Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Camera Lens

statue  As summer gives way to fall, and fall gives way to winter, we are moving the outside plants into the greenhouse before the first freeze. As I’m walking through the aisles, there’s a certain sadness to it all. The air is crisp and there’s no way to escape the cool wind blowing on my face. The plants have lost their vibrancy with spiders starting to take up residence between the leaves. The statues tell of a time long forgotten, as they too give way to the natural elements.

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Yet as sad as the transition from summer to fall and then to winter can be, there is incredible beauty in the midst of it – if you are willing to embrace it. It’s the same concept when we admire the beauty of snow but hate when we have to go somewhere. Although I hate driving in the snow just as much as the next person, it would do us some good to admire the beauty that’s in front of us no matter what season.

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That’s what I did with my camera lens. I guess that old saying rings true, doesn’t it? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We take a plant and throw in a cobweb here and there and statues that have clearly seen better days. But there’s beauty and a story to be told in that.

When we take precious time to admire the beauty around us, we can breathe a sigh of relief and we’re able to carry on. It nourishes the soul.

What speaks beauty to you? Feel free to comment below!

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A Steller Story – Apple Cider Baked Chicken

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A couple days ago I made this wonderful dish by Gimme Some Oven. A fall dish of baked chicken with lemon and mushrooms marinated in apple cider. You can find the full recipe here. If you read my last Steller Story post, here’s another one for you to check out! Steller republished this in their Bon Appetit collection. If you still don’t have Steller, shame on you (just kidding)! But it is so fun you really should give it a try! It’s an app that lets you tell a story with your photos. View the full Steller Story here.

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If you want to see more from me on Steller, search for adele_hall! I’d love to see some of your stuff too!

– Adele

A Steller Story – A day at the Pumpkin Patch

stellerstory-pumpkinpatchFor those of you don’t know, Steller is this amazing new app (well, I don’t know how new it is, but I just recently discovered it) that allows you to create stories from your pictures. The possibilities of what you can create are endless! You can post recipes, trips, really anything that has a central theme. For the first time pictures aren’t interpreted by other people, they’re interpreted by you based on the story you tell. It’s so fun! If you don’t have it already, you should definitely get it! You can download it for free on the Apple app store!

My friend Sarah and I recently went to a pumpkin patch to get some pumpkins (not that we don’t have enough already) and to experience more of the fall season! There’s a reason I wanted to go to this particular patch. The pumpkin patch is nestled in the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio, the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. I always love an excuse to drive down route 33 in the fall when the leaves are changing!

Steller liked the story so much, they republished the story into one of their collections! So, I wanted to share it with you all as well. You can download the app and look for adele_hall if you don’t have it already, or you can view it here!

I’m so excited that Steller took such an interest in my story!

As I mentioned in my previous post, my friend Sarah and I are joining forces to start our blogging business! Though the project is in its infancy right now, I will be posting less on here and more on our blog. Once we get that up, I will redirect you there!

I will try to post something on here within a few days, but it might be on the new site so stay tuned!

Adele

Fall Decor – Keeping it simple

Good morning! I hope you all are enjoying this lovely fall weather we are having! (That is, if you’re in the eastern half of the U.S.). I’m sitting on the couch wrapped up in a blanket, drinking coffee. The windows are open and the crisp, fall air is just pouring in. Okay, I know the leaves aren’t turning yet, but I don’t care. I am so excited for fall!

As I sit at home enjoying this fall morning, I thought I would share my ideas on fall decor with you all. It’s super easy and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to do it!

Bring the outdoors in

There is a house on my street and every year they sell pumpkins, mums, bails of hay, dried corn…etc. No need to buy expensive fall decor items. Natural decorative touches go a long way without looking overdone and fake. You can also create a display on your porch with pumpkins and bails of hay. Just play around with it and see what looks good!

If you like to have flowers in the house, consider some bittersweet or wheatgrass. These are gorgeous and add some fall color to your home. Again, you can create a display that you like! I chose some dried wildflowers with fake pumpkins that I picked up at a local antique store!

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Layer it up

Along with the joys of fall comes cooler weather. If you have hardwood floors like I do, it can be a challenge to make your home feel cozy without carpet. Layering with rugs and throws is one way to do that. Another way to achieve a cozy home is by adding texture and depth to your decor.

Make your house smell like fall

I am really into those scented wax cubes right now! I just picked up a bunch of fall ones (including a hazelnut latte one, which I’m pretty sure is what heaven smells like). The candle warmers themselves aren’t so cheap but I bet you can find a good deal somewhere! The wax cubes are about $2 each which I don’t think is that bad! If you want a more natural way to go, there are tons of recipes where you can use natural ingredients and boil them on the stove or in the crock pot to create that fall aroma. Check out Apartment Therapy’s 5 Simmer Pot Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall.

 

I hope I gave you some ideas on how to decorate your home simply and on a budget this fall! If you have other ways you like to decorate, please share your ideas!

If you’re still excited for fall, read on where I share my recent apple picking trip and the fruits of our labor!