Monday, October 5, 2015


It's starting to look like autumn here at Ashton House. The gourds and pumpkins are making their annual appearance on the porch...

Summer's bold blooms been replaced by the foliage finery of ornamental kale (shown here) and ornamental cabbage, which adorn urns on the porch. A fairytale pumpkin adds a fanciful touch to the display of autumn splendor.

One of my favorite autumn traditions is picking out pumpkins and gourds from the local pumpkin patch. The wartier the better, don't you think?!

Speaking of pumpkins, we found this enormous one growing in Grandma's garden when we visited her this weekend. She was delighted to hear it and asked if we could harvest it and bring it in to display on her living room table. It is such a treat to see her get so excited at her ripe old age of more than 90 years!

Over the weekend, we were delighted to host the talented duo behind Yellow Creek Quilt Designs for our second photo shoot at the house this year! We hosted one for a flea market magazine earlier this year. Sisters Jill and Vicki are a joy to work with. We first worked together on their debut book, Kindred Spirits. This photo shoot was for the lookbook for Jill's second fabric line with Windham Fabrics. They were shooting quilts for the second installment of their Kindred Spirits Quilt Club. I'm not going to show detailed shots of those since the fabric line is not yet out, but here are a few behind-the-scenes peeks of the shoot. The sisters relied on Aaron, the photographer, to work his magic staging the quilts and projects to best capture their charm.  

After Aaron snaps his shot, Jill and Vicki have a chance to register their opinions. Here they are checking out one of Aaron's vignettes.

I'm always intrigued by what furniture pieces photographers like Aaron choose to incorporate into their shots. The antique upright piano I inherited from my sister when she moved across the country found its way into one of the shots. 

Even a simple sofa can lend a cozy backdrop for a quilt!

If a photo shoot weren't enough to make for an exciting weekend, we also enjoyed attending the last flea market for the year. One of the booths beckoned with vintage 1960s clothing and accessories. I collect vintage milk glass hands like these because they reflect a common Victorian theme that fits right in with our 1885 Victorian home. With this being the last flea market of the season, the vendors had terrific prices and were more than happy to negotiate even better prices.

These sweet pink gloves showed off jewelry pretties. Tempting though they were (especially the owl), I did not buy either. In getting ready for this second shoot, I was able to donate several more items to various charities. So I'm not too eager to add anything back at this moment—unless it's something I really, really want or need!

My favorite finds of the day were these vintage pink pearl buttons made in Washington, Iowa—still on their original cards. I bought one box of them. 

The vendor had a wide array of pearl buttons from the same Iowa factory. Among the hues were ruby reds, rich browns, buttery yellows, and soft aquas. 

As you know, I like to share the wealth when I can. So I'm giving away one card of the pink pearl buttons. If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite buttons are and I'll randomly draw a name this Wednesday, October 7, and email the winner directly (In order to enter, you will need to provide an email address if you are a no-reply comment blogger as that means that your comment comes through with no email attached. So I have no way of reaching you). I don't know that many readers actually make it through my entire posts, so those who do and want to enter will probably have a good chance of winning! 


  1. Enjoyed stopping by today.

  2. I love all buttons, but my favorites, the green ones are hardest to find. Would love a card of those pink ones. Didn't know they made buttons in Washington, Iowa. That's just up the road from here.

  3. I always enjoy reading your blog. It must be interesting watching a photo shoot although I suppose if you do lots of them, they could get a bit boring. What a wonderful find those buttons are. I've started a little vintage button collection. There's something about them that just makes you want them! Thanks for the lovely giveaway, Kimber. Hugs, Christine xx

  4. I love red buttons as they are my favorite color.

  5. I love vintage buttons! My favorites would be black jet buttons as they are so Victorian.

  6. I love the pink buttons-such a pretty color! Always love your blog, such a visual treat. Thank you.

  7. I always make it to the end of your posts. :0 But don't always comment. Love the buttons and the vendor had quite a selection!

  8. Kimber I always enjoy reading your blog updates. You know me I love the PINK buttoms however since I am just now getting a chance to read the blog I am almost certain I am too late for a chance to win. Oh well, I love your blog and that is the most important thing to me as well as your friendship. See you in a couple of weeks.

  9. Pink are my favorite color-such a vibrant color. Love your blog.


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