These crazy 'apples' have always fascinated me and this year, I decided to add them to my fall decorations . . . after all . . . they were free, picked up by the side of the road in our town on a stretch of public property so you can't beat the price! I did a little research on them and found they are actually called Osage Oranges. They are not edible nor are they poisonous. In reality, it seems they don't serve much of a purpose except as a delightful treat for squirrels. HOWEVER,
I found dozens and dozens of testimonials where people claim they completely eliminated spiders and other insects from their homes! Most people put them in styrofoam containers and leave them around the basement, even after they've turned brown and soft and claim they never saw another spider in their homes! I must admit, I'm going to try it as just posting the picture above made me squirm!
The other most common use for these is decorating with them and having an abundance of them, I put them just about everywhere including some on my front porch for the squirrels to enjoy.
In my bicycle on the wall . . .
In my 'nook' in the living room . . .
Yep, pretty much everywhere!
I also got a chance to use some of the spindles I picked up months ago at a junk yard for about 1.00 each. I stapled some fall 'foliage' on them and added them to my nook display.
Here's a little secret . . . I don't REALLY think autumn is delicious (I'm a summer-lover!) but I love this quote so I printed and stamped this to go inside the frame in my nook.
Do YOU have Hedge Apples where you are and have you used them to decorate?
Linking to these parties this week . . .
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Knick of Time Tuesday http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/
Marvelous Mondays http://www.jamscorner.com/
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Nifty Thrifty Tuesday http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/
Cedar Hill Ranch http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/
Savvy Southern Style http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/
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From My Front Porch to Yours http://frommyfrontporchtoyours.blogspot.com/
The Brambleberry Cottage http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/
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The Charm of Home http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/
At the Picket Fence http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
While He Was Napping http://whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com/
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