A country fair and fundraising

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Every year, a friend and I craft our hearts making various items for various crafts shows in our area….all in an effort to do some fundraising for our American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Team, which we’ve dubbed “Friends for Life”.  The Team name is a play on both the concept of Relay for Life, and the fact that we–and most of our team mates have BEEN friends for most of our lives.

This year’s crafts fair is the biggest one we’ve tried, and we had a good bit of success with our first effort there.  We had a lot of interest, a reasonable amount of sales, and I had the joy of sharing the fact that Relay for Life offers cancer-survivor activities at the yearly event with a few folks who weren’t aware of them. As a cancer survivor myself, being able to connect with others who have their own “battle-stories” and letting them know about how Relay works–it’s a very good thing.

To find out more about the American Cancer Society, go here.  You’ll find links with tons of information for you or a loved one dealing with cancer. And for more information on Relay for Life, our Team’s facebook page is here. We’ve already had our 2016 event and are gearing up for 2017–always looking forward. Getting involved with a Relay in your area is a way to celebrate life, remember and honor our loved ones with cancer, and to help fight back against this awful disease.praters-5


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Autumn Angels

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Some of this Fall’s craftiness has been very “retro” for me.  I can remember working with abaca literally decades ago.  If I search long enough, I’ll probably unearth a photo with the abaca butterflies I embellished with some ribbon and hung on my bedroom wall many, many moons ago.  And long-ago-me also crafted with pretty much the exact type of abaca items featured here today.

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These abaca angels are part of the items included in this year’s crafts fair booth (in my Relay for Life fundraising efforts).  abaca-angels3These heavenly creatures have been adorned with various silk leaves and coordinating ribbons, and are now all decked out in their Autumn splendor. Each is unique, and I enjoyed designing their tiny “garments” and matching the ribbons to their leafy “skirts”.  Each Autumn Abaca Angel may be used as an ornament or will stand upright, as displayed here.  I personally envision them in a grouping of 1 taller angel, flanked by two smaller ones as a table centerpiece.

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The angels’ prayerful stance inspired me to write a poem that I printed out and then crafted a tabletop art piece from, to display along with the angels.  I distressed the poem panel, mounted it onto a perfect shade of orange piece of cardstock, and then mounted all that onto a burlap frame, adorned with more silk leaves, some more ribbon, and a couple of acorns. I also printed a much smaller version of the poem and included it on a hang tag with each angel.

The poem reads thusly:

Autumn Blessings

Lord, thank You for the falling leaves,Glorious colors, And a cooler breeze.

Please bless our home, and loved ones, too.  Our Autumn Blessings are falling from You.


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Festive Fall Wreaths

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Autumn provides my “warmest”—and one of my happiest—decorating opportunities.  Normally one who leans toward either crisp black-and-white…or to the other extreme of subtle vintage-y pastels…I love the Fall color palette possibilities. I get to play with rich browns, golden yellows and bronzes, and the yummy clarets and oranges I usually run from the rest of the year.

This is the time of year for textures, too:  rough woven burlap; scratchy grapevines; the softness of some feather plumes; the natural beauty of freshly fallen leaves, nubby acorns, and prickly pinecones. And a wreath made with one or more of those items, and with some traditional fall icons worked in—that makes my heart sing with memories of wonderful family gatherings in times past…and look forward to what this new season will bring.

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This year’s wreath creations are four: one larger grapevine traditional round on my entry door and three smaller square-shaped ones adorning my front windows.  The three littler guys are simply adorned with some ribbon and a focal point of either a girl or boy scarecrow or this adorable little squirrel “pick” I found at my local crafts store.

The larger wreath has quite a bit more going on—with some silk foliage and three different ribbons, both wrapped and bowed to finish it off.

This lovely grouping greets me every evening after work and has me both smiling and entertaining thoughts of pumpkin pie and hot applie cider. Yum!

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Autumn Wreath

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I love to make wreaths–it’s a craft/hobby/whatever I’ve stuck with for *ahem* over 40 years. (wow, I’m old!)

I used to think I preferred making Christmas wreaths–but that’s likely because the materials to make one have been readily available for all these decades, whether natural or store-bought components. But getting out in late-late summer and early Autumn to gather fresh materials is almost impossible for me to do, allergy-wise. So when the retail stores realized that folks enjoyed decorating for every season and made so many beautiful things available for each–that are entirely allergen-free hopefully!–I discovered that I actually like making Autumn wreaths and florals the best.

I’m typically NOT a gold-yellow-orange-red kinda color-girl. My favorite color is blue, which is definitely not a typical fall hue, so my utter lovefest with all things Autumn is befuddling. Why a person whose favorite place in the world is the beach would choose fall as their favorite season is a source of consternation…since that person is ME.

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Where I live now, I don’t have the opportunity to decorate anything the way I want to–no room, no time, etc. So I usually settle for elaborately-bedecking the front door in a seasonally-inspired wreath. This year’s involved a profusion of mum-like deep-orange flowers and a batch of multi-colored silk leaves, all against a backdrop of burlap and mesh. (I was quite thrilled to finally figure out how to work with deco-mesh to my satisfaction, but it took a lot of Google research on the topic before I did!)

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And while I was at it with the wreath-making, I took the previously-hanging grapevine and silk-ivy wrapped wreath and added some of the fall florals, along with a huge burlap-ribbon bow.

Now, even though I can’t safely go out and play in all the upcoming falling leaves, I can enjoy the warm and rich colors of the season as they welcome me at the front door. I’ve got Autumn-beauty coming and going!

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