An Arizona autumn can be breathtaking in the north and the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast features many beautiful plants and trees showing their beauty of the coming season and preparing for a classic winter. The grounds of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast are designed for simplicity and improve the landscape while using minimum water. With the backdrop of Bill Williams Mountain and the curtain of clouds bringing rain or snow the weather is ideal for expression and art. Arizona autumns are mild and comfortable before the winter crawls in and provides a whole other world of skiing, and cozy fireplaces.
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November 12th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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November 3rd, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
This Autumn the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast is decorating an Antique Halloween. The mantles are dripping with gourds and leaves dried and preserved for their spectacular beauty. The gourds come from last year’s project and the instructions for making them are found HERE. The black board was made using masonite and black board paint cut to fit the antique frame. hung with ribbon. Once the paint is dry the board must be “seasoned” with the side of a piece of chalk. Follow Sheryl on Pinterest for more of her decorating ideas.
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February 6th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Individual Pieces used for Valentine’s Day decorations.
In 1961, my husband’s grandmother gave him an embossed cuff and collar box that had belonged to her youngest brother (his great uncle) in the late 1800s. We have put this in various places of honor in our homes for many years.
Traveling in London, England in 1996, the two of us visited a Wedgewood Blue pottery store adjacent to Hyde Park and purchased a piece of pottery.
The vintage linen handkerchief (on the right) is one I have had for many years. It was a gift from either my mother, my mother-in-law, or one of my best friends. I was able to carefully cut two slots
The rectangular doily placemat (left) was machine crocheted in the early 1900s and belonged to my husband’s grandmother. It was passed on to her daughter in 1952, and passed on to my husband in the 1996.
My husband and I spent a ‘date day’ shopping at various thrift stores in Flagstaff, AZ. During that outing, we purchased the Art Deco 1920s Valentine’s Day cherry picture frame, a beaded clutch pur
se, and a pair of 1950s cotton gloves.
In brainstorming for this Valentine’s Day vignette I spent time browsing eBay, From Seller x1x2x3x4x5, I purchased: the postcard with a 13 Feb 1913 Pennsylvania postmark; the 110 year old pink paper lace heart; the 101 year old gold embossed arrow. My thanks to this vendor. My husband gave me the ruby ring and necklace
as Valentine’s Day presents two successive years.
I found a piece of pink poster board that I’d stored under my bed that I cut down and it became the perfect backing for the frame. I was able to carefully cut two slots in the lace heart and then inserted the arrow. Then I adhered the two pieces to the poster board, and put it in the frame. Lastly I used some leftover pre-cut letters.
I have saved Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and birthday roses that my husband has given to me over the years and dried them by hanging them by their stems in the warm laundry room of our home. They are displayed in various vases throughout our home and in two of our Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast guest rooms.
As a result of being given a rectangular knobbed ‘Cranberry Glass’ bowl (right side) as a ‘house warming’ gift (for our first bed and breakfast), I started collecting different styles of the beautiful glass. A few of the pieces in my collection are vases, and for this vignette I have brought two of them together from other displays in our home.
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December 19th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Using pine branch Christmas decorations;
I love the look of natural decorations.
Each year we trim our trees in the fall. I use the fresh pine branches to decorate my B&B for Christmas. I love the look of natural decorations, They bring in the scent of pine in a way bottled scents could never capture. Using natural materials looks beautiful, uncluttered, and clean. Bringing a little extra life to materials that would have been mulched much sooner. I prefer to use them as much as I can before they become useful in other ways. Pine trees take on a life of their own if they are not regularly tended and trimmed. This tree is looking a little wild and requires attention to reduce dead needles and give the tree added strength for next years growth.
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November 13th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry
The best Autumn decorations start with pumpkins for dried gourds.
The ease of using fresh specialty pumpkins for dried gourds. Knuckle pumpkins are just one of the types I enjoy using for thie purpose, but I can also suggest other varieties including Moonshine, Speckled Hounds, Hooligans, and Bliss Pumpkins. If you are interested in other unique varieties you can visit http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crops-and-gardening/boutique-pumpkin-varieties.aspx.
Simply create your own gourds by sitting the pumpkins in a dry place on wax paper and let them dry naturally until they are golden, light weight and hollow. This process may take all winter or more to complete. Do not place on top of a refrigerator because the rising heat will mildew them before they dry. Scrub the outside of each one clean and spray with polyurethane. Once made the new gourds are very long lasting and beautiful. They bring variety and creativity to once simple decorations.
After the season, I’ll dry the fresh pumpkins & squash for future years. Taking advantage of the many different sized pumpkins available allows them to be used in large and small decorating areas which will brighten every room. They store very easily and have the added benefit of being very light. These wonderful gourds fit into all styles of Autumnal decorating and bring the rich colors that are the toast of the season.
Tags: Autumn Decorations, Decorating with Gourds, Decorating with Pumpkins, Holiday Decorations, Homemade Decorations, Natural Decorations, Pumpkins and Gourds, Thanksgiving Decorating
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