it’s fall and i’m missing it.

it just occurred to me that by the time i can take a minute step outside my studio and breathe in this amazing season, it will all be over. i was at the grocery store yesterday excitedly (frantically?) filling my cart with apple butter, cans of pumpkin, apple muffin mix, butternut squash soup, and real (very large) pumpkins that i realized i’m missing it all. (seriously, i had 5-FIVE-things on my list and walked out with a cart full of fall!) i’m not just missing in the sense that it’s passing me by while i’m slaving (happily) away at my sewing machine, but in the sense that i MISS it! i want to go to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch and farmers market wearing plaid and boots and a scarf. i want to buy bales of hay and pumpkins and gourds and too many bags of candy. i want to bake pumpkin everything, prepare hearty meals, enjoy a backyard fire and snuggle under a blanket to read a book. and i’ m missing it all. SO. after i realized 3 (very large) pumpkins wouldn’t fit under my grocery cart and that maybe 3 (very large) pumpkins was a little much anyway, i decided to enjoy fall in little doses. you know, when i can squeeze it it. because i love it. i love seasons changing, i love the sunny but still cool days, i love the smell of pumpkin and the colors of the changing leaves. and i crave change when the seasons are doing their thing out there (who doesn’t? i loved this post recognizing the excitement of everyone during the changing of a season!)

so, i’m changing things up little by little around the house, moving things around to keep it all fresh and feeling new. i’m finding little ways to honor fall in all her glory. and i won’t stop. cause fall rocks.

i’ve found pretty ways to add pumpkin candles to all our rooms

i’m enjoying hot coco in my studio every chance i get.

i put 1 (large-ish) pumpkin, a bowl of not-apple-orchard-picked-apples-but-still-delicious-and-pretty-apples, and some rocks and sticks  from my collections on our table with my favorite fall vintage tablecloth

i purposefully venture out in the rain so i can bundle up and enjoy the grey

i baked apple cinnamon muffins in my vintage mint green muffin tin (and ate one)

added some rich colors and patterns to our living room

i’ve been living in my moccs which keep my toes warm while i sew

and i went red. i love it.

i’m going to need more fall. it needs to be a priority. note to self: enjoying what you love to do for work must be balanced with enjoying what you love to do outside of work or it won’t be fun anymore!

here are some other things i’m looking forward to enjoying:

come on baby, light my fire. seriously, we’ve been collecting sticks forever, can’t we please have a fire yet?!

maybe some nice fall hikes? yeah, i’d love that.

and i was really inspired by this a beautiful mess  post and can’t wait to make some blueprint-photo-prints for our living room!

and more pumpkins. i need more pumpkins!

what are you enjoying this season? any fall inspiration you’d care to share?

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costume time!

Opposite of Far has been HOPPIN’ these last several weeks! I’ve been sending masks + tails all over the country (and to Paris & Scotland too)! These masks + tails are great for kids…but they aren’t JUST for kids!  I’ve actually had more requests for adults masks + tails this year! They make the perfect easy + cute costume for adult Halloween party-goers.  And because they make the perfect adult Halloween costume,  I’ve been featured on a few blogs in recent weeks, check it out!

The Etsy Blog featured Opposite of Far’s Adult Red Fox Mask + Tail Set for a Fantastic Mr. Fox Costume!

Handmade for the Holidays Blog featured Opposite of Far’s Adult Red Fox Mask + Tail Set  in an adult costume post!

And of course, Opposite of Far masks are great for kids any day of the year, so I love to see my kids masks on blogs too! {our nest in the city} blog is offering a giveaway for one FREE Opposite of Far mask!  Check it out for a chance (or 5 chances!) to win!! Emily’s sweet daughter, Lily loves the Snowy Owl mask best!

it’s almost halloween!

if you’re planning a halloween party…or any party for that matter, you need to know about lulu’s etsy shop! she makes the most impressive detail-oriented parties i have ever seen! check out her facebook page for even more fun party photos!

i’m here today though to share with you the photos she sent me of her adorable children modeling opposite of far owl masks while enjoying a spooky party in the woods! i love photos from customers, but these are just ridiculously cute! don’t you want to join this party??

not one detail is overlooked! have you ever seen a cuter owl??can you just imagine how fun this party would be?

order your owl masks today then hop over to lulu’s to get all your party supplies!

all photos by kendy schimmel photography

<thank you lyndsey for sending me all these lovely photos, i can’t get enough!!!>