Crafting and stitching have always been an important part of my life. Both my mother and grandmother owned a craft store when I was a young girl. They were always creating beautiful pieces of art. I truly cannot remember a time when I did not sew or craft in some way. My favorites are primitive cross-stitch and farmhouse style hand-embroidery. Stitching is so relaxing and is my therapy. You can find a few of my stitched goodies for sale on Instagram.
"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."
Randy and I grew up in Michigan. When we think of fall, we associate it with trips to cider mills, cinnamon donuts, hot apple cider, craft shows and changing of the leaves. I remember with great fondness the big effort my parents put into creating costumes for my sister and me every year. Yes, some were your typical easy peasy costumes, but there were also several that took hard work. I will never forget the one year I wanted to be a cereal box. Sugar Smacks cereal box to be exact. My dad found a huge box and worked diligently on creating a complete reproduction. We worked on this together and I will never forget the time and laughs we shared. Oh yeah, of course it rained that night. As you can imagine, all that paint, markers and hard word ran right off the box and onto my clothes. We laughed some more . . . Maybe all their hard work at creating fall memories rubbed off because I truly enjoy celebrating everything about fall. Soon the house will smell of pumpkin bread and mason jars will be filled with candy corn. The kids will be planning out their costumes. Fall garland and decor will be spread throughout the house and the front porch will be lit up to encourage others to enjoy the season with us.
Crafting is another sure sign that the holidays have arrived. Each year I create a few new things for the house. Last year, I joined my first counted cross-stitching SAL (stitch along) with my mom. I met wonderful stitchy friends during this experience and finished one of my all time favorite pieces "Give Thanks".
Yesterday, I started my first fall craft of 2016. I am sharing a few pictures of the process and will share a finished picture soon. Besides all the pumpkin spice commercials, this stitch really put me in the mood for fall. I hope you feel inspired to pick up a needle and thread and celebrate this fabulous fall season.
Happy Stitching, Chrissy