Autumn in the Midwest is very different than the Autumn in the West Coast. Growing up in the Midwest where Autumn comes in like a lion and leaves like a lion helped develop in me a certain manic-like rush that begins around the first day of September and is gone almost as quickly as it comes.
On one sunny golden day, sometime towards the end of September, you will notice a few leaves in Goldenrod or Amaranth dotting the trees. By the next week over half the woods are on fire with the reddest of reds and the orangest of orange. The next week the entire landscape resembles the artist's painters pallet and it is a clear sign that Autumn has come again; it's time to fill the wood pile, bring in the squash and harvest the corn. Then just as sudden as it arrived; the leaves are gone, the air is filled with a cold mist and all that is left are shades of greys, browns and a little green and my manic mood is over.
I have always loved fall in the Midwest and it still carries through to my new Cali home; it continues to stir the creative juice that have been slumbering through the lazy days of summer. I find myself gravitated to all things orange, red and yellow. I'm inspired to gather the colorful leaves and arrange harvest scenes. And I certainly can not forget the burn I feel as I enter Michael's craft store.
Even in Cali to simply walk into a Michael's store this time of year congers a flood of melancholy memories; cool crisp days spent crafting with my kids, planning Halloween costumes, and decorations for Thanksgivings past. The spicy scent of cinnamon nips at my nose as the glass door slides open and my mind is swirling with inspiration.
It is amazing how inspiring a season can be; Autumn is where my creativity peaks to a new level each year and now that the faux pumpkins are lining the shelves of my favorite stores I know it won't be long. I can't think of a better way to start out this week but with a little Autumn DIY inspiration. I found this DIY project on a website called UsefulDIY.com enjoy:
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