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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!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! #pumpkin

Happy Halloween! We waited until last minute to carve pumpkins this year, 10 p.m. on the eve of Halloween. I put on Nightmare Before Christmas and cleaned, carved and collected seeds. Matt came to join me but then promptly fell asleep on the couch so I cut his open and cleaned it out, he’ll have to carve it tomorrow. Every year at this time I think how people could make some decent money selling already cleaned out pumpkins. I know I’d pay $20 to not have to do that myself. The above pumpkin was just a bitty one that we grew in our garden, my other pumpkin was probably 4 times the size.

This is Halloween, This is Halloween! 12 pumpkins in the tree. Thank you @mypapercrane for the idea. I plan on putting some of those LED tealights inside of each one on #halloween.

I got the above idea from Heidi Kenney and bought 12 of those $1 trick or treat pumpkins to decorate our front tree. I also bought LED tealights and plan on putting some in each pumpkin so they are lit up for the evening on Halloween. I will hopefully get a good picture of that later. It’s supposed to rain so I doubt we will have lots of trick or treaters, which is a real bummer after the lead up to the holiday. Earlier this week we watched Hocus Pocus and I’ve had our holiday decorations up all month and have been listening to my Monster Mash pandora playlist since mid September.

My DIY Skeleton zipper hoodie

At the Craft Extravaganza, I made this skeleton zipper hoodie. I’ve had the idea for some time that I would like a skeleton top and leggings. I think I looked around a little bit but never found the simple style I was looking for. Sometimes I would see great ones but they would only be in kid’s sizes. Finally I had the idea that I could just make a hoodie easy enough and bought a solid black one at Target in the men’s department. I did google image search of skeletons and drew up a simple sketch and just painted it on with white fabric paint. I love how it came out and I’ve worn it so many times already since then. I’ve received some compliments on it too. I imagine it will be an all year hoodie, not just Halloween. Leggings will be up next.

My siblings and I went to #jonamac #cornmaze. It's been a few years since we've done it. My fitbit says it was about 4,000 some steps. Also of note, this maze (the night time haunted version) was recently featured on #theOnion

A couple of weekends ago my sister, brother, SIL, nephew, niece and I did the corn maze at Jonamac Orchard. When just went during the day and it had been years since I’ve done it before. The orchard recently hit the big time when The Onion did a story on the haunted version of the maze, here.

Tuesday’s Fall Color was Red. I had the idea of turning real leaves into buttons and pairing it with a cableknit scarf I knit.

What goes better with fall leaves than cozy knits. #fallcolors2013 @poppytalk

Unfortunately, I realized that it’s already that time of year when I get home from work and there is no more natural light left. This weekend is time saving so that’s that. The picture turned out crap, the detail on the knit is great but the leaves are FLAT and might as well have been drawings, you see no detail in their vein work, or that the thread is actual real thread, making each leaf a REAL BUTTON. I was on a rampage with how angry I was about there being no more daylight, cursing out stupid bloggers (generally, not anyone specifically) that don’t have to work a day job and get to stay home and can take perfectly lit pictures all day long. Yeah, pretty much. I might want to get myself one of those happy lamps just for the safety of successful lifestyle bloggers with pretty pictures. It would be for light therapy, not for taking pictures with.

Day 3 for @poppytalk #fallcolors2013 #brown

Day 3, was Brown. Once again my plans for a fall outdoor picture squashed because I have to work for a living. (Yeah, I’m angry, dramatic, and venting, but really the whole no daylight thing REALLY angers me every year). I remembered the felt I’ve been cutting out for my “someday” halloween monster costume. I picked out the browns, added a few other accent color pieces and snapped this picture. It doesn’t capture the outdoor fall, but I think the wools do a good job with fall mood.

I hope you have a happy Halloween with more treats than tricks.

Be the Change and Craft Extravaganza 2013

I feel like all of my favorite blogs have decided to never update anymore, boo. But then I realized I am not updating much either. So, here I am, deciding to be the change I want to see in the blogosphere and updating my own blog.

#fallcolors2013 for @poppytalk Monday Fall Colors Week.

This week is Poppytalk’s Fall Colors Week for 2013. Monday was “Golden” and while I was at work I had this idea to use gold paint on leaves. Instead of picking gold leaves, I chose red to make the gold pop. I had to rush home after work and put it all together before the sun went down. The picture did pretty well (for me at least) on instagram and was even featured on Poppytalk’s post for Monday colors. Weeeeeeee!

10.28 Gold Color2

Here is an out take where you can see the metallic paint better.

Today’s (Tuesday) color is Red. We will see if an idea pops into my head today. Join in on the fun, you can do one day or all days, no pressure.

10.19 perpetual calendar  Spiral Bound Notebook Rockford

Two weekends ago I went to the annual All Day Craftextravaganza (the third year), only this year they asked if I would be interested in teaching a class! I was very flattered and of course jumped at the chance. It took me a bit to think of what kind of things I could teach, but then I actually came up with a whole list of options and let them decide. They went with Make Your Own Notebook. Naturally, as the event got closer, I started to get more and more stressed and worried. I wanted to make sure that everyone was able to make something they really loved. I prepared goodie bags, a class information sheet, and each student could make a perpetual calendar (that I designed above) as well as a notebook of their own design using an assortment of paper I provided (similar to the travel journal above). After the fact I realized that a lot of the stress that I caused myself was because I waited too late to prepare AND I wanted to make sure everyone was happy and they had options. If I had it to do over again, I would have everything ready way ahead of time (ha) and there would be only one option. I also think that some ease would come from the past experience, so if I were to teach the same class again I wouldn’t be so worked up because I would have already done it once before. Everyone that signed up to take the class was really sweet. There were 10 students in all. One person already had a notebook binder but had never taken it out of the box. Another person was so excited that she already scored her own binder by the end of the day and planned on making all of her Christmas presents using it. So, I would say the class was a success!

A Pretty Collection: Celebrate


Top left clockwise: Fabric ribbon streamers by Casey Baudoin, Unititled by Mariehochaus on flickr, Small Stripe 1 2010 by Georgia Gray, Treasure Ring Box by yours truly

Other Pretty Collections

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.