scarecrows and banjos and gardens, oh my!

Every fall, I make sure to plan a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for their annual “Scarecrows in the Garden” event. To me, it’s the epitome of fall’s arrival… TONS of scarecrows decorated by people and organizations from all over the community, pumpkins, seasonal ales, great weather, and banjo music!  I actually got two exhibits for the price of one, because the gorgeous, huge living sculptures from “Imaginary Worlds” were still on display.

Fun evening with some of my puppet coworkers::

Scarecrow Sockly, the Center for Puppetry Arts’ scarecrow — he’s modeled after our 8′ tall sock puppet mascot::

Some pretties from around the garden::


The Earth Goddess – a beautiful, HUGE sculpture/water feature::

This gal had a great duct tape dress and hat::

The Royal HAY-by::


Black bird pie… made out of a kiddie pool::

Fabulous pink ponies and skeletons! I think these were my favorite::



Such a pretty view of part of the Midtown skyline at dusk::
Such a lovely way to wind down October and get ready for the holidays – and cold weather!  There’s just one week left for both of these displays, so be sure to visit soon if you’re in Atlanta!

fall bucket list


I don’t think Fall Bucket Lists are quite as popular as those made for the summer, but I’m going to make one anyway. There are always so many fun and festive things to do throughout the fall, so here’s my list of to dos from now through Thanksgiving!

1. Try 2 new restaurants each month (Sept / Oct / Nov) — completed Sept (Corner Taqueria, The Family Dog, Bell Street Burritos, Cafe Lapin, Pasta Vino); completed Oct (Smash, Heirloom BBQ, Farm Burger, New Yorker Deli); Nov (Hottie Hawg’s BBQ)

2.  Cheer on the DAWGS at a UGA home game — DONE!

3. Host some game day parties in the man cave for Auburn football (and Georgia, of course…) — DONE!

4. Go to Rhinos and Winos at Zoo Atlanta — DONE!

5. Scarecrows in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden — DONE!

6. Pick out pumpkins at Burt’s Farm in October — DONE!

7. Celebrate Craig’s 31st in Nashville! — DONE!

8. Take 1-2 more photography classes through Southeast Photo Adventures —  one DONE!  (online class re: lighting) 

9. Make Craig’s fabulous chili recipe more than once (or at least several soups and stews this season) — DONE!

10. Make homemade pumpkin donuts — DONE! (made pumpkin muffins because I don’t have a donut pan)

11. Finish re-doing the deck — DONE!

12. Finish the kitchen/front room/guest room valances — DONE!

13. Finish Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving