Sunday, September 5, 2010

September Means Autumn

September Means Autumn

Even though, technically, there are a few more days to go, here at The House of Edward we have declared the summer to be over.  
September means Autumn, as far as I am concerned. 
 So, I am back to baking bread and listening to Vivaldi. 
 I have purchased my ticket to Christmas and am preparing the gifts I shall wrap up in December.  
I am searching out antique turkey plates for my Thanksgiving feast.
I am on the lookout for a new witches hat to wear on Halloween.
It is the best time of the year.
So in celebration of my favourite season, here are some recent finds I could not resist sharing!  


1.  Pumpkin Teapot
With the arrival of cooler weather, the tea consumption here at The House of Edward goes up with every degree the themometer goes down.  Earl Grey, Darjeeling, English Breakfast and Spice..... every flavour of fall would be perfect in this adorable teapot. 
Don’t you think??   
Find it HERE.


2.  Man Shops Globe
I have to confess that I’m not a big watcher of television.  Old movies, Masterpiece theatre and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are exceptions.  But I am thoroughly uninterested in competive cooking, hateful political diatribe, or those programs that follow ordinary bipeds around with a camera, somehow transforming them into celebrities whose every squirm and twiddle then becomes fodder for magazines and even more worthless television.  Yes, I am teetering on the precipice of a rant, so I’ll move on. 
I say all this to explain the healthy scepticism I felt when a good friend told me that I simply “must “ watch a new program on the Sundance Channel entitled “Man Shops Globe”.  Well, one viewing and I was hooked.  The series follows uber-shopper Keith Johnson around as he hunts for objects to fill the Antropologie stores worldwide.  What a job!  In each country he visits, someone has already ferreted out the most fascinating artists for him to meet with, and we get to come along to their quirky studios in every corner of the globe.  At the end of each episode, I am so creatively jazzed that I have to write something, knit something or bake something almost immediately just to tame the imaginative beast inside me that has been set dancing by the sights I’ve just seen.  
Here are two of my favourite artists (who just happen to create two of my favourite animals) recently featured on the show. 
Click the link under the photo of their work to see a video clip.

3.  Owls by Anna Wili-Highfield

See More HERE

4.  Dogs by Domenica More-Gordon

See more HERE


5.   Same Sky Bracelets
I am often appalled at the prices of fashion.  Yes, I am completely in love with that new sharp-lined grey coat by Stella McCartney, the one with the cut-out lapels, but I simply could never rationalize spending 2,300 dollars to make it my own.  But now.... these gorgeous glass bead bracelets... that’s another story.  Of course, they are much less costly to begin with, but one could actually purchase an armful and feel wonderful because the money is going to such a marvelous cause. 
Take a look see.... I want the butterscotch one...

See More HERE


6.  The Best Hat Ever
I downloaded this pattern the moment I saw it on Stephanie Dosen’s wonderfully creative blog, Owl in the Dark.  
The only question left to answer... do I make it for someone else, or do I make it for myself??

Find it HERE


7.  The Best Necklace Ever
Whimsy bordering on beauty.  A delightful spot to be any time of the year, but to me this booklover’s necklace seems tailor made for autumn. 
I just love this.

Find it HERE


8.  Pincushions
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  This quotation by William Morris is oft repeated, and one I have certainly taken to heart in my life.  Useful and beautiful....these happy little pincushions fit the bill on both counts.  Everyone needs one, and each is a lovely little work of art.

Find them HERE


9.  Ironing Board Covers
At the risk of being accused as someone who has taken her love of the domestic arts to dangerous heights, I must confess that I do so love to iron.  I know, I know, weird, huh?  The Songwriter says it must be somewhat of a physical metaphor for wanting to smooth out the world’s wrinkles and make everything better.  Maybe he’s right, but I don’t analyze it too deeply.  I even iron sheets, a fact that makes quite a few of my friends howl with laughter.  Howl if you must, I say.  You shall never know the luxury, the absolute sublime feeling, of slipping betwixt crisp, freshly ironed, lavender scented sheets and, I am here to tell you, few things in life are better. 
So, just perchance, there are any out there who share my love of ironing.... take a look at these...

Find Them HERE


10. Fine Editions
Several friends of mine have recently gone over to the dark side. 
 By that I mean that they are extolling the virtues of book reading via the iPad or Kindle. 
Quelle Horreur!!
Maybe on an overseas trip. Maybe.  After all, I am the person who generally loads down her luggage with too many books and it just might be more convenient to have a book (or five) loaded up and ready to read on the plane, ferry or train. But, that’s all.  Nothing could ever replace the feeling of a book in my hands.  Ever.  With all this recent talk of real books eventually going the way of the dodo, I have begun to collect fine editions of my favourites.  
These publications by White’s Books are simply wonderful. 
 Richly decorated cloth covers and beautifully printed on gorgeous paper, they are a true pleasure to own and to read.  Over and over.  

