It’s Time . . .

I wonder if the real reason many of us are reluctant to say goodbye to summer is a holdover from childhood. When we were kids, the very mention of autumn meant the return to school – and who wanted to return to math and science when you could be building castles in the sand, or leisurely blowing bubbles from your back steps?

I was one of those kids. I didn’t want summer to end. I wanted to go on feeling the warm sun while I shivered on a towel after swimming all day. I loved the August breeze blowing through my hair while riding my bike to buy a Popsicle. I shuddered each time I noticed the days were getting shorter as Labor Day approached. It was sad to think it would soon be over for another year but, of course, there was no fighting it.


So, for those who are mourning the end of summer – I feel your pain.
I have been there . . .
but not lately.

Right now, after this summer with its unusually long spells of high humidity, I am longing for a cool fall breeze and a bright blue sky. I want to enjoy a hot drink whenever I feel like it. I want to be able to work on a project without the wind of the fan blowing my pattern pages away. I want to reclaim the space in each room that is taken up with cooling devices – whether they are air conditioners or fans. I want to unplug them and silence their hum. I want to put a blanket back on the bed and wake up feeling refreshed. I want to turn on the oven – every day if I like – and make pumpkin bread and suppers that require long cooking times! I want to take a drive for no reason other than to view the colorful foliage. In short, I want the autumn and I can hardly wait.


This week’s Make somethin’ Monday reflects my autumn state of mind.

These beaded earrings, which I’m calling, “Au Chocolat”, feature earthy chocolate browns, warm amber topaz, and just a glimmer of deep rust red. They are now in my web store. 🙂

Sending smiles to all,



It’s Time . . . — 10 Comments

  1. The earrings are beautiful. I can’t seem to meet the challenges I commit to.

    Summer is done. Labor Day passed and I have a crud but I am trudging to work anyway, but not all day , I suspect.

    When I was a kid, I never cared about the seasons…summer was done and being the social butterfly that I was..I looked forward to school. I never disliked school until I was in high school. I didn’t dislike it then, I just thought I had better ways to spend my time. The fact that I was dating someone out of school probably contributed to that!

    I think we had way better summers when we were kids. We spent a lot of time outside doing kid stuff and using our imaginations to set the scene. Poor kids now spend too much time in cyberville. Mine can’t even come for a visit without having to see what someone said on facebook. And they have twitter accounts. Who’d a thunk it. Do you know that my kids don’t even know what “1984” is? OK, I’m rambling but I’m just sayin’.

    Stay cool
    Love you much,

  2. Oh Carol,
    They say that the change of seasons can be hard on our immune systems. I think it’s true. Hope you feel better soon!
    xoxoxo 🙂

  3. I love autumn. The cooler weather is nicer for riding especially after this summer. Dog events are almost every weekend and HALLOWEEN.
    As a kid I loved winter with its snow, holidays and the fireplace. It was my favorite time of the year.

    The earrings are beautiful and they would look great with one of the earth tone sweaters. I would need to eat a piece of Lindt to celebrate the chocolate earrings. Another special project, I cannot wait to see what you cook up next week. BTW I made homemade mac and cheese for a party on Saturday because it was cool enough to turn on the oven.

  4. Kelly,
    You will laugh when I tell you that when I read your comment I was actually eating a piece of Lindt chocolate!!!!!! The other day, Sir Beads surprised me with a small bag of the Lindor Truffles in Hazlenut – my favorite! I think there are a dozen in the bag and I try to make them last as long as I can. I try to just have one a day but sometimes that turns into two! 😉

    Thank you for your kind compliments on the earrings. I wish I had been in the neighborhood for the mac and cheese – love it!
    OK, now I am hungry. LOL
    Hugs! 🙂

  5. I was so ready for Autumn … when it got here last week.

    We have had “a couple windows open, winter housecoat on, flip-flops pushed to the back of the closet, blanket on the bed” for over a week now. I was kind of sad to see summer go. For about a minute!! Summer doesn’t stick around too long here but what we did get this year (and last) was WAY TOO HOT. For Michigan. We aren’t used to 90’s and 100 degree temperatures. That’s Tropical Weather. We have our snow boots sitting by the door most of the time. 😀

    Beautiful earrings. Just my cup of tea. I am loving your Monday crafty series.

  6. Thank you, Donna! 🙂
    It’s fun coming up with what to feature on Mondays.
    I’d say you are lucky that your summers are usually comfortable but I have a feeling that your winters can get pretty tough. I guess mother nature makes sure we all get our share of something. 😉

  7. Hi Sweetie!

    Those earrings are just gorgeous…and so perfect for fall! I love the rich, warm tones, you used, and I can just imagine how they sparkle! Beautiful!!!

    I’m absolutely NOT going to miss summer at all. I’m so THRILLED that fall is just about here…jumping for joy, thrilled!!! I always say that I can’t ever remember liking the summer, but you know, when I read your beautiful words, I did remember loving those same things you wrote about. You brought back such vivid memories. Ones I’ve squashed to bits over the years! xo

    ….and if you look in the cabinet under my kitchen sink, you’ll see a pink bottle of bubbles. Some things I’ll just never out grow! 🙂

    Hugs, xoxo

  8. Aw Paulette!
    A “pink” bottle of bubbles! That is so you, Sweet Lady! 😀

    You’re as pink as I am purple! Isn’t it funny (and fun!) how attracted (and attached) we are to our favorite hues!?!

    Here’s to a fabulous autumn!!! 😉 xoxo

  9. I’m SO VERY ready for Autumn too! Funny how our season expectations change when we’re older, (but still kids at heart.) 😉 lol Although I don’t look forward to the super cold weather that comes after Autumn, I can’t wait to snuggle into a blanket and watch the leaves change colors and fall to the ground. There’s just something about Autumn that makes my home feel so much more comfy, ya know. I love to bake, and like you, I can’t wait to be able to bake and cook in the house again. Don’t get me wrong, I love grilling, but I’d rather stay in and bake goodies. lol

    I really enjoy the Fall colors for jewelry making too, like your Autumn earrings. They’re beautiful!! The colors are so warm and vibrant and the title matches them perfectly. Very inspiring too!

    I hope we all have a wonderful Autumn season! 🙂

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