Grateful + lovely

Am i the ONLY person on the planet still loving the feel and look of fall decorations and NOT ready for Christmas?? I thought not. there are so many lovely fall things to decorate with..why rush on to the next thing? we do NOT have to feel PRESSURED to begin this holiday rat race..let’s enjoy what is left of fall, BE GRATEFUL and enjoy the last moments of sanity before the crazy begins.

My husband likes to read books, i like to tear them up. Seriously, i would never hurt a real book..just one already know, one that needs recycling. I love the way book print looks with, well anything. Last year i attempted to decoupage a pumpkin with book pages..CRAZY..i am sure some of you could do it but it was not my craft. NO wonder the one i saw HERE was $49!

BUT my bookpage placecards shown above were obviously much easier..much more my speed..just a gift tag punch from Michaels, hole punch, twine and little pumpkin (write the name on or use stickers) and it was cute..especially atop a brown transferware plate.

check out this fab wreath featured on Apartment therapy last week..brown or orange ribbon to hang it with this week and next and then red satin til Christmas..easy baby..that is the way to go! she used a $1 store romance novel to tear up for her pages.not sure how i feel about that..i sort of feel like it should be a good book if i am going to go to that much work to make a wreath out of it and have it as a centerpiece in my home..but then again it would just be wrong to tear up a good book…oh the tension!

or you could use your bookpages to make flowers like my friends at Leftovers did..

bottom line..We dont have to get consumed with Christmas “stuff” yet (unless you enjoy it and then go for it of course..i have been listening to my Wintersong cd for a long time i must admit), but the next week i am really going to try to relax and enjoy thanksgiving..and Be thankful.

{note: rather i am typing this, my 5 year old is sitting on the front step watching the city workers “install” a Christmas wreath decoration on “our” streetlight}

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  1. southerninspiration says:

    I'm with you, Holly….still enjoying fall. The madness IS in rushing it out, and in rushing in Christmas….didn't they used to wait until Christmas EVE to put up the tree???? We won't do our tree until around the ninth or tenth, because we still get a live one. I'd love to go ahead and get the faux one, but family will not yet allow it! 😉


    cute story about little D watching them put up the decor on your street lamp post.

  2. I usually keep the fall stuff out until the end of November–this year I've put out some Christmas decorations already, only because I'm about to deliver baby #2. I felt like if I didn't do it now, it would not get done!! But I miss my pumpkins. 🙂

  3. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I hear you! Not letting myself start Christmas until after we've given Thanksgiving our attention. 🙂 (I don't think it's fair to cheat on such a meaningful holiday) 😉

  4. I loved everything about this post!! I feel the need to give each holiday it's proper place and attention!! Still doing fall and Thanksgiving around here!! I love your bookpage placecards!! So simple, but very cute! Could be changed to fit any occasion also! I love books and have notice the decorating with bookpages trend, and plan on making the wreath too and have the same quandary regarding which kind of book to use!! Glad to know I'm not the only one… 🙂 P.S. been reading your blog for a while now and love it!

  5. SarahWhite says:

    Is the Sally me? 🙂 What a cute, cute idea…going to totally steal that next week when I set my table.

    Can't wait to see your tree this year…always love how warm it comes across.

  6. Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says:

    Love Wintersong…and the beautiful transition from white gourds to winter white.

    And the paper ideas….Grand!

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