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Sep 23, 2010

...awaiting a carriage ride ~

...happy autumn party!!

There is a slight chill in the air,

and the leaves are thinking about starting to display their fall colors...

I too, welcome the cooler mornings
if only to be able to wear a lovely sweater!

Fall has officially arrived!

Would you perhaps like to see
 just a few pretties
to help inspire the start of this beautiful season?
Well then my dears...

the inspiration carriage awaits you!!

(aghast air sound!)

You have never taken a ride on the inspiration carriage????

then come with me,
I'll put you straight away to the head of the line!

(I can do that you know! I am from the land of odds!!)

watch your step dear one...
Enjoy your ride!!

First up on this tour,
we have some very overlooked works of nature's art

~ Acorns ~

these particular ones have been made out of earthy fabrics
such as soft, nubby suede,
floral linen, heavy silk ~
and a colorful velvet leaf to adorn the top!

oh look!
a silver tray of them...

...and there are a few
green velvet pears too!

each one,
beautiful to look at and so lovely to hold in your hand
has been made out of vintage silk velvet

a few crystals were sprinkled on
and a brown velvet leaf and ribbon were added for whimsy!

One of my favorite fall desserts
is pink poached pears. 
It's elegant and fruity, but not too rich or sweet
and so very simple to make.
Only a few ingredients are needed.

*about 3 cups of water
*1/2 cup raw (demerara) sugar
*1 12oz. bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
(sometimes I substitute raspberries!!)
*a healthy splash of grand marnier liqueur (wink, wink)
3 large pears (such as Bosc)
or 4 small pears (such as Seckel),
peeled and place in a bowl of cold water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
 enough to cover pears
  (firm, slightly under ripe pears work best)


Combine all the ingredients except the pears in a pot and bring to a simmer.
meanwhile, cut pears down the center from the top to the bottom
Use a melon baller and scoop out the "seed center" so you are left with a nice hollow cavity
Carefully put the pears into the liquid, cut side down.
The cranberries should be starting to "pop" and render their beautiful pink juice!
Cover and simmer until the pears are tender, approx. 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool the pears in the cooking liquid before serving,
 or store them in the refrigerator (still in the liquid) for up to a week.

I like my pears warm with a sumptuous dollop of vanilla whipped cream

2 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Preparation: Beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until firm peaks form.
 Cover and chill. Can be prepared 4 hours ahead

...simple, elegant


Soon it will be October...
a month where magic is in the air

a month filled with pumpkins
and my hunt begins
 for just the right one ~

a great white pumpkin!
as big as a FULL MOON!!
(seriously, that's what they are called!!)

an oohhhh SOOOO elegant painted pumpkin on my front porch
can someone say f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s?!

and I simply must also find my most favorite pumpkin EVER

...the Cinderella!!
this is a French heirloom pumpkin variety with a brilliant red skin.
Flat and round, this squash has a yellow-orange flesh and sweet aroma.

and just perfect for

 ~ carriages!!!

this one is

a petite paperie pumpkin carriage!
with not one...

but two ~
white mice coachmen!!!

don't blink now ~ but there is the rare
pink pear sugar coach!!

I must be over the rainbow

or maybe one of my poached pears
just poached too long...

I have a thing for carriages that I never realized until now!!!
and dare I reveal my long term plan
 dear carriage riding ones?

don't tell hubby o` mine
I'm sooo working up to this

I am soooo not even joking!!!
I would of course add a fabulous chandi...and some lace curtains...
and some gorgeous comfy seat pillows...

and most definitely a gorgeous coachman!!!!!!

What do you think? 
Would YOU like a ride for real???

I think it would be  ~ magical!!

this concludes your carriage ride.
I do hope you enjoyed it!

I'm joining along with 



here's to fall inspirations and pumpkin carriages!!!

ps. would you like to make your very own pumpkin carriage??

just visit this Fantasy Pumpkin link
and you'll be off to the ball in no time!!


  1. Your pumpkins are great. LOVE that Cinderella-esque pumpkin carriage.


  2. Rosemary, this IS magical! These creations of yours are just breathtaking. You are such an amazing artist. The pumpkin and pear carriages are just precious! Thanks so much for joining in with VIF!!

  3. such wonderful things!!! the poached pears sound amazingly yummy! I can't wait for it to cool down so I can wear cute sweaters too! It is still in the upper 90's here!



  4. What an inspiring post, thank you! I love the "pumkin & lace"! Looks great and the the poached pears so delicious! I think Fall tends to be everyones favorite season, as we wait for cooler days ahead!

    Take care, Sue

  5. Sigh, once again taken away by your beautiful posts. You master the art of seduction via blog.

  6. Wow..love it every time you write a post...so magical! Have a wonderful day and god blessed you...sweet Rosemary! xoxoxo

  7. Omg!!! Love all the couches! ! Hugggsss. Stephanie

  8. Hi Rosemary
    Your pumpkin ride was delightful... thank you for all the inspiration! I haven't even thought of fall, it is still warm here but today it feels a little fall. Thanks for getting me in the mood

  9. THANKS for the ride, it was splendid!!!
    I love the carriages.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh sweet Rosemary,
    it is lovelyer, here, than in the most wonderfull fairytale-- visiting you, is like being in the middle of one-and a very special one, ---
    I am totally in love with your green pears-, and the acorns are so sweet.
    But where the fairytale starts, are with those fantastic pumpkin carriages of yours- LOVE the pink one, dear.
    Thanks for this tour, I`m sure I will have the most wonderfull dreams, tonight, being a passenger in your -maybe to be- whits carriage.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  11. Such charming creations! I love all of these pumpkins! Hopped over from Autumn Art party!

  12. Wow Rosemary! I love these pumpkin creations. So beautiful. You are so creative and such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing and your sense of humor is too cute! You have quite the wit my dear! I bet you'd be a hoot to hang out with!
    Have a blessed weekend,

  13. Hi Rosemary, I found you over at Debras place and I'm so glad I did. This post is ....well...I don't think one word would describe who fascinating it is. The twist you've put on pumpkins for the fall season is to cute and I love how this can carry over into Thanksgiving. I'm not a big fan of true fall colors so I'm always looking for something a bit different but festive. This would be a fantastic post to share with some of the wedding blogs. I'm sure a lot of gals would love your ideas. I've also saved your pear recipe to try soon. That would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving dinner. I looooove pears!


  14. Love your pumpkins Rosemary - especialy the fantasy punpkins - awesome
    I would LOVE to participate in a Massachusetts Hallow`eve ;D
    Wishing you a wonderful and creative day sweetie
    xo Tina

  15. Rosemary, oh Rosemary!
    Your pumpkin-ness is amazing, love the little mice as my daughter has a bride and groom set that are about 50 years old. She adores your mouse carriage!

    see you soon for more inspiration on a romanced fall holiday season.


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