Monday, September 30, 2013

Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival 2013 at Ludwigsburg Palace in Germany

Every year the Ludwigsburg Palace plays host to the "K├╝rbisausstellung" (aka pumpkin festival).  They have over 450,000 pumpkins on their property!  No they are not just scattered about, they are actually featured as sculptures! One year they had a Dinosaur theme, a Swiss theme, a botanical theme, and this year, a sports theme!
*warning, picture heavy post*


Can you find the word "Sports" hidden in the pumpkins?

Skiers! 

She is lighting the torch, I believe

Yes, this takes place surrounding the Ludwigsburg palace property! Look at the beautiful building!


Ever seen such funny look gourds?




What about these ones?

A different look at the skiers
They also had smaller figures too.  Some of these seem like you could try to replicate them at home for your own decorating.

A working Owl and Frog fountain! 

Whoooo goes there?
This parrot was very cute! 

A bicycle
A horse of course


The swan and alpine goat thing next to her
entire boxing match! 



Jamaica has a bobsled team

This is part of the festival.  The thing on the left in front of the pic was a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy winner stand that would play music when you stood on it.

They had rows and rows of pumpkins from all of the world.  What was interesting to learn was that a majority of the pumpkin types are from the USA.  

A basketbal player



Even a very large swimmer as you can see


I think this guy was my favorite


You can see white tents in the background with food


Not only did they showcase the pumpkins, but they had different booths with food featuring pumpkin.  We had the pumpkin soup which was delicious.  We also had pumpkin struedel which was also very good.

In addition to food, the day we were there they had... pumpkin boat racing!  I'm not kidding!  The racing occurred inside the large fountain in front of the palace!

The pumpkin boats. As you can see pumpkin boaters get very wet! 

go go go! Racing IN the fountain! 

close of up a very large gray pumpkin 'boat'.  Never seen a large gray pumpkin before! 

More colorful gourds for purchase! 

Never seen these gourds, called "bishop hats".
What was interesting is that they only had TWO jack-o-lanterns in the entire festival!  You would think with thousands of pumpkins they would have more jack-o-lanterns.  Guess that is more of an American thing!

If you're curious about the palace... Here's a view of the front of Ludwigsburg palace.  Can you believe this was originally built as a hunting retreat?  Boy, did those royals know how to spend money!!

It was just starting to rain when I took this picture... had to hightail it back to the car!
Ludwigsburg palace
If you ever make it out to Germany in the Fall, I recommend going here! It was a lot of fun! 
For those of you that can speak German, the official pumpkin festival website is here
The pumpkin festival runs from August 30 to November 3 this year.  
For more information about Ludwigsburg Palace, the English website is here.

Hope you enjoyed these pictures!  I have enjoyed sharing them with you!

Be sure to keep checking back, I have lots of cute Fall posts coming up this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Owl Tablescape for Fall!

Another Tablescape for Fall!

Between now and Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I have created another tablescape for the fall... this time for inside!  

A quick look from above!

 My new napkin rings, purchased from Pier 1 for $1.99.  Aren't they cute?



A closer look at the cute owls! I love this one sitting in her nest on the vase!  A hedgehog is hiding to the right of her.

The owls are made of all natural materials.  Of course, harvest wheat for the fall!

A side view of my big owl.  I love his wings and eyes! And then a smaller owl candle to his left.

The view from the *other* side of the table. Not quite so fun!

One last look!
The owls were purchased a few years ago at a local boutique.  Can't remember the name of the store anymore!


Burlap placemats are from Etsy... this store had them for the cheapest price when I purchased them last year. 
Antique linens napkins are held by my new Pier 1 napkin rings!
Squirrel, owl, and hedgehog mini candles are from Pottery Barn a few years ago.

Hope you enjoyed my owl tablescape for Fall as much as I do! 

Be sure to check back for more Autumn themed posts!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Hills Are Alive!

... with the Sound of Music!

Auf Wiedersehen! I'm off with my family to a driving tour of the German and Austrian Alps!  

All I can think of is this...


The Hills are Alive!
 Check out some of the sights!
I hope to see some Alpine cows! they must be wearing bells!

Isn't this pretty?

We're staying here!

Yes, we're going to Schloss Neuschwanstein!

Beautiful lake in Austria!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Bed Cornices

Bed Cornices

I LOVE bed canopies and cornices.  I have been looking at inspiration recently to make my own bed cornice.  Here's the deal, my guest bedroom is really boring.  I need SOMETHING to make it look better.
This looks nice! But not mine!
Now, here's a picture of reality:
my BORING guest bedroom. No, there's no bedframe. I can't afford one right now! So, what else to do?! 
I was thinking, since I can't afford a bed frame and I *love* cornices, a cheaper alternative would be to make my own!  

Here are the different type of bed canopies and cornices.

Different type of bed cornice/canopy options.
Let's look at some inspiration!
Don't you love this! Love the bed cornice! Also love the bed and the bedding. And the room.



Love this one as well.

While this one is decorated for Christmas, it seems very simple to be able to DIY.
What I love about this one is the sides of the cornice fabric are toile and the backdrop is a check. I would want to do the same thing. Or do one in all white.




Ok I'm noticing a pattern. I'm a sucker for blue and white bedrooms, French furniture, and toile!

This one seems really easy to DIY.

I love this! What a great day bed!

These cornices are something that I could probably easy copy with a  DIY cornice idea  I found on pinterest!

This was a DIY using curved curtain rods.  The sheets of sheer fabric are attached to the curtain rod with ribbon.  found on Pinterest.

A DIY cornice for a crib from My Love of Style
This was a DIY cornice. Tutorial here

This is an inverted wall shelf with fabric stapled to it.  

a DIY cornice tutorial found here

OR you can buy a cornice. This one is $164 from the Bella Cottage.  The Bella Cottage has a lot of cute shabby chic/French furniture too. You should check it out.
Sorry for the poor quality.  I like this bed crown, it's only $86, and it is in two of the above pictures I found up above!
It is here.  They also sell a few other bed crowns that I like!
Why do I like bed cornices? Because they make you feel like a King/Queen!  If you're going to be King/Queen of your own Castle, you need to have a bed to prove it!
Marie Antoinette's bed in Versailles

Marie Antoinette's bed at the Petit Trianon. How CUTE is her room?!  Home girl knows how to spend money.
Whew!  That was quite a lot of bed cornices to look at!  Which one is your favorite?
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