Last night was pumpkin carving time. I have enjoyed the book Little Boo for pumpkin season this year- pretty sweet little story about a pumpkin seed that wants to be scary and he gets his chance. Silas was inspired by Little Boo when he carved his little pumpkin.
This afternoon we will roast up the seeds this afternoon and get ready for a chilly trick or treat night. If you are looking for a sweet read today you should check out Little Boo and the activity kit to share with your kiddos as well.
I have fallen in-love with Homer and did not even know it. Homer Laughlin that is. I by chance picked up these two "oven serve" vintage pieces a while back. One is a pie pan and one is a casserole dish. I did not recognize the marking on the bottom. I just liked the simple style of these. They seemed to be from the 30's and they were both around a dollar.
It was not until I came across these sweet little small dishes at the thrift store this week that were labeled as "homer laughlin" that I did some research and found that it is the same pottery maker as Fiesta Ware- now it all makes sense. I am smitten with this little simple cream and green flower line. Drives my hubby crazy, but there is just something from the 30's farm pottery and dishes that I adore and kept bringing pieces home and trying to shove into a little spare inch in our small kitchen.
Goodness though, couldn't you just picture some little homemade chicken pot pie in these little cuties? Time to do some recipe searching!
Sometimes it is just kept at home! We were not able to go to one of our favorite music festivals Walnut Valley- Pickers Paradise, this fall so we did it up DIY style and had our own Little Walnut Valley fest with our friends and it became the Knit Pickers Paradise. We are still hoping to make it there in the future, but till then this was a nice substitute.
I have to give kuddos mostly to my husband that created the stages, set up lights, arranged for beer, food and just had a general wonderful passion for the whole "little" fest.
Here are more pictures but one thing that I have gotten for myself each year is a patch for our family camp flag. If we were going to make our own fest then I needed to come up with patches to boot.
A quick guide for you involved:
1- finding the perfect graphic- I happened to come across the perfect graphic at Shutterstock
It is that time of the year where we choose to honor our dragon energy for "dragonmas" (Michaelmas) at the end of September. We set up our baby knit dragon that slowly hatches throughout the day, read dragon stories, contemplate the changing season, make bread and share how our inside "dragons are doing this year around the dinner table.
It is tradition that has held pretty stable since the boys were little. This year Silas drew a pretty amazing crystal dragon. The crystals fall off the dragon's head and become unicorns. He is into unicorns in a pretty big way these days and they seem to be creeping into all parts of his creative energy.
So cheers to another changing of the season with the hopes that our dragons will stoke enough fire to keep up warm and energy flowing till next summer!
My oldest fella entered the official teenage world in September. He has been waiting a long time for this crowing moment! I found myself to be pretty calm, not so teary eyed and really was able to just sit back and enjoy watching and being with him.
I am a bit of a recovering over the top thematic birthday party mama starting from when the boys were babies. As they have gotten older I have found that I still need to operate within some sort of theme but not get so overwhelmed by it.
As I was thinking of what kind of wood birthday candle holder my 13 year old was to have on his cake I sat back and thought about this person he is growing into. He is my trumpet player, my book lover, my creative builder, by soccer player, my science lover. So it was a simple combination of OMG and the periodic table of elements that I had seen some funny images of online. I tweaked the numbers a bit to match his age and birthday. I don't think he was nearly as tickled as I was.
Otherwise we enjoyed taking him and his buds to play laser tag and then a quick trip to ride roller coasters the next day.
OMG he may be a teenager but he still likes his birthday traditions that we do. The boys wake up to a golden dollar path leading to a simple little candle to blow out and song from us first thing in the morning. And he did not mind the extra kisses and photos mom wanted to do on his birthday either.
I am pretty sure I blinked and September was gone. It has been some running days with a kiddo officially becoming a teenager, hosting our own little bluegrass fest, a large art installation project for a big music festival in our town, soccer, and a big meeting and banquet planning for my job. In a nutshell; September kept us on our toes.
But we were still able to work in family time on the deck, exlporing the woods, and welcoming in Fall. I hope to share the highlights with you as I am catching my breath now and loading up pictures from the past couple of weeks.
It does bug the dickens out of me that I was not able to blog most of the month, I hope you will stick with me- the sleep monster overtook me most nights!
Hoping your labor day weekends were enjoyable. We always like to reflect on the work that is done around us and often remark on how names reflect trades. The boys and hubby's last name is a reminder of the family trade of shoe makers and cobblers that stem back to Germany. I think if my last name were not Willow it would be Yarner!
As I was knitting on the sleeves of the sweater today I was thinking about how much labor and time have gone into this one item, and it got me thinking about the industrial revolution and how it affected knitting and making. I came across some startling images of children in knitting factories in the US before child labor laws were in effect.
So I am going to work this into our weaving learning here in September. It is a part of our past and history- not always very pretty but part of our past. Definitely going to show the boys the next time they complain about having to feed the chickens and take care of the dishwasher!
So the end of my weekend was still enjoying the fruit of my cleaning day, an enjoyable evening down by the river, and heading out to some country roads for some elderberry hunting. Luckily I had a couple boys to keep me company and help look out for the elderberries. They are convinced I am an elderberry witch with a keen sense of finding the elusive berries. They are key to our family's winter health and some delicious jelly too! The berries are packed away in the freezer till I am ready to process and juice them up.
Now that September is officially here, that means about 3.5 months of making time left before the holiday season- yikes! So if you are a crafter like me and try and spread about some homemade labors of love it is time to get kicking my friends. This year I have vowed to start early so today was just the first step. Armed with a can of spray paint and a gift in mind for some new folks on my list this year I took advantage of a moment before the rain and the breeze was blowing nicely to prep some soon to be jar toppers.
My list is hefty so I usually like to start a little journal each holiday season to keep notes, sketches, etc . . . I made an extra and will be giving it away to one of you. Just leave a comment between now and Saturday at midnight. Bonus entry points for following me on:
We are preparing to welcome September this weekend in a relaxed, stay at home sort of way. Yesterday was chore day and happy to say that we have a clean house, laundry is done, yard work done, and most of the Etsy orders finished for the weekend. So we get to spend the rest of the weekend hanging out; who know we just mind end up at the river along the way.
September is one of my favorite months because my eldest was born in this beautiful month. I can hardly believe he is going to officially be a teenager this month. That does not mean he still does not enjoy our home learning times.
The list for September is made and we will start working it in this week. Hope you have a great rest of your holiday weekend.
Join me tomorrow for a top of the month give-away!