Autumnal Gathering

Autumnal Home Decor, Fall Toys, Handmade fall home decor

Are you ready for fall?
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love bringing that autumnal feel inside, especially when it’s still hot ~ and not feeling very autumnal, outside!!

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Here are some cute toys I hand-craft for children. A great way to teach / bring understanding of the different seasons and holidays of the year. They are also great to use for home decor!                                                                                                       I

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To give my home that autumnal feel, I change the color of my dish towels and cloths. I use my fall themed dishes, such as the pumpkin dish pictured above with the grapes in it ~ so lovely to look at!!

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I usually prop just one candy corn men against my fall center piece, I have one sitting in among my tea pots and cups on my china hutch ~ during the autumnal months of September, October and November!

I also  (up-cycle) a lot of my home decor, such as the centerpiece vase pictured above. It is a can wrapped with heather-ed moss-green wool blend felt. Just cut the felt the length of the can and over lap the circumference and glue. I then use bits and pieces of leaves that fall off of my leave garlands. I  insert a small piece of floral foam into the can and stick in the scarecrow pic (purchased at Michael’s) and leaves. I then place the can on a dish and fill the bottom around the can with bits of pine cones, rocks etc…. found on my little walks in nature.                                                   I’m in Maine right now and have been partaking of another type of gathering while in Bar  Harbor, such as fall fabric from the many wonderful fabric stores. I have stumbled across a few books at a  library book sell!!  You know it is an obligation to purchase books from a library to help the libraries !!

Many of the autumnal decor and toys ~ pictured  above, are available in my etsy shop here:                                                                    


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Tuesday with Tasha Tudor ~ Toys


Tasha's antique pull toy

Old fashion pull toy. “When I was a child we cherished our toys, because we couldn’t get another one if one of them broke”.  – Tasha Tudor ‘ From Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts’ by Tovah Martin and Richard Brown

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The Candy Corn Man……

The candy corn man is available here:

Mariah Quack Quack - A lot of my toys are inspired by my grandchildren.

Meet “Mariah Quack – Quack”.  I find inspiration for a lot of my toys from my collection of vintage patterns and also from my grandchildren. I prefer to use quality materials so that my toys will become heirloom, for both my grandchildren and yours.


Felt Easter Bunny toy

Felt Chocolate Organic Easter Bunny Toy / Decor

My daughters and I also enjoy arranging these bunnies around our homes for spring/ Easter decor. I make them with varying embroidery designs on the body.


Tasha's Handmade goat

      “You should see my goat,” Tasha says with undisguised pride “She’s got a fine form, a nice straight back , and a very pliable udder. Furthermore, she gets into no mischief.”  From the book ‘Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts’.

Handmade toys

 A few of my handmade toys are available in my shop:

~ My hand crafted  BABUSHKA FELT DOLL:


Tasha never truly left childhood and its winged dreams behind. If you try to discover her fountain of youth, she calmly explains that her imagination never faded. Her favorite injunction …..  “Use your imagination”.

As I create toys I feel Tasha’s inspiration.

Tasha Tudor's Handmade toys

Tasha’s Hand made wool yarn pom-pom Rabbits. I would love to try my hand at making some wool yarn pom-pom toys……. someday!! “I just sculpt the yarn….., there’s nothing to it really” Tasha insist.     Hmmm, I hope it’s that easy.

Hmmm, I wonder if it would really be that easy for the rest of us!

Tasha Tudor's Hand made toys

Tasha with her hand crafted owls – From the book “Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts”. Tasha looks so content with her toys. 🙂

May handmade Organic Star baby.

My handmade Organic Star baby is  inspired from a vintage pattern. I first made star baby for my granddaughter, Annaliese for her first birthday.


Tasha's Marionettes

Thackeray’s Rose and the Ring. ” We made over forty Marionettes for that one play”. T.T – Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts – by Tovah Martin and Richard Brown

I do get a lot of inspiration from Tasha’s life style and from the books I have about her – such as “Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom crafts” and  “The private world of Tasha Tudor” .

Many of my toys that I shared with you today are available in my AFTCRA shop.

I hope you have a fun day!!

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder February 7, 1867

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was an American author who wrote the Little House series of books based on her childhood in a pioneer family. Laura’s daughter, Rose, inspired Laura to write her books.Wikipedia
Born: February 7, 1867, Pepin
Died: February 10, 1957, Mansfield

Laura Inagall Wilder birthday, life museums visits

Here is a few nice sites about Laura’s real life  — not the T.V. Show. This site Has information about Laura’s  family, the books she wrote, friends mentioned the book,s the museums and home sites.  I thought I had been to all of the home sites and museums even Almanzo Wilder’s home/museum in NY, until I looked at this site, I have missed the one right here in Florida – might need to take care of that. I do agree with Laura Florida is to humid ( except for maybe about three months out of the year). 😉

Here is a site that has some fun recipes and some more information on the Little House sites,  music from the books ,Little house activities &  crafts, Material for homeschooling. and even the T.V.  series


Here is a You tube for your enjoyment;