Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Autumn Changes

Signs of Autumn are all around us and yet the temperatures are still reaching Summer highs, a real bonus as we are a little behind with some of the garden maintenance.  I found the fence painting yesterday at my parents quite therapeutic, the slow rhythm of the brush reflecting the slow pace of life we are experiencing at the moment.  Time lost in thought of happier times.  The sheds are on the agenda for today and then back to my own house to paint the remaining 15 panels of fencing.  The change of season a mirror image of the changes within our family.  Time now needed to come to terms with our loss and the new dynamics within the family that will follow.  Your thoughts and prayers have been gratefully received and have been a great comfort so I thank you from the heart and ask that we continue to be in your prayers.  Our lives will never be the same again,  mental illness is brutal and has taken a young man from us in the prime of his life.  Be kind to those around you and make sure they know they are loved.

I am not ready to make any seasonal d├ęcor changes yet but I have made a start in making a new Autumn wreath.  I spent a couple of lovely hours in the craft room playing some old LPs on my old record player whilst playing around with Autumn leaves.

 
I used the hot glue gun to adhere them to the burlap so that the wreath can be used again.
 
 
Adding a beautiful gold coloured wire ribbon and some apples that were actually been sold as Christmas tree decorations.
 

 
I then painted some wooden labels red.
 
 
Using a alphabet stencil felt letters were made to attach to the labels to make a HARVEST bunting.
 
 
These were attached to the wreath using jute twine.
 
 
All ready to be hung on the back of the door.  I think it looks quite striking.
 
 
I will catch up with you over the next couple of days as time and mood allows.  The list of outstanding jobs evergrowing.
 
See you soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 

29 comments:

  1. It must be such a hard time for you and your family at the moment, there's no making sense of mental illness and as you've discovered, can leave a family devastated. I hope that in time, you're able to come to terms with what has happened and remember your lovely nephew with smiles. I love the harvest wreath.

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  2. This was such a peaceful post! I wish that I could have been with you in your craft room making wreaths and sharing a cup of tea and lots of lovely conversation. Your harvest wreath is absolutely stunning, you seem to have a natural eye for creating them. Continued prayers and thoughts for you and your family...hugs

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  3. What a beautiful wreath !!!!
    Autumn is at the corner but I'm not prepared yet to let go the Summer...
    Have a lovely day !
    Hug
    Anna

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  4. The wreath is gorgeous. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

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  5. What a beautiful wreath.
    You continue to be in my thoughts as you come to terms with your loss.
    Much love-x-

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  6. It's gorgeous, I love the red apples. Mental illness can be so cruel and I think as you said, the best we can do is be kind to each other and understanding xx

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  7. Your wreath is adorable, I really like the apples and the letters. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, take care.

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  8. A beautiful wreath. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

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  9. I am just so sorry for the tragic news about your nephew. I can only imagine the pain this must bring to your family. Yes, mental illness is the worst kind of illness in my way of thinking. Prayers go out to you and your family. On a happier note, your wreath is just beautiful! I love fall and the change in the air. It s still rather warm here too but looking forward to cooler temps....AFTER I get back from the beach on Sunday :) Blessings!

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  10. I'm just catching up and was so sorry to read your sad news. Thinking of you and your family.
    The christening looked like a wonderful occasion and the wreath is beautiful.

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  11. I will continue to be in prayer for you and your family. A tragedy like this is with you forever. On a happier note, I love your fall wreath. It's so pretty. We had our first freeze warning last night and it was 31 degrees at the lake.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. Blessings to you and your family ♥ That is a gorgeous wreath ♥

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  13. A beautiful wreath and important message. Take care of yourselves at this difficult time.

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  14. I'm so sorry for your family's loss of a young man. One of my son's good friend is missing right now.. he fell off his fishing boat and has not been found. Life and the loss of it sometimes cannot be explained. Your wreath turned out spectacular. ((hugs)), Teresa

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  15. Prayers and love are being sent your way my friend. Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. Your wreath is very pretty. So glad you are finding peace in your painting.

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  17. Adorable wreath. Using the tags to make the banner is something I haven't seen in blogland before and I really like it. Hope you don't mind if we steal that cute look.

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  18. The wreath is really pretty! So sorry for all that your family is going through right now. Take care.

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  19. Love the wreath especially with the finishing touch of the wooden tags spelling "harvest".

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  20. The wreath is stunning! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. If it is any consolation, I have struggled with depression for many years. My heart goes out to you.

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  21. There is no sign of autumn here ! It's even more hot than in summer ! The trees are green and I only see on the calender that we are mid september !

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  22. you are nice to help your parents out. We have leaves falling over here but it's still warm outside. I'm not complaining though...it could be a heat wave!!

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  23. Lovely wreath! May you and family be surrounded with love and peace!

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  24. Love the wreath. On my walk into town yesterday I noticed some of the trees had started dropping leaves, Autumn is knocking on the door. Hugs, Sandra xx

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  25. Wow, that looks great, what a great idea! And love the idea of listening to old LPs while you created, sounds fun.
    Caz xx

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  26. Thinking of you and yours and continuing to pray for you as you go about your routine forever changed...and still caring for those around you...and crafting something beautiful to celebrate the next season. xx

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  27. This is a beautiful wreath! You are so talented. I am unable to find any fall decor here in Denmark, so maybe I will have to make my own :)

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