We’ve entered the second week of the Fall Fun Series II and I can deny it no longer: Summer’s lease has faded, now autumn’s grasp is within reach. No more lengthy evenings spent on the deck listening to the song of unseen crickets, in fact, it’s gotten too chilly and windy for much deck lounging at all. In the Midwest, leaves are just starting to turn and signs of impending autumn ceremony are everywhere.
Fall is the most photogenic of the seasons, therefore inspiration is abundant. Below are photos I captured that evoke Fall feelings, followed by a few Fall wishlist items:
Hay bales harvested and rolled for the long winter stowed in the barn.
Cold blue morning skies and once green crops turned into fields of spun-gold.
A weathered, wooden plank barn sighs as summer recedes, unsure if it will see the spring.
Knobby, pastel pumpkins hoping to be picked by their curly stems.
Does a more perfect autumn pairing exist than simple pumpkins and mums?
Murky moonglow illuminating an eerie night sky.
Jewel-toned glass and glittery pumpkin scatter among fall hued candles aglow in my copper candlescape tray.
Cozy sock Sundays spent sipping coffee, immersed in classic suspense. (Yep, those are my socks and there’s probably a Sunday football game on in the background too.)
Perched on a vintage style sign, a wee witch keeps watch of a Halloween countdown.
A favorite decor piece houses glowing tealights while bare trees cast spindly shadow silhouettes.
September’s candlescape inspiration is owl woods. Leaf magnet and Incense candle-Bath and Body Works, pierced owl light strand-Victorian Trading Co. Owl-head perfume decanter, vintage. The leaf magnet reminded me of the foliage clasps on the capes worn by Hobbits, the mixed media owl box houses the battery compartment and matches. At first too bare and metallic, I tucked in bunches of moss for an earthy texture.
Fabric pumpkins from maker, the Little Green Bean in a variety of patterns and colors. Two of these burlap fall treasures are currently on their way to my home, but didn’t make it in time for a photo shoot. Missy creates all her items handmade to order and I can’t wait for these adorable additions.
Fall body care desires:
Stunning handcrafted cold-processed soaps in Autumn Nights and All Hallows Eve by Euphoria Soap Works, Santa Carla Vampire by Future Primitive (sorry Sandra, I think this has already sold out) and Maple Mocha by Potter Made Soap.
Or if yummy polishing sugar scrubs are more your thing (and mine), Caramel Candy Apple by Sunbasil Soap and Pumpkin Gingerbread by Salted Rock Bath Co. All product photos from vendors’ websites.
Hope you enjoyed a peek into my Fall inspiration board, all photos are mine (the countryside pics are from the village where I work), except for product photos. We’re also to share a memory or poem that gets us into the seasonal spirit, below is a Fall (ish) poem:
Each day is a journey, a leaving home,
over paths that wind between rocks and bog.
Behind each rock is a shadow; behind each shadow, a flower,
or a wellspring, or a trembling rabbit, or an unfolding fern.
Only if you look will you find.
Only if you leave will you arrive.
One step, then another, as day unrolls itself along the road toward night.
And at evening, look who welcomes us–
Grandmother moon, waiting in the doorway,
the stars in her hands–to lead us safely home.
by Jane Yolen
Lots more Autumn inspiration from my fellow bloggers:
Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Angela at Angela Kay
Jay at The Candle Enthusiast
Julie at The Redolent Mermaid
Michelle at Melting With Michelle
Sandra at Finger Candy