(Yes, I'm from the South and proud of it.) It's finally starting to feel like fall here in Nashville! I'm so excited to start dressing Avery in all of her too cute fall outfits instead of the sleeveless tops and shorts she was still able to wear earlier in the week. I'm excited about brisk, but sunny afternoons. I'm excited about oranges and browns and reds. I'm excited that fall brings us closer to winter, because winter means snow, a favorite word among teachers.
This picture of our front yard was taken last weekend. The leaves were just starting to turn--you should see them now! Hopefully we'lll be able to ride up on the hill this week so I can get some shots of the farm in full color. I'm so not a farm-type girl, but I married a man with strong ties to his family's land, and though there are still times that I think about what it would be like to go house hunting or to live somewhere more suburban, I'm finally--after eleven years--starting to understand the pull of the Hollow. This time of year, when the fields are mowed, the leaves are bright, and the animals are more visible, I feel it even more.
And so....I went looking for some fall inspiration. I LOVE these projects, and might try some of them myself...next year. Right now I still have a Halloween costume to finish, a website to design for one of my three jobs (and by that I mean paying jobs, nevermind being a wife and mommy), and two trips to take in November. Here's what I found.
And these are the projects I have tackled this season. Actually this past Monday. Hey, I don't get that many days off between August and May, so I try to get a lot done on those days I am off (hence my love of snow days).
And here's a closer look at the pumpkin topiary in progress. I'm still looking for a larger pumpkin to add to the bottom. I may use a real one for that. Once it's done it should fit better in the pot, hiding the dirt left from the summer's flowers.
Easiest. Centerpiece. Ever. The floral/berry picks are just stuck into the spaces of the wire pumpkin.
I want to find some black pillar holders for the pumpkins, but the little silver pots work, too.
So I finally did some decorating for fall. I'm still looking for more fall decorating ideas, though, so please comment with ideas and links!
Today is the day of the big Blog-a-thon! It should be lots of fun and a great way to support women bloggers. Not sure what SITS is? Click below to get in on the fun.
I found SITS only about a month ago, and then only clicked over for a chance to win a Cricut. I didn't get the bug, but I did find an enormous community of bloggers who reach out to each other and give us all a way to find new interesting things to read and try. The community aspect of blogging is why I started this blog in the first place. I probably post a lot more now because I know there are actually people out there who read my crazy thoughts, and that audience is great motivation to keep creating and writing. And the comments! A few weeks ago I was a saucy blog and received 22 comments on one post alone. And isn't that really why we all blog? :) Comments stroke our egos, admit it! So head on over to SITS and find some good reading material. You might even win something! Here are a few SITSas to get you started.
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Okay, so now for the big reveal. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, starting with construction and moving towards the finished mini-mansion. Enjoy your house, Avery. You're worth every minute spent on it!
So there it is. Avery has already had a McDonald's picnic in it with her daddy, and isready for all of her friends to come and visit soon! Tea party, anyone?
And look at this little spider candle holder. She packaged everything so cutely.
And how about this great Halloween chipboard kit. I'm looking forward to playing with this, as chipboard is a medium I haven't really played with yet.
Thanks, Heidi, for all the pretties. I still have two days of my 5-day weekend, so I will certainly play with it all before heading back to school Tuesday. And be sure to check out her blog...she's a fantastic thrifter and crafter!
I've been playing with word clouds for a couple of months, even using them in two of my classes and adding one to my sidebar, but I never really saw them as art.
Then I saw this print on the Pottery Barn website:
Very cute, but not $80 cute. But it got me thinking. Thinking about how words arranged randomly could actually be attractive. And so I went back to Wordle.net. This site allows you to create free (free!) word clouds by simply pasting in text or typing in a link. The more times a word is used, the larger it becomes. You can also alter the font, color and layout.
So this is what I came up with for Halloween. If I'd spent more time on it I probably could have made it more square like the PB one, but I still think it's pretty neat. I could print it out, enlarge it and frame it as the one piece of Halloween decor in my home. Once you create them, they are yours to use however you like.
Any other ideas for how to use this fun word art? If you make one, leave a comment with the link...I want to see them!