Autumn

Perfect Christmas Socks Begin at Yarnia

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Ok! OK! OK! My daughter definitely beat me to the punch on this one! Her video post about our visit to Yarnia to pick out a custom designed yarn for her Christmas socks went live yesterday!

Anyway, I still think I should get to tell MY side of the story! Right?

Indian Corn Series Part 1 - Making an Indian Corn Wreath

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I am crazy about Indian Corn!

Every year, in the fall, I end up buying more - even though I have bunches and bunches of it already at home. I just can't resist the stuff!

So - this year I decided to actually DO something with all those bags of Indian Corn my sweetie has so patiently hung from the garage rafters year after year. He never complains, but I know he is convinced I am nuts!

Make Easy Fall Themed Pinatas using Gourds

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I just had to try this out to see if it would work!

I have been thinking for some time that gourds would make the greatest "ready-made" pinata forms! And, you know what? It turns out they do!! No paste and layers of newspaper strips and drying and more strips..... None of that yucky stuff!

Crafty Hearts and Hands Playing at the Pumpkin Patch Harvest Fest

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Watching children and adults alike in the act of creating and making makes my heart happy.

And I had a full day of "happy heart" yesterday (Labor Day) while at the Pumpkin Patch Harvest Fest .

My sweetie and I set up a free craft table of farm related crafts every year and everyone is welcome to sit and play! This year we taught gourd painting, making wheat brooms and making house blessing ornaments.We went through over 100 gourds and bunches of wheat!

I hope you will take a few minutes to join me in remembering the day!

(And locals, mark your calendars to join us on October weekends at the Pumpkin Patch for pictures. We will have a photo booth set up every Sat and Sun except the 23rd.)

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Faces were very popular this year!

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I thought when the artist got this far she was done! NOT!

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Love it!

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Grandpas even got into the act - this one using a bit of "practice shell" I had laying on the table.

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This one was asked to draw on a face and he seemed to relish it!

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Dads shared a little crafty time with their kiddos while Mom shopped.

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This little artist got the idea immediately!

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I'd say he is definitely a budding artist!

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A couple of real artists just getting started! Below - their beautiful finished gourds!

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My sweetie and I watched this young man for an hour as he applied bits of every color on the table to his gourd.

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P1080179 We get the biggest kick out of watching couples as they sit side by side, saying not a word, intensely focused on their work.

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His!

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Hers! (Just started) I missed seeing her completed drawing but I bet is was lovely.

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Grandma helped out braiding a house blessing ornament. They ended up making two - one for each of them to take home.

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Wheat brooms were a huge hit!

 

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My sweetie's hands in the upper left corner helping with floss ties.

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I loved the ways crafty hands decorated their brooms.

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And look at this one! I learned so much about embellishing harvest brooms! My tutorial for making harvest brooms here.

And now, I'll just leave you with a few last shots of happy hands at play.

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Celebrate Fall Harvest Season with a Easy Harvest Broom

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Guess what I just found for sale at Michaels? Wheat! In natural, pale green and soft brown! I saw it with my own eyes!  On the shelf!

So, I decided this is the perfect time to share how I make Harvest Brooms. They are the perfect accent to celebrate the fall harvest season which is just about to begin!

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