We mere mortals may be thrown off a bit by the 85 degree weather, but Mother Nature is surrounding us with many reminders that Fall is indeed here. The cute little mini-pumpkins are turning orange, the sugar snap peas are the biggest and juiciest of the season, the apples are dropping, and the squash is ready for harvest. Oh, and don't forget the biggest reminder -- the dog is shedding his summer coat and getting "wooly," reminding me that there is indeed 50% Great Pyrenees under that adorably squishy English Mastiff face of his.
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I adore Fall. Corn Mazes filled with waving flashlight beams and giggling kids. Spiced apple cider. Halloween costumes and the late night raids of the "leftover" candy favorites we grown-ups hoarded for ourselves. And of course, all the apple crisp I can stand to eat so long as I have the energy to slice and peel yet another pile of fresh apples from the huge old tree in our yard.
Maybe I love Fall because it's when nature signals us that it is time to start nesting down and preparing for winter. I am definitely a home-body at heart. I'm pretty sure I'd like to try hibernation -- at least for a few extra hours one of these weekend mornings (please?!).
But probably the thing that draws me to Fall the most is the wealth of warm, glowing color. Everything seems to have a rich warmth and vibrance. It's the last hoorah before dormancy. My last chance to soak up all this inspiration before it's covered in a blanket of snow.
From time to time people ask me where I get my inspiration for my jewlery designs. Really, inspiration surrounds us.
Check out the way this squash vine twines as it trys to creep onto the back deck. Look familiar?
Some inspirations are rather direct interpretations. Only my bee will stay still long enough to get the camera into focus, while the real thing was too busy being a bee to care much whether I'd managed to get lined up before he moved on to the next lavender blossom!
This bee pendant was the door prize at my Open Studio!
And others are more abstract, like this wire-wrapped agate ring. As I wrapped it I recalled walks along pine needle strewn trails that meandered through waving ferns and ultimately opened up to ponds graced with floating water lilies.
So what inspires you? Enjoy Fall's warm glow and see where it takes you.