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01 November, 2012

Pumpkins and Bittersweet...My Fall Dough Bowl

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2012Have you realized that Thanksgiving is three weeks from today? It’s time for me to start planning my tablescape and working on possible centerpieces! My favorite element to use as the star of my Thanksgiving decor is my dough bowl…a cherished heirloom from my grandmother! This year I have decided to fill it with my favorites…old-fashioned traditional pumpkins!

Kitty on monkey bars It’s a beautiful day…warmer and sunny after days of chilly, overcast weather…and our scheduled co-host Miss Kitty has decided to play hooky and have a little romp on the monkey bars instead! Looks like we will have to proceed without her!

Long Stemmed Pumpkin The central element of the arrangement is this wonderful long-stemmed pumpkin that I found during our family visit to the pumpkin farm. Love it!

Fall Dough Bowl I have surrounded it with faux bittersweet, dried magnolia pods and acorns…

Mini Pumpkins …plus these cute little mini-pumpkins with their fabulous little tendrils! I couldn’t resist them and came home with a stash of these from the pumpkin farm as well!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl Nothing says fall and Thanksgiving to me like traditional orange pumpkins! Now just add a little mini Indian corn on the side and a blue and white double happiness jar filled with eucalyptus and there you have it!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Dough Bowls Here’s a look at some of the other ways I have filled my dough bowl in the past, as well as my current centerpiece. Since my dough bowl doesn’t have a flat bottom, I put dried black-eye peas in the bottom when I use candles to help anchor them. However, this year I decided to omit the candles and go for all natural elements.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2012I really like the contrast of the blue and white with the pops of orange…a little non-traditional color  combination…

Hutch for Fall …that I have used in the rest of my dining room as well. You can see more here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2012 Here’s one last look at my dough bowl…ready for Thanksgiving! Now…I need to start thinking about my tablescape! I already have a few little ideas in my head! How about you? Are you starting to plan your Thanksgiving table?

Let us not forget to keep our friends in the Northeast in our thoughts as some will be facing a Thanksgiving unlike any that they have ever had...facing loss and destruction after Sandy. Remember to lift them up in your prayers and help them in any way that you can to pull through this difficult time.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my dough bowl! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials. Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 

2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Saturdays
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
The Everyday Home for the "Better Late than Never" Fall Party 
See you next time! A la prochaine!

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  1. Love the filled dough bowl. Lucky you to find that long stemmed pumpkin. They are usually broken off. Your dining room looks great.

  2. Debbie, I like the way you filled the dough bowl. The long stemmed pumpkins are so interesting. Be certain to save those stems once the pumpkin is ready to toss. You can use them for velvet pumpkins next season. It's not often you find good long stems. ;-)
    I started putting up the Halloween decor this afternoon and planning my centerpiece. Like you, I like to use my wooden dough bowl or some other wooden element. Not certain what I'll do this year. Thanks for sharing your centerpiece. Enjoy the season.........Sarah

  3. Love you dough bowl all dressed in Fall finery. How wonderful to find a pumpkin with a long stem like that! I need to get my Halloween all packed away tonight- xo Diana

  4. Its gorgeous Deb, and I also always try to look for the pumpkins with the longest stems too. But yours is a winner for sure cause that is one long stem. LOL I love your magnolia pods. I don't have any of those but sure wish I did. BTW, sorry I did not get your goodies out before we went to the mountains. They are on the way being shipped out tomorrow. :) xxoo

  5. Debbie I love all the displays! Your dining room looks beautiful!!

  6. Love it and especially the long stemmed pumpkin. The orange and blue is perfect. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  7. Hi Debbie. Love your dough bowl. I have one that is hiding in the old barn-garage. Hope I can find it. It certainly lends itself to the festive season with the pumpkins, and I love the touch of blue also..Happy Thursday..Judy

  8. Hi Debbie. I love this and your dough bowl. You always put together the prettiest vignettes.
    I feel completely like a goof. I saw this snap on FB and called you Barb! :) Forgive me, I've been eating too much chocolate I think.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. This looks wonderful, Debbie...I really like the one with the candles. Never thought of using coffee beans to secure the candles. I have an old dough bowl I got on Ebay a few months ago. The only thing it has held is a rolling pin! lol! I am seriously creatively challenged! Thanks for the ideas!


  10. There's something so beautiful about bringing the out-doors in. I love this years' bowl with the acorns and leaves. So, so pretty. Miss Kitty is the Queen of the Castle today, I see. Dare I say I am starting to think about Christmas decorating since our Thanksgiving is behind us. Deb

  11. Debbie, your dough bowl looks wonderful! Love the orange pumpkins against all of your blue and white, too! It makes such a lovely contrast. I'm going to play with my tablescape this weekend.

