Nothing gold can stay 

Fall is in full swing in Alberta now and this time of year always reminds me of how much I enjoy the season.  Time spent doing projects you love, snuggling by the fireplace and of course, bonfires with hot cocoa!  Edmonton can give you a lovely fall, as long as the snow stays away.

We’ve been enjoying a perfect Sunday, starting out with pumpkin spice lattes this morning and then pumpkin pancakes, with a recipe I found on Pinterest.  They turned out so fluffy and tasted just like pumpkin pie.  Charles loved them, since pumpkin pie is his favourite dessert.

All our leaves have turned and these are just a few of them that Sophia and Ava gathered.  I thought they were so pretty, so we tried drying them.

I’ve been working on some projects this week.  Of course I always have some kind of knitting project on the go, but I’ve been inspired to make a chalkboard for a while.  I thought I’d start with something small just in case it didn’t turn out, so I hit Michaels for my supplies.


I saw these cute 1″ wood stump slabs and I thought they would make a nice chalkboard sign


I went to the paint aisle in search of chalk paint and Martha Stewart had a huge selection of colors, but they were outrageously priced. No offense to Martha cause I love her products, but in this case, I just wanted a black chalkboard and paint is paint, so I went with the folk art brand that was about 30% cheaper.

I started by applying one coat of the stuff with the cheapest brush I could find.  I let it dry for about 2 hours, because it was really thick, goopy stuff to work with and then I did coat # 2.

 Well, I’m no artist, but this is how it looked once dry and I’m very happy with the results.

I hope everyone else is loving this time of year as much as I do.  Take some time to slow down and do some of the things you love to do:)

Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.  Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour.  Then leaf subsides to leaf, so Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day, nothing gold can stay.  -Robert Frost