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Transitioning from Summer to Fall

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall

This time of year my social media is a hot mess of posts that go a little something like this…  “YEAH fall” with a photo of a pumpkin spice latte surrounded by pumpkins, direclty followed by, “don’t be that girl Becky, it’s still summer”.  So, let’s talk about it!  When is it considered “acceptable” to get out those fall decorations?

First let’s talk about what we see outside.  Here in Pennsylvania we still have hot summer days, green grass and flowers in bloom; BUT pumpkins have start growing and even harvested.  So you can see the dillemma!  

Now  I have a small assignment for you… What I want you to do, is take any orange item from that fall decoration bin and hold it next to your summer decor. It surprisingly works to complement each other, right?!   So why not create a blend of summer and fall, until the hardcore fall season is upon us!

If you noticed the top picture of this post, there’s nothing that screams fall, but also nothing that’s over-the-top summer either, right?

Orange pairs very well with muted and pastel colors making for an easy transition from summer to fall.  It’s when you add-in the more dramatic colors like red and yellow or black and brown that you have more of a fall appearance. 

We decided to take it one step further and use some dried naturals in both the summer and fall colors.  Combining a soft purple with muted wood flowers, dried corn stalks and putka pods, we created Summer/Fall decor pieces that can easily be accepted for this time of year, straight through the fall season. 

Let us know what you think! 

Summer to Fall Transition
Summer to Fall Transition
Floral Warty Gourd
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3 Uses For a Cake Stand

Who says cake stands are just for desserts?!  Cakes are great, but what else can you do with a cake stand?  Join me in Styling Secrets, and conceal some of that clutter you may have laying around.


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Simple Spring Styling

Unfortunately, we’re living in a world where cost continues to rise.  Sometimes that means we need to cut-back; sometimes cut-out what isn’t a necessity.  BUT!  Decorating doesn’t need to be expensive.  It just needs to be creative or inventive!  Let’s take a look at some SIMPLE and COST EFFECTIVE ways to STYLE for SPRING.

What are we working with?

You got that right!  We’re using a bowl, a mug and some tape.  Will we be taping?  Nope!  

Take your bowl.  Stack your tape.  Add your mug.  AND You’re ready!  Easy-Peasy!


Bunny Garden

I stacked my tape and mug to the left-hand side of the bowl; off-centered.  Added a few of the Window Sill Herbs and a Cottage Bunny accent.   

Egg Garden

There’s no rule that says we can only use decor items to decorate, right?  So what about soap?  And guess what, it SMELLS GREAT!

Again with an off-centered mug and tape, I used the Window Sill Herbs and a pack of the Easter Egg Soap.  

Carrot Patch

Speaking of smelling great; why not add a candle?  

Now, when adding flames, I do recommend SECURING the mug!  A little glue or breaking in to that tape, never hurts!

Again I used the Window Sill Herbs, a Gourd Carrot and of course one of the favorites; the Cardamom Cookie Candle.


Go wild and have fun!  And don’t forget, you can always substitute!  Don’t like Herbs?  Add some grass instead!  Don’t like soap?  (I really hope you like soap and are using it daily) Swap it for jellybeans!  Again, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive, just creative.

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Spring Refresh

With many of us being stuck at home; what better way to decorate for Spring than incorporating what we already have?  I’ll show you simple ways to get Spring-ready, with items I think you may have at home.  And if not?  Swatty Creek Mill offers plenty of Spring options ready to ship, in our Online Shop.

Rooted Bulbs

Spring is definitely in the air!  And I’m finding bulb flowers all over the place.  Why not bring some of the bulbs inside, for a rustic and classic look?  I grabbed my shovel, dug underneath the roots and popped them to the surface.

You have a ton of options for displaying bulbs!  From a person with a black-thumb, bulbs are pretty easy to care for.  You can use any container, add a layer dirt, place the bulbs, then add a thin layer of stone.

You can most certainly display your bulbs with the roots exposed, but I opted for a touch of Rustic by using a brown paper bag, folded downwards and secured with twine.  If you opt for the brown paper bag and want a more tapered-look; before you add the container of bulbs, fold the bottom corners of your bag inward and tape in to place. 

