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An Autumn Reverie

Sep 17, 2012

by Cate Fitt

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There is a day in early autumn when life comes back in focus. The world has a new clarity, with crisp edges and intense color. As the tree colors change, so does the light, no longer dusty green but glowing and sharp. My elderly hound has renewed energy for chasing the squirrels who make it over the fence in the nick of time. It is my favorite time of year — open windows, meals on the porch, piles of gourds at the farmers’ markets, faint memories of burning leaves, and birthday parties with children whirling on the lawn.

[1. Screen Print T-Shirt by Sealmaiden 2. Hoop Earrings by Rokdarbi 3. Making Beer Outside with Friends, Poorly. by EbenKlingWork 4. Dog Collars by Devonhill]

Inspired by the change in weather, I put aside my other projects and pick up the half-finished sweater that was abandoned in the May heat.

[1. Keep Canning Letterpress Print by OldSchoolStationers 2. Latte Mug by LittleWrenPottery 3.  Canvas Boots by iloveyourshoesbali 4. Pickling Spice by Dellcovespices]

Cooking is once again a pleasure. The last tastes of summer are preserved in sauces that will nourish me on the shortest winter days.

[1. Vintage Rain Boots from OleaVintage 2. Bottled Treasure by Sarahdeee 3. Yellow Knit Headband by NeekaKnits 4. Peeling Paint Umbrella by JenHanlonAshPhoto]

The remnants of a hurricane shake the trees bare. My street is covered with shining golden leaves, wet with rain.

[1. Black Walnut Spoons by Eriktosten 2. Linocut Card by AmeliaHerbertson 3. Autumn Leaves Cookies by SweetAmbs 4. Extreme Weather Original Painting by BlueMagpieDesign]

It is birthday season for me and for my dearest friends. For us, the new year is now.

How do you celebrate the changing of the seasons?

mismatched hoop earrings with sea urchin and natural seeds - eco friendly jewelry - ethnic earrings
mismatched hoop earrings with sea urchin and natural seeds - eco friendly jewelry - ethnic earrings
$30.00 USD
T shirt for Women, Graphic Tee, Peacock print, Copper Peacock Feather Screen Print, Rust Shimmer / Plus size
T shirt for Women, Graphic Tee, Peacock print, Copper Peacock Feather Screen Print, Rust Shimmer / Plus size
$26.00 USD
Ethnic batik art canvas shoe, gold classic pattern
Ethnic batik art canvas shoe, gold classic pattern
Sold
Pickling spices - organic spices - cooking spices organic spices for pickle jars diy crafts kit - canning food preservation at home
Pickling spices - organic spices - cooking spices organic spices for pickle jars diy crafts kit - canning food preservation at home
$5.00 USD
Single spicy chai latte mug - stoneware pottery mugs glazed in milk chocolate
Single spicy chai latte mug - stoneware pottery mugs glazed in milk chocolate
Sold
Knit Headband Turban - Sunshine Yellow -  Chunky Wool
Knit Headband Turban - Sunshine Yellow - Chunky Wool
$18.00 USD
Vintage Rain Boots - European Size 37, US Size 6.5 - 7
Vintage Rain Boots - European Size 37, US Size 6.5 - 7
Sold
Black Walnut Rounds
Black Walnut Rounds
Sold

3 Featured Comments

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 4 years ago Featured

    Perhaps it's the memory of school starting in September, but fall always feels like the beginning of a new year to me. Forget January and its boring sameness to December. In September the evenings cool, the kids emerge from air conditioned caves, more wildlife appears, the trees start dropping tons of presents -- nuts and apples and one or two early colored leaves. It's an amazing time of the year. Thanks for sharing treats that make it even lovelier.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago Featured

    I stronly believe that life is a celebration of seasons. I decorate my house every season every month according to holidays or the cues I receive from nature. A rainy morning is as lovely as a hot summer afternoon. Adding all these decorative touches around the house help me and my family to see how exciting the year is with all its holidays and changes in season.

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere said 4 years ago Featured

    In my country, there is a shortfall of seasons - we either have sunny or rainy weather. But through your blog, Cate, I could feel your sentiments during this special time of the year. It is as though I'm now in another country experiencing the triumph of the forthcoming season. Thank you for sharing it here with us!

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  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago

    The sentiments expressed in the first paragraph are lovely. Autumn is also my favorite time of year...changing leaves, apple picking, a renewed love of baking and the return of root vegetables! There is much to be enjoyed in fall.

  • Krystyna81

    Kristina from Krystyna81 said 4 years ago

    Judy you took the words right out of my mouth :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie said 4 years ago

    You have described that first sure day of autumn's arrival perfectly!

  • ArchetypalTheatre

    Sarah Pogue from ArchetypalTheatre said 4 years ago

    A poetic description of autumn and well illustrated with Etsy treasures!

