I am T R Y I N G to get into the fall thing, but it just hasn't got me yet.
    Love Erin~

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  3. Well Polly dear, I'm in full Fall swing! I would love to be entered into your giveaway.

    I know what you mean about the Christmas decorations. My sister's house is tastefully and beautifully decorated every year. Then there's my house. A hodge-podge mix of everything. That chaos has to stop! Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

    Love,
    Julie

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  4. OH WOW!!! It's October and my favoritist time of year, FALL.
    Put me in your drawing, please, Polly.

    I'm so impressed with your "thing a ma jig", love stuff like that, although my hubby just frowns and shakes his head when I drag home goodies like that.

    Happy Fall!!
    Joy

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  5. Hi Polly,

    I am loving that thingamajig! I bet you will have fun decorating with that little goodie :)

    Have a great day,
    Dena

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  6. HI Polly, please put me in your drawing, looks like a great book! It's rainy and sleepy here today, a great autumn feel in the air:>) Hope you have a relaxing day!

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  7. Love reading your blog oh you are so funny. I think I have christmas decor the makes me want to hurl my kids won't let me throw them away. Real 80ish if that makes sense. Oh OH enter me in your contest. Blessings, Denise

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  8. Haha! Now your kids could always fly over and I could squeeze them into my classroom lol!!! Polly another fab giveaway!!! Pleae, please count me in...xx

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  9. Love, love, love your blog!! It has so much to look at and I love your observations.
    Count me in for the draw!!

    Linda

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  10. I'm ready for some football and chili..sounds like you are too

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  11. hey "lost hoosier"...I am one too please reveal yourself...let's chat

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  12. A drawing? Ooooo, I don't want to miss out!
    Best wishes on decorating as you envision for Christmas this year -- I just LOVE decorating for Christmas and will begin very soon!
    :)

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  13. great post! I love the pumpkins!! Hugs, Lisa

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  14. Hi Polly! We are in the same boat with the Christmas decorating dilemma! I,too, am tired of the same old ornaments year after year and would prefer something new this year! I'm thinking of having my own pink tree in my private little space at home........ :-)

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  15. I'm with you on the Christmas decor ~ minimize the red and green and maximize the white twinkle lights and pretty white sparklies!
    PS I'd love to be in the drawing! Thanks Polly!
    Jan

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  16. All the falls things are great and the toliet roll pumpkins look great! Glad the kiddies had fun making them. That book looks neat! Count me in! You are so thoughtful, Polly!
    Love, Esther

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  17. Very nice October is my favorite time of the year. Come on over to Daisy Bouquet and sit a spell. Mary

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  18. Hey Polly! October is my favorite month, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my birthday falls this month:)
    Love the thing-ama-jiggy, have no idea what it is though.
    I had a look around at Chez Fifi... how extraordinary to travel and see so many lovely sights.
    Rhonda
    PS Not that I wouldn't love the to have the pumpkin book, but since I won the last drawing, don't enter me in this one.

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  19. Love the TP Punkins!!!!!!!Your decorations looks great. If you find that substitute teacher let me know!
    Blessings,
    Robin

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  20. Good Morning Polly!
    It wasn't me with the pumpkins...but they are adorable!

    I didn't get that brochure, but it looks interesting. I love the way she stays true to her looks and still keeps it fresh and updated.

    Penny

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  21. OMGOSH!! I just saw the PUMPKIN book and wanted to get it, the photos are YUMMY!! I LOVED it but didn't have the CHA CHING to get it! :(

    I just am in awe how you find the most wonderful things to introduce us to!

    *muah*

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  22. We've had "pumpkin day" (the day we go out and take the hay-truck out to the pumpkin patch and bring back more than we can carry) circled on our calendar for weeks now. It's this Saturday...picnic breakfast tailgated at the farm's gates so we can be sure a place on the first truck out and a thermos of cider ready for the drive back home...and there's very little that would ever cause us to miss it!

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  23. glad you enjoyed the book

    Sarah Frey - Talley

    Tell all of your freinds about it. You can find it in the produce section of your local Wal-Mart. It is a great value and will be referenced season after season. Again thank you for your support.

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