Inspired by the gorgeous fall weather, we took a day trip to Cunningham Falls State Park. It's a beautiful park with a pretty lake and trails. I think the trails were more crowded than usual because of the beautiful autumn leaves. My family liked climbing on the many large boulders and rocks. It was such a pretty day to be out in the woods.
In the hopes of nesting a bit and settling into our new house, I've been doing a few little projects here and there, in between taking care of the wee small people. Just before putting our old house on the market, I bought a few throw pillows to spruce up the couches, and sadly, they're already showing spots and stains and other unmentionable things [probably not, but who knows with a just turned three-year-old in the house, and in his defense he was still two when I bought the pillows].
Anyway, I pulled out one of my favorite, favorite crafty sewing books, Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. It's such a fantastic book filled with all kinds of adorable projects and patterns. You may remember this little project that I made a few years ago when my daughter was very, very small and really was a sweet wee elf.
Though Amy offers several different pillow patterns, I decided to go with the "Square Ball-Fringe Pillow" because I had the cutest little pink pom pom fringe in my stash. After measuring out the fabric for the pillow, I realized that I did not have a long enough piece of the pom poms in pink. I rushed to the nearest fabric store, which is not part of a big chain and seems to be more geared for tailors and designers, maybe, I'm not really sure who shops there. Anyway, they didn't offer any pink pom poms and so I settled on ice blue.
At first I was a little disappointed and thought that I might be making a big mistake, but after pinning the pom pom fringe to my turquoise IKEA fabric I decided that ice blue was perfect.
And so, I quickly measured and pinned and sewed and stuffed and stitched...
And made, not one, but two little pillows for the family room couch. And they look perfect when I crop out the glaring red carpet that came with the house [and really doesn't smell very good] and the piles of toys and debris on either side of the couch.
Since it was such a beautiful weekend we had to take advantage of all hiking opportunities and so we, of course, chose to go hiking on Sunday. It was such a beautiful day... shimmering sunlight and golden leaves and plenty of room to explore and play and investigate and run and climb.
Moss-covered rocks to climb...
Logs to climb and sunlight to bask in...
... more moss, trees to climb, and cute dogs to toss sticks to.
Loving these crisp and cool fall days... so happy to finally see the sun after what has seemed like an eternity of dark, gloomy days filled with record amounts of rain. Really, it's been ridiculous. The grass in our front yard is turning brown because it's so water-logged.
We had a most wonderful weekend exploring old trails in a newly reopened park. This was a favorite place for the husband and I to bike and hike in the olden days before children. We went a few times when our daughter was small, but it began to take too much effort to get past the posse of dogs that overran the park. It ended up being closed down for a few years to have repairs made to the bridge and to decontaminate the soil from so many dog visitors. They've sectioned off a new area just for dogs, so hopefully, the park will stay fresher... we'll see.
Information tables and crafts activities were set up on opening day. They even had a few live critters out to be admired. The kids especially loved the turtles and very large bard owl.
In an heroic attempt to try to put the party together, I was working and organizing and arranging up until the last minute. And, of course, the guests were prompt and arrived on time. I'm a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to take more photos of the cupcakes and candies and capes before the little superheroes started arriving, but thankful that the party was a success.