Friday Favorites - Autumn

It’s been a pretty great week here at Crafty Staci.  I’m leaving today to attend the Schoolhouse Craft Conference in Seattle, which I’ve been wanting to do for years.  I’m hoping to come back better, smarter and faster than before, but I’ll settle for a fun weekend.  I also found out I’m going to be one of the curators for Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series!  In the past I’ve provided one of the giveaways and had my projects featured, so it will be fun to complete the circle.

Last, but not least, meet my new toy:

My New Pfaff

My Etsy shop stays hopping, so I’ve been working with a second machine for a while now, but it was missing my favorite feature:  the built-in walking foot.  I love my old Pfaff, and found out I could buy a brand-new one that has everything I want and need, and nothing I don’t.  Now they can sit side-by-side with white thread in one and black in the other, while I glide smoothly back and forth.  Or dive frantically, depending on the day.

Another great thing about this week was the start of autumn.  I love the sun, but after an exceptionally warm summer, I’m ready for my boots and scarves. 

Autumn Crafts - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

We had a pretty good wind storm here recently, and the pinecones rained down like we were under attack.  I’ve got plenty of supplies to make these Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom.

Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom

We also have a few leaves hitting the ground already.  From what I read elsewhere, you want to press and dry them before making something like this Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry.

Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry

One thing we don’t have around here is acorns but I’d love to find some to make these Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids.

Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids

This Fall Tree “Snow Globe” from Frugal Fun for Boys is a fun take on a winter tradition.  The author mentioned the water turning brown from the twig, but I think that could be remedied by using an artificial branch.

Fall Tree Snow Globe from Frugal Fun for Boys

I can imagine so many ways to use these Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly.

Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly

We can’t talk about autumn without bringing out the big, orange pumpkins, can we?  These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Décor are a great transition from warm weather into fall.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Decor

I’ve seen pumpkins made from just about everything in the craft world.  I particularly like the simplicity but unique quality of these Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style.

Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style

My son loves fritters, so I’m almost afraid to show him these Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life.  On the other hand, he’s becoming a good cook himself…hmm.

Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life

Need a quick, simple but cute little something sweet?  Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Tikkido.  There are so many flavors of Hershey Kisses, you could really get creative.

No Bake Easy Acorns from Tikkido

I used to be really into cross-stitch.  I still do it once in a while, and love the look of it.  This Wood Plank Cross Stitch Fall Décor from Make It and Love It puts a fun spin on it.

Wood Plank Cross-Stitch Fall Decor from Make It and Love It

Now, I’ve got some sewing to do!

Friday Favorites - Autumn

First of all, let me say thank you to everyone who voted in my poll about Friday Favorites on Monday.  I appreciate the input and comments!  I’m happy to say, not a single person who responded here or on Facebook voted to get rid of the feature, so you can expect to keep seeing it.  I’ve got lots of favorites saved up and I’m always finding new ones, so let’s get to it!

I love autumn.  It’s usually not too cold out yet, but there’s a hint of it in the air.  The leaves are changing color and there’s lots of apples and pumpkins.  Not to mention, my three favorite people have birthdays spanning a month in mid-September to mid-October.

One of my favorite things about cooler weather is scarves.  This Slasher Scarf from A Beautiful Mess is perfect when it’s still a little warm out.

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Another not-quite-cold-weather treat is this Candy Corn Milkshake from Poca Casa.  Yes, I am a secret lover of candy corn.

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Holiday decorations that can be changed to carry from one holiday to the next are brilliant.  The Great Pumpkin Makeover from Nest of Posies can be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving as shown, but could also be made to transition from fall decorating to Halloween.

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This Corny Idea candle display from Better Homes and Gardens would also be pretty with multi-colored corn kernels.

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Take one look at this Asian Ottoman Floor Cushion from Sew4Home and tell me you don’t see a pumpkin?  Add a stem on the top?

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We joke here in Oregon that once it starts raining, usually about mid-October, we won’t be dry again until July.  Hmm…I guess that’s not a joke.  Anyway, rain boots are a staple and we all need a pair of these Fleece Boot Socks from Studio Cherie on Sew, Mama, Sew.

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I’ve been seeing caps and shawls all over the place lately and would like to try making one.  This Cowl Capelet from Fleece Fun looks super simple and the pattern is available for download in three different sizes.

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Once the weather finally supports the drinking of hotness, these Special Hot Chocolate Drinks from Readers Digest would be a tasty way to warm up.

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I love how Chica and Jo coordinated the frosting colors to their Fall-Themed Cupcake Collars.

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This Fall Leaf Re-Use Project from Gingerbread Snowflakes is a lovely way to bring some of those leaves inside.

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Happy Autumn!