I'm an autumn girl. Always have been. I love the autumn more than all the other seasons: the colours, the crunchy leaves, those blue and gold, cold, crisp days, and even our west country coastal storms when the sea roars and the wind flings rain and seaweed at the windows, and we cuddle up in front of the TV with the heating on for the first time. Two years ago I was lucky enough to spend most of October in the UK's beautiful south with my family, and we all delighted together in the leaves turning, long walks through the woods and up hills - and even the earliest snow in Mum's lifetime. Nature put on a particularly good show for me, and I took photos as if it would be the last autumn I ever saw.
Because other than that, living in the perpetual Singapore summer for the last five years we've missed autumn again and again. And I've really missed it. When we left the UK last week, the weather was just starting to get cold, wet and windy, the annual signal to the trees that they can start putting on their magnificent clothes. After we'd flown back to Australia's spring. Spring-ish. Ho hum.
But nearly all the challenge sites have had an autumn theme over the last few weeks, and I'm revelling in it. Not that I've had the chance to craft until today, but I've been drooling over everyone else's creations. And today I managed one of my own. I don't think I'll ever get tired of Basic Grey's Indian Summer colours.
This one is for:
Basic Grey: Sparkle
Stampavie: Autumn colours
Stampin' for the Weekend: Autumn inspiration
and Friday Sketchers with this sketch:
Here we have a Sugar Nellie image coloured with Copics, a sentiment from Lili of the Valley, Prima and punched leaves, and brads from my stash. The brads, leaves and the leaves on the image have all been Sticklesed (I might just patent that word hehee) with my favourite Diamond. They do sparkle, honest. But it's a dewy sparkle rather than a frosty one. Early autumn I'm thinking. Maybe around next week.
Am I letting my imagination run away with me....?