gimme s’more

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Fall weather makes me want to sit around a bonfire and roast s’mores with my closet friends.  In a best-case-scenario, we’re sitting below a starry sky with caramel swirl marshmallows and ghiradelli chocolate.  We listen to Lorde on the stereo until the sun comes up, and then we take the canoes out to watch the sunrise on the water. Image
Sounds like a perfect weekend, right?  It’s based on actual plans for an upcoming cabin weekend, but, as for now, I’ll do my second favorite fall activity: read inside while I listen to the rain fall in the streets.  In this best-case-scenario, I’m drinking mulled apple cider and surrounded by candles. Image
Jon and I took a drive out to the country to see the changing leaves, and the trip inspired me to make fall-inspired mason jar candles.  Perfect for keeping me company while I’m reading on rainy days.  If you’re interested, the process is detailed below:
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Fill the outer rim of a mason jar with fall leaves:
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I used double-sided tape to secure a candle wick at the bottom of a mason jar:Image
My wick stood straight for the majority of the project, but toward the end I secured it between two knives:
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I melted soy wax in a microwave-safe bowl:
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And then poured the wax into the mason jar and around the candle wick.  When the wax dried, the candle looked like so:
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getting lost together

Fall is on my mind, and since I’m the cheesiest romantic out there, I’ve been thinking about seasonal date ideas.  I happen to love surprises even more than romance and cheese, and so I created a game that surprises the receiver with fall date ideas.  I’m calling the game ‘Fall in Love,’ but if you’re on the normal end of the romance scale, you can call it anything else that you want.

The game works like this:  write 12 occasions that will occur during the fall season on envelopes, and then the envelopes with surprise dates to be opened on the given occasion.  For example, the envelope that says “1st Day of October” has a card inside that reads ‘we’re going to spend the day at a corn maze.’   The envelopes and cards I made are below, and you can download them here: fall1 and fall2.  Or you can make your own and personalize the dates 🙂
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all that glitters is gold

the title of this post is nonsense.  all that glitters is sunshine and love, surely.  but, i am turning 26 tomorrow, september 26, and so the golden birthday is on my mind.  it’s been on jon’s mind too, because the sweet boy started my birthday celebration last saturday night with dinner at Eatery 112 in Minneapolis (get in your plane/train/automobile/carriage and go immediately – order one of everything and then send me whatever is left over, thank you), and then a carriage ride through the city.  when the carriage ride was over, he told me that he was always impressed with my iPhone photos, but that i would be a much better photographer with a real camera– which was my present! oooheee, ice ice ice, just wait til you see how much better my pictures become 🙂

on the wings of a dove (or in my suv), i spent the following sunday testing out the new camera by taking shots of the landscape surrounding our house (yes, i told you before it was rural…)

and, as you know, no post is complete without a picture of these two:

and, my favorite shot from this morning:
isn’t the rural life lovely? oh fall in wisconsin, please stay!