Autumn

Autumn crafts inspiration

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I have some really, really talented (and lovely) friends - one of whom is called Linsay.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ― Albert Camus

Since we are well into the Autumn season, Linsay organised an Autumn crafts and art afternoon for local families with an underlying Christian message.  Lots of families came and it was just a lovely way to spend the afternoon.  Also, I bumped into a few people I hadn't seen for a while so what could be better - crafting, chatting, tea and a couple sweet treats!

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But back to the crafts - everyone was so taken with the activities that Linsay had organised that I thought you might enjoy a peek too!

Above is a really super cute hedgehog that our son Benjamin made with leaves that had been collected and pressed ahead of time.  Paper hedgehog templates had been pre-drawn so that leaves just had to be glued on and then facial features drawn in.  Benjamin really enjoyed this activity.

Below are some other examples with pressed leaves that Linsay had put together ahead of time...  Such a cool idea and so effective!

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I was thinking that they would make gorgeous note cards for someone special.

Next, do you notice that little smile on Benjamin's face - he's busy spreading icing onto a little cupcake with chocolate buttons etc to add as features for an owl.  All I know is that it took great restraint not to dip my finger into the icing!

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By the way, I would have shown you a picture of the finished owl cupcake but unfortunately it got dropped a few times before I could snap a photo!

Just below is a pic of Benjamin weaving.  I think we all enjoyed this activity most.  You end up with a gorgeous end result to hang up at home.  Linsay called them 'spiderwebs'.

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In fact Benjamin was so taken with them that once he mastered the technique fully, he went on to show several other children how to achieve their own spiderweb!   I think he thought everyone should try that particular craft and he was the boy to demonstrate it!  Funny.  Yes he was really taken with them and now has his example proudly hanging in his bedroom for all to see.

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Above, Joseph is enjoying the 'spiderweb' process too.

Linsay provided some fantastic wool for us to use for the spiderwebs which made it such a tactile experience.

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Linsay had sticks cut to length and within a short period of time we achieved the above.

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Don't they look effective and ideal to display!

Linsay had also cut out leaf shapes along with having a plentiful supply of lentils to stick down onto the paper.  They looked really effective.  Would be nice to adapt this idea for Christmas decorations maybe?

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Yes, pressed leaf bunting using a vintage book - what a great project.

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There were other activities too such as a nature mobile and gardening activity but unfortunately, we ran out of time.

Not part of Autumn crafts as such but still I thought I would share a photo of my usual Autumn treat - baked plums in orange juice, mixed spice and cinnamon served with porridge - absolutely gorgeous!  Yum!

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Oh and lastly, I have some pinned some other fantastic ideas and inspiration for you on my Autumn/Fall Inspiration board over at Pinterest.  Below gives you an idea of what caught my eye, so please head on over if you'd like to see everything in more detail and perhaps follow me.

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So, I hope some of these ideas have spurred you on to create some autumn crafts with your family and thanks Linsay for all your hard work.

Jane xo

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September : dreams + goals

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Yep, just like that it's now September and that means its also time for reviewing our monthly dreams and goals for this month (and reflecting on the previous).

Everything starts as somebody's daydream...

- Larry Niven

 

This practice really gets me clear about how I want to feel this month, what practical tasks I would like to complete and any emotional or spiritual needs I may have.  It also gets me thinking about colour, seasons, nature and enables me to have some key focus areas on my life rather than letting the time just 'run away' from me.

Yep, there's nothing like getting the old glue stick out, my journal, some inspiring mags, washi tape, markers etc. and all the while I slowly begin to feel some of the answers to my questions made clear.

Oh and incidentally, September comes from the word 'Septem', the 7th month of the Roman calendar.  The Saxons used to call this month the 'harvest month' and I think the farmers around here would attest to that if all the tractors around loaded with hay are anything to go by.

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer." -   Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

Without further ado, my journal spread is below!

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It never ceases to amaze me, that if I just use my intuition when choosing the images, how it seems to make perfect sense - to me anyway - lol!  For instance, the words 'A fresh start' - this caught my eye because our 11 year old just started high school today and so, it is literally a fresh start.

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I've chosen the image of the blackberries and apples because well, it's that time of year for them.

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The picture of the roses resonated because I want to remember their beauty and soon the weather will change and their blooms will disappear outside.

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Thistle heads are amazing and I chose them because they always remind me of summer's end.  The flower at the top caught my eye I think because the colour looks a bit autumnal and there's an image of a chalk board just below the flower and well that's reminding me of school and perhaps my days there too.  Oh and I couldn't resist adding a red star for Joseph and his first day!  :)

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At the top of the page you can see the links to the other months in this series, so please take a look.  If you feel you would like to share your journal spread, then please go on over to my Facebook page and post it there - I'd really love to see it.

 

Here are some suggestions if you would like to start this monthly practice for yourself

* don't complicate it - decide whether you will include images (either from magazines or your own creations) or just words.  You could even vary it each month depending upon your mood - all I'm saying is giving yourself some freedom to change things about should you wish.

* go with your intuition and don't over think the process - have fun with it.

* try to look at your monthly page regularly to 'check in' with yourself and the dreams and goals you wrote down.

* allow yourself a little reflection time so that you can clearly and accurately clarify your dreams and goals.

* don't forget to spend a little time looking at the previous month's goals and dreams and tweak this month's accordingly if need be.

 

I'll leave you with these two questions:

- 'What is important to you for this month?' 

- 'How might you fulfill this need?'

 

Take care.

Jane xo

 

 

 

 

 

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Watercolour, words + glimpses into nature

Love my 'wellibobs' - boots in other words MiaEvery morning I walk Mia (see above) after having dropped our boys off at school.  I know it's obvious but I find it amazing how much more we see of the world when we walk. Various This watercolour (below) I've just finished includes some leaves that had dropped from an oak tree I often walk past (above).  (By the way, I read the other day, that oak trees can live for more than 1000 years!)

Underfoot are hundreds of acorns that are in varying stages of decay.  You can't help but walk on them and hear the crunch underneath - I love the sound.

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Quote + Oak Leaf

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This Autumn I'm finding myself with a surge of energy to de-clutter, reassess my wardrobe, re-arrange things, paint rooms (done two), I've deep cleaned a carpet in our dining room and a need to finalise jobs that have been put aside.

I think it's a sign that I'm getting ready to hunker down if you know what I mean?  You know when you see squirrels rushing about collecting their nuts before hibernating?  Well, I've a yearning to get ready for the Winter season and a desire to get things cosy, nurturing and tranquil - not the nut collecting aspect though.

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A quick note:

I'm slowly getting to grips with it technically and will be adding items to my new website shop as time goes on.

I still have my Etsy shop.

I have a number of items for sale at the moment if you fancy taking a look.

Please stop by my Facebook page and connect with me.   I'd love to hear from you!

 

 

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