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Arizona Autumn

November 12th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Arizona Autumn colors showing in the courtyard of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Arizona Autumn colors showing in the rearyard of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Arizona Autumn colors draping the yard of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Arizona Autumn colors shining in the trees of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Arizona Autumn colors showing in the trees of the Grand Canyon Bed and BreakfastAn 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.

Antique Halloween

November 3rd, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Antique clock with shelf decorated with dried gourds for fall and antique halloween

Antique frame and chalk board with gourds decorated for an antique halloween

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.

Antique frame and chalk board with gourds decorated for an antique halloween

Fresh Pumpkins for Dried Gourds

November 13th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The best Autumn decorations start with pumpkins for dried gourds.

knuckle pumpkins used for entry way decoration; pumpkins for dried gourdsThe 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.

 

 

 

Using fresh squash, these small gourds are dried in the same way .
I’ve mixed pumpkins, squash, & large plus small gourds in two locations as decorations in my Bed & Breakfast this year.

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.

displaying dried knuckle pumpkins; pumpkins for dried gourds

 

knuckly pumpkins dried for display; pumpkins for dried gourds
 For more of my decorating ideas and styles please follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/gcbandb/. You can enjoy my current successful projects and those I wish to attempt in the future. Also find recipes for the season that have been enjoyed by many visitors from around the world.

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