Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vignettes of Fall

Autumn is a second spring 

where every leaf is a flower.
                                                                                                     Albert Camus

Merry Autumn Days
By Charles Dickens

Hail to the merry Autumn days,

when yellow corn-fields shine,

Far brighter than the costly cup that

holds the monarch's wine!

Hail to the merry harvest-time, 

the gayest of the year,

The time of rich and bounteous crops,

rejoicing, and good cheer!

Tis pleasant on a fine Spring 

morn to see the buds expand,

Tis pleasant in the Summer 

time to view the teeming land;

Tis pleasant on a Winter's 

night to crouch around the blaze,  ~

But what are joys like these, 

my boys, to Autumn's merry days!

~ Wishing you crisp Autumn mornings ~

~ Warm, cozy nights ~

~ Merry Autumn Days ~



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Lovely postings as always.everything looks beautiful.the white pumpkin and the pink one looks just great along with the red berries....thanks....:):)

  2. So gorgeous, Sarah! I love the vignette with all the Nell Hill's books -- I have all of those, too. And a Courtly Check acorn? Adorable!

  3. Loving all your fall decor but so curious at what those green apple-type things are.

  4. Sarah~ I love all your fall vignettes and beautiful mosaics! I am ready for merry harvest-time! I just pulled out my NH Entertaining with Style for some inspiration yesterday :)

    We are expecting two days of heavy rain and then hopefully, crisp, sunny fall weather!

  5. Oh Sarah, I LOVE FALL. But my favorite of all are those WHITE pumpkins....I think it is the texture that I enjoy most of all.

    THANK YOU for visiting and if you do swing on your own paper moon, remember this:


    I think I forgot my brain when I quit my is NOT easy to sell art!!! I know that now....


  6. What a wonderful post. I love the fall and your post just got my creative juices flowing. Have a great week. :)


  7. Merry Autumn Days...........perfect words for the season and for your your lovely fall vignettes Sarah. Beautiful photos. We've started the week with a stormy hot day. Sure hope cooler temps follow. Hope your week is lovely......

    The French Hutch

  8. So many pretties in this post. I don't even know where to begin. I do love that little basket holding your plant. Is it a fishing basket (don't know how to spell the word for it!)? Sarah, are those double doors in the mosaic at your house? They are gorgeous! I'm also in love with that rooster painting. I don't think I've seen it before. Everything looks beautiful. laurie

  9. Will have to peek and peek again..:-)

  10. Sarah, all of your Fall pictures are so lovely. I love the shadows on so many of them. The play of light is exquisite. I haven't done much decorating and feel like the fall is already here and running away from me!

  11. Everything looks so pretty, Sarah! I love how you caught the light and shadows in your pictures. I have forgotten the name of the little green balls...but I do love them in the vignettes, very different!

    Happy October!


  12. Sarah such lovely photos! They express all the moods of Fall perfectly. Love your vignettes. The white and velvet pumpkins look amazing! Glorious is the word that comes to mind!

    hugs, Linda

  13. Beautiful...I love all of your pumpkins..and I love that you said that every leaf is a flower in the Fall!....

  14. Oh, everything is beautiful! I love a little bit spread around everywhere, and that is what it looks like you have done. Can't wait to see more :)
    So glad you stopped by our place.

  15. What a very elegant autumn post! Your vignettes are always extremely lovely and interesting to see. I especially like the one in this post with the stack of books. I have some of the same ones and enjoy them very much. -------
    Shannon (formerly of Cozy Home Scenes)

  16. Hi Sarah, I love your Fall pics in tune to Charles Dickens' words! I can't believe that cute Courtly Check acorn with the squirrel!! I'm loving our cooler temps here in Texas, aren't you?

  17. Hi Sarah, Your touches of fall are so beautiful and elegant! I tried to pick a favorite vignette, but each one was just as lovely! I do love your doors in the collage! They have such beautiful character!

    Thanks for stopping in to visit and for leaving the sweet comment! Come again! :)

  18. All your vignettes are so pretty. Love the hedge apples and Japanese lanterns, and the cute little squirrels. Love that last vignette, especially.

  19. Hi Sarah, That poem is so beautiful. I'm copying it to hang in my kitchen. I do love the autumn. AND I love that wallpaper in your first photo. All your vignettes are perfect--especially the M-C acorn! I greatly enjoyed this post. Linda

  20. So inspiring, Sarah!

    I love the pumpkins on the old marble top scale. I must copy that!!! Terrific idea.

    I am so anxious for our osage oranges (or hedge apples or monkey balls) to start falling again! I would love to have bowls full of them around the house. They smell so good. Love how you have displayed yours.

    Thanks for sharing
    your vignettes!

    How was Round Top?!!

  21. What a beautiful post!!! Each photo is exquisite and so interesting....thanks for sharing...:)

  22. Beeeeuuuuuutiful! You have such a knack for vignettes. They are perfectly appropriate for autumn, but not one bit trite. Love the originality and your photography is astounding.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  23. Oh Sarah I love all of your autumn images; and speaking of pumpkins...

    I am having an amazing Giveaway of Plush Pumpkins from Love Feast!
    Art by Karena

  24. What a lovely post. Charles Dickens is my very favorite author. And I spied the Chinese lanterns in one of your photographs; also a favorite of mine! Have a great day! (Visiting from Tabletop Tuesday)

  25. I don't know what I love best... the osage oranges which remind me of childhood because we had several trees of these in the back pasture. They were old ones, too. Or your adorable pumpkins. OR the cute scarecrow. Love all the fall goodies, Sarah.



  26. I love: "Autumn is a second spring and every leaf a flower." Love that!

    Popping back by to say I am so glad to see you and thank you for visiting. I want to email you, and if you get something from me with my initials, you'll know it's me and not SPAM.

    I really miss you. So much to tell you, but I'll save that for later.

    Thanks for making me feel so love, Sarah. Sending you love back...



  27. I'm visiting from Home and Garden Thursday. Your vignetts are just beautiful, especially that velvet pumpkin. What a beautiful color. Great poem..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  28. Your autumn vignettes are beautiful! My favorite is your second mosaic. Gorgeous decorating, Sarah!

  29. Love the acid green of Osage Oranges too. I pick them off the big trees near my office every year starting in July before they hit the ground. That color is so fun to decorate with.

  30. Merry autumn days to you too! I enjoyed all of your creative little vignettes. You have quite an eye for detail. Hard to pick a favorite but I really loved the silver pedestal bowl with the acorns and little squirrel! So darn cute!

  31. Well this was just wonderful. I enjoyed the beautiful vignettes and the poetry. What a wonderful post! :)

  32. Sarah, These are all beautiful Autumn vignettes! Thanks for joining the Open House party and entering the giveaway. Have a great week.

  33. I love your vignettes!

    - The Tablescaper

  34. Sarah, you always do a marvelous job - love your autumn decor - the colors and the textures! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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