September 4, 2013


    I Served the Cake...
    You Poured the Tea

    Miss M and I are exchanging ideas on Fall decorating. Just a few touches here and there. I am displaying a lovely new pumpkin orange throw I bought when visiting Atlanta. I paired a new tapestry pillow I bought at Kirkland's with one of my favorite chocolate leaf pillows! The perfect comfort spot on the sofa!

Mae only shows interest in decorating when cupboards are opened and there are new nooks and crannies to explore. If ribbons appear, she's all in. If there are small baubles to bat around, she is ready for the chase. Other than that, she simply likes to be photographed. Wouldn't you, if you looked this beautiful in a sunbeam?

We frequently exchange ideas through email to bounce ideas off of each other. Here is her new crewel pillow she found at the Pottery Barn outlet! Oh my gosh....this goes beautifully with her olive cableknit throw! I simply adore crewel needlework pillows!

She also picked up this lovely pheasant pillow at the Pottery Barn outlet. The colors just popped against her Autumn orange throw! Another living room vignette which will put you in the mood for cooler temperatures and a pot of soup simmering on the stove!

She is a step ahead by purchasing a new Fall wreath..on sale at a bargain price! Temps are a tad cooler in Atlanta than they are in Texas, so on the front door it goes! I think I will just have to wait a few more weeks until those 100 degree days are behind us.......but, I am SO ready, aren't you? Have you  pulled out your faux pumpkins and gathered your pinecones yet?

Miss Judy made me this beautiful cross-stitch years ago when we lived in Dothan, Alabama. It has graced my home for about thirty years and everytime I see it, I think how lucky we are to have been sisters......it's the family thing ya' know! I think it lends itself well to the Autumn season.

Now it's time to gather more decorating ideas....
time to take a break with a lovely cup of Autumn Friendship Tea!

5 individual tea bags
5 cups boiling water
5 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Place the tea bags in a large heat-proof bowl; add boiling water. Cover and steep for 8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add the remaining ingredients to tea; stir until sugar is dissolve. Serve warm~


  1. I love your cross stitch. Did you do it and if so, where did you get the pattern.

    Love your blog as well.


    1. Thank you Mechelle. As I noted in the post, my sister made this cross stitch for me many years ago..over thirty years ago....it is just a treasure for me. Thank you for your kind comments and for visiting Estelles!

  2. I am so drawn to your decorating. I love the Fall colours so much. My kitties help with decorating, too, in their own way. Deb

    1. You are too sweet Deb! It is so fun to gather inspiration and ideas from fellow bloggers isn't it! I always look forward to "Just Cats" and seeing what you and the kitties are up to!

  3. Oh those pillows are divine! I love the Fall, my favorite time of year; so looking forward to pulling out some Autumn decor this weekend...


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