Saturday, September 23, 2006

Welcome Fall!!!

Oh how I've been eagerly anticipating your arrival. It feels great to actually say "It's Fall", knowing that I don't have to wait any longer, actually if I were to go by the weather alone, I would have thought we were welcoming winter :)

This year seems to have flown by at turbo rate. I feel as if just yesterday I was packing away the winter decorations and the christmas tree, and now here we are, the holidays just around the corner.

The music playing in the background is from Pride and Prejudice, and it's actually what I'm listening to at home. I have my hot cup of coffee "FogLifter", it's great and perfect for this morning. I don't have anything interesting to eat though, a piece of toast is all that sits on my computer desk.


Charlotte L. Riser

When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.

Let me just say that it's cold here, no really, it's COLD here. I don't mean just chilly, I mean, blankets on the beds, heater on, wake up to ice on the windshields, 30 degrees cold.

I managed to get my fabrics organized yesterday, and now they patiently wait for my projects to begin, hopefully this afternoon. So this is the first thing I'm making, a purse for Jasmine. Shouldn't take me too long, and then I can move onto this project "Patchwork Notebook Cover". I've had my eye on that one for a long time, since I saw a similar one made by the talented Tania from "A Ervilha Cor de Rosa".

The kids and I are also going to be making a Leaf Collage. Later today we're going to take a walk and collect as many different color and shape leaves as we can, then we're bringing them home and with just a little glue and some blank paper we can create come really cute art, which I'm then going to use to decorate the wall going up the stairs. It's actually a really easy and inexpensive way to decorate.

I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of plain inexpensive frames. Every season, I have the kids draw pictures and then use those to decorate. When the next season comes around, I just switch out the current art in the frames, for the new one :)
I love being able to display their art, it's inexpensive and personal, the kids feel like they're helping with the decorating AND they're happy because we're all spending time together. Come on now, look at all the PRO'S!!! :)

Keeping with the Autumn theme, I know that a lot of you out there, LOVE carving pumpkins, just like we do. I found a really neat Pumpkin Stencil Maker. You have to be a registered member, but it's free registration so no problem right???
Then go here, design the pumpkin you want, print it out and carve your masterpiece....oh and then take tons of pictures and pick the best one, go on over to Butterflies and Bullfrogs the week before Halloween, and enter her Blog-O-Lantern Contest :)

See I'm giving you a lot of neat ideas, aren't I???

I have so much to do today, and not enough hours in the day. A lot of you asked me how I managed to get so much done and still have time to read, craft or watch TV.
I was never this organized, actually I remember the first 2 years of marriage, I had time for NOTHING. Seemed that I would wake up in the morning, take care of Jasmine all day long, and then BAM!!! it's bedtime again.

Over the years, I've tried many schedules and routines, and I'm actually pretty happy with the one I have right now. Just try different things, experiment with some schedules and see which one works for you. You would be surprised to know that I get ALL the things done on my TO DO list AND I still have plenty of time to sit around and relax or work on my hobbies....there's actually been days that I'm sitting on the couch going "I'm bored, I have NOTHING do do". That's when you'll catch me blogging and taking my Blog Drives.

I'll show you all my schedule broken down into times and what I actually do, not today, I don't have time LOL But probably tomorrow I'll have it ready :)

Anyway, I better skidaddle on out of here....hope you're all enjoying the beautiful crisp Fall morning, and get on out there with the kids...let's see what kind of crafts you all come up with today :)

Happy Fall!!!


org junkie said...

Good morning Sandra! We are definitely feeling the chill here ourselves but just usually first thing in the am and then it warms up a little. I'm not very crafty myself but I love to hear about what you are working on. I might just get brave enough to try it myself one Have a great day! Laura

Carrie said...

How beautiful! Just what I needed to read and listen to, to continue on with our wonderfully, crisp, and sunny fall day!

Thank you Sandra!

I love your blog!

Morning Glory said...

Ahhh, the music is so lovely. That was a great movie.

When I was a little girl, I used to collect leaves and put them between two pieces of wax paper and iron them. It was a fun thing to do.

theresa said...

Thanks for the relaxing music...but no chills here...just sunshine and more sunshine. I actually bought fake leaves to hang up in my house because we'll you know in the desert there isn't any fall foilage going on around here.

This week we made foam pumpkins and two nights ago we made caramel apples. Well off to try the button again...for some reason this little guy does not like my sidebar! :)

Thanks again for the link love!

Brony said...

Thanks for the ideas.
Have fun with the frames.

Jen said...

Cant wait to hear about your routines and schedules....I need one desperatley.

philyra said...

Love the music! I am quite a music buff. I was so excited about today being the first day of fall. However, I live in the South and the temp was in the low 90s today. Bummer. I can't wait until the air gets that chilly crispness, and the leaves begin to change. I love your blog! I look forward to reading more!

Looney Mom said...

So cool. Really I wish you lived next door to me; I need so much help since I'm the least organized person in the world and I could learn a lot from you. I guess I already am. Thanks.

Shash said...

I love the fall too, the colours and crisp mornings are what get me! I think we're in for a cold winter though, we never got out "Indian Summer" the last hurrah for summer. It's raining today but it's still wonderful!