Busy Autumn Week

Hello! How have you been? We’ve had a gorgeous week here in northern Illinois–sunshine and blue skies all week. I’ve started a new habit to be still each morning, and be thankful for all I am blessed with. The beautiful weather has made it on my gratitude list every day.

I’ve never been a person of rituals or habits, but I think it is what my soul longs for. For the past 2-1/2 months I spend some time on my yoga mat, first thing in the morning. I bring a mug of tea, light a candle, open the window for fresh air, turn on my salt lamp and spend time stretching and slowly waking up. And while I drink my tea I reflect on those things to be grateful for. These last weeks I have found myself to be more calm and patient and mindful.

Speaking of gratefulness–I am grateful for all of you who have visited my You Tube channel. Thank you so much! ❤ I am happy to share what I know and do. It is good for me to do this, and I hope you enjoy it too. I realize I have a lot to learn and appreciate you coming along with me as I learn and get better (hopefully) making videos.

I published Part 2 of how I make a Little Darlings dress this week. Part 2 covers making the lined skirt, adding inset eyelet trim, and then sewing the skirt onto the bodice. I included time stamps in the description, so you can click on the time and go to that section. Please watch if you’d like. Your comments, liking my videos, and following my channel are very much appreciated! Thank you! ❤

I have a pink sweater that I had knit for this dress and I didn’t like it with the blue/red apple print. I really like the sweater and want to make a fall dress to go with it. One evening I spent some time going through my fabrics. Here are four fabrics that I liked with the sweater. I like them all, but I have a favorite–which is yours? I’d love to know…

Black floral
Plum ditsy floral
Mauve rose floral
Plum rose floral

The colors are really changing around here and the feel of fall is in the air. I spent most of yesterday outside: in our backyard, walking the neighborhood, and at the forest preserve. If you’d enjoy another nature video let me know; I’d love to put another one together.

How was your week? I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. Have a wonderful weekend! ❤ ❤ ❤

17 thoughts on “Busy Autumn Week

  1. Dee Scott

    I love all of the combinations, but my favorite is the Plum rose floral. The dusty pink of the sweater brings out the same color in the floral, but the other colors add a nice balance of contrast.

  2. Joy

    Love your fall photos, especially the one with the acorns still on the tree. Around here squirrels would be right on gathering them and those that make it to the ground are eaten by the deer. They love them.
    I really had to look several times at the fabric choices. Practically wore out my mouse. I’m not a fan of the navy or the mauve. Although I like the mauve fabric, just not with the pale pink influence. So, the two purplish are my choices. At first I liked the last one larger scale print, but after going back and forth, I like the smaller scale print of the second photo because it matches the sweater pink best. 🙂

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Joy. I’m glad you enjoyed my autumn photos. I wonder if you get autumn colors like we do… My nephew and his wife live in S.R. too. From their photos it’s still summertime in S.R.
      Too funny… wore out your mouse. Ha ha. Thank you for sharing which one you like best. Hmmm… decisions, decisions.

  3. Karen Amstutz

    I like the black background. The flowers in that fabric would look soooo go on the pink sweater. And I guess I like bright colors. Love your leave pictures they are beautiful.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Karen. I’ve pulled out that print so often and never seem to decide to use it. It is so sweet. I agree it looks pretty with the pink. Thank you! ❤

  4. Wanda

    I admire you for making time to be grateful, thankful and blessed with each day we are given. I need to make and yake the time to reflect in those ways as well.

    I am grateful for your inspiration.

    Kindest regards,

  5. Donna

    Taking time to be grateful is a wonderful way to start the day!

    I enjoyed your colourful photos of autumn leaves! The foliage here in Quebec is beautiful right now too. Autumn is my favourite time of year (although it would be so nice if it wasn’t followed by winter!).

    All of the fabrics are pretty with the sweater, but my favourite is the first one. I love the way the pink sweater stands out yet highlights the fabric at the same time.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Donna. It sure is!! I’ve often felt the same way about autumn. It really doesn’t last long, and what comes after lasts forever. I enjoy the wintery weather through December–then I’m ready for springtime.
      Thank you for your fabric choice ‘vote’. The pinks against the black are really fun. ❤


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