Wednesday, September 25, 2013

autumnal touches inspired by the beach

having just returned from the beach
so inspired!
 by the colors of the sea and sky,
 golden wheat fields
 and sea oats,
i went about making my home feel a bit more autumnal....

 painting by me, barn wood frame by my friend, mark porter, gourds from my garden
 painting and corn husk wreath by me

 hand painted doily pumpkins by me, blue hydrangeas from my garden

 huge leaf bowl made by me, from an elephant ear mold
 gourds from the garden and saved over the years
 my collection of chenille pumpkins by rita, in front of my painting
we have returned to cooler weather, shorter days and longer shadows....
i am urging to nest 
and spend less time in the gardens.
i love to bring out new props to restyle for the changing seasons.
i sure am glad you come by and visit me!

happy fall


p.s.  we had a fantastic time at the beach....the whole family together...i won't bore you with the story of how we rented a pontoon boat  (while singing the "gilligan's island" theme song)  and how a freak storm came up suddenly, with 4 foot waves and freezing dan ("skipper") got the boat to a beach where we had to jump in the water just to warm up.....which is the best view of rain drops hitting the water and dancing up (forrest gump style)..... well, the storm cleared up just as suddenly as it had appeared....we traveled along and came across a big family of dolphin including a BABY with a pink tummy, who did back flips for us....incredible!  as we got close to docking the boat for the day, my son-in-law decided to jump into the water one more time....after jumping, he said in his calm air traffic controller way "wow, this water is really shallow" was like 12" deep.....yep, so shallow he broke his ankle and yesterday he had a plate and 5 screws put into it (by some doctors, of course)....
nope, won't bore you with that story.

p.p.s  we are very grateful that our son in law did not dive into the shallow water.


oldgreymare said...

lovely post and then..oh no! yes thank the heavens that he did not dive.... YIKES!
Love the dream painting :D

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love your touches of Fall - So Pretty!
Really enjoyed reading about your trip to the beach and see the great photos. However, sorry to read the part about your son n law! Wow - so glad he did not dive in!

Seawashed said...

Those handpainted pumpkins are the prettiest ones I've ever seen! And your stormy sea painting above the mantle is just beautiful. My Dad is retired from the FAA He was an air traffic controller for years then moved his way up to the BIG GUY (Area Manager). Sounds like a wonderful family holiday.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DEAR he is so lucky that he did not dive in!

erin, your home is outrageously gorgeous, your dining room with the various sizes of zinc containers with the blue and of course, your own art. It is all so indicative of your love for the sea and pure nature. LOVE IT! Anita

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Erin,
Good to have you back.. Your post is such a treat for the eyes.. Everything is so beautiful, just beautiful! Love the pumpkins, and your paintings are breathtaking.

I am sorry to hear that your son-in-law broke his ankle.. I guess you can be grateful that is all he broke...
Thank you for the lovely post

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi so beautiful. I love all your images...perfection!
Despite the sounds like you had a memorable fun family day!

Unknown said...

OH MY WORD....LOVE LOVE LOVE this post...your home is like eye candy...and So very glad your SIL didn't dive...(shivers) I'm glad you told the story...Happy Fall Erin

Cindy said...

Holy Moly! You saw dolphin and a baby with a pink tummy!!! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... I'm not sure what i liked best the blog post, or the PS
I love your stormy cloud painting on the mantel! Cool! and those gourds you grew yourself?! and I know you don't have all those freakin amazing blue hydrangeas in your dining room. Good grief girl, you're such a renaissance woman, you can do anything!


Sea Witch said...

Joyful post and marvelous images.

Heaven's Walk said...

Erin - your home is looking so warm and cozy for autumn! The way you mix the blues and tans and creams is just so dreamy! I adore those doily pumpkins, too! You should do a tutorial on how to make them. :) Your paintings are incredibly beautiful as backdrops to your decor. You are an AMAZING artist, sweetie!

xoox laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Quick question for you, Erin. How do you create your blog headers? I'm looking for an easy, non-complicated way. lol

xoxo laurie

Debra@CommonGround said...

such a beautiful rendering of Fall, done in amazing colors!

Deb said...

Isn't it amazing how after a getaway {no matter how long or short} you can't wait to get home and decorate filled with inspiration! Your home looks gorgeous Erin ... love the elephant ear platter & gourds.
Hope your Son in law's ankle is feeling better.

Donna said...

I adored your pumpkins last year and really love them this year! I may try to make some.
Your paintings and the symmetry in your decorating is perfect.
Glad you had a wonderful time at the beach despite the broken ankle.

Burlap Luxe said...

Erin, blessed you family is that your sone in law chose a jump rather then a dive, even at that his surgery is nothing to take lightly he is sure to be laid up for many weeks.
I am sure there is enough love in your family to go around in his recovery :)

Erin I loved my visit here minus your family heartache, your home designs your artful sea painting take my breath away and your vignettes inspire the calm of winters coming.

Your dinning room is a place to sit with good company sipping something warm. Erin I really love your rock fire wall and the wash of the sea over your beams.
I have to go back and taking in your older postings looking for what will inspire my heart.

Thank you dear for your grace and beauty.


Debra said...

I'm inspired by your beautiful paintings and home decorating. I just love the colors. Love reading your blog too!!!Hope your son in law recovers quickly...

Janneke said...

I loved the story about your holidays despite the injury of your son in law. Hope he will recover soon. I really enjoyed your pictures of the sea, sky and wheatfields. The decorations on the mantelpiece are magnificent.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

It sounds like a wonderful vacation with your family all together in one place! Sorry about your son-in-law's bad luck and I hope his recovery is quick.

Your home looks lovely with all your artwork displayed so beautifully, Erin. Your photographs are works of art as well!

Cobalt Violet said...

OK I don't even know where to start! What an adventure! And... your poor son-in-law!!!! Hope he heals fast and doesn't have any lasting issues. Shheeesh! Well, on a lighter note... your photos are beautiful and you make me want to go get some gourds and wheat to decorate with!

Happy Autumn and get well soon to your son-in-law!

Ella said...

I grew up by the bay! I love all the colors the sky offers~ Your photos are glorious!
I am so sorry about your son-in-law!
I too am glad he didn't dive in...scary!

Nice to meet you

KarenB said...

I really don't know where to begin. Okay, I'll try. I'm loving the pictures of the beach and water, especially the first one! Good grief, that is gorgeous. And the decor! I'm really, really envious of all those gorgeous hydrangea blossoms. Loving it all my friend! Hope you SIL will be healed up quickly! Thanks for the lovely visit.

KarenB said...

Oh and one more thing! I LOVE the willy Molly way you arranged the hydrangea. Not a big ball of blossoms, but very artful!

brenaugusta said...

So beautiful and inspirational! I love the blue, white and silver together.