Tuesday, September 24, 2013

All About Autumn (OBW + T-Tues + OUAS)

Fall colors!  Cinnamon!  Apples!  Oh, and did I mention fall colors?  :)  Sigh.  I love this time of year; it's my favorite season. Autumn officially began here on Sunday, and I'm dedicating this post to all things autumn, while linking up with three different parties.


First up, I'm submitting the above photo to Our Beautiful World, a photography blog that is open to all.  Their theme this week is "Fall (Autumn) Where You Are."  I chose this photo because it shows all the different colors of leaves that we have in the fall in Minnesota.  This is just a random maple tree in my neighborhood that I photographed a couple years ago.  We have a lot of maples around here, and I go a crazy with my camera when all the fall colors start to appear.  I chose this particular shot, out of all the zillions of maple photos that I've taken over the years, because it shows so many different colors all on one tree.


Next up, I'm also linking up with T for Tuesday on Elizabeth's blog.  To play along on T Day, all you have to do is show anything tea- or beverage-related.


Today for T-Day I'm showing you a delicious autumnal drink that my husband Scott and I recently discovered at a place called Silverwood Cafe.  The drink is called black apple cider, and you can see Scott with a cup of it in the photo below.  It's spiced apple cider with a shot of blackberry syrup--yum!  We had it iced, but it would be good as a hot drink, too.


Last but not least, I'm linking up with Once Upon a...Sketch today, with an autumn-colored scrapbook page about my husband's grandmother.  I used the sketch below, but flipped it to suit my photo.


Here is my layout.  I think you will be able to see how I incorporated the colors of autumn--the deep burgundy of the black apple cider, as well as the green, brown, gold, and scarlet of the maple tree--in my composition.
 
Supplies: background paper from Kaisercraft; journaling card, alphabet stickers, flair badge, & banner paper from October Afternoon; decorative cards from  Simple Stories; milk caps & ticket from Jenni Bowlin True Vintage; all other patterned paper from Authentique; stamps from My Mind's Eye; ink from Hero Arts; fabric upcycled from old jeans; thread from Singer; heart punch from All Night Media; corner punch from Creative Memories; zigzag punch from EK Success; ribbons from Scrapbook Fantasies; paperclips from Staples; paint from Ranger.

My layout is called "Muzzy," which was the nickname that my husband and his brother gave to their grandmother.  (Longtime readers of my blog may remember, from previous layouts that I have posted, that they called their grandfather, in turn, "Gump."  I think these nicknames are so original and cute.)  


The journaling theme this month at OUAS is "lucky."  With this in mind, I wrote on my layout: "Scott was lucky to grow up so close to his grandmother, Muzzy.  She was a woman of many talents: farmer, lay minister, excellent cook, talented embroidery artist, champion checker player, and loving grandma."  I never knew Muzzy, but I have heard a lot about her over the years.  It meant so much to me to make this tribute page about her for Scott.


Since Muzzy was a farmer, I added a lot of country/homespun touches, from the chicken badge to the homemade yo-yos.


I also included some vintage items, and I tore and distressed some of my paper scraps, for a "heritage" look.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I am happy that I got the chance to share a taste of autumn, and all its colorful splendor, with you.

32 comments:

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Where most of us haven't really see fall colors yet, it is certainly great to see yours, new or old, I just love the pretty colors in the fall, thanks for sharing it with us at Our Beautiful World, wonderful layout too!

Halle said...

I'm loving the maples that are turning as well. Our maple is always very late...it tries to save the best for last I guess. :)
Love what you did with the scrapbook sketch.
Happy Tuesday!

Lu - Babalu said...

I loved the layout! Every detail made ​​the difference, beautiful!
Kisses!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Still awaiting the explosion of Autumn color here. This is my favorite season, too. The pages you made are beautiful and a nice tribute to your husband's grandma.

IrinaR said...

Люблю осенние клены! У нас они тоже сейчас "горят". Ваши макеты прекрасны! еще раз с удовольствием рассматривала детальки.

voodoo vixen said...

Sucha beautiful autumn photo with the maple leaves, it really does express autumn perfectly!
Love your Muzzy LO, lots of vintage charm!

Jay said...

Wonderful colors!! Isn't Fall just the best!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

That tree photo is absolutely beautiful, Denise. A true depiction of fall color. I love all of the details on your layout. It's my new favorite of yours. I had to smile at your comment about the tiny bingo cards on the card I posted on my blog today. They're from Jenni Bowlin product packaging. I was channeling my inner "Denise" when I used them. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I cannot believe how late I am getting here. I went grocery shopping today instead of tomorrow, and when I got home, I could barely walk. To ease the pain, I laid down and just got up a few minutes ago. Sorry I’m late.

That cider sounds awesome. So unique. I would never considered pairing apple cider with blackberry syrup, but it sounds delicious.

That photo of the maple leaves shows your attention to detail. I like how there really ARE so many colors represented in it.

