Even though it was in the 90's where I live this weekend, I started getting out the fall decor. It is fall when you look at the calendar, and my neices are coming to visit this week and they loooove seasonal decorations.
First I had a little pumpkin repair to do. Truth be told, I was not happy when my online order of pumpkins (on sale from Shabby Chic) arrived with the one just as you see it above. Boo. (and not the seasonal good kind of boo) I did email their customer service, but I never heard back. I should have marched it into a store, but I didn't, so this year, I'll fix it. I see there are a lot of velvet pumpkins and velvet squash by different sellers on etsy, if you're in the market. I also made some of the pumpkins myself from a kit I purchased from OliveJuice&Co a few years ago, but I don't know if Kim has sold them since then or not.
I plan on replacing the stem with a bigger one I saved from last years carved pumpkins, so that I have an easier time closing the gap.
Of course my favorite family of pumpkins made by my sweet friend Mary Stanley were brought out, as well as the fall felt garland I made a few years ago. That comes out in fall and stays out through Christmas usually.
And while I was in that cupboard, I couldn't resist pulling some felt out for a new fall decor diy.
My lap last night.
Checking last night's cuttings this morning.
A new garland is in the works, and likely a few other things. When I first started the project, I envisioned it mostly cream and tans, neutrals, like above. And then I added a little more contrast:
And then a little more:
Even though I've started working on it, I still am not sure which way I am going to go. I like them all for different reasons. Maybe I'll have the patience to make 3 versions, but probably not.
Oh, how I love wool felt. I purchased some a few years ago at a local quilt shop that is no longer in business, and some of the above is cut up old hats that have been thrifted. I also ordered wool-blend from Heather Bailey, she's got a great assortment of colors sold in sets so you can get a good variety for a reasonable price. I have been drawn to felt and felt crafts since childhood, something so nostalgic about it.
I thought if I took photos of the colors in a group, I'd be able to choose which way I wanted to go, but the photos didn't help. I like them both. It does change things though, having that very dark orange in there for strong contrast. Same with that hot pink and orange, changes it from what I was orginally envisioning, not that that matters. I'm just enjoying the process of seeing how it comes together.
Enough blabbering on about it, time to get back to making it!
I'll share the finished garland soon!