Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fall Is In The Air In Tennessee!!

Well, I made it through my first summer in the South!! Whew!! After a blazing hot summer here in Middle Tennesse, we have had cooler days and a welcoming rain this week. I met Nerm from Nerm and Kitty, for lunch downtown this past week. It was so fun to meet a blogger friend and chat. We shopped in the historic district and went through all the darling shops. They were getting ready for Fall with all kinds of wonderful decorations. It was inspiring! I decided I couldn’t live another day without at least a tiny bit of Fall d├ęcor in my home. So into the moving boxes I ventured. Here is what I came up with…

This display is on my antique dresser in my front entry. These cute little critters are made by Bunnies By The Bay. I just love them…two sweet sisters own the company based in Anacortes, WA. They have been featured in Country Living magazine. I made a “little quilt” to go with the display.

This is “Itsy Bitsy” from Bunnies By The Bay. She is a kitty, handmade from mohair. I love the yummy velvet of her pumpkin costume and all the details, including the velvet millinery flowers in her hat!

This is “scaredy cat”, she is a special edition steiff made by Martha Stewart. I got her about 8 years ago, back when Martha sold things off her website. I just love her, she’s a copy of an older Steiff kitty.

I stole this idea from my BFF, Donna Lynn. I love the shape of this apothecary jar and the fabulous beaded pumpkins from TJ Maxx! Frederica, my daughter’s snow-marbled Bengal kitty, in the background is giving her approval!

This week I have been watching the Republican Convention on TV. And since I have a TV in my studio, I was able to multi-task! I got busy sewing some new curtains for my living/dining rooms. This is the “before” picture. Sage green, BORING, oh-so-not-me curtains!!

There…so much better! I sewed floral panels from a Raymond Waite print that I LOVE!!! It has huge bouquets of roses…very vintage looking. My windows are not very private, I feel like I’m in a fish bowl! So for privacy I added some lace panels between the florals…I love this look!

The fabric has a rich red background with a gold, taupe and green print. My walls are latte, or taupe color. Amazing how the whole room warmed up with the new curtains! And now it reflects my personality and feels like home.

Look at these ROSES!! Don’t you love them?!

Another window…this one still needs the lace panel!

Today I was changing the sheets on my bed and Jasmine decided to help me! Oh, kitties!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend…my heart is with my BFF Donna Lynn, as her eldest son is getting married today…congratulations to Justin and Hannah!! May God bless them!


Victoria Lynn


TattingChic said...

How totally cool that you got to meet Nerm! I would love the opportunity to meet one of my fellow bloggers! Your autumn decor is so cute and fun and "fallishly" pretty! Love the new curtains, too! they totally off set the decor in the room in such a lovely way.


Hi Victoria Lynn,
Your fall decor is so pretty..the kittys are just so sweet :) and you are so talented to make curtains..that isn't anything that I would even try. I'm glad it's feeling more and more like home for you and your daughter and kitty's :) Have a great weekend. I bet fall is very beautiful in TN :)
Warmly, Deb :)


Oops..I forgot, that is awesome that you met Nerm... one of these days, maybe I'll meet one of the blog gals.
Deb :)

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those curtains are really beautiful!!! I also love that apothecary jar!

Rachel said...

Our new curtains look fabulous! Frederica is quite delighted by the new fabric to get her kitty fur all over. (She'd like to point out that she did help make the curtains, too. ;~))

I forgot to tell you that Jas tried to jump on my bed while I was making it too--she was very helpful today!

Rach :~)

Joyce said...

Victoria Lynn!!! I just love the new curtains you made and I am so very impressed that you made them!!! They look beautiful and definitely add so much warmth to the room. The lace panels look beautiful also. It's amazing how curtains can change the whole look of a room. You did a great job!! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Debbie Kay said...

Victoria Lynn:

Those curtains are awesome! You are so talented and get it done so quickly. I need to stop looking around at all that needs to be done in my life and "just do it". Thank you for sharing those beautiful roses and when I am moved into my new little home, I am going to take that apothecary jar idea and "run with it". Love you and thank you for your prayers.


Debbie Kay

Diana Lyn said...

