Autumn Leaf Garland
Soo... I know its July.. But technically almost August. With today being July 29th and all we are what... July 30th - July 31st - AUGUST! like 2ish days away from August we are basically hitting Autumn soon... Well not really here in Southern California. I can kiss those dreams goodbye. HOWEVER! when I lived in New England you bet come mid August people consider that Fall! The cider mills start up again, orchards are ready for apple picking and here and there you can find a pumpkin! So I declare August OK to start thinking about Autumn. My husband thinks I'm absolutely crazy which I am completely Okay with. If its one thing I am crazy about it is Autumn. We got talking actually on the whole subject when he started talking trash on my pumpkin spice tea that I made after my bubble bath tonight and I got thinking. I have loved Autumn forever. As a child Halloween was my favorite holiday - still is. As I got older and my love for school grew I associated the beginning of the school year with Fall which again made me love it. 7th grade came and thats when I realized my love for photography because of my obsession with taking photos of leaves. Some of my favorite memories happen in the fall.
For me Autumn is the equivalent of New years Day. My whole year starts fresh the first day of Fall. And actually I celebrate the Autumnal Equinox just like others celebrate any other holiday. There's a whole lot of pumpkin involved along with bringing out all the Autumn decorations (actually if I'm being totally honest I decorate before the first day..) This really isn't an obsession its more of me just expressing how much I love it. See I am currently stuck in one those unlucky places on this planet that does not have an actual Autumn. No leaves fall. You trick-or-treat in the heat and thats where things get complicated. I was moved from the most beautiful place in this country for Autumn (New England) where I had the opportunity to take sunday evening, back road trips through miles and miles of gorgeous crimson, burnt orange and more shades of brown colored leaves on trees than I can count. Moved to Sunny Los Angeles. Ha.. now I am grateful for the opportunity but you can bet that after this chapter is over I am moving back to a place where seasons exist.
Tonight Skyler and I were discussing my love or as he says my obsession and how far back it goes. I got my first debit card at 15 years old. I still own it even though its been expired for years. I designed my card and on the card is an Autumn tree. We discussed as teenagers most have their favorite band poster on their room wall. I had posters of Autumn leaves. I could go on about this but the point is. is that I love Autumn. And I dont think theres a problem at all with that. It makes me happy. Its refreshing. " Life starts all over again when it gets Crisp in the Fall " F. Scott Fitzgerald -- He knew exactly what he was talking about.
SOO during this month of July I started a project that literally took all month long to finish with vacation, kids and just a lack of time it took that long. I did finish it and it is the perfect piece to add to my fall decor and honestly I do keep up a few things here and there all year long that remind me of fall and I think this one might be a keeper.
This really was a simple project it just takes a lot of patience.
I used about 5 sheets of felt fabric from Hobby Lobby and I traced paper leaves on each piece of fabric. I did as many as I could as I wanted the garland to be long. Note- your fingers get dirty with all the tracing with a black marker and its really unavoidable. Although if you have a cricket or silhouette (not sure how those two are actually spelled) this project will take maybe 2 hours tops if you choose to hand sew the leaf veins.
Here below are the leaves that I used to trace for my felt leaves. Click on the button link below to get your free leaf graphics. As far as materials go this really was as simple as it gets for something that turns out so beautifully.
- Felt Fabric - whatever colors
- Embroidery string
- permanent marker
- Leaf Graphic - cut out to trace
- sewing machine if you want to sew all your leaves together or you can also string all the leaves together as well as hand sew the leaf veins.
- Patience and Time
Hope you love it! Let me know how yours turns out!