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Autumn Lovin'

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Fall is my favorite. Leaf piles, sweater weather, apple cider, crunchy leaves underfoot, pumpkins, and pies! 

This is our first autumn in the new house and it's SO exciting! The maple trees in our backyard have turned from vibrant green to fiery yellow, and deep red-orange. Each leaf that falls to the ground looks like a piece of artwork. I want to save each one and put it in a frame. God's creation is majestic and wondrous! I'm rediscovering nature's beauty through the eyes of my children. Often I find them captivated, listening to the rustling of the leaves as the wind sweeps through the trees. We have several pines that run along two sides of our yard. The girls will wander the yard in search of pinecones to fill their toy shopping cart. It's just as fun as an easter egg hunt! (Plus, I don't have to "hide" anything, mother nature is in charge of that. ;)



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Haven't done any sewing lately, but I did create a wreath to embellish our front door. The Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured a flower wreath in their October/November issue. What a cool idea! I had to make one.


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My parents have wild grapevine growing on the side of their garage. The last time I visited I helped myself and made the base for my wreath. Mom also has an abundance of marigolds growing around her outdoor Mary shrine. They keep blooming and it's already November!


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Instead of covering the wreath entirely with flowers (like the one in the magazine) I adorned just the bottom of the wreath and let the character of the grapevine take center stage. :) 



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Leaf mazes kept my kiddos entertained all afternoon. :)



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