Oh Victoria, You should have seen the wedding, don't worry LOTS of Pictures! BEAUTIFUL! Everything! Can't wait to see you when you come, Your Curtains are BEAUTIFUL! SO IS that BIG RED DOOR!!!!!!!!!! Glad you are loving it there and settled, Big Hugs Diana lyn

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Fall, Fall, Fall, Fall.

Ok, that's out of my system. I love your curtains. I guess the others were like flood curtains. Remember when your pants were to high and you called the flood pants or wadders ? Ok, so....

My doggies do the same when I change my sheets, and they want to know everything I am doing.

Hope your weekend is going well.



Love the look!!! You are creating a very beautiful and cozy home. I'm happy for you too!


The Vintage Kitten said...

Your home looks so cosy. I love that in the USA you decorate your houses for Fall. It isnt something we do in the UK, but it has been inspiring me to prepare my home for autumn and dare I mention it thinking about Christmas too. Your cat is beautiful. Mandy (UK)

Shabby Addict said...

Your little fall display is darling! I love it! And those curtains are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful rich colors! It adds so much to your living room!

Rue said...

Hi Victoria Lynn :)

I love all your cute kitties, especially Frederica ;)

Your new curtains are beautiful!

Have a wonderful evening,

Donna Lynn said...

Dear BFF,
Tonight I am able to take a little time and leave you a comment, the day has been so busy, Nan and the kids left pretty late...we had a ton of fun BTW...
Love your red curtains, as you know it is one of my favorites too, it really helps your paint look warm and much more inviting, the other curtains were just not "you" were they, and I agree with Glenda, they were "floods"!!
Funny! :)

I can't wait till tomorrow night, wink wink, and we shall talk till the cows come home...
Donna Lynn

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Ohhhhhhh, the way Jasmine is laying is tooooo hilarious!!!!

M ^..^

CIELO said...

Hi Victoria.... came by to say hi and see how you're doing.... I leave you bird songs and sunshine...



Anonymous said...

Hi Victoria Lynn,
It was so great to talk to you today on the phone. You are a beloved friend. I love that apothecary jar, I almost bought it.
Have a wonderful visit with your BFF.


Cathy said...

I absolutely love the red floral fabric!



Your curtains look so pretty, I love that material and i also love the apothacary jar with the pumpkins in it, I put my beaded fruit in mine.

Michelle said...

Love your fall decor! You really are making your new house into a home. The curtains you made are just gorgeous!

Hope you enjoy a fantastic time with Donna Lynn...have a safe trip!

Shabbyfufu said...

Everything looks so warm and inviting Victoria Lynn. I love the apothecary jar and the curtains are beautiful....great job! ~XO~ Janet

cityfarmer said...

Thank you for checking in on my (new)updates about Don's recovery...I think he looks so handsome and healthy

Enjoy the change of seasons dear friend!

Love your man!!!

SherryRoseBella said...

I love all of your Halloween kitties!! They are sooo wonderful! Your home is very pretty!

Glenda said...


Thanks for the invite. I am glad you included me.

I was concerned that you had to do this yet again. Hope your doing well and had a great time with your BFF.


Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Good Morning Glory! Thank you for the invite! So glad to see you again! On this end, we're still prepping to move -- the big day is Tuesday. Well, we leave Tuesday and arrive Wednesday. The kitties don't travel well so we'll go half way then stop for the night. I know I know - no sympathy from you or YOUR kitties since we're moving "only" 400 miles ha ha.

I'll be posting photos soon of my latest work, our new house -- and how it looked after Hurricane Ike daggered a big ol branch clean thru the roof, broke a window, snapped off a number of trees and uprooted shrubs last week.

Yes, Ike made it to central Ohio and left a big ol' mess for us. UGH! But everything has been repaired and we're still good to go Tuesday.

I haven't even seen the place yet except by cell phone photos!! Probably not the best way to choose a house, but I trust my husband -- he knows he has to live with me if I hate the place :-)))).

Glad to hear you're having a beautiful fall!!


Joyce said...

Victoria Lynn - thank you so much for the invite. Looks like I'm not the only one that was missing you! Isn't it wonderful to be missed and wanted? I'm so glad to join you as you continue on your travels in your new little part of the world. Hope to hear from you again soon!!