by laura janning

Forget about the Pumpkins, I want Apples!

September 17, 2012

I think my fondest memory of fall as a child growing up in the North, was going to the local Apple Orchard to pick apples.
 I remember just standing there, silent and in awe at the endless rows of trees covered with shiny red apples, ready to be picked.
Moving South later in my childhood, the occurrences of apple pickin stop, with only those special memories to hold on to. This year I am paying homage to those fall memories with a 'Apple Scape' on my Mantel .
My sign was actually created out of 3 pine boards that I recycled from the  our workshop.  I applied coats of brown and then orange paint. Applied some vinyl stencils that I cut from my silhouette and then applied a final coat in cream color. Once dry, I removed the letters and sanded down the boards to allow the brown and orange to peek through.
I placed some apples in a bushel basket lined with some burlap next to the sign for some extra whimsy. 
It's such a perfect way to recall those sweet memories and makes me feel like a child again, if only for an apple moment!
 What's your favorite fall memory from your childhood?

PS- For more of my fall projects you can click here.

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  1. Laura, I'm loving apples this year too! Your mantel is so pretty and the colors are just perfect for the beginning of the season.

  2. When I lived in MI as a child we use to go apple picking all the time during the fall. We would pick baskets and baskets of apples then go inside the barn/shop/restaurant to drink warm apple cider. I miss those memories and living here in TX there is no apple picking:(. One thing we do have here in TX though is strawberry picking in the summer. :). I love your sign, it's very festive and full of great memories.

  3. LOL Laura, I am in total agreement! I love the bushel basket with the burlap and apples. Totally cute!

  4. Ooooooh love your sign! I'm hoping to do some decorating with apples too this year. Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and so glad I did!


  5. Love the sign after picking the apples I can remember going home to make apple pies and the aroma of the pies baking was almost as good as the taste

  6. Cute cute. I want to use apples, too.

  7. Great looking Fall mantel Laura! I love anything with apples!

  8. I love apples too, Laura. I decorate with them year round {they are in my dining room border} so for me to change to pumpkins is a nice and short lived change up, but I love your bushel basket idea. I gotta remember this!

  9. I gotta agree with you here. Because my daddy was a farmer, we could never take Summer vacations like everyone else, so we always took ours after all of the crops were in, and usually it was to the mountains. That is why I have such a soft spot in my heart for the mountains. And we always went to an apple farm and brought back a trunk full of apples. Nothing beats good ole'mountain apples. Love your mantel. xxoo

  10. I love your sign! Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from BNOTP. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. Bushel basket? That's a word for tonight from a girl of nowhere, Lol*

    Great shots.

    Greetings from a chilly and windy Stockholm,

  12. MUCH prefer apples to pumpkins, esp in Sept! Awesome mantel, Laura!
    xo Heidi

  13. I love your sign and sweet fall vignette! As a child, I guess I loved the different colors of leaves swirling about in the Oklahoma wind.

  14. Absolutely beautiful vingette! Love the apple idea! Nice change from all the pumpkins around here and floral wreaths. My daughter is doing yarn wreaths and such a nice change. I'm not a foo-foo kind of girl. I love the rustic. I told her to look around your blog for great ideas. She's gonna try to make me a burlap wreath like yours!

  15. Love your apple theme mantle. It's a change from pumpkins and everything orange. I love it all tho.
    I had to really think on what my favorite memory was as a child of Fall. Been a long long time since being a child, lol. Mostly I remember raking leaves then jumping into them. Also going out to Euclid, OH (was in country then) to my Aunt/Uncles and cousins to see the pumpkins and other Fall veggies. We had a family garden of acres between where Aunt/Uncle lived and older cousin. Was so gorgeous out there. Can still picture it in my mind. We lived in Cleveland, OH.

  16. I love your apple mantle too! Blessings Always, Diane Roark www.recipesforourdailybread.com

  17. I'm an apple lover too, can't wait to visit the orchard!

  18. I love your sign! Thanks for showing how you made it!! Very helpful!! Cheers~Deanna

  19. Going with apples and pears.
    Pumpkins will be here soon enough.
    Love, love the sign.

  20. Just lovely! I live in New England and I grew up in Western NY, so fall and apples are synonymous to me. :) Your mantel made me smile at my own childhood memories - cider donuts? Yes, please!

    Stopping by from Centsational Girl! :)

  21. Nothing says Fall like crisp, sweet apples :)


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