Are the leaves starting to change in your world yet? While walking Miss O., our black lab, through the local park, we noticed *just the edges* of the maples turning deep scarlet. The contrast of the emerald green and scarlet edges against the backdrop of a heavenly turquoise sky was just breathtaking. Don’t let your life get so busy that you miss the small things, which is one of the themes John Mayer sings about in “Something’s Missing”:
When autumn comes
It doesn’t ask
It just walks in where it left you last.
You never know when it starts
Until there’s fog inside the glass around
Your summer heart
Listen for yourself on YouTube:
Now that we’re truly in the middle of the autumn season, it’s a great time to gather ideas for fall crafts to do with your students, children or grandchildren. Even if you live in a climate where there isn’t such a dramatic change of seasons, there are plenty of ideas to try on my Autumn Crafts for Kids Pinterest board.
Growing up, my mom and grandma were both big crafters who rubbed off on my creativity…which I now pay forward by teaching crafting to my students. I imagine a lot of folks don’t think middle schooler should be spending class time making crafts, but we use them as a reward/incentive, and if you’ve ever tried teaching the skill of following directions to beginning second language students, you realize what a fun, invaluable teaching method crafting can be. *SO* much more effective than worksheets…
This fall, I think we’re going to try the Leaf Mobile from So Says Sarah (to use up a bunch of beads and ribbons I have around the house) with all of my classes, as a way to brighten their homes. I haven’t decided if we’ll ModPodge a couple of real leaves to make them more flexible or if I can scrounge up some silk leaves to use, but I know they’ll love it. When I start feeling crafty, nothing in my life is off-limits–including blogging.
Though my schedule isn’t any less hectic, my desire to get back into blogging on a regular basis is growing stronger. One day last week, I was hit with a bucket of blog topic ideas at once, and managed to scribble them down in my Bullet Journal, but what I really want is a special notebook to keep all of my blog-related ideas and actions together. Pinterest to the rescue again! I created a Blog Planning Printables board with a variety of free, colorful, useful (and did I mention free? ;)) printables for me to pick and choose from when I do sit down to put my new blogging binder together.
My current favorite form is this one from Lambert’s Lately. Her Blog Series Planner Page is just what I need to get my ideas down in one place. Now, if I just had the time for a brainstorming session…
And to follow up with my self-coined quote from last week’s Hello, October Freebies post, “Life’s too short for black and white,” I’ve discovered just how popular (and growing in popularity!) these adult-themed coloring pages are becoming–not just online but in the world. Yesterday while shopping for groceries, I found a book on the magazine rack dedicated entirely to adult coloring pages, mandalas, Zentangles, and just coloring fun.
My friend Lisa has been doing these for years and gives me blank copies on a regular basis. You really should try them out for fun. I know–no one has time to just sit around and color–but for those of us bursting at the seams to get creative, they’re a wonderful, fun outlet for that part of ourselves that just wants to color! My next coloring project will be this fall-themed beauty from Alisa Burke:
And there you are! Lots of artsy freebies for the week. So many choices, so little time! Whichever you decide to try, do what you love most. That’s what matters 🙂