Another antique store find: this adorable, autumn wrapping paper was made by Norcross.
Every year during the week after Labor Day a slow change takes place in my house. The summer decorations disappear one by one and are replaced by the vibrant colors of fall. It is such a wonderful time of year, inside the house and out! Apple cider, pumpkins and hayrides… what’s not to love? The only reason it is not my favorite season to decorate is my obsession with snowmen.
What’s your favorite season?
by Helen Hunt Jackson
The goldenrod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusky pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow-nook;
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook.
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.
“Come, little leaves” said the wind one day,
“Come over the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
Summer is gone, and the days grow cold.”
-the first stanza of “Come Little Leaves” by George Cooper
Time has been on my mind a lot lately. It seems like just yesterday my family was gathering around the dining room table for Thanksgiving Dinner and shortly afterwards around a brightly decorated tree on Christmas Morning. Summer has just flown by and will be gone before we know it.
As I was thinking of potential names for this blog a little rhyme popped into my head: “My oh my how time does fly. It’s been a spell, hope all is well.” At first I couldn’t remember where I heard it, but after a few minutes of Intense Thinking (you really have to work at it some days) it came to me. Many years ago I was at a Hallmark store looking for the perfect birthday card when one that was Definitely Not What I Needed caught my eye. It was a little card that pictured a Very Well-Dressed Mouse at her mailbox and a bird mailman standing nearby. The rhyme is from that card (although I’m not positive that’s exactly how it went) and it was cute enough that I bought it and another one by the same artist. I can’t remember what scene the other card depicted but I held onto both of them for years. I eventually sent the mailbox card to a friend but I couldn’t remember what happened to the second card. That, of course, meant it was time to pull out The Greeting Card Collection.
I’ve kept almost every card I have received since I was a little girl. Why? I really don’t know. I just can’t make myself get rid of any of them. So I was thinking the other card may have found its way into The Collection. They are in no particular order (it’s not a very well-organized collection) and it takes awhile to go through them all. By the time I reached the end I discovered that the other card wasn’t there but the Very Well-Dressed Mouse was!
My parents gave me this card one year for my birthday. Vera the Mouse is the creation of Marjolein Bastin. Her website is just as beautiful as her art and displays her work and newsletter.
Having said all that… welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy it!