I looked high and low for the jean fabric in your layout, then realized I should not be looking in the background, but on the embellishments. I love how you tore the paper in just the right places. I honestly like your scrapbook pages. Almost makes me want to start a scrapbook page. If I did, you would definitely be my role model.

Again, sorry I'm so late getting here for T today. SO glad you joined in.

Denise Price said...

^^Ohmigosh, ohmigosh, Lisa and Elizabeth, you are inflating my ego, LOL! But seriously, thank you, I am so honored by your sweet comments. Thank you everyone.

Val Thorpe said...

3 in 1 Denise I am blown away... how clever. First I have to say that photo of the leaves is just so beautiful. I love it :D
The layout is a wonderful tribute to Muzzy (i love their nicknames) she sounds like an amazing person. Love how you incorporated elements of her life onto the layout too. Very clever.
Thanks for Playing Along with us and at OUAS Please do not forget to upload your layout to Our FB Page
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for your Chance to be in the draw for our monthly prize :)

Ros Crawford said...

What a gorgeous fall photo ... Thanks so much for sharing with us at Our Beautiful world!

Maudieroff Roffey said...

What a fabulous photo - just stunning!! That tea sounds very yummy too - and I am not a T drinker... Have a great week - Mxx

Eila Sandberg said...

Just came from Olga's blog and saw your comment to her, had forgotten you took Russian at the university. How cool is that! That mulled cider sounds absolutely delish! Minnesota is like Scandinavia so we've got the blazing trees over here as well. Really like how you captured all those colours in your photo, know it's quite tricky from own experience. What a fantastic woman Muzzy was, no wonder she has such a special place in his heart! So many beautiful details in your page honouring her, totally love those fabric yo-yos! Thank you ever so much for sharing your lovely work with us at OUAS! Happy autumn days!

Milagros C. Rivera said...

So much goodness in one post Denise, so in love with it all! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Our Beautiful World

Krisha said...

Autumn is my favorite time of the year too, LOVE the photograph of the maple leaves.
I'll have to try that drink, I'm sure Smart and Final has the syrup.
Your LO is wonderful too, love the nickname.
Thanks for the earlier visit for T day, sorry I'm so late is making the rounds this week.

Patricia said...

all is beautiful Denise.

Svjetlana said...

I am, catching up with your blog. Love your autumn photo. The page is fantastic, love the home grown yo-yo flowers. Good luck with the challenge.

Kay Fatula said...

I absolutely love Autumn myself & I see that reflected in all your work. What a great tribute to 'Muzzy'! I had to smile when I saw that nickname...very cute indeed! Great take on the challenge & sketch. Thank you for joining us at OUAS!

Julia Cotrim said...

hi Denise what a wonderful pic of the autumn leaves and what a gorgeous layout you created! thanks for stopping by on my blog! xoxo :)

Tracey Sabella said...

Denise, what a lovely page for your husband and his grandmother "Muzzy"!! I love the homespun details honoring her and your wonderful heartfelt journaling!! Thanks for joining us for the September Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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Darnell J Knauss said...

This was a fun post, Denise! First of all, I can't believe that the maple tree photo you took is a real photo. It is SOOOO vibrant that I thought it must be from a magazine, Photoshopped and color-saturated. Wow! I grew up in Iowa and I think I have forgotten just HOW deeply colorful the trees are in autumn. Thank you for sharing - stunning!

Your layout is a treasure. I love how you personalized it with even the tiniest little detail and how you add so many of them. Scott must be delighted with this tribute to his Muzly!!

Dianne said...

What a striking photo of colorful leaves! just love that...I love fall too so I enjoyed that so much. The apple drink sounds wonderfully yummy, and your scrapbook pages are really cute. love the milk bottle caps you included!

Lean de Ruiter said...

Beautiful lay-out love your flowers.
byebye,Lean

Angi Barrs said...

Fabulous page! I love the bingo card!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Gorgeous Fall photograph :)
Your scrapbook page is beautiful too,Best wishes,Nessa xx

Ariel said...

Wow! I love love your layout. It is so pretty, so many elements in it but all well balanced.
Those maple leaves are awesome. I love all the colors of fall.
Thank you for your comment on my blog. Yes, I feel the same way, grumpy if I don't get my 'me' time in the mornings.

Chantalle said...

Absolutely adore this layout Denise. Love your creative thinking and ingenuity x

Shahrul Niza said...

Such adorable layout!!. I got crazy a bit, all excitement looking at the detail & texture of your cute layout!. LOVE. WOW, look at how bright the leaves are! I would go crazy clicking away too :). The drink sound heavenly!. Thank you for this lovely share at Our Beautiful World!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Oh yes I love Fal too. Wish we had more if it here. Beautiful photo. That tea sounds yummy. And your LO came out gorgeous!

Denise van Deventer said...

Firstly a stunning autumn photo Denise! Really love that one! Secondly a great page about Muzzy! Love the layering and details...such a great take on the sketch! So beautifully documented! ;-)

Lynette said...

Stunning autumn photo. Love your seasonal layout with the wonderful pops of blue.