  12. Deb, I love doughbowls and to think you have your Grandmothers makes it that much more special. I have always wanted one, but to have a family heirloom like this is beyond wonderful. Love the long stemmed pumpkin, he is amazing and perfect as the center point in your centerpiece.
    Just this morning I sat down with pencil and paper and figured out what I would like to do for my Tday table, hopefully it will come to fruition!!
    I just did a post on the past few Tday tables and it actually forced me to start thinking about my own for this year. I love how that works sometimes. We write for others and it winds up inspiring us!!
    Happy first day of Novemember!
    xo Kathysue

  13. Lots of great looks with the dough bowl. I may be partial to the traditional orange with the blue and white dishes.

  14. I think I like this year's dough bowl the best. I happen to have one just like it from my own grandmother. I will have to pull it out and use it for Thanksgiving now that I see yours all done up and fabulous. It looks so good with your blue and white too!

  15. Thanks for the great ideas, know I need them for my new purchase! Linda

  16. I always forget about my dough bowl. Thanks for the inspiration! Love it with the double happiness jar. Cherry Kay

  17. The dough bowl looks glorious! It really is beautiful.
    Do the cats ever 'mistake' the acorns or smaller items for toys? I think that unless I glued them all down, I'd have pieces scattered everywhere. And any wonderfully long-stemmed pumpkin - well, that stem would make one a perfect handle to carry with.

  18. Your dough bowl looks so the long "handled" pumpkins and your hutch. It's great with the blue and white and little round pumpkins. I really need to get busy..the kids will be here in two weeks. Yikes!

  19. So lovely! I love the mixture you've chosen!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  20. Lovely dough bowl filled with pumpkins. Love your plate collection too! Have a wonderful weekend.

  21. Your dough bowl centerpiece is so pretty. You're lucky to have inherited you grandma's bowl. I've been pricing them and the sticker shock hasn't worn off yet LOL. The orange is incredible with the blue and white.

  22. You always make a feast for the eyes.
    Stunning ~! every one of them.

  23. Debbie,
    I adore your dough bowl as centerpiece!!! Knowing it belonged to your Grandmother makes it precious, indeed! The use of natural elements is stunning! Hadn't seen dried magnolia pods before...wonderful texture! We will be GOING to our son and daughter~in~laws for Thanksgiving this year. For our friends and families on the East Coast, Thanksgiving will hold a deeper meaning for them...thankful for the gift of life and things that are still useable. My prayers continue for them in their aftermath. Have a blessed weekend!
    P.S. Miss come down from there before you get hurt!!! Lovely lady!!!

  24. Honestly Debbie, you should be an interior decorator! I've been seeing you a lot on Facebook with all your projects. You sure keep busy. Say hi to the staff for me.

    xo, Bonnie

  25. First of all I love your dough bowl and how you change it out all the time. I think the pumpkins are about perfect in it! Love the pops of orange with the blue and white dishes also. I can't wait to get home and start planning my Thanksgiving table! hugs, Linda

  26. The dough bowl arrangement is beautiful..what a blessing it must be to have such a treasure from your grandmother...I am sure that every time to look at the bowl you think about the fond memories that you have of your grandmother...

  27. I loved seeing the encores of the dough bowl. I have my Granny's too, but haven't used it in a few years. I think this will be the year,as more than ever, I miss the family I used to have when I was a little girl. You always do such creative things with yours! I really like that one which features the silver pieces too.

  28. Debbie- Love the orange pumpkins with the blue dishes in the china cabinet. What a pop of color.


  29. Love me some dough bowls! Found yours at French Country Cottage.

  30. Love this arrangement the best. Those tiny pumpkins with the sweet little tendrils are so precious!

    Susan and Bentley

  31. Love the dough bowl - I have one from my grandmother who (according to my mom) brought it with her from Norway at the turn of the last century. I never thought to use dried Magnolia pods - what a great idea. Love your blog and read it faithfully.

  32. Debbie, your dough bowl is gorgeous with all the great items you have added to it. We inherited Bob's grandmother's dough bowl and I've been decorating with it, just not as a centerpiece yet. Thanks for the inspiration to add more to mine. Helen

  33. Love all of these ideas.The orange mixed with the blue and white really does look great.

  34. I just LOVE the combination of blue and orange!!!! I love how you have filled your precious dough bowl. What atreasure to have!!! XO, Pinky

  35. Lucky you to have been given a dough bowl as a family heirloom. Many people have paid a pretty penny for theirs.

  36. Love the dough bowl and how fun that it is an heirloom. Come link onto centerpiece Wednesday and share your centerpiece with us. Karin

  37. It looks wonderful Debbie. I love your hutch all decked out for fall!

  38. I like all the ways you used the dough bowl! I have a friend who makes wooden bowls. I am putting this on my Pinterest Center Piece board! As soon as the weather cools off some, I'm decorating for fall. Kind of hard too when it is 95 degrees. lol


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie