Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pewter & Fall Foliage

Happy (almost) November! I have been the laziest blogger on the planet recently... If you've stuck around over the last 3 months, thank you! You deserve a medal. (I do not.) Apparently, blogging comes in spurts for me.
Overall, we've had a pretty low-key fall so far, punctuated by a brief moment of craziness... A huge tree branch fell on the roof of our house last month, which wouldn't have caused us too must angst (especially since we are renters), except for the fact that the branch landed squarely on the vent pipe on the roof. I have never really given much thought to what that little pipe that sticks out of the roof above the bathroom does, but I now know that if a tree lands on that little pipe, it will make your toilet tank explode. And crack the cast iron pipe that extends down into the basement. The broken pipe, in turn, will bust through the wall between your closet and the bathroom. And, until you have the presence of mind to turn off the water main, the broken toilet tank will flood your bathroom, drain down the laundry chute, and rain into your basement.  
In retrospect, it was really not quite as bad as it sounds... especially in light of the recent devestation caused on the east coast by Hurricane Sandy. But, it did lead to a couple weeks of mess and disorder while things were being repaired, which led to the house not really being "blog worthy" for a while. Luckily, things have long since returned to normal!
This morning, I went outside and foraged for some pretty fall foliage to display in my antique pewter pitcher. We don't have a lot to choose from in our yard (and I refrained from snipping the beautiful red berries off of our neighbors' crab apple tree), but it doesn't take much to add some festive fall color.
Happy Fall, everyone!
And I promise, it won't be another two months before I touch base again... well, probably not.


  1. Thank you for the medal ;-)! I'm glad your house is 'blog worthy' again, I can imagine what chaos it must have been. But it looks great now! I love the blue blanket and the quilt in your livingroom.


  2. Very pretty! Too bad about the pipe, but I'm sure you are happy to have the mess behind you.

  3. Glad to see you're back! I missed your beautiful posts!

  4. I'm glad you're back as well! That must have been scary to have a tree fall on your roof. Glad everything is all straightened out now.
    Beautiful post!
    Kathy L from Colorado

  5. Yay, a new post! Love the foliage in the pewter. It looks so pretty. The pictures of your house are crazy, but your description made me laugh out loud! Happy Halloween!

  6. Love your posts. Love your living room. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh my goodness Frog! as you were describing the tree branch and broken PIPES fiasco...I was picturing a HOLLYWOOD-ESQUE scene from a say, The Money Pit...which you may or may not be too young to remember; it was funny! I'm sure your situation WAS NOT!
    I don't know about your state...but here, you can have renters insurance and it will pay for any of your Personals THAT WERE LOST OR DAMAGED in the 'series of unfortunate events'
    As to the Fall color. I love that simple bouquet of twigs and leaves. We don't have FALL HERE. It goes from Summer green to BROWN. JUST BROWN AND THE FIRST BIG WIND TO COME ALONG...blows them all to the ground. Usually, at night while we're asleep. Kind of like snow. You wake up one day the trees have leaves...go to bed, wake up the next...BARE! Sometimes I feel cheated living in Texas.
    Your living room is beautiful.
    sorry, to highack your commentst... have a happy Fall,Frog.

    P.S. -- I was so happy to see your post in my feed today. I love looking at pictures of your home. So serene. --Blessings.

  8. so glad you're back and everything is back to normal. :)

  9. I certainly enjoy your posts when they do come.

    Blessings, Amy

  10. Hi Ellie, your pewter is so pretty and looks so good with the leaves. Really glad your lovely home is back to normal. You make me laugh telling about it :) have a great day!

  11. Congrats on the highlight of your hand embroidered towels in Country Living!!!

  12. Ellie! I just saw your tea towels in Country Living! Congratulations! That is so exciting!! I'm so happy for you!

  13. Ellie,
    It was great fun to discover your lovely tea towels in the latest Country Living! I am so happy for you! Your products are wonderful, the spotlight is just great. Happy Thanksgiviing!

  14. Hello, Ellie. I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. If you wish to accept, you can find the details here:

  15. Miss you! Are you coming back soon?

  16. I just found your blog and i just love your style and your photography. i love the same things you do! i hope you come back soon!

  17. Are you ever coming back? I love your blog!

  18. Hello Ellie! I've run into your blog
    and I've loved it at the first sight.
    You have a new follower from Spain


  19. Ellie you have a beautiful blog!!!!!! Just found you thru Pinterest. Nice to find another Midwesterner with similar style :))


    :) T

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