Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall - or Harvest - Celebration: Exodus 23:16

Fall is in the air: leaves are dropping, pine straw covers the ground, the morning air has a bit of a nip in it.

My family does not celebrate Halloween for many reasons; however, it is only recently that we have begun participating in community Fall Festivals.
CoM & LB love to see the fall decorations, the pumpkins, the scarecrows, the fall wreaths and to experience the fun fall feeling in the air.
This year, LB helped make the above wreath - our very first fall celebration wreath. We started with a basic Dollar Tree wreath from Christmas last year. We wrapped it with a string of Christmas lights, the clear kind, 20 bulbs, and went from there.
Last year at Christmas, the girls gathered pine cones. We scented them with vanilla oil and baked them in the oven for 15 minutes. They've kept all year long. LB helped me take beading wire and wrap the cones to the wreath, spaced out in what she deemed acceptable placing.
We then took some of my wire-wrapped forms and wrapped them to the top of the wreath.
I also ordered some gold beads for crafting from Oriental Trading Co. and we cut them in half, tying them together and wrapping the wreath in the beads.
Finally, we took some autumn themed sheer ribbon and tied a bow. We took the remaining ends and threaded more gold beads with them. We secured the bow with more wire and some "acorn-esque" beads and mounted a wooden cross bead in the middle of the bow.
Our plan is to reuse the pine cones, the gold beads and lights to welcome the Christmas season.

What are some ways that your family celebrates Fall? Do you trick-or-treat? Carve pumpkins? Do you go all out for Thanksgiving?
What are your plans for fall? Let's go out this year and really celebrate the fruit of our labors, giving thanks to our Maker for the many blessings we have received (even the lessons in the struggles and sorrow of life).

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