  • kimberleeannkreation

    Kim Brooks from kimberleeannJewelry said 4 years ago

    the changing of the seasons come to our farm with the harvest of squash, pumpkins, and potoates - my nephew's Farm Stand is full of color as the leaves fall around it. Meals turn to comfort foods in the crockpot and our sweatshirts lay scattered in the mud room as the evenings cool! Autumn is my favorite time of year! :)

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 4 years ago

    SweetAmbs autumn leaves cookies look like pieces of art - beautiful!! I bet they taste delish!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Lovely thoughts! Love the belts and boots.

  • FindsOnADime

    FindsOnADime from FindsOnADime said 4 years ago

    Love the beauty of the season, nothing like a campfire with friends on a cool night.

  • bombastitch

    Kristy Kizzee from bombastitch said 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I'm swooning over all the goodness :) Thank you for posting and happy birthday season!!! :D

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 4 years ago

    so beautiful finds!!love !!

  • ProfessorTiny

    Susan Sanford from ProfessorTiny said 4 years ago

    I suspect you may occasionally pick up your Emily Dickinson and read therein also - there is a New England love of spareness in this post.

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Great collection!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous items! Loving those two pairs of boots!

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique said 4 years ago

    Lovely :-)

  • spaceoddities

    Andrea from thebookishlife said 4 years ago

    This post is so dreamy. I love autumn so much and can't wait to feel the leaves crunching under my feet!

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 4 years ago Featured

    Perhaps it's the memory of school starting in September, but fall always feels like the beginning of a new year to me. Forget January and its boring sameness to December. In September the evenings cool, the kids emerge from air conditioned caves, more wildlife appears, the trees start dropping tons of presents -- nuts and apples and one or two early colored leaves. It's an amazing time of the year. Thanks for sharing treats that make it even lovelier.

  • LynnyA

    Lynn Heigh from VineAndBranchStudio said 4 years ago

    The autumn air is different and somehow provokes nostalgia---beautiful collection and expression.

  • imogensattic

    Imogen Greene from imogensattic said 4 years ago

    A celebration of Autumns arrival- a walk through the fields on a crisp morning,hearty soup for lunch with friends, a drive north in the afternoon to see where the first leaves are turning, an evening meal of venison with roast root vegetables and a bottle of deep red wine that tastes of cherries and chocolate, shared with my lover in front of an open fire...........

  • aostudio9

    Adrienne from DabAndDabble said 4 years ago

    Having a September birthday, I always look at the start of autumn as my new year! Nothing like a fresh start...the new year is indeed now!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 4 years ago

    Great picks! Love the colors, patterns, and textures here. Fall is here for sure, it has been much colder out lately, and it was raining as I went home. I don't really like winter, so I will have to enjoy fall while it lasts.

  • ginasart8

    Gina Hammond from McGillhandmade said 4 years ago

    Love fall clothes . They are made so much sturdier and durable for the coming winter. Thank you

  • beckkyb

    rebecca bambrough from beckkyb said 4 years ago

    where can i get the squirrel?!

  • PaperThyme

    Arlene and Emily from PaperThyme said 4 years ago

    Wonderful items! Can't wait for fall!

  • crottedebique

    AnneSo Godby from crottedebique said 4 years ago

    Great selection! I love autumn! Can't wait to bake pumpkin pies and to wear my wellies :)

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 4 years ago

    Ah! Harvesting all the winter squash I have grown is such a pleasure. This is a nice article.

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 4 years ago

    A beautiful post! I love the changing of the seasons especially when it feels like a change. Welcome, Autumn!

  • theshack

    Alex Trumble from theshack said 4 years ago

    I fall for fall every year.

  • EchinopsandAster

    Jenelle Clark from EchinopsandAster said 4 years ago

    What a great collection of finds! Autumn is my favorite season. I love the rich colors and materials it inspires. :)

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago Featured

    I stronly believe that life is a celebration of seasons. I decorate my house every season every month according to holidays or the cues I receive from nature. A rainy morning is as lovely as a hot summer afternoon. Adding all these decorative touches around the house help me and my family to see how exciting the year is with all its holidays and changes in season.

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 4 years ago

    autumn is my favorite it seems that you finally have time to take a breath and get ready for halloween and thanksgiving (earlier in Cda.) eat a little hardier and wear all those favorite hoodies. great article....love those golden boots

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 4 years ago

    What a great collection! I love to bake pies in the fall!!! Thanks for the article!!!

  • bagladybooty

    bagladybooty from bagladybooty said 4 years ago

    I appreciate this post. Autumn is also my favorite time of year. Perhaps, it's because I'm a Libra. I look forward to flaming, fall foliage and flickering fires. I'm already wondering: What will I wear for Halloween?

