Happy October! If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know I love this time of year. The crisp air, the pumpkins, the smell of the leaves, the beautiful colors…. it’s just all so energizing! I LOVE it!
It can be difficut to get people to visit us way up here in the north country. That is especially true in the winter time…. which can make for a lonely Christmas. And when no one is going to visit…. well, it’s just not as much fun to decorate. But, we do sometimes get visitors in the fall, so last year I put a little effort into creating some fall-friendly pieces.
I wanted to do something different with the fireplace mantle. I used an old window that I’ve had sitting around and added some vinyl and some mini canvas pennants.
I needed to decorate the porch as well so I made this Fall Subway Art to use out there.
If you’d like a free SVG for Autumn, just leave a comment and I’ll send you a link to my “Subway for Fall” SVG. If you want to take a look at more of my recent work, check out my Facebook pages here and here. And please “Like” my page while you’re there.
Oh… and by the way, if you are like me and thinking about Christmas already, you can check out my floating ornaments here.
These CAS-ual Fridays gals have inspired me to create another card! For this week’s card challenge I designed in Inkscape, and used both my Cuttlebug and Silhouette. I like the looks of text inside of text and found it easy to accomplish in Inkscape. I used a pen in my Silhouette to draw the text on white presentation paper. However, I think if I do it again, I’ll use a little heavier card stock. The green piece was embossed with the Cuttlebug. The branch and bird were drawn using Inkscape and cut out of leftover programs from my daughter’s wedding. I tried cutting the leaves out as well, but decided they were too small. So, I used a pen in my Silhouette.
The rick-rack bow was an afterthought. Actually…. I put it there to cover a mistake. 😉 The ink from the wedding program that I cut the branch from bled when I glued it and made a bit of a mess on the white background. I wasn’t about to start over…. so the bow. I think I like it!
Our daughter’s recent wedding reception was an informal outdoor affair. The meal was a boxed lunch and the bride wanted to add a little thank you to the box. She asked me to make a tag that could be tied on with baker’s twine. I used double-sided card stock and my Silhouette Cameo to create this cute tag. It was simple to design using the Silhouette software. I opted to use my pen holder by Chomas Creations (love it!) and a gel pen for the typography rather than doing a “print and cut”. Look closely and you’ll see that I made stickers for the sandwiches using the same process. I like the effect of the pen and it is easier because I can just leave it in the cutter for the entire process rather than having to use both the printer and cutter. After the tags were cut out, I distressed them with ink. Angie and I were both pretty happy with how they turned out.
Who likes to hang clothes out to dry? I have to admit that I don’t do it much anymore…. although I did when I was first married. But I remember how fresh those clothes smelled when I pulled them off the line and took them inside to fold them.
Here is a free SVG that is reminiscent of those simpler times.
Today we Skyped with the princesses and their mommy and daddy! We miss them so much and what a joy it is to see those sweet princess faces. I am pretty sure they feel the same way…. about viewing their faces that is. In fact, they spent a large portion of the time amusing themselves by making faces into the camera. I can’t say that I blame them because they are immeasurably more fun to look at than Grandma and Papa!
Princess number one is counting down the last half of her kindergarten year. She is growing up so fast and is now sporting an age-appropriate missing tooth in her smile, which she displays with pride. Her conversation is filled with important aspects of her life, interrupted by the giggles brought on by viewing the silly antics of her sisters and her on camera.
The best part of our conversation was when the eldest informed us that, “I have been crying about wanting to go to your house”. While thinking of this precious child crying gives me no pleasure, I am happy that she wants to come to our house for a visit. It is an almost yearly event for their young family to travel to “Papa’s house” for a little summer vacation time, and I am happy that she is forming fond memories of the times we spend together there.
Thinking of summer makes me long for those peaceful sunsets on the lake. To help me dream of wonderful summer evenings, I used simple shapes and Inkscape’s gradient function to create these scenes. I’ve posted an Inkscape tutorial to show you how I created the background. Take a look, and then please let me know if you find it helpful.