Find them all HERE


 and of course....
the very best thing about Autumn...

11.  Long Happy Walks With Edward

Like this one that we took this week, around a North Carolina lake.  
Cool breezes and bright sunshine.  


  1. Marvellous...ITs AUTUMN..and I'm ever so happy!!!!

    LOVED the Owls...and the cute..:)

  2. Dear Pamela, What a glorious collection of autumnal delights, so many of which I should be happy to own. My absolute favourites are the woolly dogs. I could not quite tell if they were felt or boiled wool but they looked simply adorable and a whole kennel of them would be just such fun!!

    I share your love of freshly ironed sheets, although I confess to having someone to iron them for me. That is, I recognise, the height of luxury twice over.

    Have a happy weekend!

  3. Maybe I'll get a TV hooked up someday... that show looks amazing! Both animal creature makers were wonderful! Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

    I'm dreaming fall, too, its finally a little cooler and a bit less humid, once the hurricane blows through, I think we'll be in a little cooler air, phew!

    Happy September!

  4. aw you are way too sweet!!! :)
    thanks for posting my hat
    it completely made me smile.
    you find such cute stuff!!!
    hearts xoxo

  5. What glorious autumn delights ~ my favourite is the glass bracelet~ one in each colour would be perfect & those glam ironing board covers ~ all the better to iron my beautiful linen sheets. just perfect!!

  6. Matching knit hats. You AND Edward !!

    At 95f & hi humidity today I love 'reading' about your autumn.

    Have a lovely holiday weekend.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  7. well happy Autumn then! and I am also a fan of Man Shops Globe - and the paper owls almost made me faint they are so good - just saw them a couple of nights ago on above show!

  8. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for including our ironing board cover, happy ironing!

  9. What a fantastic virtual shopping
    trip. I loved the pin cushion.

  10. Me too, Pamela, I ADORE autumn! What a fine list you've made of each, please...except in the case of #11, for that would have to be with my own sweet fur-gal and I would want many more walks than just one ;>}

  11. Such beautiful, sweet, quirky things you share with us here Pamela! I am no ironer but with one of those covers I may become one...and I love that book series...what fun to find these things!

    Happy Autumn! Happy September!
    The best of seasons:)

  12. Can tell you love autumn!!! I'll go look now at the bracelet site. Still can't/won't get used to the idea of a kindle, not even on a long trip, because I love the feel of paper:) For me, paper and art are connected.
    The hat - I don't know if I could get anyone to wear that one:)

  13. I wish it wee autumn here too but If I myst, I will make do with spring.
    Even for proof reading, give me hard copy any day. On the computer one misses so much and you are quite right , the feel and smell of a book add heaps to the wonder of the tale told.
    Love all the wonderful things you list but best of all I love you and Edward sharing precious moments.

    Sorry I have not been in evidence recently and will be away next week as well. I do drop in on the quiet and secretly gobble up your posts . . . you know I am addicted to your flowing prose.

  14. Oh dear, I love Autumn! Living in Texas, that is short. I love all of your awesome photographs, but my favorite is you and your doggy!


  15. Pamela, Autumn is my favorite season. The link and objet's you have found are wonderful!

    Art by Karena

  16. That photo of Edward is absolute proof that PON's do smile!

  17. Pamela..
    Where does one begin with your posts? I smiled as I bought a nearly identical postcard to your title photo this week a the V&A Museum..great minds think alike. I am loving all that you have here and particularly the ironing board cover. Ironing is not complete unless you have something pretty to look at on the other side...that and a classic BBC movie to while away the hours while ironing. I iron teatowels and aprons...haven't ventured to california king size sheets yet..but now I am thinking...

    You have so many wonderful autumn inspirations here...I am with you on each and every one and agree that you and Edward should have matching hats!

    Lastly, next time you are in London, let's meet at Anthropologie!

