Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Atlanta Fall Bucket List

October, the Southerners' reward for surviving summer. 

I've never met a Southerner that doesn't like love October. Honestly! Would such a person be human? Despite having 31 days, and sometimes 5 glorious weekends, there never seems to be enough October to go around. Unless I schedule our October days to make the most of the cool things happening around town, we just don't get around to doing it all. 

I've made a list of some neat things both ITP and OTP (that's inside-the-perimeter and outside-the-perimeter for all of you newbies) that you may want to take advantage of this fall. Each name links back to a website; Just hover your mouse and click for more details! I'm happy to add to the list. Just leave a comment or shoot me an email.

Now, go forth and get your pumpkin on!

Inside the Perimeter

1. Boo at the Zoo (Zoo Atlanta) - Special activities Saturdays and Sundays, October 18, 19, 25, & 26. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

2. Ogre-tober and Scarecrows in the Garden (Atlanta Botanical Gardens) - Lots of Ogre-tober happenings! Click to check out their calender of events. 

3. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour (Oakland Cemetery) - The only time of year when tours are available after dark. Advance tickets must be purchased and sell out quickly!

4. Georgia A-Scary-Um (Georgia Aquarium) - Special extended hours. Kids 12 and under get in free if they dress in costume with each paying adult. Click the link for details!

5. Fernbank Boo-Seum Trick-or-Treat (Fernbank Museum of Natural History) - Lots of un-scary fun for the little monsters on the Saturday before Halloween. Special events throughout the museum from 10 - 2, all of which are included in admission or FREE for members.

Outside the Perimeter (and Beyond!)

5. Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival - Tons to do here for the kids. Check out the website! Sometimes tickets go on flash-sale. 

6. Buford Corn Maze - More than just a corn maze! Hayrides, family activities, and a haunted forest. 

7. Jaemor Farms - Take a drive up to Alto, Georgia. The farm itself is gorgeous, and there are super fun things like apple canons, slides, corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, petting zoo, etc. Even a wonderful farm market with everything from fresh produce to fried pies. This is my fave!!! Click the link for more deets!

8. Gold Rush Days - Dahlonega, GA. Before the California gold rush, there was the Dahlonega gold rush! During peak times to see fall foliage, this should be a blast!

9. Oktoberfest - Helen, GA. The town of Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village, and this year marks their 44th annual Oktoberfest. 

10. Georgia Apple Festival - Ellijay, GA. It's 43rd year as the Georgia Apple Festival, the town of Ellijay puts out quite the welcome wagon. Fun for the whole family, minus Fido (no pets allowed).

11. Six Flags Fright Fest - Frights by night and thrills by day!

12. The Great Miller Lite Chili & BBQ Cookoff - Chili? Yes, please! Held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. 

This is is far from being complete of everything Atlanta has to offer this fall. Make sure you take the time to create some awesome, life-long memories!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue: An Unexpected Fall Color

Typically we think of fall colors as orange, red, yellow, brown, and gold. Combining these colors in our decorating or wardrobe will create a really nice autumnal palette. But what about blue?

Most people don't mention blue as a favorite fall color. But when we take a closer look, we can see that blue is actually a very pleasant choice for fall.

When two colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel, we call them complimentary. Notice how Christmas colors red and green are complimentary colors. No wonder we like to see them together. Now, take a look at orange. Its complimentary color is blue. We like it. Our minds find complimentary colors to be pleasing.

The key to using blue is using a shade that matches the brightness and intensity of the orange you are using. For example, burnt orange with dusty blue, teal with tangerine, or navy blue with pumpkin orange. If you aren't sure which blue to use with which orange, you can find very detailed color wheels on the internet. You can even buy one at an art supply store.

It's okay to change things up a bit and use orange with blue. This is your official permission slip to do so. Just because big box stores haven't caught onto this fabulous color combo, doesn't mean that you can't go ahead and use it in your home or wardrobe this fall. Here are just a few examples of why I think blue is a wonderful addition to fall:

Source: Centsational Girl HERE
Source: Real Simple HERE
Source: Country Living HERE
Source: Celebrating Everyday Life HERE
Source: The Perfect Palette HERE.
Source: Porter House Designs HERE
Source: Pocketful of Dreams HERE.
Source: Shelterness HERE
Source: Basketbike HERE. 
Source: Creature Comforts Blog HERE
I'd love to hear what you think of blue as a fall color. Leave me a comment or even a picture of how you incorporated it into your decorating.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Six Simple Fall Place Settings

Y'all. It's September. Okay, nearly October, but still. September. And here I am doing a post on place settings that would most likely be used at Thanksgiving. So much for taking things one day at a time!

Thanksgiving is on my mind today. This year Grammie and Papa John (my mom and her husband) won't be hosting Thanksgiving as usual since they'll be traveling. So I have volunteered to have my siblings and their families to our home for The Feast. The meal is a no brainer, and I've actually cooked several turkeys throughout the years. If you're interested in seeing what we'll most likely be eating, check out this post here.

I want to make our time together as an extended family special, but I am also currently on a fixation to simplify and keep things relaxed. Ken is in law enforcement and doesn't get Christmas off this year, so I really want Thanksgiving to be nice. (Stressed out Abby does not make for a nice Thanksgiving for Ken.)

Am I the only person that now uses Pinterest to "google" things more than I use Google? I found six place settings on Pinterest that I know I could very easily pull off without stressing out. Despite having a borderline unhealthy passion for dishes, I'm going to keep things basic this year. All of these place settings can use everyday white or cream dishes. Of course, you could use all sorts of colors and patterns. But just to show you, you don't have to go out and get special dishes just for Thanksgiving dinner.

Things don't get much simpler than this! A white plate, linen napkin, small pumpkin, and a printed out tag. You could even skip the tag, and it would be lovely. Source: here.

Again, very simple. Simply take leaves from your yard and spray them with gold spray paint. I made these last year. Just a tip to flatten your leaves before you spray them. I tried to find the original source; I think this is it.
I'm crushing hard on this one. Use fresh rosemary springs and twine to make a small fragrant wreath. You can find fresh rosemary at the grocery store if you don't have a plant. Source: here.
In the South we call these gumballs. Does everyone? You might as well use these to make something beautiful, because they sure don't feel pretty when you step on them. Source: here.
A small piece of twine and a piece of wheat. You can find dried wheat at Michael's. I've recently found it at Publix. So simple, but also so "harvest and Thanksgiving." Love it. Source: here.

Finally, this is just as simple as the others, but it just looks so elegant. Aren't artichokes beautiful? Source: here.
I haven't decided which one I'll use this year. Who knows, we may just break out the Chinet and plastic forks. Probably not, but what really matters is that we're together, and we're thankful.

"Give thanks in all circumstances. For this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 5:18