Decorating With Nature

by Sherry
I wanted to do a quick post to show you my latest Fall addition. 
 The Osage Oranges (aka Hedge Apples) were collected off the ground at a local restaurant…with permission of course.  I just love the color and texture of these. 
The hydrangeas were free and picked from a bush owned by a sweet antique/junk dealer.  At his home he has a small shed and another larger building full of things for sell. You just pull in his driveway and he comes outside and unlocks the buildings for you.  I asked if I could pick a couple of the Hydrangeas and he ended up giving me about a dozen to dry.
A couple of branches from our yard were added and the result is a free Fall arrangement
courtesy of Mother Nature.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at the Open House Party Wednesday evening.  I have
a fabulous home for us to tour this week.
Also,  check back in a couple of days when I will have a wonderful GIVEAWAY just in time
for Christmas shopping.

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adventuresindinner November 7, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Simply lovely. Just goes to show that Mother Nature is still the best stylist out there 🙂 (with your help of course)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage November 7, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Such a gorgeous arrangement!! I like the price too. 😉

Gina November 7, 2011 - 7:22 pm

Hi Sherry, Love your arrangements. Beautiful colors and beautifully photographed. I'm waiting for a "certain" tree to drop its lovely green oranges.

[email protected] of Life November 7, 2011 - 7:22 pm

Very nice arrangement! Can't go wrong with dry hydrangeas…your lanterns are great as well!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) November 7, 2011 - 7:22 pm

Sherry, this is just gorgeous. I love the hedge apples and the hydrangeas. So pretty. The price is perfect also. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Amy @MaisonDecor November 7, 2011 - 7:35 pm

Very pretty Sherry!~come by and enter my Transferware giveaway please!

Debra @ Common Ground November 7, 2011 - 7:36 pm

This is just gorgeous! Love that it's all natural! xoxo

Coley November 7, 2011 - 7:40 pm

gorgeous arrangement!

Toni November 7, 2011 - 8:00 pm

A beautiful arrangement. Love the mix of all the different textures, great price, too.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style November 7, 2011 - 8:08 pm

I love those osage oranges or whatever they are called. How nice to be given the hydrangea blooms, too. Beautiful arrangement.

Designs By Pinky November 7, 2011 - 8:22 pm

Sherry, I just the other day gathered some osage oranges from a road nearby. Thye were just lying on the ground at the side of the road. I love what you did, it looks beautiful! Nothing beats FREE either!!! XO, Pinky

Blue Creek Home November 7, 2011 - 8:27 pm


Honey at 2805 November 7, 2011 - 8:37 pm

The arrangement is gorgeous, Sherry! The combination of natural elements is beautiful, as is your photography.

Richard Cottrell November 7, 2011 - 8:38 pm

We call those Hedge Apples here in Missouri as they came off trees that we call Hedge trees, They are good trees to use for farm fench post as they are hard and will last for centuries. I look forward to them every year in the fall. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting November 7, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Sherry that looks absolutely beautiful!! Martina

Chari at Happy To Design November 7, 2011 - 8:42 pm

Hi Sherry…

My friend, your newest autumn vignette is simply delicious! No one can do autumn better than nature herself! I love the bright green of the hedge apples. Would love to get my hands on a few. You know, I have never seen them…other than in photos. I wonder how long they last? Anyway, your autumn vignette really is gorgeous and your photos are spectacular, dear friend! Thank you for sharing with us!

Warmest autumn wishes,

At The Picket Fence November 7, 2011 - 9:32 pm

That is just beautiful Sherry! I love the colors and you can't beat "free"! 🙂

The enchanted home November 7, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Sherry…soo beautiful! Love your style, you have the perfect touch, next to the lanterns, its perfect!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions November 7, 2011 - 10:03 pm

I definitely want to look around and see if they have any of those little green balls here, Sherry! They really make a nice little arrangement additive and the color works all year round.

Gina November 7, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Beautiful arrangement! You can't beat decorating with nature.

Divine Theatre November 7, 2011 - 10:47 pm

Lovely. I have some pheasant feathers I gathered after a coyote ate the rest of him. Although I still feel a little guilty when I look at my Autumn wreath…



Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish November 7, 2011 - 10:47 pm

Beautiful, Sherry!

Steph November 7, 2011 - 11:03 pm

So pretty!

