9/15/2011

The Wondrous Colors of Autumn...A Study in Leaves

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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I am happy to report that autumn has arrived in my little corner of Colorful Colorado!  Happy you ask?  Yes...happy...because I LOVE autumn!!!  Our first cold front of the season blew in Tuesday night.  Our high temperature for Wednesday and Thursday only reached into the 60's...with the low's dropping down into the high 30's.  Brrrr!!!  It won't take many days of this type of weather...and the leaves will begin singing their praise of autumn!  I love the vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds...sooo pretty!
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As I am sitting here contemplating whether or not I should turn the heater on, I thought I would share a post from last September that I dedicated to "autumn leaves".  I hope that you enjoy!
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~The Wondrous Colors of Autumn...A Study in Leaves~
and an Autumn Vignette
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I have a white pillar column, that measures about 24 ins. in height, sitting in the corner of my dining room. When it came time to do a little autumn decorating, I looked for something that I could place on top of the column to bring a little autumn color to that corner of the room. Hmmm...I feel an autumn vignette coming on! wink!
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I decided to arrange a few tall stems of faux autumn leaves in a large pitcher. I have had this pitcher for quite some time...it's one of my favorites. I love, love, LOVE...the mustard yellow color...the beautiful embossed grapes, vines, and leaves. And...I love that this piece of pottery has been distressed...the burnt orange color of the clay base is peeking through in several places.
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This pretty pitcher also has a matching plate. The plate is decorated with embossed grapes and vines as well. I love the handles on each side of the plate...they look like a twisted grapevine. Soooo pretty!!! There was just enough room on the plate...at the base of the pitcher...to add a few of my wooden acorns.
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I love how warm autumn colors look against my olive green walls.
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~Autumn Leaves and a Stained Glass Window~
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Just above the autumn arrangement, you'll see a stained glass window inset into the wall. This wall is very narrow...about 4 ft. wide...it divides the dining room from the living room. My late mother-in-law was a stained glass artist. Although she did not do this piece herself, my husband had the window made...using the stained glass from his mother's collection. It really is a beautiful piece and adds a unique architectural detail to the dining and living rooms.
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I took a few photos. I thought the autumn leaves looked sooo pretty in front of the stained glass window!
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The angel is dressed in the most beautiful shades of blues and purples! I love the detail of her wings!!!
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~A Study of Autumn Leaves Through Photographs~
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I recently purchased a new camera...something with a few more options than your regular "point and shoot" camera. I have enjoyed playing...getting a few close-up photos of the autumn leaves. I have decided that I would like to be a photographer when I grow up! wink! Hehe!
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Of course, I took many more close-up photos of the autumn leaves, but I thought I would share these with you. I love how you can see the minute details of the little lavender and purple seeded stems...they look sooo pretty against the green leaves! And...I love how the soft autumn colors are muted in the background of the photos!
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Autumn Leaves in Frosted Frames...
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I took a few of the autumn leaf photos over to Ed's Flickr Toys at Big Huge Labs and added a "frosted frame" that is offered under the "framing" option. I thought the autumn leaf photos looked sooo pretty with the frosted frames! In fact, I decided to make a new blog header using a few of these photos.
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"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
fluttering from the autumn tree."
Emily Bronte
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*I hope you enjoyed the wondrous colors of autumn through a study in leaves!
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*I am joining these fabulous parties today...
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Feathered Nest Friday...hosted by Courtney over at French Country Cottage.
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Home Sweet Home party...hosted by Sherry over at The Charm of Home.
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Potpourri Friday...hosted by Honey over at "2805".
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Fall Nesting Party...hosted by Melissa over at The Inspired Room.
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Thank you, dear ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for us!
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Well my friends...I am so glad that you stopped by for a visit today! Thank you so much! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Warmest Autumn Wishes!

17 comments:

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Chari, this is so beautiful. I love that you are making us stop and think about such a beautiful treasure as Fall leaves are.

Just gorgeous!

Barb ♥

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Since I'm new to your blog, this is all new to me. Believe it or not, a few of our leaves are beginning to turn in South Carolina, even though it was 93 degrees today! I love that photo with the frosted frame.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
All your photos are so Beautiful sweet lady. I love your flowers for Autumm and the colors of your leaves for this fall post !!! I hope you are having a great Day...
XXOO Diane

Blondie's Journal said...

What a beautiful post, Chari! The leaves are so pretty and I love that your dear husband was so sweet as to have that stained glass window made with his mother's pieces! It really is stunning!!

It's cold here, too {57 degrees} and I know that the leaves will start to change in a few weeks. I just don't want fall to fly by the way summer did so I'm not hurrying it up!!

Have a great weekend!! :-)

XO,
Jane

Debbie said...

HEY GIRLFRIEND!!!!! LONG TIME NO TALK!!!!! Love, love all your pictures... you ALWAYS do such a beautiful job! Drop me a line and let's catch up!

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful photos.
Brrrr...that is cold! We have had some cool nights, its nice. I can't wait for the leaves to begin changing.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Hey Miss Chari, that fall arrangement looks beautiful, and your right the colors go so well with your wall color!! Love it! Martina

A Hint of Home said...

Your vignette is gorgeous with all the Fall colors.
We got the cool down today at only 60 degrees.

Honey at 2805 said...

This is so gorgeous. I adore your stain glass window and the study of leaves, and the are lovely against your wall.

Looks like you are learning your new camera well! Aren't new cameras just the greatest? I got one about the first of the year and must confess I've not yet read the owners manual *shame on me).

I remember a tutrial you did on "playing with pictures" last year & will have to go look that one up. Love the framing.

Your hubby did a lovely job inserting the window. I love them inserted between rooms. I have one that is inserted between my kitchen and the living room. When we built the house, my hubby and his foreman that it would be good to have an open pass-thru and did it without consulting me. Wrong! Anyway, about a year later we found a door with a large stained glass window in it and he cut it down and inserted it. Looks like it was planned from the beginning.

I tend to disguress sometimes.

I am thrilled that you joined the Potpourri Friday party, You You are and asset to the party's success and I appreciate you!

GHAZALA said...

autumn leaves are lovely they rustle when i run
some times i make a heap and jump in them for fun.
these are maple leaves i guess which is not found in our place you are so lucky to see, touchand enjoy this beauty of nature

Melissa G. said...

Your photos are beautiful!

Sheila said...

How beautiful Chari. Fall leaves are my favorite things to treasure every year. Your vignettes are always scrumptious. I can't wait to see what you're cooking up this year.

Ellen said...

I so very much enjoyed my visit to your blog tonight. Your photos are a pleasure to look at, and congrats on a new camera...we just love our toys. I enjoyed your post from beginning to end.
Hugs,
Ellen

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

The leaves are gorgeous, and you're right...they do look lovely against your wall color!!

Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday ~ hope you have a delightful weekend.

Hugs,
Marie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love, love, love that pitcher with the autumn leaves Chari!
I don't remember this post, so it's all new to me!
Simply Gorgeous my friend, and you do take great photos!
It's cool here too. Highs only in the 50's the past few days. Sounds like your weather hopped on over to our neck of the woods!
Not much happening for us this weekend although I may go shopping today.
Hugs,
Cindy

The Tablescaper said...

Chari:

This is such a beautiful vignette. Love those oversized acorns and the large array of color of the leaves.

- the Tablescaper

Sherry said...

This is beautiful Chari! I love fall leaves and never tire of looking at them! Thank you for linking up to Home Sweet Home!
Sherry