Excitement surfaced when Capper’s Farmer contacted me last spring seeking a DIY project for their fall issue. One project turned into 2 and before long I was working on both to meet a June deadline. It reminded me when I was a florist in the early 90’s, I spent summers making Christmas decorations for a large shop in a warehouse. The only difference was we didn’t have A/C and I had many shelves of merchandise to work from.
This time around I had to get really creative and forgot how difficult it can be to embrace the holidays when it’s 90 degrees outside. Seasonal merchandise wasn’t available in craft stores, I was still at the farm where getting rid of things continued and moving boxes to storage was a daily activity.
Did I let all these distractions detour my focus? Absolutely not because I love this magazine, it’s been around since 1893 and I was honored to be contacted. I saw this as a gift and a reminder that no matter what you continue moving forward. So, I let the country air inspire my activity and this is what happened…
Project #1 – Welcome Fall Sign
This project can be found on page 32; I was thinking of pumpkins during the creative process while using scrap wood because I didn’t want to move it. I ended up donating this piece to my favorite resale shop in Greenville, here. I donate almost everything I make because now that we’re minimalists I don’t really have a place for all this stuff.
The thing is, I still love creating so now that I’ve moved a little further north I may have to find a new organization to offer my donations.
Project #2 – Terra Cotta Seasonal Tray
This piece can be found on page 78, it’s another favorite inspired by cedar trees and peppermint. I remember texting a friend asking if she knew where to find peppermint sticks. Pretty sure she thought I was crazy and eventually I found them at Cracker Barrel.
This project is made with two of my favorite elements, terra cotta and copper, both are timeless and offer the beauty of simplicity to any lifestyle. I didn’t donate the tray because I envisioned another use for it later. Stay tuned!
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