Saturday, September 5, 2009

The reveal.......

Autumn Joy Sedum has finally made its appearance and announced the arrival of autumn at the farmhouse.

The bees are getting ready for winter too....

I have to say~my oh my girls! 106 comments and many of them quadrupled because you kindly posted the give away on your blogs. I am so happy that so many of you liked this sign. I love it too, it is very simple and can really go with any type of decor.

I enjoyed reading everyone's comments, all the descriptions of fall really got me into the mood. The new blogs I have found through this giveaway were also so exciting and I can't wait to have sometime to go back and look at all of the new blogs.

Some of my favorite things about the fall season are:

--I was born in the autumn of October so it is only natural this is my favorite season.

--The warm colors of autumn, pumpkins overflowing on my front porch, corn stalks, the jewel colored mounds of mums.

--We light a fire in our outdoor firepit, and gather round for smores and cocoa. Later in the season the wood stove and fireplace be lit when the evenings are a little chillier and we will all snuggle up with a good movie.

--I love the comfort foods of autum, my great aunt Anna's round pumpkin bread recipe, homemade caramel dip, baked apples, spice cake, chicken and dumplings, mulled cider.

--Putting the quilted throws out on the furniture for snuggling. Adding the down comforters to our beds and snuggly flannel sheets

--Sweaters and jeans, out with the jean jackets and boots.

--All the fall festivals we have in our neck of the woods, The Decoy Show, Fall Antique Sale, the Cranberry Festival, Country Living festival, and the Pinelands Jamboree all so much fun!

--Hay rides, mazes, apple and pumpkin picking with my family.

--Carving our jackolantern, and making our costumes.

--Thanksgiving, we host at our home with my in-laws.

--The scents of the season, baked apples, cinnamon, spices....mmmmmm.

We are getting our harvest decorating underway at the farmhouse now, my husband dragged out the 10 totes (he wasn't happy bout' that) full of autumn decor from the barn on Saturday and my plan is to have it all up by the first of September.....I will be sharing some photos hopefully by next week. School starts on the 8th for my children so I may have some time before then. We are enjoying our last few days at the lake this week. Summer certainly went by too quickly but

I am now happy to welcome fall thanks to everyone's inspiring comments!

With all of that said, I want to announce the winner,
but first, I want to explain to you all how I had to do this. Since I said that I would quadruple anyone's chances if they posted about it the giveaway on their blog (and so many of you did) we jumped from 106 comments to 182 entries.

I am a libra and if you know anything about us libra's it is that we are fair. Everything has to be balanced...EVERYTHING or it drives me crazy. It drives my family nuts but they get me. I kept a list of anyone who added it on their blog and gave them 3 more chances added onto the end of the comments in the order they entered.

I then used a random number generator to select one number between 1-182...these things are really neat considering the alternative (writing down ea. persons name and pulling it out of a bowl). Anyhoooo, the number that was pulled from my list was and what does that mean? It means that comment #24, Erica, from Simply Country Chic is the winner of my HARVEST giveaway!
Congratulations to you, I hope that you enjoy your win. Here are the goodies coming to you.......

I so wish that I could give all of you who took the time to comment on this giveaway each a sign, but I am not independently wealthy, well I'm not any kind of wealthy! I have instead decided to take 15% off the price of this sign for anyone who left a comment for this giveaway until September 22nd. So, if you are still interested in it you can head over there in a day or two to pick one up.

Happy autumn to you all!

Let the fall festivities begin!


  1. Congrats Erica on your fabulous win!! *Envious* ;)
    I have to say, Dee, your Stonecrop is beautiful. Mine, freshly split, is ready to be re-planted, but it's infested with honey bees and wasps! Eeek!! But, thank goodness fall is coming. It's my most favorite time of the year... well next to christmas!
    I am new to your blog, just stumbled across it- it's very sweet! I will check back in again soon, Take care!!

  2. Congrats to the winner and so sorry about your computer woes! I kept checking.
    You've geared me towards Autumn after reading all the wonderful comments.

  3. Congrats to the winner!! Your autumn sedums look beautiful!! I would like to plant some of those this year as well. I hope they look as lovely as yours!! ;0)

  4. Congratulations Erica! How fun for you!!!!!! I am sure you will enjoy being loved sooo!
    I am so excited about this fall. We are enjoying cooler weather around here. It is still in the 80's but not hottt hottt!

  5. Wonderful pictures!. I love fall too, my favorite time of year!. We are still having hot weather in Modesto Ca. I am so ready for the fireplace to be lit and my crocheted blanket wrapped around me laying on the couch and watching a good old movie.
    Enjoy your day,

  6. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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