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October is here!

I love October. I love the cooler temps of October and the peak foliage. This is when Autumn gets in full swing and I have my first sip of apple cider. I love looking at all the decorated porches and doors in my neighborhood. And apple cider donuts! Oh my, what's not to love about October!

(image via Pinterest)

Cool finds at the Vintage Bazaar

Last weekend I attended the Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The Bazaar is held in June and September at the Pettengill Farm. The weather was again perfect for an outdoor activity. We have been blessed with mild temps and dry weather. Actually, we do need rain. I just prefer it not fall on the weekend.


The Bazaar is really held at a farm. It only adds to the appeal of the event, at least for me.


 I think this bird wanted to get into an already occupied space and it was talking up a storm. Clearly, it was annoyed!




They have really cute digs don't you agree? 

I've noticed from my multiple trips to the Bazaar that some people are very chic. This holds true for vendors and visitors alike.


Some of the vendors demonstrated their products. Isn't this table turning out well?


And you could say this was a unique table. I can see it in an industrial chic loft with brick walls and a blend of modern and repurposed pieces.


Bookshelves made of milk crates. Very cool and nicel…

And the winner is...

I took all the comments from May until my last post and put them through the random number generator to choose a winner of the giveaway.


And the winner is Mary of Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes! Mary had multiple entries because she commented on many of my posts.  Mary, please email me your address so I can get your package in the mail.

Thanks to all who commented on the various blog posts since  May. I appreciate every comment and I really enjoyed reading the comments on the giveaway post. I wish I had more books to give away because there were several people who commented on almost every post and they have been loyal readers for years.

So keep those comments coming because I plan to have another giveaway this year.

Autumn Excitement and a Giveaway

It is almost that time of the year, time for my favorite season. I am definitely an Autumn Girl. I love everything about it.

To express my joyfulness and to celebrate a long overdue bloggerversary (it was 6 years in May), I am having a giveaway. The winner will receive an autographed Susan Branch Autumn cookbook and a tin of Autumn Cranberry tea from Jolie Tea in Hamilton.


I taste tested the tea at the Jolie Tea Company this weekend. I can honestly say I think you will enjoy the tea. Of course, there will be a few additional little surprises in your parcel when you receive it (if your name is chosen).

I am so thankful for my readers and especially those who take the time to comment or email me. I want to reward you. So if you have commented on any post since my first post in May your name will be thrown in the hat. In fact, you will get an entry for each post you commented on.

If you are just joining the fun of Café Chatelaine, you can comment on this post or any posts since my firs…

Fall Tablescapes

The temperatures are dropping and that means it's time to plan for my annual Harvest Dinner. I usually host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner in late October or early November. 


You will notice that there are some elements that I always use for this event. The cranberry glass turkey has to be on the table and I think this is the year my lighted table runner made it's debut.


This year I went a little simpler with most of the elements because I went for the wow factor with the white pumpkin centerpiece. The green glasses always add a bit of calming color.


The table runner was linen, just plain and simple. I was going for a rustic elegant theme.


Bonus, you can see my mantelscape too. Everything is interchangeable as sometimes the candlesticks are on the table and so are the pumpkins.


I used a pashmina as a table runner for one Harvest Dinner. The greens and burgundies in the fabric were a nice complement to the browns and oranges on the table. I used to use a gourd as a gravy boat
but …