I love this time of year! Yes, “technically” it is still summer. Autumn doesn’t begin until Wednesday, September 22 this year, and that’s more than a full week away. Of course, according to weather forecasters, the “autumn season” begins on September 1. I think in many ways I’m more attuned to the meteorological calendar than the astronomical one, and my brain always kicks into “fall mode” early in September. That’s when school begins. That’s when the first cool mornings come. That’s when the very air seems to be whispering “the time is here…”
Time… for what? Oh, for so many good things. There’s autumn baking, for a start. As my husband and I celebrate the arrival of autumn with a bonfire and mugs of hot, spiced apple cider, I’ll be digging out my favorite fall recipes, including a delicious spice cake and pumpkin spice donuts. (These are keto-friendly recipes. If anyone would like them, let me know.)
This morning I’m enjoying my first cup of pumpkin-spiced coffee for the season, and my excitement level is growing. It’s time for all the things I love most here in the midwest. The arrival of autumn, my fall baking, glorious fall colors, harvest festivals everywhere around us, pumpkins, gourds, and… wait for it… yes, of course, the KC Chiefs football season.
Just like clockwork, I turn every year to The Graphics Fairy for autumn art ideas. It’s too good a resource to keep to myself, so every year I also make a post and provide links to the site. Yesterday I shared one of their free illustrations — the moon and flowers — and I’m always excited to visit and browse their collection of vintage Halloween images, as well as the many autumn-themed graphics they have available.
The images from The Graphics Fairy can be used in art journaling and various craft projects. Some illustrations — such as the moon and flowers I shared yesterday — are ideal for coloring. You’ll find many creative ideas at the site, as well.
So, here are a few great links to vintage clip art , illustrations, and projects that are perfect for this time of year:
The resources I’ve listed here are all free of charge. The site does offer a membership program for $9.98 per month. This rate is discounted if you purchase an annual subscription. For me, the “freebies” on the site are more than enough, but if you’re actively involved in art journaling and crafting, you might want to check out the subscription service — which offers thousands of images and ideas.
I can never quite get enough of autumn. From apples to zombies, the fall season is filled with delights, surprises, excitement, and all those lovely things that go bump in the night.
Best of all, Autumn brings us Halloween. My husband is already going through our spooky decorations, and I’m making plans for a bit of creepy art — silhouette drawings, and lots of tree monsters are on the agenda this year. So be watching! I’m excited. This is my time of year!
How about you? What do you love most about autumn?