Self-Watering Container

We put grass in Easter baskets, right?  Why not bring some indoors for a low-maintenance accent, in this self-watering container. 

All you’ll need are two different sized jars, some dirt, stone, water and string/twine.  While I had the shovel out from digging-up the bulbs, I went ahead and dug a little patch of grass.  

In the smaller jar: I cut a long piece of twine, running one end to the inside-bottom of the small jar; with the excess hanging down the outside of the jar.  The string/twine will absorb the water from below and run it to the soil in the smaller jar.  – To ensure the twine was secure, I screwed-on the smaller jar’s outer rim.  Then I packed the small jar with a layer of stone, layer of dirt and then grass on top. 

At this point, you’ll want to check that your smaller jar can suspend in the larger jar.  If it can’t (like mine), then wrap a layer of string around the top of the smaller jar so that it can rest on the rim of the larger jar.  Once the smaller jar suspends, add your water to the large jar, allowing the excess string from the smaller jar to soak in the water.  And there you have it!  Ready to display with minimal maintenance.  

Mossy Cutting Board

Now by this point, my allergies weren’t real impressed with me bringing the outdoors, in.   So I opted for a faux heather and dried moss.

I oddly collect cutting boards; so I pulled one from my stash, rubbed a little Old English: Dark Walnut on the board and then once dried, glued-on a few clips.  Once the glue dried, I clipped-on a little sheet moss, hung an apron and stuffed the pockets with faux heather.  If you don’t have an apron, tote bags work just as well!

I hope these Spring Refresh ideas give you a little inspiration for decorating, when you’re stuck at home.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach-out.  Stay safe and take care!

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Simple Pops of Color – For Between Holidays: Thanksmas


So I think we’re all there right now… Really excited for Christmas, but not quite ready to go ‘full steam ahead’ until we’re through Thanksgiving. But that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate small elements, right?


I’ve started to slowly add small pops of a vibrant green over the past week or so to my existing pieces (and maybe picked-up a few new ones – shhhhh)… And I mean, so slow that it’s not quite noticeable yet. To the average person living in my home; it’s a pause. A look of, “huh, something seems different?” Then they keep walking.

But guess what, by the time Black Friday rolls-around, I’m already half way there with the Christmas decorating. While you maniacs are out shopping at 4 a.m., I’ll be digging out the red, the Santas and trying to find out where I can get a Christmas tree and possibly a reindeer by 5:00 a.m.

So how do we partially Christmas decorate, you ask? Great question!

I’ve always had this strange thing for grouping like-objects of similar color and varying heights. I don’t know why, it’s a thing, so I own quite a bit of white and tan pieces. I collected as many as I could find and picked one color that went well with my current fall decor: green. Green goes well with orange for Thanksgiving, but can easily be swapped-out for red as Christmas rolls-around.

I also had a shipment of new floral come in for winter decor, so I got to give that a try. And let me tell you, I am really loving the vibrant green in the white serving bowls. I’ve since moved-on to making some centerpieces.

Now Friends. You’re going to look at this picture, see the Osage Orange and think; alright lady, where is the Osage Orange you’ve been promising us. Guys, I know… I have never seen such a water-filled fruit in my life and we’ve had a few Osage Orange casualties. But I promise, it’s on its way! I just want to be sure that the Osage Orange is completely dried and I don’t poison you and your family with mold, for a holiday you’ll never forget.

Very simply, to get the Thanksmas look, I used very neutral colored ceramics with one common accent color. I strung-up some of the Osage Orange with jute cord and added an embellishment of book page leaves and skeleton leaves from our earlier post. All with the same color palette of white, tan and vibrant green for a coordinated look.

If you’re looking for supplies, we’ve got you covered! Check-out our Online Shop for crafting supplies, floral and display pieces.

Also don’t forget to follow us on Facebook! We’ll be promoting our Online Shop with a few store sales/coupons, as well as some added pieces for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Up next for Posts, we’ll have a fun and inexpensive DIY storage option. Stay-tuned! Thanks for reading!