I’ve had a lot of fun lately, enjoying some fruitful thrifting, some bountiful fall blooms in the garden, and some happy crafting for Halloween. First of all, let me say that two years ago, when I toted home a small Chinese Lantern plant from my farmer’s market, I had no idea that it would spread so eagerly. I has literally taken over my front flower garden. So, what’s a crafty girl to do? Find a way to use them for fun fall decorating, and to make cute decorations to give away! I found this cute idea in the Martha Stewart magazine for turning Chinese Lantern pods into small pumpkin favors. I’ve also had some exceptional luck at the thrift store lately. The orange pot in the background is McCoy (I’m kind of a pottery snob!) and the pumpkin is a vintage Haeger planter. I found these things just hiding among all of the other Halloween “crappity-crap.” (thanks for the term, Dottie Angel, it’s perfect!) Fall decorating is my favorite, and I only wish the season wasn’t so short. Right now I’m pressing some leaves for another crafty idea I saw on Martha’s website… I’ll be sure to share the results.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~George Eliot
Fall…… It’s my favorite season, and if I could push the pause button today, I absolutely would. I love everything about crisp, sunny fall days. Warm sweaters, apple cider, Halloween and fall decorations, bright yellow Aspen trees, and geese flying in V’s. School is in full swing, leaves need raking, gardens need prepared for winter, and there hasn’t been much time for creating. However, it seems as if every time I look around, there’s a photo opportunity. Enjoy!
So, I work at a high school, and this week is Homecoming Week. I don’t care how old you might be, you probably remember the buzz and energy of Homecoming. The team building, the buzz, the energy, the traditions….. It’s about theme inspired dress-up days, and class competitions, and parades and of course, the game! That’s why I’m so excited about the prize ribbon I made at The Creative Connection Event. I was so fortunate to be able to take a class by Megan from Princess Lasertron. We all made these enormous, over-the-top, but oh-so-cute, prize ribbons. In my daily life, I just don’t see myself donning it for groceries or the mall. However, Homecoming is the perfect occasion to sport some extra big team spirit. I was so excited to choose my school’s blue and green, as well as embroider a big “G” on the center button. All of the ladies who attended this class were so much fun, and we truly enjoyed each others’ company. It reminded me of what old-fashioned sewing circles must have been like. I’m going to stock up on some more felt and ribbon, some fabric covered button kits, and I’m going to make some more of these beauties to share with my colleagues for next year. Who says that team spirit can’t be crafty? Go Team!!
“Never doubt your instincts in a thrift store.” -Dottie Angel
Yes, I’m still talking about the Creative Connection Event. (It may never end, so hopefully you’re okay with it!) While I was there, I had the amazing opportunity to meet with the publisher of Uppercase Magazine Janine Vangool for my Pitch Slam. Her company published the book I want to tell you about….. Dottie Angel: the Peachy Crafty World of Tif Fussell.
I absolutely must borrow from Tif’s super-fun vocabulary to tell you that this book is, “peach, fabby, and brilliantly brilliant!” I had been saving this treasure since I got home from TCC. It was perched on top of a pile waiting for a really quiet, special moment when I could settle in for an extended amount of uninterrupted time. When you hold this book in your hands, you will understand that trying to read it while commuting, or perhaps cramming in a few pages at the doctor’s office, just won’t do this sweet little volume justice. This book has so many special touches, it feels as if it were handmade just for me. It wasn’t just rolled off the presses and put in a box. No, I’m not going to give away the surprises. You’ll just have to order one for yourself from Uppercase. I could go on and on about why I love this book, but most of all, I love that when I read it, I feel like I’m sitting in the Airstream with “Dottie” (Tif) on a lovingly weathered chair, covered with hand crocheted doilies, drinking a cup of tea, in a beautifully chipped cup from the thrift store, and gazing at some of her handmade treasures. When I read the description of the book, I must say, she had me at “thrift store.” I confess — I’m a complete thrift store junkie! Tif and I have exactly the same passions: crocheted covered vintage hangers, ceramic animal figurines and granny squares! We both have “crafting epiphanies” and an appreciation for anything with “granny chic!” She is “utmost kind” in sharing ideas for fun little treasures to make, and she tells you about her special little world where tools have names and bunnies wear capes. “Thank you kindly,” Tif, for the crafty ideas, the walks down memory lane, and for letting me into the perfectly blissful world of my new best friend, Dottie Angel!