I just love fall — the cooler nights, carving pumpkins, drinking warm cider, smelling freshly baked apple pies, wearing cozy sweaters, and oh the brilliant colors as the foliage explodes with shades of red and orange!
Until this last year, I was a school administrator and thus never had time to decorate for fall. Now that I am retired and doing education consultant work, I have more time and enjoy decorating our home for different seasons.
My father passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him, but know I will see him when I get to Heaven. Dad had several old cars and trucks. He loved to restore old vehicles. This container (oblong metal box in the photo above) is the toolbox (behind the driver’s seat) in one of three of trucks Dad had behind his barn. I believe the truck is from the 1940s.
I just love using something that is genuinely old and rustic. It also reminds me of my Dad.
I used a piece of burlap under the toolbox. I purchased two sticks/sprays of fall leaves with some attached gourds and a few more faux gourds from Hobby Lobby. I already had this brown candle (but later replaced it with a taller candle that was the same color).
I simply placed each of the two sprays in the center of the “toolbox” with the base of each next to the candle and then let the top overflow from the ends of the toolbox. I then gently placed the additional gourds on top of the leaves.
I think it turned out really nice. I see it each time I enter the front door as do guests. It is a beautiful reminder that autumn is here! It also reminds me of my sweet father.
When I recreated this centerpiece this year, I added pinecones and hickory nuts found in our yard for a more rustic look. And one final look . . . Happy Fall, ya’ll from Logan Martin Lake in Talladega, Alabama!
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