Autumn Part 2.

Today is a new part of autumn and some tips for decorations and food. Autumn decorations - inspiration for the home As the leaves turn beautiful shades of gold, red and orange, autumn brings us a feeling of warmth, comfort and abundance. It's the perfect time to bring the spirit and atmosphere of autumn into your home with creative decorations that will create a cosy environment for you and your loved ones. Autumn decorations can transform your home into a space that welcomes the colder days with warmth and style. Give your home a beautiful autumn look and create an atmosphere that will delight and fill you with warmth. Ideas for table arrangements Replace the traditional vase with a more seasonal container. Carve a pumpkin (real or fake) and arrange a bouquet of colourful flowers inside. Collect items such as tree branches, pine cones, acorns and leaves to decorate your table. Add these natural finds in between settings to add lamps and other decorative items to create a casual, layered arrangement. Cover your table with a light blue tablecloth and scatter a trail of multicoloured autumn leaves across it. Place a larger pumpkin in the centre, then add apples, pears and dried flowers. Purple cabbages and artichokes, for example, are wonderful additions to autumn flower arrangements. This autumnal centrepiece idea replaces traditional orange and red shades with vibrant purples, pinks and greens to create a bold, unexpected look. Decorative candles and lights Decorative candles and lights can be a great addition to your autumn table. Place several candles at different heights in the centre of the table. You can choose candles in autumn colours such as gold, copper or dark red. Combine them with simple, elegant lamps or glass lamps to add a sophisticated touch. Use natural-looking wooden or ceramic lamps. Add twigs, pine cones or dried leaves around the lamps to create a rustic touch. Choose candles in colours such as brown, green or orange to complete the autumn look. Choose candles with a scent that reflects the autumn mood such as cinnamon, pumpkin or apple. As well as making a visual impression, these scents will bring an extra sensory comfort to the room. Creative ideas for autumn DIY projects Create unique arrangements with a combination of flowers and LED lights. You can use glass containers, clear jars or decorative jars as a base. Fill them with dried leaves, flowers, twigs or stones, then add lights of different sizes and shapes. Decorate the stairs or doorstep with autumn fruits such as pumpkins, corn and dried herbs. Napkin rings in leaf and cone shapes - Oak leaves cut from fabric scraps are attached with mini pine cones painted gold. Tie around matching coloured napkins for a matching table. Checkered and wooden table setting - Start by cutting a vintage wool blanket for the place settings. Drill holes in the nuts and thread wire or string through to create napkin rings. Finally, write the names of your guests on new or antique wooden spoons to make sweet cards. Floral arrangements - choose bold reds and yellows instead of the usual muted autumnal tones. In a vintage tin or other favourite container, add flowers first, then stir in autumn leaves, strawberries, magnolia leaves. Start with harder pieces to create a strong base, then move on to softer and more delicate materials. Finish with a ribbon tied with dried zucchini. Making wreaths from dried leaves All you need to make this autumn craft is glycerine and an organic softener to prevent the leaves from drying out. This method will also work with green spring and summer leaves. The process requires a little experimentation as some leaves do not tolerate glycerine well. But those that do will be beautiful and will last long enough to make the effort worthwhile. For best results, always cut branches in the cool of the evening and never use leaves that have been frosted. What will you need? Cut the branches with the leaves A hammer Deep bucket PH measuring kit (lemon juice or lime powder if pH is off) Glycerine (available from local pharmacies) Pruning shears or hand saw Surfactant Florist wire; wreath shape Instructions: Select ten small but leaf-like heavy branches from trees in the highest colour. For best results, cut the branches at night. It is important to use those that have not been frozen this season, as the process will not work on leaves that have been frozen. Note that glycerine will discolour the leaves. Yellows respond best if they become more intense; reds and oranges turn red-brown; and green magnolia leaves turn chestnut but retain their glossy veneer. Cut the branches from the trees with pruning shears or a hand saw. Tap the end of each branch with a hammer to expose its vascular system. Fill a deep bucket with water. Test the water with a pH test kit to make sure the pH is between 3 and 4. (If the pH is too high, add citric acid - lemon juice. If it is too low, add lime powder.) Add (2 cups plus 2 tablespoons) glycerine and 4 to 5 drops of surfactant to the water. The surfactant breaks down the glycerine molecules into smaller molecules allowing the branches to absorb the glycerine more easily. Place the branches in a bucket; place them out of sunlight while the branches and leaves absorb glycerol. After three to five days, the leaves will be pliable. Magnolia branches may take three to six weeks to absorb the glycerine. Pick the leaves from the branches and tie them into bunches with florist's wire. Place the bunch in a wreath shape and tie it with wire to keep it in place. Wire the second bunch so that the leaves overlap the wired stems. Continue until the circle is complete. Today you have learnt something new and so have I. There is another part coming in December. Don't miss it! That's the end of today's post, if you're interested I'm available on social media or in the comments. don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date! See you again in a two days when starts Blogmas!