Tag: fall

Farewell Autumn

I know, I know. Technically Autumn ends on December 20, but after Thanksgiving my mind has completely moved on to all things Christmas. Fall is my favorite season. Between my birthday, my daughter’s birthday, Halloween, the return of warm drinks, hot pie, and cold nights, my love for all things cozy rejoices.

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When you add in the glorious beauty of a New England autumn it’s almost too much to take. The foliage this year was just spectacular, and now that most of the leaves have fallen (and I keep hearing whispers of snow) it is almost time to move on. But not before we celebrate Thanksgiving with family this week.

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A Boston Halloween

Happy Halloween friends!

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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Since my birthday is right before Halloween I grew up having costume birthday parties filled with pumpkin cakes and other seasonal treats. Now that my own baby is also a Halloween baby, I expect that tradition will only continue. We’ve added our own traditions – including pumpkin beer and cider tasting with friends, and making quadruple-size batches of butternut squash soup, and enjoying homemade pumpkin spice lattes.

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North Shore Autumn Classics (You’re Welcome)

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Crowds mingling around a crackling bonfire. Temporarily dyed hair. Spirit week. Parades. The season of Homecoming is the inauguration of fall. When the yellow school buses make their reappearance, pumpkin flavored everything debuts on menus, and candy corn teases you from the grocery store end-caps, autumn’s arrival is just a tease. It’s homecoming that lights theĀ  torch for this fall-loving girl.

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Fall Favorites

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Things I love about fall in New England:

1. Hot apple cider donuts. Not from Dunkin’. Not from a bakery. Not from the store. They have to be from a place that has goats outside and bits of straw are trailed all over the floor. The better you can see the vat of oil, the better they taste. It’s true.

2. The satisfying sound of dry leaves crunching underneath your shoes as you walk on the sidewalk.

3. Hot beverages. Cocoa, coffee, tea, chai, steamers, you name it.

4. Brisk, chilly walks. I love taking walks in the fall. (*See #2.) The air is chilly enough to keep you cool. The air just tastes fresher. You can feel it in your lungs.

5. The changing leaves. New England is known for their scenic autumn landscape. It’s worth the frigid winter every single time.

6. The clothes. Jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, scarves, flannel, puffy vests, boots, wool socks and earmuffs. Welcome back into my life.

7. Lumberjack husband. I used to tease my husband about the wardrobe takeover of plaids, flannels are Carharrt that would take over every fall. But now it’s not autumn without it.

8. Raking. Well, conditionally. It’s fun the first three times. After that it’s painful. But at least you’re burning calories. Right?

9. The plethora of holidays: namely, my birthday, Halloween, our dating anniversary and Thanksgiving.

10. Apple picking. Pumpkin picking. Homecoming parades. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Maple scones. Fleece lined slippers. Sidewalks lined with hay bales. Scarecrows. Return of the Crock Pot. Hocus Pocus on VHS. And fall scented candles. Just in case I left anything out in the previous 9.

10A. Did I mention I can wear boots again?

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Nearly No-Sew Autumn Bunting

This project begins like many others in my house. With two little words: Trash. Picking.

There is an interior designer who lives down the street from my parents. Every once in a while she weeds through her stash and puts lots of lovely items she doesn’t need anymore on the curb. In the case of this project, she was getting rid of a swatch book of designer fabrics. I’ve been saving them for eons and the right project finally came long.

I thumbed through it and cut out all the swatches that looks warm, cozy and all-things-autumn.

First, I folded them in half an cut them into rough triangles. Then I ironed them flat.

Then I folded over one “hem” by about 1/4 inch and ironed it down. Then I used dabs of hot glue to “hem” the first side of the triangle.

I let them dry for a few minutes and then I ironed the opposite sides of the triangles. You will want to take care not to press the iron on the hot-glued-hem, as the heat will cause the hot-glue to liquefy again.

When ironing the second side, be sure to create a nice point at the bottom of the triangle. You may need to trim the fabrics slightly to allow for this.

After I ironed down my hems of the second side, I dabbed them with hot glue to make them stay.

After they all had time to harden, I trimmed the corners of the topside. Since I would be hemming this side as well, I didn’t want the corners to peek out the sides. After I cut the corners off, I ironed and hot glued just like before.

Then I ironed each flag flat.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to iron in-between two pieces of fabrics. Otherwise you will get hot glue all over your iron face. Also don’t iron for too long or the hot glue will seep through the front of the flag.

Next I took all my flags and arranged them in the order I wanted them to hang – alternating the plaids, golds, reds and blues. I piled them in order and started to “sew”.

This could hardly be called sewing. If you can thread a needle you can do this part. I overlapped the corners and made a quick loop (by hand) and tied the knot in the back.

Once they were all connected I taped them up with painter’s tape (as to not ruin our freshly painted walls!).

I think it’s sweet. : )

Total Cost: FREE
Total Time: About 2 hours

Now I just need to pretend we have cabinet doors back on the cabinet bases (yep! my living room cabinet doors are also in the abyss of my basement) and get some window treatments up in here.

I already have my swatches picked out for my Christmas one! I can’t wait to make it. Perhaps next time I shall try sewing it.