I am not really sure what I could say to adequately express my love for October and Autumn in general. It truly is the start of the most wonderful time of the year and I have been relishing each change that comes from pumpkins and mums in grocery stores and Halloween displays to the leaves on the trees that line my neighborhood streets gradually becoming more orange each day. And despite the very dreary and wet start we have had, I have been trying to enjoy being cozy and drinking lots of chai tea and watching Gilmore Girls. The sun has finally emerged today so I am looking forward to some outdoor activities in the week to come. There is just nothing quite like the crispness of the air on a perfect fall day. I made this quote last Friday but my computer has declared itself full and has had a very sad and slow weekend and therefore I couldn’t complete digitizing it for you guys before today.
Click on the following PDF and you can print it out for yourself.
Emily Bronte quote PDF
I would suggest choosing a quality option for your printer since this was done in watercolor and some parts of it will be lighter or darker. Happy October everyone!!!
We had a new neighbor move in next door about 2 months ago. When she moved in, I was like, “Look at me I am going to bake something for her and then we can take it over and introduce ourselves so she can have a lovely welcome to the neighborhood.” Like in the movies. Only I kept being too busy/forgetting and I have been feeling like a bigger and bigger jerk for not having introduced myself at all. But I was bound and determined to bake a neighbor treat and fullfill my vision. So finally last Friday I decided to get my act together and bake one of the cookie recipes from my “Yummy for Autumn” pinterest board. It consists of two oatmeal cookies full of warm fally spices with sweet pumpkin filling nestled in between. In other words, YES.
I followed the recipe exactly as is but doubled it so I could have cookies enough to take to the dinner party I was invited to on Friday night. They were a big hit. Anyways, here is the recipe and I strongly suggest that you make them too. It is fall after all, which is the season of superior sweets (superior everything really) and we might as well embrace it before it is gone.
Five stars if you can spot the cat in this photo.
There he is. Juicy likes fall treats too.
Last weekend Chris and I took a trip up to Iowa to visit some of his family members including his grandmother who was an absolute delight and his cousin who has taken over a super old (over 100 years I think) family farm and him and his wife (who is also a talented artist) are fixing it up. It was really quite lovely and charming and the slow pace of life was a nice breather from my usually fairly chaotic schedule. It also reminded me how much I miss being around grandparents as all of mine have passed. The freeness with which they speak their mind and tell things as they are is really something to treasure. And it is also hilarious. I was in stitches for most of the weekend. I thought I would share some pictures of that and a few other things that have been happening…
This was the sunset that we watched as we were leaving the farm to head back to Cedar Rapids. Pretty unbelievable, right?
There farm and the land around it were exceptionally beautiful. I just wish I had had my wide angle lens to capture it all. Total screw up on my part.
We like fields.
I know no one cares about Halloween anymore but I never got to show the floating pumpkins outside of my house. Here they are.
I have been doing some pretty fun calligraphy projects recently like these magnolia leaf escort cards. I was also asked to do a table runner for an inspiration shoot that will be in Carolina Bride as well as some envelopes and belly bands for another inspiration shoot that I just finished this week. I will share all of that when they are published.
I did put just a couple Christmas decorations up so far. I am holding off until it gets a bit closer to do my mantel. Is this weekend close enough?