Friday, October 10, 2014

Naturally Free Decorating

I'm a pretty simple and natural girl. Well, except for that whole hair color thing. I don't think very much we can do is going to outshine what's happening outdoors so I am constantly bringing things in that I use to decorate. And guess what. Yeah, that's right. It's free.

If you can or have a garden, anything that comes out of it is lovely enough to go on display. I'm a beekeeper and I don't think anything is more gorgeous than a row of jars full of that golden miracle.

The wooden bowl on this table is one that I got in Belize. It's hand carved and the guy who made it signed it for me. It's full of rocks and shells from my travels. But it doesn't have to be exotic. Rocks your kids get from the park are super special too.

 Okay this is actually outside behind my honey house but I love it so much. You can see that it doesn't take much to make me happy. These are the trimmings from our apple tree standing in a rusty tomato cage I picked up on the side of the road. They have been drying there all summer for us to use as kindling in fires this winter. Simple is beautiful. Simply beautiful. Beautifully simple. You get the idea.

We are not a family of hunters. We are the kind of people who catch and release squirrels and take spiders outside to let them go. My daughter thinks we're hippies. Anyway, my husband found this skull while out walking in the woods and brought it home where it hung around in the potting shed for years. One day I was putting away some silver spray paint and...there you go! Use what you have, people.  It's okay.

Some beautiful honeycomb (at the bottom in the baggie) I have on the bulletin board in my studio.

Birds' nests are easy to come by. I love the contrast of them in fancy containers.  This one is currently home to a dead monarch butterfly and dragonfly.

 I love hydrangeas in the house in summer. I always cut some to dry too. There's a lovely fall tone in the petals. Look for beauty all around you. You are sure to find it.


  1. Thank you so much for the Ideas. I also like to do something with what I have :-) Amanda

  2. Amanda, thanks so much for stopping by and reading! These days a girl can't be too thrifty! It's not what you have it's what you do with it! :)