Because it finally starts to cool down, but (normally) doesn't get bitter. Because Nature paints the world in brilliant reds, oranges, yellows and browns. Because I also love Halloween! Yes, I just love Fall.
Over the years, my hubby has become known as the Holidayman. Together, we celebrate the year through the holidays -- right down to the house decorations. In the past we would do entire interior make-overs from one holiday to the next (which was easier when we lived in apartments). Now we limit ourselves to one or two rooms of our 100 year old farmhouse for the holiday make-overs. Our Halloween collection rivals most Christmas collections (and yes, we also have a substantial Christmas set up as well).
So naturally, my decorating spills over to my office space at work. Being a 14 year employee, my love of holiday decorating has rubbed off on many of my co-workers. Add to that my recent plunge back into crocheting, well, it isn't hard to fit one love into another.
After nearly a year of cooperative decorating, we hit a snag with Autumn. Sure, I had my desk all decked out, but we always had something on our office door, too -- something that was the whole department's.
Since my co-worker, Sue, also donates yarn to my crocheted cancer hat project, I asked her if she had any yarns in Autumn colors. I had previously found patterns for leaves and thought to revamp my Lei-Z Daisy Scarf pattern for Fall with crocheted leaves instead of the crocheted daisies. Instead, I suggested a wreath of leaves. As it turns out, Sue had a bag full of yarn remnants from an old pumpkin making project. There were oranges, red, yellow, greens and browns -- perfect! She also picked up a straw wreath -- we were on!
After we were satisfied with the layout of leaves on the straw wreath, I replaced the straight pins (which had white and blue glass pinheads) with T-pins, which secured the leaves to the styrofoam under the straw. The T bar top also helped me to shape the leaves to make it appear that the leaves had "fallen" naturally on the circle, with curled edges and gentle draping.