Getting into The Spirit of Fall

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Everywhere you go in the retail stores, you will see a bit of both these days – fall and holiday decorations and supplies. A month ago, I saw so much holiday decor in a store, I told myself – don’t look that way and stay focused on fall.

I love both seasons, of course, and I also have lots of activities surrounding both in my world of offering workshops and seasonal plant related gifts.

For example, in October, my succulent topped pumpkin workshops and custom orders kick it off. Then, as October comes to an end, a craft fair or holiday event pops up, which quickly leads to my holiday workshops in early December where we make kissing balls and wreaths.

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As I worked in my greenhouse yesterday preparing for a fall craft fair coming up next weekend (as noted above), I was totally in the mood for fall. I know the holidays are right around the corner, but fall is still in the air. The fallen tree leaves crunched under my hiking boots as I walked the path to my greenhouse, and the cold brisk morning temperatures were just chilly enough to require a vest to keep warm, but not a jacket.

These environmental elements are what gets my mood into a particular seasonal theme. In fact, I went to a couple fall themed events last Saturday with Steve, my husband. The weather was predicted to be sunny and warm – and I was feeling like taking a break and enjoying the fall scenes, while they last, because it won’t be long before fall moves by quickly.

We drove to a pumpkin event in Coventry, CT at a church, which turned out to be directly across the street (practically) to a restaurant we enjoy there. The pumpkins were being sold at a church and the money is donated to various causes, one of which is a Navajo Indian farm. Since it was a nice area, we picked this as our first stop on Saturday.

The pumpkins were quite large and so were the gourds of various colors which I had not seen these colors before. I thought how wonderful some of these would have been for my succulent topped pumpkin workshops in October, but no matter, I still was there to enjoy them for carving or other projects.

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I picked out this one for myself. This gourd weighs a lot but I just may make something creative with it this week. I had never seen this orange and white pattern on a gourd before. It is not a candidate for carving because it is so thick, but I couldn’t resist it.

Because the sun was brightly shining on this little journey of our’s, and the color of the shrubs next to the church were so intensely red, I used the opportunity to have Steve take a photo of me. As you can see, we were in the pumpkin and fall mood for sure.

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I absolutely love that Steve enjoys fall adventures like this as much as I do. He is a kid at heart when it comes to carving pumpkins (and me too). He picked out a large tall one for his carving plans the next day.

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After we visited this church and had lunch nearby, we drove back roads over to Manchester, CT and it turned out to be a spontaneous beautiful ride with some foliage colors still to be enjoyed. Steve commented how wonderful these roads would be on the motorcycle. He was starting to appreciate that we decided to take the day to have some fall fun.

In Manchester, we visited some small shops on Main Street during a Halloween Candy event, which even if you don’t have kids (we do not), you might enjoy. Seeing all the creative costumes and the smiles on the children’s faces is another way to get into the spirit of the fall season. Plus, they have a couple breweries in that area and we stopped at one which Steve also appreciated.

All of this activity got my spirit into creating plant related gift items and decor themed in fall colors, but I am still making some fun holiday items too. One of the fall items are large glass globes filled with live succulents and decor of orange and yellow fall colors. These will be available at this weekend’s Fall Craft Fair at the Stafford Fire Department’s event on Saturday, November 2nd which runs from 9 am to 2 pm.


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I was debating whether I should create holiday items or fall themes for this craft show. As I got into making items, I let the fall spirit nature guide me. The natural cones and lotus pods of warm vibes as well as some vivid and bright orange and yellow fall decor let me go into that decorating mode. I think our Saturday adventure helped me get into that mode too, which was perhaps another reason why we got out there for some fall events.

This fall fair is expected to have various craft vendors, some of which are hand-made pottery and other items. I’m sure it will be a fun day for me – and you too if you decided to stop by! I always love meeting other vendors and adventuring to a new place, as you never know what kind of inspiration you will get from it – like we did this past weekend. Stafford is also another nearby town to be appreciated in all seasons. They have a local cidery and gift shops. They have a lot to offer and it is not far from the fire house.

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Here are the details, again, of the location and event:

2019 Annual Fall Craft Fair at Stafford Fire Department No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary
Saturday, November 2nd, 9 am to 2 pm
27 Willington Avenue, Stafford Springs, CT

Stafford Fire Dept Building

Hope you will have the opportunity to swing by this weekend!

Cathy Testa
Container Crazy CT

How to use Box Signs to Decorate, Impress, or Just Send a Message

Photo by Cathy Testa

Photo by Cathy Testa

Why have decorative box signs become so popular?

I’m not sure. Actually, I don’t know.

Little or big box signs can cure, make you laugh, cheer you up, or perhaps cry. Words are powerful.  They make a statement, and they can leave a mark or help you to understand.

“Printed words on a piece of boxed wood turns the physical word into a piece of art which can be enjoyed both literally and visually.”

Plus they are functional, fun, and easy to hang, lean, tuck, or stand in various places around your home, in your home, and in protected locations outside your home. Place them alone, in groupings, with other decorations for the appropriate season, or give them as gifts.

Yes. True. I was “literally singing” after having wine with friends (see box sign above). Later, my older brother, Sylvain, came by to visit.

He gave me this box sign shown below.  As a gift (or a message).

But alas, they are not just signs for the hanging (or hangovers), they serve a purpose. Use them to store your bottles in a cute and clever way.  They may even remind you to avoid the Wine Flu.

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Other ways to use them?  Use them to set the mood.

Or…Why not use them to create a whole arrangement? Especially nice on the patio or as your buffet/cocktail table for an upcoming party. What a great way to welcome your guests with a chuckle and a smile.  Want to get some kind of message across at your next function?  Reading words can eliminate the need to speak them.

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Use them to get free labor, or at least inspire.

Sure, maybe a little humor will encourage that teen of yours to get raking.  Or the sign will remind us all of the best parts of the Autumn season.  The beautiful blue skies, the crisp air, color changes of the foliage, and smells of pumpkin and apple pie. Use box signs to inspire our transition to the cooler temps as we adjust to the sun rising later and the nightfall coming sooner.

Source:  Primitives by Kathy

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Source: Primitives by Kath

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Source:  Primitives by Kathy

Source: Primitives by Kathy

A little Witchy Side to Ya?

No problemo. Use them to show your glitter/glam style.  Position it by your broom and witches brew, as you play dress up.  Watch “The Witches of Eastwick“.  They will get the hint.

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Source: Kathy by Primitives

Source: Primitives by Kathy


Source: Primitives by Kathy

Source: Primitives by Kathy

Use box signs to impress.

When you pair a box sign with a hostess gift and your best bottle of wine, you will be remembered as being a very good guest.  Add a little hang tag to match your box sign, or hang it on a door knob to make the Halloween kids go away.  No hints required, just read the box signs.

Get into the Box Sign Movement.  And don’t forget all the other wonderful themes – for the garden, beach house, and Christmas Holidays.

Written by Cathy Testa