Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

I’m seeing a lot of mixed prints these days, which makes me really excited!

I love the way such different pieces work together. My two favourites; stripes and plaids. This could partially be because the two prints are exemplary of fall. Until this autumn, I don’t think I’ve ever intentionally mixed my patterns before. Of course, I may have gone a bit liberal with the prints when I was younger, but I think my style is looking a little better these days (if you knew me then, you’re probably chuckling at the thought of my “style” in the past). Don’t feel badly, it’s certainly well deserved.

What do you think of mixed patterns + prints? Do you have any favourite combinations?


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This summer we took our niece to the Science Center to learn about our climate.

We had so much fun while we were there, watching the mountain lions prowl and the black bears slumber, but I was really saddened to learn that within my lifetime, because of Global Warming, the New England that I have known my whole life will eventually turn into a climate more similar to that of North Carolina.

We read that the fall foliage that New England is famous for will start to decrease in its beauty year by year, and eventually  the leaf peepers will stop coming, too (some would say this is a mixed blessing). And the maple trees will never have cold enough weather to produce maple syrup, so we’ll have to live without that, too. The reality of the situation really hit me hard when I saw the display that they had constructed to illustrate the impact of Global Warming in our (literal) neck of the woods.

Anyway, I’m feeling a bit sad about it tonight because I’ll be heading home this weekend for the fair and I’m not sure if it’ll look the same as it always has to me. Yeah, yeah, I’m being a bit sappy here (pun intended), but I just hope all of those trees of mine still look like home. I talked to my mom the other day and she said that the leaves hadn’t really had much of a chance this year mostly because Hurricane Irene blew them all off, but it was a secret fear of mine that I may never see the trees as they used to be.

If every year it’s supposed to get worse and I don’t have this one last season to enjoy them, I’d just be really torn up about it.

Alas, it wasn’t my intention to be the Debbie Downer of your night, and I promise that I’m done. I guess I’m just hoping that everyone is doing their part to lessen the impact we’re having on our globe because no one person can do it alone, and we live in the house we all built.

I hope you’re all doing quite well and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I (really) am.


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I operate seasonally.

This is something I’ve come to know about myself. In the winter I knit and sew a lot, in the summer I need to be outside, and in the fall I read and write. The weather in New England is as pervasive to my mood as that of Wuthering Heights.

And it seems I’m not the only one. Hello Giggles posted a fantastic piece recently called “Get Thee To A Bookstore Before It’s Too Late“, and as soon as I read the title, I just knew I’d be so fired up about the article.

You see, I’m rather opinionated at times (perhaps you’ve already figured this out on your own). And I just love the atmosphere created when books are stacked and piled and displayed as they are in bookstores and libraries. To think that I’m standing amidst a sea of stories is something akin to standing at the top of a hill during the worst of a storm — it’s powerful, bewildering, and most of all, exciting.

So I do worry about the future of our bookstores these days due to the prevalence of e-books and free/cheap downloads. When I moved to my city just three years ago there were at least five bookstores that I applied to for a job just within walking distance of my house. Since then, not only have three of those five have closed, but so have their locations in other towns, and we all know about the recent Borders disaster, don’t we?

Basically what I’m trying to say is, I think bookstores are simply magical, but they’re in serious danger now that we’re all too lazy to get off of the couch and walk to them. Shall we all decide together that we’ve learned a lesson from The Shop Around The Corner in You’ve Got Mail, and know that the internet will always be here for us, but that our bookstores might not?

After all, autumn is the perfect time for reading…


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In honor of the first day of fall, I’d like to present you with my very first giveaway!

A lot of the blogs I follow have frequent giveaways where one lucky commenter (in about 200) will get a bag or something. It’s great! I love getting free things! But I comment on just about every single one, and I’ve never actually been the lucky winner. So, I wanted to have a giveaway on my blog where everyone wins.

| If you’re reading this right now, you have won a lovely free download |

My darling writes the most beautiful music. He’s been writing a lot lately and has just started up his own BandCamp. Download a pretty little autumn song for free by clicking this link, then have a look at his page later if you like what you hear. There’s nothing uploaded to his site just yet, but if you check back next week there should be some great songs for you (maybe even with backing vocals by me)!

It’s my way of saying thanks :)

Enjoy, friends! And happy autumn!

xx.  julia

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Although it’s still summer, we’ve been so excited about the change of seasons around here that we’re eating soups, baking breads, and having dinner parties. To me, these are all fantastically Autumn activities, and it’s starting to get cooler in Maine, so I find myself enticed.

On Monday night we went to our friend Marsha’s for a delightful dinner party. We ate a hearty meal, had pumpkin pie for dessert, spent time in the grass with our bare feet and hula hoops, then headed back to the kitchen for some cupcakes!

I suppose with all of that time spent outside it really was a summer activity after all. Either way, it was a wonderful night that should definitely be replicated.

What kinds of activities do you do at the end of one season or the beginning of another?

I’d love to know!

xx. Julia

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