Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Utah Autumn 2014

Hello, this beautiful autumn morning.

Did I ever tell you that fall is my favorite!
Favorite season.

Sweaters, falling leaves, amber, orange, and red colors abound,
and I soak everything in about fall.
I don't think that I could ever tire of it, but of course
fall doesn't stay forever, winter is right behind it. 
But for a few months, Autumn is the star.

We went for a ride over the Wasatch Mountain range with my
father to enjoy the beautiful season.
Dana stopped along the way so I could take pictures,
and in some places, I just shot from the window 
in the moving car, back seated no less!

Here are the results,
Such a beautiful Utah Autumn day.

Autumn in Utah is the BEST!
I can hardly take it all in without holding my breath.
It is so fun to share with you such beauty!

We served a mission for the LDS Church,
5 years ago we left at the end of December for
Ethiopia for 2 years.  Little did I know that Africa doesn't
have a change of seasons, with beautiful colors.
They have rainy season and summer.

All of this was greatly missed.
I would put autumn photos on my computer screen
so I could have this season close.

And now that we are back in Utah,
I don't miss the season or take it for granted.
I know when the colors are perfect, 
it is time to get in the car and go for that
beautiful autumn drive!

On the drive over the mountain is a wonderful stop
called Cascade Springs.
Which we did stop, and did a short hike on 
the paved path along the way.

Here is the stream and pond on the
paved path.

I just couldn't resist this shot of just a few leaves on the ground
If it was in my house, I would hate it, but out here\
where it belongs, I love it!

Dad and I on the bridge at Cascade Springs.

For some reason this is my single most favorite shot of Dad that day.
He was in such a good mood, talking about the drives
he and mom would have over the mountain in the fall.
I think it was as though she walked with him that day.

Dana and Dad.

The amber colors still just consume me as I write about this 
a few weeks after this drive.
Ahhhh, Autumn
I love you!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Be Thankful Pennant

Today I am sharing with you the fireplace at my Dad's house.
Dana and I are staying with my dad right now, 
he is in his 80's and needs some company, and help,
so we spend alot of our extra time at his house.

Last year Rachel was part of a group who shared their scrapbook
talents.  They made banners, books, and journaling tags.
She gave me the letters to the words Be Thankful,
each person on the trade made one letter, so each letter is 
I wanted to pull them all together to make a banner.

Here is what I finished just this week.

The fireplace has a beautiful cement surround,
I added the bunting banner, with each letter adhered to
its own bunting flag.

These were made from Brown Chipboard and
Honeycomb daisy/stripe.
One of my favorite colors,
I maybe should have chosen a brighter orange
color for the bunting flags, but
alas, it is to late for that!

Here they are cut out. 
I used my cricut to cut these out.

This is how Rachel gave them to me.
She did the "F", She used the Leaf glitter CS,
Brown and Red Glitter Chipboard leaves
and orange dew drops from
The Robin's Nest
Scrapbook Companyt

Here is a close up of the bunting hanging in front of the fireplace.

Again the hanging effect.
The autumn trees framed picture I painted
 years ago.  It's a watercolor.

It is such a fun look. 
I put a eyelet in each top corner of the bunting
and used gold ribbon to thread them together.
On the ends is just the brown chipboard.

This is fun way to get your candles to be on different levels.
I used goblets to sit them on,
I also added my home grown white pumpkins.
I was only successful in growing 2 orange mini pumpkins.

These are Rachel's pumpkins she grew in her garden.
The orange and large white one.
So cute here!

I am totally in love with princess pumpkins.
That was what I grew last year, but alas, none this
year I had to purchase this one.

 Here are close ups of all the letters.
I distressed each bunting with brown ink.

And now again, the
finished fireplace.

This is such a fun way to celebrate

Have a great Thanksgiving Season