fall flavors // junk bonanza

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One of the things I most love about fall is the shift in focus as the temperatures drop. Instead of spending afternoons in the garden, or working outside, I am more likely to work on a project in the house–almost as if I become a bear getting her cave ready for hibernation. My list gets longer each day, as I think up all sorts of things I want to accomplish around the house before the snow flies. I take more interest in making things cozy, and I spend more time decorating and DIYing.

All of this to say that when my best friend asked me if I’d like to go to the annual Junk Bonanza, I jumped at the chance. It seemed like a great place to get some ideas for the house. When we arrived, I can honestly say that I was in a mild state of shock. There were buildings upon buildings, upon rows upon rows of booths crammed with vintage finds–some in their original state, and some made new. Furniture, frames, clocks, jars, signs, boxes, keys, marbles and maps–the Junk Bonanza had it all! We wandered around, mostly gathering ideas and browsing. I picked up a few tiny antique letters, specifically the letters B and Z, along with an ampersand. I think they were originally used as stamps. My friend bought this great wind-up alarm clock, which I think would be a fun addition to any nightstand. We left with lots of inspiration, and a couple great finds. I would love to go back next year, maybe with a trailer and more cash in my pockets to bring home some of the amazing furniture or larger pieces of artwork.

Local readers, did any of you make it down to the Junk Bonanza? Everyone else, are there any great flea markets or street fairs you hit up for great vintage finds? Do tell!

fall flavors guest #6 // lisa lenoard

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Lisa Leonard is one of those women whose authenticity is apparent in everything she does. From authoring an inspiring, heartwarming blog, to designing and creating beautiful custom jewelry, to mothering her two boys, Lisa’s talent, beauty and faith shines through. She loves playing outdoors on the central coast of CA, eating chocolate chip pancakes, taking photos, and spending time with her family. Lisa’s store is full of unique, lovely and simple designs, and each piece has a story and a meaning. I’m so happy to welcome Lisa here today, as she share a few of her favorite things about fall!

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Name: lisa leonard

Online Home: lisaleonardonline.com/blog

Favorite thing about fall: fall means back to school with new backpacks. a fresh start, leaves turning and falling to the ground, fields of pumpkins beginning to grow, and

Favorite fall flavor to taste, sip or savor: ooh, i love starbucks cinnamon lattes, and grilled cheese and soup on a chilly evening.

Three must-do’s to celebrate the fall season:
1. decorate the front porch with hay bale and white pumpkins
2. break out my leather boots, dresses and scarves
3. take some family pics (to use in our christmas card!)

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Be sure to check out our first four Fall Flavors guest bloggers, Jen from Home in the Country, Sherry from Young House Love, Rebekah from Wild Ink Press, and Darby from Fly Through Our Window, Nicole from Making it Lovely, and stay tuned for guest postings from the following ladies!

Jenna from Sweet Fine Day | Jules from Pancakes and French Fries | Jenny from The Life I Have Been Given | Emily from Wide Open Spaces

fall flavors // autumn gardening

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Hello my dears, and happy Monday! The sun is streaming in my office window, and I’m sitting here with a friend. We have a busy day ahead, as we’re prepping for a couple photoshoots in the coming days. Fun stuff, I tell ya! Stay tuned and I’ll have more details soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few snapshots of a new addition to my dining room. Last weekend, we had one of those golden fall days, where the air was crisp, the sun was golden, and leaves were skittering across the driveway. I headed outside with a collection of random pots, and set to work digging up my garden. From the soil I removed my large basil plant, my overgrown oregano, and a few succulents. I also grabbed a small fern and some trailing greenery (forgive me for not knowing the exact names of these plants). I’d been wanting to create an indoor garden using an old bench and the large bay window of our dining room for some time. Fall seemed like the perfect time for such an activity. Not only did I get to rescue a handful of my favorite outdoor plants from certain death-by-winter, I also got to bring some green inside for a little extension of summer right in my own house. Now, I don’t have the greenest thumb, so we’ll see what happens as the weeks and months go by. For the time being, however, I’m really enjoying my little potting bench of pretty plants!

Do you bring any plants inside during the fall, in hopes of wintering them over? Or do you have any other fall gardening tasks as the seasons change?

fall flavors guest #5 // nicole balch

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Nicole Balch is queen of transforming the so-so. She’s painted, wallpapered, decorated and refreshed her century-old bungalow into a lovely home, and she’s written all about it on her widely-known blog, Making it Lovely. Regardless of if she’s talking about organizing a closet, creating a style board for a room, or sewing a dress for her daughter, Eleanor, Nicole’s knowledge of all-things-design shines through. She has a knack for creating, and her style is unique and charming. Nicole’s shop, Pink Loves Brown is home to a quirky collection of stationery and lovely little things. I’m honored to have her here on b*spoke today, sharing all her favorite things about fall…

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Name: Nicole Balch

Online Home: http://makingitlovely.com

Favorite thing about fall: Cardigan and knee-high boot weather.

Favorite fall flavor to taste, sip or savor: Pumpkin pie.  I wish it were socially acceptable to eat it all the time, but instead I eagerly await dessert on Thanksgiving!

Three must-do’s to celebrate the fall season:
1. Sit outside with a warm scarf wrapped around you and a hot cup of cocoa in your hands.
2. Go to the forest to see all the amazing colors of the leaves en masse.
3. Carve a pumpkin.  Bonus points if you bake the seeds.  Double bonus points if you make pumpkin pie from it!

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Be sure to check out our first four Fall Flavors guest bloggers, Jen from Home in the Country, Sherry from Young House Love, Rebekah from Wild Ink Press, and Darby from Fly Through Our Window, and stay tuned for guest postings from the following ladies!

Lisa from Lisa Leonard Designs | Jenna from Sweet Fine Day | Jules from Pancakes and French Fries | Jenny from The Life I Have Been Given | Emily from Wide Open Spaces

fall flavors // sharing the harvest (printables)

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As Rebekah reminded us, fall is a time of harvest–a time of bounty. Many of us are reaping the rewards of a summer spent tending the garden. Fall means preserving and canning, and for many, it means sharing some of that bounty with others. Even if you aren’t a gardener, you can’t deny that fall is a great time to be in the kitchen. It’s open for debate whether apple or pumpkin is the winning fall flavor. Personally, I love both, and can’t choose a favorite. This fall, whether you are sharing the bounty of the field or of the kitchen, do it in style with these fun printable labels. I designed them by hand, just for you. Top your jars with a scrap of fabric, write the contents on a label, slap it on, and you instantly have a great hostess, birthday, or “just because” gift. If you aren’t into canning, use the labels on jars of cake or muffin mix, on boxes of cookies, as tags for baskets of apples, or on loaves of bread. Options abound! There are three designs–one apple, one pumpkin, and one with the phrase “Homemade with Love”. Download, print, and enjoy!

download your FREE printable labels here

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