Tuesday, October 15, 2013


It is finally starting to look and feel like autumn here at Ashton House, where summer's sweltering days have thankfully been replaced by cool, crisp days and a splendid show of falling leaves. The Victorian hand decoration on our front door, which usually grasps a "Welcome Friends" sign, now holds a simple tussie mussie filled with autumn splendor.

While antiquing in Minneapolis last month, I spotted this rusty old little truck and put it in my cart. I got a strange look from my husband, who wondered why I'd want to buy such a thing. But I knew its wonderful weathered patina would make a great fall accent for our porch when paired with autumn's bountiful harvest of gourds.

I found the perfect-size gourds for my little truck at this pumpkin stand in Pella when my mother-in-law passed through there on a visit to my grandma's. The teeny ones are barely 2 inches tall. 

I love the friendly feel of small towns like Pella, where people still trust others to do the right thing. Another bonus? The gourds were a much better price than in larger towns like Des Moines! 


  1. Your little truck looks great Kimber. I just love all the pumpkins. We don't decorate for Halloween here in Australia. If I lived over there in the US, I would just love to decorate the house. I'd have pumpkins everywhere!

  2. Hi Kimber,
    I love the decoration on your door, and the door knocker! Cute truck, it turned out so cute.

  3. Isn't this cooler weather just great? Love it! And I love that cute little truck - just perfect for your tiny gourds!

  4. oh my, this is so pretty. I almost feel like things such as this don;t exist anymore.


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