Every year about this time, I start missing "home," - the midwest, that is - or anywhere, really, that has four seasons a year. I grew up in the midwest, and fall has always been my very favorite time of year. I never did like the hot, humid summers...but come mid- to late-September, the temperatures started to drop, the evenings began to cool, we could start wearing jeans and sweaters again...and soon the leaves would start to turn. I loved the crispness of the mornings, the crunch of the fallen leaves under my feet, and the warm scents of cinnamon, cloves and ginger in the kitchen as my mom began to bake fall treats.
Living in a southern California desert for over a decade now, I have never forgotten what fall feels like - even though we never really get to experience its glory here. Each year, when this time rolls around again, I start chomping at the bit to bring out my fall decorations and make the inside of my house feel like fall - even if I can't do anything about the outdoors. And this year, I decided I wanted to make a banner to go along with my ever-growing stash of decorations. So this past weekend, one of my crafty friends (who also grew up in a 4-season climate, though doesn't miss it *quite* as much as me) came and spent an entire day getting inky and glue-y and crafty together, and we each made a fall banner...each of which turned out completely different, I might add - totally reflecting our personalities. :)
One of my FAVORITE parts of this was that I learned how to make not one, but TWO different kinds of paper flowers - which you can see on both end pieces of the banner...the rolled flowers, and the roses. Aren't they gorgeous??!! I LOVE them and will be making LOTS of them, I just know! Also loved using Glimmer Mist on the burlap - SO cool! And loved, as usual, using my Distrezz-it-All (on the cardboard backings of all the banner pieces)...giving the banner a grungier look. Oh yeah - and my newest tool - my hot-set jewel-setter - SOOOO cool!! That is FUN! So easy to add gorgeous crystals to any project!! I finally finished adding my final ribbon touches to mine tonight, and had a really hard time getting good pictures of it (right now, it's just hanging from some wall hangers above my blinds on my slider - it won't be staying there). I REALLY need a DSLR with a wide-angle lens!!!