All you need is love

The storm clouds of gloomy news have been gathering for a few weeks and now it’s starting to look a bit more serious. Will it pass with little impact? Will it change our lives completely? While we ride out this new wave of uncertainty and try to prepare for what may or may not come, I’m feeling more in the mood than ever to celebrate Valentine’s Day: hearts, flowers, candy, the works! Is it the increased sentimentality? The kisses every morning from Norah A. Babysaurus? The chocolate? Just more questions without answers.

There’s one thing that I know for certain, however: even in the stormiest times it feels good to love and be loved, and that’s something worth celebrating.

Roundup - Celebrating Love

AME Jewels Necklace with Red Hearts; Little Forests printable alphabet “I Love You” poster; Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea; Kat Studio Infinity Heart ring; Golly Bard Heart Entwined giclee print ; King Arthur Flour Small Sugar Hearts; Baby Jives Co. Showered with Love mobile; Trinkets by Dana 100 “You are My Sunshine” origami stars; Crate & Barrel Valentine Mugs; Happy Deliveries black and white typography letterpress poster; Heart strawberry crochet pattern by Miriam de Graaf

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Fall at last! Fall at last!

Mini Apple Pies

Today is the Autumnal Equinox: the first day of autumn, astronomically speaking. Hooray! That means that even here just south of the Mason-Dixon, summer’s days are numbered. (Feels like 52 in the morning, with a forecasted high of 80 degrees? How do you dress for that?!)

Historically, this is when my baking and crafting wheels crank into high gear — except for last year because all my body wanted to do was sleep and avoid vegetables. But the bug is back. My hands are itching to start making wonderful things: breads and pies and soups and scarves and festive decorations.

This year, I’m excited to be one of three food and craft contributors over at Funtober. If you’re a fan of fall (and Halloween in particular) be sure to visit! This week, I showed how to make dip-dyed pine cones and mini apple pies in muffin tins.

The fall and Halloween invitations at Paperless Post make me want to have a party.

Remembering our trip to Vermont last October, we’re still secretly plotting how we can move to Burlington.

As I’m cleaning out my fall/winter wardrobe, I’m looking for easy ways to reuse those unwearable but beloved sweaters: how about votives, gift wrap, or a tote?

Plaid makes it feel like fall all year ’round, and so it will always have a special place in my heart (and home and wardrobe…).

Illume Boulangerie candles in Sweet Vanilla & Cinnamon make the house smell like fall baking, even on a busy weeknight.

What gets you excited about fall?