I grew up sheltered by massive pine trees, which each year dropped blankets of golden needles across our yard. I ran across them, enjoying the way they slipped beneath my feet ice-like and vaguely disorienting. I bundled them and bound them with string, creating what in my mind looked like a cross between a haystack and the corn stalks people bought at Tuttle's Red Barn. I'd place these bundles along the front of our porch and wonder why the rest of my family didn't see what I did in them. They usually only lasted a day or two before my brother decided they were fun to use for batting practice, but I continued to make them.
That urge to decorate the front of my home with some of autumn's beauty is still with me, all these years later. After reading about Julie's decorating for fall in Under the Tulip Tree, I started to think about what I wanted to do this year, which lead me to notice the decorations around me on my daily walks. Here are a few of my favorites.
I know there are plenty of scarier ghosts available in stores, but I enjoy the variety you find in the homemade ones. You can't see it in the photo, but the yard actually has a whole family of ghosties, each with a unique, child drawn face.
This ingenious witch sways in the breeze. She has a tiki torch for a broom, and a delightfully bloated green face. I'd love to take a closer look inside her robe to see how she's held together, but not knowing the people who live there, that could be a bit awkward.
This simple, yet colorful, display ended up inspiring my own decorating. After years of wanting, but not buying indian corn, I "splurged". I felt a little foolish when I realized three ears of corn, that I would enjoy for at least two months, cost less than a drink at Starbucks. It made me wonder just how much I had thought it would cost. It is just corn after all. Then I remembered years of seeing it in the grocery store, asking my mother to buy some and being told "No, it's too expensive". It probably was, for a single mom raising two children. Or maybe she just didn't want to get any and it was an easy excuse. Either way, remembering that makes me enjoy the little bundle on my door all the more.
Post Script - you may have noticed I have a preference for homemade decorations. If you feel the same way, a pattern for crochet indian corn can be found at Alicia Kachmar's website.