Falllllllllllll: Free EPP Template

It’s finally fall. Time for cozy sweaters, coffee, and lots of projects.

I’m always working on something to keep my hands busy especially when I’m watching TV. As the weather turns cooler and more time is being spent inside, there are more projects to create!

In the spirit of the season I have created some fall themed EPP templates. There are 4 pages of 1 1/2″ hexies. Download the templates below!

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Day of the Dead

Every year on the first and second of November is a colorful, festive celebration known as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. I particularly love this holiday because of its bright colors, elaborate costumes, and art.
This two day festival originated in Mexico but has spread through much of Latin America and even to the United States. Believed that the dead would be insulted by mourning, this day is dedicated to honoring the dead with lively celebrations, food, music, dancing, etc.

This festival is commonly recognized by calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). These calacas and calaveras are ornately decorated and can be found in many forms such as candies, masks, and dolls.

“Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.”

We even have a large celebration here in Birmingham. This is the 13th year for the celebration and is sure to be exciting. It is held on 1st Avenue South and people are welcomed to come and enjoy the festivities and bring a memento of remembrance. You are also welcome to create your own altar in a large Public Alter Tent. To find out more go to their website here.

If you’re like me and can’t enjoy the festivities, here are a few cute ideas to do at home. Simply click on the picture to take you there.

Printable Day of the Dead Skulls via Design is Yay


Colorful Papel Picado via Wild Olive

Printable Skull Wreath via Handmade Charlotte

There is also a blank version of the wreath at Wild Olive if you would like to color it yourself or embroider it!


To make a flower headband (I love an excuse to wear flowers in my hair) look here and here.

This is not really meant as a Dead of the Dead DIY but the girls at A Beautiful Mess posted these today and wouldn’t they be the cutest for a Dia de los Muertos party?!

Have fun celebrating!

Reference: NatGeo

5 Pumpkin Ideas

I know it’s a little late to be posting about pumpkin decorating ideas but I stumbled upon these today and they’re just too cute not to share.

Just click on the pumpkins to see more about each!

Pun-kins from StudioDIY

  Happy Face Pumpkin from The Jungalow


Cross Stitch Pumpkin from Design Sponge

  

Floral Pumpkin by The Merrythought 


Donut Pumpkins from StudioDIY   

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds is probably one of the easiest pumpkin related recipes there is and it’s oh so yummy! The best part of it is that you’re using what you were already going toss out from carving your pumpkin.

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin seeds –  about 2 cups (amount depends on  size of your pumpkin and how many you carve)
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take all the pulp, aka pumpkin guts, and put it in a large bowl to rise off. *Helpful hint if you fill the bowl with water the loose seeds will float to the top and the rest of the pulp and seeds will sink to the bottom. Scoop the loose seeds off the top and separate the rest of the seeds from the pulp.
  2. After the seeds are rinsed, spread them out on a towel to dry off a bit. Don’t worry about getting them completely dry; if you leave them too long they will stick to the towel. From here you have two options.
  3. Option 1: put the seeds back into the bowl, melt 2 Tbsp of butter (or olive oil) and drizzle it over the seeds, sprinkle salt and pepper and toss until coated. Then spread them out evenly on a baking sheet. Or, Option 2: evenly spread the seeds out on a baking sheet, melt 2 Tbsp of butter (or olive oil) and drizzle over the seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. After you are done with either option, put the baking sheet in the oven and cook until fragrant about 15 min.

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It’s Fall Ya’ll!

It’s finally fall! Here in the south we kind of have an obsession with fall. We wait all year for pumpkins, flannel, leaves, and perfect weather. This year I’ve decided to make a fall bucket list complete with things I’ve done before and some I haven’t.

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  • Go to the pumpkin patch

This one I’ve done many, many times but it never gets old .

  • Carve pumpkins

I’ve done this before, literally every year, but it’s a tradition and therefore a must. Don’t forget to save the seeds! Check out this quilter themed free pumpkin carving template.

  • Roast pumpkin seeds

Ah! This is one of my favorites. Pumpkin seeds are yummy and there is nothing like making them yourself. Recipe soon to follow.

  • Camping

We used to go camping every fall break when I was younger but as you get older things life gets busier and we didn’t go as often. I’ve already gotten to once this fall season and I hope to go again. Here are some of my favorites,

Desoto State Park

Oak Mountain State Park

  • Campfires and S’mores

This really comes hand in hand with camping but you can enjoy a fire at home too. This can be especially enjoyable if you have a fire pit. The A Beautiful Mess team shows you how to make your own in only 4 steps! See it here.

  • Wear lots of sweaters and flannel

This is a MUST. I actually stock up on my sweaters and flannel in the off-season so the anticipation to wear them is quite strong when fall rolls around. My favorite place to snag these? Thrift stores.

  • Make a fall wreath

My apartment door is in desperate need of some decoration and I have never actually made a wreath specifically for fall so I can’t wait to tackle this one. I want a more natural wreath, I’m so over Hobby Lobby burlap wreaths, so I’m thinking about using grape vines.

  • Pick apples

I’ve been noticing a lot of post lately where people look perfectly fall-ish picking apples in an orchard. I’ll be needing apples for the next item on my list so why not pick them myself?

  • Cook A LOT

Apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato biscuits, chili and so much more!

  • Watch football and basketball

Unfortunately, my team doesn’t start football until next season (#freeuab) so I’m forced to watch whatever my boyfriend is watching until basketball season starts.

  • Enjoy the weather

Do this everyday!

* Item that isn’t on the list, sewing! Lots and lots of projects and EPP. I did not include this on the list because I do it all the time and technically it isn’t fall specific. I’ve got an EPP project to finish by January so that means lots of cozy fall stitching.

What’s on your fall bucket list? Share what you’re doing by using the hashtag #thefalllist

I can’t wait to cross off the items on this list!