    Jeanne xx

  18. Dear Pamela,
    Although we have just had a week full of sunshine here in the UK and, after returning from the warm sun of Tuscany, I can feel a distinct Autumnal chill in the air, so I know that Autumn is on it's way. There are berries on the trees ans a distinct Autumnal aroma in the air. ..... and, I don't mind at all. I love each and every season and welcome a new one with open arms. Thay all have their merits.
    I love all of the treasures that you have shown....a beautiful pumpkin teapot, the knitted(?) dogs are absolutely amazing, and I can just see you in that hat.I have just bought a new ironing board's black and white pinstripe and makes me think of Saville Row everytime I do the ironing !!
    Hope that you are having a wonderful holiday weekend. Please give Edward a hug from me....,I LOVE him !! XXXX

  19. Oh.... I am so with you fall is fantabulous... I already feel this sense of hunkering down, baking and making stews, and 3/4 of my xmas shopping is done, and I can't wait for snuggling on the couch and watching old movies and reading good books... Yup, I love fall!


  20. Oh.... I am so with you fall is fantabulous... I already feel this sense of hunkering down, baking and making stews, and 3/4 of my xmas shopping is done, and I can't wait for snuggling on the couch and watching old movies and reading good books... Yup, I love fall!


  21. I love those fine editions, Books are books and apps are apps, vive la difference!

  22. I am more than happy to welcome the autumn. My second favourite season after spring. I love the feeling of cosy winding down of everything. I think I would probably be a hibernator if I could. I love your collections and I particularly love the "man shops globe". What a wonderful idea for a programme. Wish we had that over here.

  23. Pamela, your posts simply sing to the soul, you know? :)

    I too declare Summer over when September starts, and secretly I rejoice, as Autumn is my favourite season. Already there is a conker in my bag or my pocket. Already I am thinking of my cosy Autumn wardrobe. And I love your listings of things you like - had to find out more about that little pin-cushion. One day I feel that me and Etsy will become very good friends. :)

  24. I love the fall. Obviously the best season. I absolutely adore the hat! I have a monkey hat that I simply HAVE to post about as soon as I get home to Newton. Thanks for the inspiration! Now I feel like you mentioned after watching "Man Shops Globe". :)

  25. Man Shops Globe...yes, a favorite of mine as well! The show combines two loves of mine, travel and art. Like you, I was enamored of both the dog artist and the paper artist. Both of their work was delightful, whimsical, beautiful and just plain wonderful.

  26. Ver fond of Autumn too, though in fairness Summer in Scotland is probably like Autumn (Winter?) everywhere else except Antarctica.
    The dogs at number 4 have absolutely stolen my heart. Scared to look at the price in case I'm tempted...

  27. Good Gracious, the artist is in Edinburgh!
    You may have done a very bad thing...

  28. lovely, lovely lovely a million times over. That last pic of you and E....what a beautiful surrounding....Thanks for the turn ons. I love pretty things. Wish I had sundance....I’ve heard about this show...I have to settle for American Pickers!!!

  29. Yes it's cooling off here, and starting to feel like autumn, I concur! I broke out one of my fave sweaters yesterday. Love all your pretties, that bracelet is positivly tasty, and tha necklace full of books, what a hoot! Happy Autumn!

  30. I want to have both the hat and the necklace and the dogs .... Thank you for sharing it. I smile with joy in my heart now ! I felt a bit sad a while ago. So thanks !


  31. You welcome September with such a wonderful array of delightful things. Love the happy photo of you and Edward:)

  32. Give Edward a big hug and kiss for me. That hat is wonderful, loved the whole post. Thanks

    awaiting the Fall the best time.


  33. Hi Pamela: Ironically, I wanted to purchase the book, librarians necklace, alas $350. was a bit steep for a spontaneous purchase, I will have to long for it. I have to confess, I adore my kindle! Winston Salem has a wonderful festival for authors and readers next Saturday. Maybe your Celtic soul would love to hear Diana Gabaldon. She is charmingly coming at the repeated requests of my mailman!

  34. Domenica's dogs, the hat and the book necklace would look good in my christmas stocking. Man Shops Globe sounds like a great show. You never know, we might get it here.

  35. Oh, fun! My favorite of your fall offerings would have to be Domenica's wonderful dogs.

  36. Oh! Those woll dogs are magnificent! But the last image is my personal fave...Happy autumn to you and Edward!

  37. Yes oh yes it is Autumn and I love this time of the year, and I love your list of delights...but the Owls wow! they made me stop and take a long look beautifulxxx
    Hugs Lynn xxx

  38. How wonderful for those artists to have been discovered by Mr Anthropologie! And thank you for sharing those discoveries of your own.

  39. Yes, September does mean Autumn and I am thrilled! That photo of you and Edward is perfect.

  40. Delightful. I want them all lol!

    Shirl x

  41. Oh holy autumnal bountifulness! What a cornucopia of treasure you have put together here, Pamela!

    So glad to be back in Blogland, for THIS is the very sort of thing I miss out on.

    Right, off to peruse those links. Thank you!

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