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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall craft projects

Decorating is always a fun way to welcome in the change of seasons and fall holidays. Living in Texas, I have a hard time decorating for fall when it's still 103 outside, sooooo...  I personally don't make the switch from summer decor to fall until October. It's a perfect time to put up my fall mantle and Halloween decorations at the same time. Last year I spent a lot of time of time on homemade decorations. I pinned a lot of inspiration here on my October pinterest board. Take a peek! Here's the fall mantle I put together this year:


I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The cinnamon sticks in the jar add just a touch of fall scent to the living room. Speaking of cinnamon, I have heard a lot about the cinnamon brooms this year, so when I saw one at Trader Joe's I decided to give it a shot in our home. This time, however, my idea was an epic fail. The broom had such a powerful scent, my allergies were crazy in about 30 minutes. The cinnamon broom had to be moved outside. If you are interested in trying this out at your house, I suggest making it yourself so you can control the amount of cinnamon oil you use, and the length of the soaking.

Any change of season wouldn't be complete without some new dresses for my baby girl. In case you couldn't tell from my pinterest boards or my last post, I'm a *bit* obsessed with foxes right now... so when I found some adorable fox fabric at the store, I had to buy some! I also picked up some fabric to mak my daughter a new Thanksgiving dress this year. I went for a with a more whimsical print over the traditional options; there's only so many years she's a little girl. (; I also had the opportunity to make a Broncos dress for my niece, and a special birthday dress... but I'll wait for her big day to reveal that one! 



My friend over at Merry Made Collections is, as always, responsible for the magnificent embroidery on my dresses. Didn't she do a great job?? Which one is your favorite? Mine is the fall fox & leaves dress!

And finally, the project I am MOST proud of this fall... Abigail's fifth birthday quilt. In January (yes, the month that came around nine months ago!), when Abigail turned five, she asked me to make her a special quilt to remember her 5th birthday. I was floored. I couldn't believe Abigail wanted me to make something that special for her! Of course I said yes -- even though I hadn't made a *real* quilt since I worked on a Christmas quilt with my mom when I was a teenager. I did a little researching, and found this gorgeous quilt another seamstress has made for her daughter for the same reason - a special birthday girl wanted one. I loved the style she used on the quilt - just enough rapunzel without it being too charactery. I did my best to mimic her quilt, though I went with some different color and pattern choices. I'm really proud of the way the quilt turned out, even if it took me nine months to get to it. (; A special THANK YOU to my sister-in-law for cutting out the fabric letters for me! 

Pinned and ready to quilt together
The finished project
Bottom of the quilt embroidery
Abigail and her new quilt

All cozy, wrapped up in her fifth birthday quilt


Fall is the most wonderful time of the year!

It's been a while since I've update the blog with more than my sewing projects, so here's our fall in a nutshell:

We're having a baby!




Baby C is due March 30th, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Both Abigail and Brody have been able to come to a view of the sonograms, and see the baby moving around. They are so excited. We talk about our new baby every day, and the kids are anxious to learn what baby is "growing" each week. Right now, we're in the middle of week 17, and the baby is the size of an onion. We decided on a theme for the baby's room, and it's been exciting picking out fox fabric for the nursery! Check out my fox themed pinterest board and sewing board for projects I am working on for the new baby.


Another exciting thing happening in our world is Abigail joining Girl Scouts! We hooked up with a troop at our school a couple months ago, and couldn't be happier. It's been a great way for Abigail to make some new friends from our school neighborhoods, and for myself to meet other moms in the area. She is a Daisy scout, and her troop includes both kindergartners and first graders. For her first meeting, Abigail got to work on a baking project with cupcakes, and last week she got to visit Shades of Green nursery in Frisco, and learn about composting and rain barreling. How exciting for her! She really takes her meeting to heart, both connecting with the other girls and learning everything she can. 

Abigail has a lot of fun events coming up with girl scouts, including the Juliette Low birthday party, Boo at the Zoo, and the Nutcracker Ballet in December! She enjoys playing with her new Daisy friends during recess, so I really feel like this was a great decision all around. Look out for cookie sales in February! (;


We've had a couple of visitors come up to see us this fall, including our cousins and Aunt Juju, and Aunt Rachel and her sister Melissa. Abigail and Brody got a lot of fun time in with our guests, and enjoyed the pumpkin patch and arboretum visits with them.

Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum
Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum
Picking out her "perfect pumpkin" at the pumpkin patch
"If you can carry it, you can keep it."

Abigail & Aunt Rachel

Our final fall activity that we enjoyed as a family, was the McKinney Oktoberfest. We go every year, and always have a blast! This year we were even fortunate enough to run into our friends while we were there! After some hay mazes, and face painting, all the kids enjoyed dancing to German music while us adults sat back and enjoyed the show. 

Showing off their face paintings

Dancing in the street with friends


Hope everyone else is having a great fall! With the rest of fall and winter holidays approaching, we look forward to cooler weather, baking days and movie nights with family. 
Stay tuned for a fall themed crafty blog very soon!