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Fall Leaf Autumn Garland (take II)

10.19 shower leaf garland

This past weekend my friends Courtney, Bryanne, Janey and I threw a baby shower for our friend Ann. The party was magical woodland themed and Courtney hosted it at her house. I’m here to share this leaf garland/mobile (above) that I made as decoration for the party.

10.23. leaf garland close up

Courtney reminded me of this garland (above) I made for the Craft Day a couple of years ago, and then Bryanne shared a link to this leaf mobile, so I combined the two into one.


This time around I actually used acrylic leaves, rather than drying and pressing real ones like last time. Ironically, it wasn’t until I got them home that I realized the leaves on the garlands I bought were much more dimensional, so I ended up lightly ironing them flat-ish between dish towels after all. Afterward, I painted scribbley patterns with acrylic craft paints on each leaf. I used a needle and string to attach the leaves to the branch. How suiting that I felt like I was channeling Ann’s pom pom garlands while I worked.

I think we successfully showered @abeautifulparty today. So-so excited for the arrival of #babyMaybeGosser

I’ll be back later this week to share the invitation that I illustrated for the shower. I loved how it came out, so stay tuned!

Project 21

I finally did it. I completed Project 21!

In 2005 Jeffrey Yamaguchi published the book 52 Projects. I loved this book! I still love this book. After it came out I not only bought it for myself, I bought a couple copies to give to others.

52 Projects is a book that (you guessed it) offers 52 different creative projects for people to do over the span of one year. Project 21 encourages readers to take a picture of the same thing for one month. For years and years I have attempted to finish this project, and for years and years I have failed. I have lived in 3 different places over the span of me trying to complete this project. One year I actually did take a picture every day for one month. Only the pictures spanned over several cameras and then I lost one of the memory cards from one of the cameras, so I couldn’t put all the final pictures together in the end. Over the years that I have tried to start this project and finally finish it, I completely forgot what the actual original project was. I was certain that the project was specifically to photograph a tree changing colors. But as it turns out, that was just my take on the project and it became so ingrained that I thought that was the project. Really, the project is to document something over one month, whether it be a picture of yourself or a scene, then put the pictures together in chronological order and put them somewhere to share. In the time from when the project was first “assigned” to now, gifs have blown up so it is only natural that I would adapt this project to the times. This is my platform for sharing the documentation of our tree changing colors and losing its fall leaves.

A couple of notes about the this project. The pictures were taken daily, mostly between noon and 1 p.m., from the beginning of October to the beginning of November 2013. The difference in lighting is strictly weather, aside from one picture. I was so excited about decorating the tree for Halloween (Heidi Kenney‘s idea) that I threw in one night shot with the tree lit up. The season ended way too quickly here. It may look like I missed some days, but we had one crazy windy night and one rainy day and boom, all the leaves had fallen. I love that it captures the Chicagoland area fall so perfectly with snow showing up in a couple of the shots. After you are done watching the tree, now pay attention to the burning bush next to the tree.

Happy Halloween

I’ve had a full and happy Halloween season.

I’ve been listening to my Monster Mash themed pandora station for weeks. Yesterday my day started out with Harry Belafonte singing Jump in Line which will always evoke the image of Winona Ryder’s Lydia in Beetlejuice, dancing in the air.


I carved pumpkins twice! Once with my brother, SIL, and nephew and once with Matt and some friends (pictured above). My pumpkin is the top left (same as last year’s).

We went to look at the pumpkins on the courthouse lawn at Pumpkin Fest in Sycamore, IL. I liked this one that used pumpkin and gourd to make an apple core.

I cut out and painted a bunch of pumpkin signs for family members and then made myself a ghost to hang on the front of our house. Thanks goes out to the previous owners of our house, who left us tons of huge pieces of particle board to make plenty of holiday signs from.

I guess I’ve started a ghost collection. From left to right Axelhoney, plastic keychain from walgreens years ago, and TheLittleRedDoor.

I bought these plastic masks that I’ve been wanting for a long time.

I’ve enjoyed the fall leaves changing colors and noticing the fallen leaves are like nature’s confetti.