Miss Char November 7, 2011 - 11:09 pm

I have to go out on the side of a four lane highway to collect osage oranges Sherry, sure wish I could just drive up to a restaurant. Your arrangement is beautiful and the price sure is right. Thanks for sharing.

Lori Lucas November 7, 2011 - 11:29 pm

I too have a weakness for hedgeapples. I have even looked for 'fakes' but not found them. Lovely, lovely arrangement! Lori L

Kelly November 7, 2011 - 11:38 pm

That is such a gorgeous arrangement for Fall! I love using things from the yard to decorate with. I think it's more special that way. Love those osage oranges too.

Sarah November 8, 2011 - 1:18 am

Sherry, I, too, like to use hedge apples for fall decor, but there are non to be found here this year. I suppose the drought and severe heat may be the reason.
Like the way you filled the glass container. Clever idea.

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G November 8, 2011 - 1:35 am

Beautiful Arrangement! Love the natural elements in such lovely colors!

CalypsoInTheCountry November 8, 2011 - 1:36 am

Beautiful arrangement and I love those lanterns!

Comeca Jones November 8, 2011 - 1:57 am

Nice arrangement! I've been meaning to ask you if you would host a "Whats on your bakers rack " party soon I dont have a mantle but I do have a bakers rack and of course I love yours and watch it for inspiration. Just a thought…

Charm Bracelet Diva November 8, 2011 - 3:50 am

Sherry, I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one who picks up hedge apples off of someone else's property! In Kansas I'd help my neighbor out by taking a boatload, and here in IL my dear husband has stopped and picked up tons of them by the side of the road. I LOVE decorating wth them! Your display is beautiful.


Debra Hall November 8, 2011 - 4:12 am

lovely….. 😉

jayneonweedstreet November 8, 2011 - 11:55 am

Love your free fall arrangement!

SHERRY HART November 8, 2011 - 1:06 pm

There is something about that bright green and wood…my favorite combination…..Love!

Cindy November 8, 2011 - 1:31 pm

What a beautiful arrangement! Love all the colors and the green oranges/apples…love them! I've never seen them before, but love the color and texture…they add so much to your arrangement!

Savvy Seasons November 8, 2011 - 2:13 pm

What a gorgeous arrangement, and I adore the colors. Well done, my friend! xoxo ~Liz

Luciane at November 8, 2011 - 3:51 pm

Hello, my dear Sherry.

How are you doing today? Inspiring us as always, I see! 🙂

This is fabulous. I love decorating w/ natural elements.

Have a blessed day!


Luciane at

Olive Cooper November 8, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Sweet! Put it on a cover someone.

Jacqueline November 8, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Sherry, I just love the hedge apples! What a beautiful arrangement and for free! What a doll he was to give you ht hydrangeas! I collected my last roses before the final frost, couldn't let them go to waste! I love having real arrangements in the house. It looks so great with the lanterns too.

Coastal Cottage Dreams November 8, 2011 - 11:02 pm

I love decorating with natural things…..I did not know they were hedge apples….love thy hydrangeas also…..

French-Kissed November 9, 2011 - 4:16 am

I sure wish we had Hedge Apples here…they are gorgeous! and your beautiful arrangement is a wonderful expression of the very essence of Fall.


Becca November 9, 2011 - 11:20 am

Gorgeous, Sherry! I love the pop of color … there isn't any better type of decorating than FREE, is there? 🙂

Yvonne @ StoneGable November 9, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Just stunning, Sherry! The vibrant green and nubby texture of the hedge apples makes a wonderful late fall decor! Mother nature is a generous donor to your lovely fall vignette!

Richard Cottrell November 9, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Nature and natural is the only way. Richard from My Old Historic House.

SavannahGranny November 9, 2011 - 7:35 pm

Beautiful, I never knew what hedge apples looked like. Now I know. You can always teach an old dog new tricks. Hugs, Ginger

Karen November 9, 2011 - 11:29 pm

So pretty and I love that it's all natural. I've never heard of hedge apples, are the the round, moss covered spheres? I don't think we have them in California.
Love the hydrangea and branches of fall leaves.

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors November 10, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I love those funky green oranges.

Pamela November 11, 2011 - 1:16 am

Another lovely home! Thanx for hosting Sherry!


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