It’s still a little over a month before Autumn officially arrives, but we took our middle son back to his college over the weekend, and that means that summer is basically over for my family and we’ll get back to our usual schedules and work now. I’m sad summer is coming to an end, but I do love autumn.
It’s a season so rich with wonderful smells, beautiful sights and yummy things to eat.
When you think of autumn, what images immediately pop into your head?
When I was a kid, we would host a bonfire and cookout at our house. My aunts, uncles and cousins would all arrive, bringing side dishes to share. We would roast hot dogs around the fire, and we all wore our warm flannel shirts.
When my kids were young and we lived in New Mexico, our homeschool group would have a hayrack ride. We’d drive through the beautiful little village that we lived in that sat right at the edge of the Rio Grand River. It was a beautiful evening ride that would end with hot chocolate and s’mores around a fire.
Living in Illinois again, autumn means harvest time, when we share the road with lots of farmers on tractors, driving back and forth from their fields, harvesting in their crops.
I think of colorful leaves, pumpkins, fresh apple cider, warm quilts and going to Harvest Festivals. There are just so many things to love about autumn.
I created a stencil with words that represent some of my favorite things about autumn.
I used the new stencil to create a framed sign with coat hooks. While we were out of town, I stopped at a thrift store, specifically looking for a flannel shirt, but the only one I found was a child’s size, but I loved the colors, so I bought it anyway. I’ll probably repurpose it into something else later, but it was perfect to hang on the hooks.
To make the sign, I started with a salvaged piece of pine board.
I painted it antique white, then used a variety of colors to paint the words on the stencil.
I added bronze coat hooks on each side of the frame to hang coats, scarves, etc. on.
My husband put the frame together the same as he did for my farmhouse cabinet. I love making signs that serve a dual purpose, like coat racks, and I really love how it turned out.