Greetings and welcome to my pumpkin patch! Autumn is my favorite season for so many reasons. Apple picking, the special way the air smells while walking through the woods, Halloween, sweater weather, craft fairs, candy, scary movies, costumes and of course pumpkins! Whether it's carving a jack-o-lantern, making pie, toasting the seeds or crocheting one of these little beauties pumpkins are fun. I think of them as an ambassador for the holidays. We see them first as one of the final crops from the summer growing season. We use them for decorations in October and then turn them into pies that grace our tables at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. By the time the new year comes we've had our fill, but rest assured we'll be excited to see them come autumn next year!
I was looking to make some harvest themed decorations to use at the library as well as at home. I came across this simple (free) pattern. These little lovelies are a snap to work up and actually are somewhat addicting! I've left mine plain, but Dawn over on her blog Fiddlesticks shows what can be done with a little embroidery thread, a few buttons and some imagination. She has several ideas for terrific ways to bring the harvest home. I know she's inspired me! To get you motivated here's a look out how easy it is to make your own mini pumpkin.
A Pumpkin Picture Story
I found another free mini pumpkin pattern on Petals to Picots (one of my new Friday link parties). Kara works her's in the round. I haven't tried it yet, but it's on my list for the weekend! What do you think of our kitty? She has to be part of everything! And since she was determined to oversee my progress and my photography I had to include her in my story!
Join the Celebration!
Have you heard the news? Today is I Love Yarn Day! Not that we don't love yarn every day! Here is a chance for us to let everyone know just how important yarn is to us and our crafty lives.
I'm doing my part by posting here today, and by spending as much time as I can crocheting (pumpkins of course!)
On their website and Facebook page you'll find places to share your activities and see what other yarn lovers are up to today. Here are some other suggestions from their site:
Whether you knit, crochet, craft or just adore fiber, October 12th is the day to affirm your passion for yarn. Show it off, tag with it, carry it, gather with friends. Declare your LOVE! Get involved.
In addition to my fiber offerings, I like to participate in Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo Baker's place. It's writing in the raw and if you've never done it, why don't you give it a try? It's really easy - you just:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat on this week's prompt with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking - then post it just as it is!
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Here's what happened when I spent five minutes writing on the prompt "Race"
There are so many things that I want to do. I often feel like there isn't enough time in the day to get it all done. And so I find myself hurrying through instead of taking my time and enjoying myself. I have to pull back and remember that life is a journey not a destination (thank you Stephen Tyler and Aerosmith for instilling that bit of wisdom in me so long ago!). Anyway, I forget that I don't have to get it all done right now. Especially when it comes to crochet and crafting. This is my hobby. It's a passion, but it's a hobby. And the reason that I do it is to relax and enjoy myself. Of course for the pleasure of creating and having wonderful handmade gifts to give, but it's about the act of doing - or at least it should be.
So when I start getting anxious and find that I am racing to the end, I step back. I breath into the moment. I say the mantra that has been mine for years: Be Here Now.
Five minutes doesn't last for long! Like last week I was tempted to keep going, but the exercise is five minutes period. So this week when the timer went off I stopped (after I jumped because it scarred the beep out of me!).
And so this brings us to the end. I had a lot to share today. I hope that something here caught your eye! For more eye catching fun, check out these other blogs. Each one has something unique to offer and I'm sure you'll find plenty to ooh and aah over! Enjoy your weekend ~ no matter what you're doing!
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