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Friday’s Favorites: Thanksgiving Decorations

Fridays Favorites is all about the Thanksgiving Decorations. I decorate for fall at the end of September and leave the decorations up until the end of November. Here in California, we really do not see the colors of turning leaves, and experience only the occasional crisp cold weather mornings. That said, I still appreciate the change of the season.

Here is a collection of my pumpkins, and other fall ephemera.

I love these wine cork pumpkins, what better way to use up all of those wine corks! I also love these wooden spools, so cool! The aluminum tins on top hold wax candle pumpkins.

Here are a few more vignettes, the first showing a collection of bird nests and paper wasp hives, along with Indian corn and mini pumpkins. The second shows Oliver and Aubriana, two art dolls that I have made. The third, a host of pumpkins, flowers and other fall ephemera.

And more owls, candles, gourds, and a turkey or two!

These images and poem encompass this time of year for me:

Dirt roads lined with
brown dusted bushes
and autumn colored trees
Leaves falling with even prettier colors
than last year.
Crackle air smells
of snow and cooked
turkeys and pumpkin pie.
Family days spent with
distant relatives, loved ones
and Thanksgiving.

Christen, 10-15-79

All Friday’s Favorites posts.

Well I hope that this inspires you to be creative with your decorations, and that you are enjoying this time of year.

Happy Stitching! ~ Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Rust, Wood, Bark

Fridays Favorites is all about natural rustic decorations. I love to collect things, and I am sharing some of my favorite treasures with you today.

This is one of my favorite boxes, it rests on our mantel year long. I change the decorations according to the season. Here I have lots of wooden spools, keys, dyed gourds and cool treasures.

The first image is a grouping of rusted tools, in a really cool woven container. The second is an old wash board, with a very well used wooden pole.

This is just a collection of more of my treasures, and all of them make me smile!

All Friday’s Favorites posts.

Well I hope that this inspires you to be creative with your decorations, and that you are enjoying this time of year.

Happy Stitching! ~ Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Harvest Time

Fridays Favorites is all about the Harvest Time. I love the rich autumn colors, browns from chestnut to sienna; golden umber and warm maple; fiery crimson and cinnamon; and the warm rich colors of pumpkin and carnelian.


Here is a group of pumpkins that were created from my PDF class Gathering Autumn’s Harvest. I used batik and cotton fabrics for the base of the pumpkin, and added in vintage and new buttons, leaves, and paper wrapped wire for the stems.

Here are a few more images of my pumpkins, leaves, acorns and additional fall ephemera.

And who doesn’t love owls? Here is Oliver the Owl who is also a PDF class. Mushroom garden is featured in my book Hand Embroidery Dictionary, all of the mushroom tops are made from felt, and embroidered with perle cotton. A few of the bases are made from felt and wire, the smaller ones are wooden golf tees. Cogs and Gears is an adaptation of one of the projects in my book Beaded Embroidery Stitching.

All Friday’s Favorites posts.

Well I hope that this inspires you to be creative, and that you are enjoying this time of year!

Happy Stitching! ~ Christen

Gathering Autumn’s Harvest: class/tutorial

Gathering Autumn’s Harvest: 2 lessons/$20.00

Country images of old barns resting off even older dirt roads, family and friends and cooked turkeys and pumpkin pie. That is what autumn means to me. I absolutely love all of the rich autumn colors: chestnut, golden umber, warm maple, cinnamon and pumpkin. I have put together a few things that will help make your autumn decorations for your home more memorable.

Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed

gatheringautumnsharvestLesson 1: All about the pumpkins! Directions for several different sizes will be given and I warn you now, you will not stop at only one! The base fabric for the pumpkin can be a plain color, a print or batik. Or if you are feeling adventurous you could CQ a base on your own then use my directions to assemble it. leavesandacorns

Lesson 2: Add in a little bit of the bounty of the harvest time with falling leaves and gathered nuts. You will have two different sizes of each leaf and acorns to chose from. These are made from felt and hand stitched with cotton floss. I made mine from synthetic felt but you could make these items from wool felt.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,