list two :: my favorite things about fall

first day of fall... happy day. fall is, of course, my favorite time of the year. so many things to do, so many places to go, so many treats to enjoy, so many pretty colors. in kentucky, it typically goes from too hot to too cold, too fast. but this year we have been blessed with an early fall and i couldn't be happier about the comforting chill in the air.

my fall faves...

  • visits to jackson's orchard
  • apple cider slushes
  • fall-scented candles :: pumpkin caramel latte, salty caramel, apple crumble, marshmallow fireside
  • wearing sweaters
  • cooler temperatures
  • changing leaves
  • hay rides
  • pumpkin patches
  • caramel apples
  • pumpkin spice lattes
  • campfires & s'mores
  • sweet potato casserole
  • curling up under my fave crochet afghan
  • fall colors :: pumpkin, mustard, crimson, eggplant, espresso


list one :: things i'll miss most about summer

it's no secret that summer is not my favorite season. even though my heart belongs to fall, there are a few things i'll miss when the weather turns cooler...

  • saturday morning trips to the farmer's market
  • garden-fresh tomatoes
  • peaches from jackson's orchard
  • ice cream & a moovie at chaney's dairy barn
  • longer days and abundant sunshine

  • 9.11.2011

    progress report

    books read :: 3
    the help by kathryn stockett
    the particular sadness of lemon cake by aimee bender
    run like a girl by mina samuels

    currently reading ::
    life of pi by yann martel
    art saves by jenny doh

    slowly learning how to knit, but putting it on the back burner until i stock up on crocheted goods for winter market

    made ::
    3 crochet hats
    crochet market bag
    4 vintage paper canvases (previously works in progress)

    called lara to ask for advice about a problem nadiya was having at school. problem solved :)

    did something for the first time... will share the story soon.

    exciting local art opportunities... will share the story soon.

    miles traveled :: 88

    bonus ::  falling in love with photography again... thanks to instagram.

    some photos from the weekend  ::



    each new year is a fount of endless possibility. a chance for a fresh start. a new perspective. 

    for me, birthdays are the same. last month, in the days leading up to my birthday, i contemplated, i listed, i edited... examining what is truly important to me. what makes me who i am and who i want to be.

    the result is a list of thirty-five :: thirty-five things i want to do or accomplish before my 35th birthday.

    this list is an accountability partner. it gently nudges me toward my goals while encouraging me to enjoy the journey. to love the life i live.

    this list is about stretching myself... creatively, socially, physically, and intellectually. this list is about being a better wife, mother, friend, artist, writer, athlete, and citizen. a better me. the best me.

    the list ::

    1:: read 35 books
    2:: try 35 new recipes
    3:: learn how to knit
    4:: finish hexagon afghan
    5:: walk half-marathon
    6:: run 5k or 10k race
    7:: find a doctor
    8:: sell at least one piece of artwork
    9:: have a yard sale
    10:: eat mushrooms
    11:: take the kids to mammoth cave
    12:: make 35 things
    13:: print and frame wedding photos
    14:: grow an herb garden
    15:: have lunch or dinner with an old friend
    16:: take the kids to the zoo
    17:: sell or donate all the clothes we don't wear
    18:: call a friend at least once a month
    19:: attend a concert or play
    20:: seek out local art opportunities
    21:: complete a "week in the life" project
    22:: send handmade cards to at least 5 people
    23:: give nutwood studio a facelift
    24:: be an educated vegetarian for a week
    25:: plant a vegetable garden
    26:: write a short story or a book for children
    27:: advocate for something that is important to me
    28:: find an opportunity to volunteer
    29:: do something for the first time
    30:: write 35 lists
    31:: thank someone to whom i have not expressed proper gratitude
    32:: learn how to use my garmin
    33:: walk/run/bike at least 500 miles
    34:: attend a conference, workshop, convention or class
    35:: submit a project, article, or story for a contest or publication

    my journey has begun.