autumn wreath d.i.y.

I put this wreath together last Fall and I loved it so much I’ve had it on my door for almost the entire year. The thing is, it was so easy to make… I should really be making one for each season.  I took a green foam wreath from the craft store, wrapped a thick ribbon around the entire thing, choose more ribbon in autumn inspired colours and then cut and tied them around the wreath. I love the mix of colours, the simplicity of the design, and the perfect roundness is lovely.

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autumn adoration

b2d3ab36c133b059d1c3de8e06f6a979I don’t know if it’s the cooler air we’re experiencing on the West Coast, the fact that a friend informed me that Starbucks is bringing back the Pumpkin Spice Latte very soon, or just the need to have a distraction from our wedding preparations, but whichever the reason, I felt the need to immerse myself in the impending spectacle that is Autumn.  Don’t get me wrong I love Summer just as much as everyone else – the sun, the heat, the beaches, the water, the bikinis.. it’s great.  Winter is a magical time for me too. I can’t get enough of fresh fallen snow, and Christmas is definitely my favourite holiday.  Spring… I’ve never enjoyed Spring all that much.  I think this is because I grew up in a place which had very long winters, and all Spring meant was a dirty city.  Melting, gravel filled snowbanks are not pretty.

So by far, Autumn is the most glorious season in my books.  There are so many things that I love about the season, I thought I would share some of them to keep me satisfied until September 22 (when I’m actually allowed to celebrate it).  First off, there’s the clothing – cute jackets, chunky scarves & mitts and leather boots make up my ideal outfit.  The layering of dark, neutral, earthy tones is what I long for.  Besides the clothing, Autumn comes with amazingly beautiful landscapes.  Multicoloured deciduous trees which blanket the area make for gorgeous scenes.  The cool, crisp air, spooky Halloween festivities, harvest foods, apple cider, piles of leaves, and the anticipation of the Christmas season all contribute to a very happy time of year.

holidays, past

I realize that this is either too late or much too early, but I thought I would share some projects I put together for a Halloween Murder Mystery party I hosted in October 2011. We got a game, set the date, invited the suspects, assigned characters and cooked up some spooky treats. Here are some photos from the night.

Mini Vodka Crystal Skull and Paper cupcake sticks

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