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 4 years ago

    I love the crispness of autumn.

  • kellydesigns

    Kelly Hendershot from kellydesigns said 4 years ago

    The vines on my patio wall are starting to turn lovely shades of red. I love fall!

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 4 years ago

    Yes, I so agree! My birthday also falls in the autumn season, and it is a time that is filled with vibrancy of color and energy!

  • CraftyWoolFelt

    Claudia from CraftyWoolFelt said 4 years ago

    Can't wait for Autumn! The heat is killing me =/

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Fall is my favorite time of year! The changing colors of the leaves, the smell of fireplaces burning in the cool crisp air, apple and pumpkin picking, sweatshirts and a nice hot cup of cocoa in hand snuggled up with my family :) Can't wait!!!

  • ChristineShmistine

    Christine from FineArtWithaTwist said 4 years ago

    love fall.

  • vintagenuthatch

    Tammy Franck from RedOakImages said 4 years ago

    I'm wondering where I can get the cute squirrel too??

  • MuddyHeartPottery

    Meli-- Muddy Heart from MuddyHeart said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and Inspiring!, I love fall too! ^_^

  • brezomayo

    Heather from Brezomayo said 4 years ago

    i love that canning letterpress! great finds.

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo said 4 years ago

    This post just gave me a long Autumn hug! Lovely collection!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    Some great items here!

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 4 years ago

    Fall is also my favorite time of year too. I find I start making an in-house cocoon with colors and fabrics until the weather is warm again. I love it.

  • MinaMinette

    Jan Penn from MinaMinette said 4 years ago

    I totally agree! This is my favorite time of year! Lovely items featured...

  • DarkAngelAccessories

    Jamie Burnett from DarkAngelAccessories said 4 years ago

    I love autumn so much, I named my first child after it 11 years ago. Not kidding! ;) Just that first smell of fall on the air is enough to excite me. :)

  • entrpnr

    Bill from EpicScreens said 4 years ago

    You certainly go all out with your creativity! Love the art!

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse said 4 years ago

    Autumn is indeed beautiful...if only it wasn't followed by winter! But then, that makes spring even more special. Sigh...love all the seasons! lovely post!

  • prchalartstudio

    John and Nacene Prchal from PrchalArtStudio said 4 years ago

    Lovely post Cate! Autumn is truly a magical time of year. When fall arrives there is a change in how the sunlight shines in the woods behind our house - it has a wonderful warm amber glow. Gathering with friends and spending time outside at night under the stars, with a fire going is one of my favorite fall pleasures. Happy Fall everyone! And Happy Birthday Cate!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Fall is always lovely and beautiful ! Thanks .

  • hoarderrehab

    Kennedy Miranda from HoarderRehab said 4 years ago

    Over here in Cali, it's still summer weather with a heat wave! I will surely welcome autumn when it gets here with colored leaves falling and the need to wear my flannel lined wind breaker. Thank you for the reminder that a change of season and the things it brings is not far away. The cute bristle squirrel figure can be found at Susantique and if you are looking for it's cousin, the skunk- let me know, I know where to find him too!

  • wingbysea

    Michelle from wingbysea said 4 years ago

    We are heading into spring here, but I love autumn. I live near the beach, so it's not quite the same for me, but autumn here is perfectly mild weather, big blue sunny skies, cool mornings and empty beaches. Divine!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    Such a great collection of fall pieces!

  • violetsobsession

    Violet from violetsobsession said 4 years ago

    Ahh yes, fall is in the air!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Lovely!!!

  • ShinyBead

    ShinyBead from ShinyBead said 4 years ago

    Love the beautiful colors of Autumn!

  • outofline

    Beki Wilson from outofline said 4 years ago

    Fall is my favorite! Nice job of capturing the feel:)

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 4 years ago

    Beautifully written, Cate! My favorite time of year as well : )

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 4 years ago

    It seems Like every Season is my favorite. I'm always welcoming the change.

  • MickeyandGrace

    Dana from MickeyandGrace said 4 years ago

    *Sigh*...your post was beautifully written and made my heart long for Fall (in Southern CA we are still baking in extreme inland heat!!). Autumn is no doubt the most gorgeous time of year...thank you for the wonderful reminder and the lovely Etsy finds!

  • linentextile

    Rosita from HopsDesign said 4 years ago

    So lovely finds, I am in love with canvas shoes!

  • madebymum1

    madebymum1 from madebymum1 said 4 years ago

    Autumn is my favourite season. Ooing over the walnut spoons so tactile.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Some great pieces!

  • Elyseeart

    Lavinia Voicu from Elyseeart said 4 years ago

    Autumn is the best season in styling, I love the canvas boots, cute umbrella! The article is very well written Cate! Congrats!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Beautiful picks, thanks for including my mugs!

