I’ve had a lot of fun lately, enjoying some fruitful thrifting, some bountiful fall blooms in the garden, and some happy crafting for Halloween. First of all, let me say that two years ago, when I toted home a small Chinese Lantern plant from my farmer’s market, I had no idea that it would spread so eagerly. I has literally taken over my front flower garden. So, what’s a crafty girl to do? Find a way to use them for fun fall decorating, and to make cute decorations to give away! I found this cute idea in the Martha Stewart magazine for turning Chinese Lantern pods into small pumpkin favors. I’ve also had some exceptional luck at the thrift store lately. The orange pot in the background is McCoy (I’m kind of a pottery snob!) and the pumpkin is a vintage Haeger planter. I found these things just hiding among all of the other Halloween “crappity-crap.” (thanks for the term, Dottie Angel, it’s perfect!) Fall decorating is my favorite, and I only wish the season wasn’t so short. Right now I’m pressing some leaves for another crafty idea I saw on Martha’s website… I’ll be sure to share the results.