FALL TRADITIONS AND FALL INSPIRATION

I wait all year for Fall and by the time my birthday rolls around the end of August I am in full Fall mode! Instagram and the craft stores start back in June and July and I am secretly thrilled! I don’t dare open my mouth then or everyone looks at me like I’m nuts! There are some of you that welcome the start of the end of year holidays as early as I do…you are my people! Let the Fall inspiration begin!!

It’s so funny that I start so early and yet why do I always feel like I’m behind? I think it’s because I pack all my Autumn, Fall, Winter and holiday traditions into 4 months and trust me I pack them all in! Seriously, its exhausting but so much fun at the same time! I’m going to just talk about Autumn and Fall in this blog…but of course my mind is in full Christmas and holiday mode and just waiting for that exciting transition from Fall to Holiday!!

So let’s get the Fall inspiration started with some of my favorite traditions…we all have them…here are a few of mine….waiting for Hocus Pocus to surface is my favorite and that’s when I know the holidays have officially began. Halloweentown and Good witch are more favorites. Getting out my Halloween décor brings back so many memories over the years! Scary farm is another favorite and I love it when I spot that first bag of candy corn in the store! The gourds and fall flowers and all the different size pumpkins. I always find old and new Halloween crafts and projects and start upping the baking.

The pumpkin farm is a must and I love picking them out! I do most of my shopping at Trader Joes and I love the day I walk in and they have gone completely pumpkin mad! Everything in the store is pumpkin flavored; pumpkin cookies, pancake mix, candy, pasta, sauce, drinks, tea, wine and beer, bread, snacks and all the fall fruits and vegetables you can eat…and let’s not forget they have the best squash, gourds and pumpkins!! Krispy crème comes out with their pumpkin spice donut, Starbucks launches their pumpkin spice latte, and Bath and Body works brings out Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and all my Fall favorites!

This is also the time of year I pull out all my faux fur throws and blankets and move my flannels to the front of my closet. I leave some of my faux fur pillows out all year, but I love pulling out more coziness! Nothing makes me happier than to put the summer stuff away!!

Things to do…. I want to do it all; apple picking is usually the first trip in September and kind of kicks off the season for me. The picking is fun, but its really all about the apple pie! If I can travel to go see the trees change that’s another favorite, there’s nothing like it! There are so many yearly favorites and then every year it seems like they add something else!

This year I taught a floral workshop and one of the items we made was succulent pumpkins and it was so much fun! They had a Hocus Pocus outdoor movie which will be a new fav to add on my list. The haunted houses open, I get out all my Halloween décor by Sept 1st. I love haunted houses but not scary movies….so I wait for all the cute Fall and Halloween movies on Netflix and Hallmark and anywhere else I can find them. Hallmark channel is a blog for another day but I love how they keep up with the seasons!!

I must make a pumpkin pie in October, why I wait all year to make one is beyond me, but we do…shopping for Fall fashion is so exciting and usually starts back in August. Shopping…one day you just go into the stores and its full of all my favorites; plaids, flannel, boots and sweaters! Let’s not forget the excitement of coming up with this year’s costume!

I saved my very favorite for last…. I really start to get busy with all of my designing…events, gifts, products…parties are being planned, everyone wants something, or wants something done and I love spreading the holiday cheer, so I go into full design mode. I start getting orders for my rhinestone wreaths, frames and arrangements and everyone wants their home or office decorated…

So that’s a few of my favorite things I love about Fall….do any of these sound familiar? What are your favorite things to do or favorite traditions?

Happy Fall!!

Carrie

XOXO