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 4 years ago

    My favorite season! That fox is so cute!

  • sianykitty

    Siany from sianykitty said 4 years ago

    it starts to smells good outside! I am so waiting for the autumn!!

  • jbryant754

    Moleington from MoleingAround said 4 years ago

    Love the cute little critter!

  • pussman

    pussman from pussman said 4 years ago

    I'm in love with the squirrel! :D

  • HereandThereShop

    HereandThereShop from HereandThereShop said 4 years ago

    I think I need that squirrel too. Great post.

  • seasonsart1031

    Becca from seasonsart1031 said 4 years ago

    Lovely picks for Fall!

  • andrewkonkle

    Andrew Konkle from Theteepeeguy said 4 years ago

    Awesome squirrel, Time to pickle something. It was actually cooler this morning in Texas and it felt so nice.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    agreeably the best time of the year

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome finds!

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 4 years ago

    Fall is truly a rejuvinating time. A time for inner reflection, for a shedding of our own takes place within at this time of year. Great article, welcome Fall!!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    Well here in central Florida there is no sign of autumn yet, so I have autumn envy....We often don't feel much difference until mid to late October, some years not until November. But we look forward to cooler days. Beautiful items in this collection!

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 4 years ago

    Oh, I go that feeling yesterday, so I guess it's Fall for me now! :) Although in my case what I love the most is the transition from one season to the other! Thanks for sharing those beautiful finds!

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt said 4 years ago

    Thank you all for your eloquent and thoughtful comments. The talented makers and those with an eye for great vintage make my selection quests an exciting treasure hunt. There are always far too many excellent items to fit into my posts. I hope you will take a look at the full shops of these Sellers and at your Favorite's own lists of Favorites. I have made some amazing finds that way. Cate

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 4 years ago

    Beautifully poetic - a pleasure to read.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    Love the changing of the seasons, wonderful post Cate!

  • PottyMouthGems

    Janet from PottyMouthGems said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous post! Autumn is my favorite time of year and I'm especially grateful this year as I get to be in the high country instead of the desert and the seasons are more distinct up here. Everything smells like pine, turning leaves and apples. :)

  • BourgeoisDesigns

    V Lynn from BourgeoisDesigns said 4 years ago

    Very nice collection

  • janeford3

    Jane Ford said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much Cate, but the squirrel... where did you find him? Love to have him!

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere said 4 years ago Featured

    In my country, there is a shortfall of seasons - we either have sunny or rainy weather. But through your blog, Cate, I could feel your sentiments during this special time of the year. It is as though I'm now in another country experiencing the triumph of the forthcoming season. Thank you for sharing it here with us!

  • slacey152

    Stacy from HappiestCrafts said 4 years ago

    A nice, calm, time of year it seems! Until you get full swing in to getting kids to school, day care and such all before leaving for a full days work :) All in perspective, so happy that you can share the calm side of this beautiful season!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 4 years ago

    So excited about fall! Love that umbrella!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Nice picks and story.

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess said 4 years ago

    I get ready for fall by bracing myself. The falling leaves, cooling temperatures, and warm comfort foods trick you into thinking it is time to cuddle up and hibernate, but really, it is the just the beginning of a very busy season with friends, family, holidays, and (blah!) work. Fall is always a wild ride, and come December, I'm always wondering how it flew by so fast.

  • ElChocolatin

    Elena Petryanina from ElChocolatin said 4 years ago

    and in Australia now spring ..

  • lizamatheney

    Liza Matheney from TemptingExtras said 4 years ago

    I feel the same way!

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 4 years ago

    For me it is another spring just wildly different. Sad to see summer go but have great plans for the yard next year.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    Michelle Maynard from SimonesRoseBoutique said 4 years ago

    What a great selection of items! The changing season brings a burst of creative energy for me.. in comes the autumn breeze through the window, along with lots of bright ideas and energy. Loving it!

  • QuirkMuseum

    Michael Quirk from QuirkMuseum said 4 years ago

    Light the fires and call in the hounds, it's almost time to put away the catapult and tie down the boat for the season.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    Love the canvas boots. SHOCKED they aren't sold yet... I'm so tempted to splurge. ♥♥♥

  • CaramellyBurn

    Caramelly Bee from CaramellyBurn said 4 years ago

    really love this!

  • riverlightjewellery

    Riverlight Jewellery from RiverlightJewellery said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring for our September days ;-)

  • featherandmoss

    featherandmoss from featherandmoss said 4 years ago

    Wonderful choices for the new season! Can't wait for huge leaf piles!

  • ziemart

    Vilija from ziemart said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring colors, pictures. Awesome.

  • starryteller

    Stella Graham-Landau from starryteller said 4 years ago

    cate, wonderful as always! but can your hounds really be elderly??? stella

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