Autumn officially began on Saturday….

We had to cover the flowers to keep them blooming and it looks like it was worth it….

This week has been one filled with warm days and bright blue skies…..and it seems it will stay warm for another week!

But still….it is time to start thinking about Fall Decor around Sweetwater!

The Planter on the front steps is filled with a few mums, 
some transplanted sedum and a nice ornamental cabbage….
pretty cheap buys from Home Depot!
I pulled out this door decoration from the box of Fall stuff…..
But then…..
My lovely table decoration looked like this when I got home from work today!
TROUBLE…..your name is MARVIN!!!
And that isn’t the worst of it!!!
Notice the arrangement next to the menu Pig…..
It started out on the mantle next to the mirror….
But NO!!!
Marvin the Terrible decided that he would hop up there and bat it around….
AND ….
while he was up there he tried to crawl behind the big mirror 
that is just propped against the wall!!!
rather than risk the mirror crashing to the floor….
I had to put this up on top of the refrigerator!
(at least until Marvin figures out how to get up there!!)
I put this planter with artificial leaves and cattails on the mantel along with a fall themed wreath….I think it will keep Mr. Marvin from jumping up there because there isn’t enough room for him to get a foothold….we shall see!
After seeing all the cute tutorials for those stuffed velvet pumpkins….I searched through m fabric stash and DID NOT find any velvet….(guess a trip to the fabric store is in my future)!
I did have these two scraps of fall colored silk….and the pumpkin stems I had been saving since last year… I whipped these up!!!  Seriously….they took all of 10 minutes each to make!!!  
And….best of all….when Marvin starts batting them around they won’t break….Hah…I foiled that little guy!!!
Tomorrow I plan to stop and pick up a few pumpkins and gourds….those are kitten proof too!  I just wish Maxine could teach Marvin some manners!!!
Here is a handy tip for keeping your pumpkins from spoiling!
Give them a nice good soaking in the sink with a little Chlorine Bleach…..
This kills any bacteria that would cause them to rot!
When I take the time to do this…the pumpkins last all the way until Thanksgiving!

Happy Fall…..and wish me luck with Marvin!!!
I shudder to think what will happen when the Christmas Decorations come out!!!

0 comments on “Trouble At Sweetwater!!!

  1. ~Lavender Dreamer~

    But just look how innocent they look…and SWEET! I don't believe they did it! heehee! Thanks for the tip about cleaning the pumpkins…I've never heard that before but I'll try it! Happy Fall!

  2. 4 You With Love


    This is a great tip! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Audrey

    Poor Marvin … does he get blamed for everything? Thanks for the tip on the pumpkins. Your decoration look pretty, despite Marvin's help. I bought four small ones in a bag from the market last October for Fall decor; then for Christmas sprayed them green with glitter and they are still good … one year later. Did not get soft nor rot. Don't remember washing them in bleach … most likely just soap. They are the orange and cream ones in my table arrangement blog.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  4. Bunny Jean

    Hi Mary!

    Boy, I got some really good ideas from this post. I never thought about saving the pumpkin stems and the bleach bath for the pumpkins is brilliant!

    Good luck with Marvin… boys will be boys, lol.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  5. Nicole@Show Off Friday

    Nice post! It was fun to read. Thanks for stopping by at Show Off Friday!

  6. Anonymous

    Great Tip..

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    Happy rest of the week.