We went to two apple orchards including a new to me one. My coworker/friend was telling me all about Honey Hill Orchard in nearby Waterman and it is my new favorite orchard. It’s like real country, not fake and swarming with people from the suburbs. I just can’t take the crowds of the other two places nearby. Honey Hill has honey bees and their own honey (I took the above picture with my macro lens on iphone), as well as a little petting zoo where I pet the sweetest horse and bought apples to make apple sauce.

We went to my brother’s annual Ghost Story Telling Bonfire. It was a spooooky evening ;)

Hope you are having or have had a happy Halloween with plenty of tricks and treats!

‘Roid Week 2012 – Day Five

me on my bike

Day Five, this was the last picture of original polaroid film in that particular camera. I think I have a bunch more film on various cameras, as well as an unopened box yet. But it really is time for me to be thinking of buying some Impossible Project film. For this shot I asked Matt to just snap a picture of me on the bike as I was coming to him, shoulders down. Not too bad. Although, there was one shot on a different camera, taken first, that came out 100% blank. It’s bound to happen when any remaining real polaroid film is at least 5 years old.

I’ve been riding my bike to work and back (and sometimes home for lunch and back) almost every day this summer. This week has been kind of cool and today I was in gear for autumn, wearing a jean jacket and corduroys.

‘Roid Week 2012 – Day Two


I recently found the picture above in a stack of polaroids outtakes I took at least 4 years ago. I think it was right around the time that Polaroid announced that they were stopping production. I remember at the the time still seeing plenty of Polaroid products on the shelves and thinking “yeah right, Polaroid will never be gone”. Aaaand, you can tell, by that stack of pictures that I took of this same thing over and over until I could get the image perfectly centered. The final piece was sent to Marta in either Portugal or France where she lives now, for one of our mail swaps.
A small portion of my polaroids from back when I'd burn through packs like Polaroid instant would never run out
Years later, Polaroid instant film is gone. It’s not entirely gone, in that The Impossible Project picked up one of the factories and is producing film. But long gone are the days of buying 30 shots for 20 bucks. Fortunately, there are also many fuji products that fit in a variety of Polaroid cameras, as well as their own instant cameras.

Documenting the fall

In the last week Matt and I have been doing some rearranging. We moved our “living room” which was previously in the finished basement, up to the actual living room area. The office, which was previously in the “living room” is now in the finished basement. Matt’s brother and sister-in-law were so kind to give us their 61″ HDTV and there was no way we were carrying that down the stairs, so instead we just did a switch-a-roo. The reason they gave us their amazing HDTV was because they decided to upgrade to a 3D-HDTV! and it is amazing! I’ve never been too keen for 3D movies, but they had us watch a 3D Imax movie about the bottom of the ocean and it was the first time ever where I felt like things were actually coming out of the screen at me.

Then this weekend we carved pumpkins with our friends Tom and Nikki. It’s something we do every year.  I only have Matt and my pumpkins pictured here because the full group shot is on my other camera and I left that in my best friend’s car. My pumpkin is on the left. Usually I always carve the same pumpkin ever year, but this year I was inspired by this link from Martha Stewart via  The Dainty Squid.

Last week this painting arrived in the mail. It was actually a painting I made and sent out for a top secret project. I loved the finished product so much, and I was so afraid that it would end up getting lost or tossed and just unappreciated, so I was thrilled to have it back in my possession. It’s based on a collage that I shared earlier this year.

And lastly, today I made this Etsy treasury.

Please click on over and view it. I love all the pieces I featured and think they deserve some attention :)

That’s more like it

10.16, originally uploaded by robayre.

The colors are finally in full glory. Everywhere I look, green and red, gold and blue.
It’s getting cold too. Today at work, I daydreamed about knitting mittens, scarves and socks, and spinning and spinning lots of fiber. In fact, that is what I did tonight – I spun and plied some yarn that has been on my wheel for a loooooong time.

Here is another handspun/knit pendant I made recently. The colors are wonderful and remind me so much of the season. It’s listed in the shop.