Monday, September 26, 2016

fun facts about Fall

I always love to know a little bit about random things. I thought I would share a few random facts about Autumn with you today. My son's social studies teacher would have them write down "ten interesting facts" whenever they would watch a video in class for their notes. So here is my list of Ten Interesting Facts for Fall from my google reading, ha!
I also shared this post over on my Sisters and Sidekicks blog.

http://wallpaperfolder.com/wallpapers/autumn+leaves+falling

1. A “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Before artificial lighting, such moonlight was essential to a farmer’s successful harvest.

2. During the fall, in response to colder temperatures and less light, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As the green fades, the leave’s other pigments shine through, such as orange and yellow carotenoids and vibrant red anthocyanin. These other colors have always been there, they are just now viewed more because the green is gone.
(side note: My most favorite Fall was when I spent a week in Upstate NY with my sisters. The trees were amazing. I had never seen anything like the leaves there before.)

3. Many birds fly great distances every year to maintain their life of endless summertime. One that migrates the furthest is the Arctic Tern. It flies about 40,000 kilometers – or 24,000 miles – each year. That’s a distance about equal to the distance around the Earth. An Arctic Tern can live for 25 years, so in its life-long quest for summer it can fly a million kilometers – nearly three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.
(side note: I love watching the sky when all the birds are flying South. It's amazing to me that one group of birds can just keep going, even minutes later the stragglers are still bringing up the rear!)

4. The word harvest comes from the Old Norse word haust meaning “to gather or pluck.” In the early 1600s the word harvest fell out of use. Instead, people began to use the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to the third season of the year when trees lose their leaves.
(side note: I love to type the word Autumn, but I generally say the word Fall out loud when talking. I always wanted to name my daughter Autumn. I never had a girl though...)

5. Autumnal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects between 4-5% of the population, although 10-20% have one any kind of symptoms related to it. It generally affects more women than men.
(side note: I love the sun, and miss it when it's gone during fall and winter months!)

6.  The monarch butterflies will spend their winter hibernating in Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. Others will spend their winter in California Eucalyptus trees. They are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate. 

7. The "pumpkin capital" of the world is self proclaimed Morton, Illinois. This is where you'll find the home of the Libby Corporation's Pumpkin Industry.
(side note: I love pumpkin pie! It's just so good! I can eat the entire thing with real dairy whipped cream, even though I get a tummy ache later...)

 7.5 Local to Southern California and want a true country pumpkin picking experience? Head to Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch. Here is an excellent write up about the place. It used to be 15 minutes from us and the kids loved it year after year. It has grown and there is a big corn maze, petting zoo, huge hay tower to climb on, and fun games for the kids. Not to mention, real pumpkins growing out in the field you can pick yourself. This is nothing like those shopping center parking lot pumpkin patches where the pumpkins are delivered from the farm. This is the real farm!


http://californiathroughmylens.com/2011/10/live-oak-canyon-pumpkin-patch-in-yucipia/

8. China leads the world in production, with almost half of the global harvest originating within its borders. The United States follows China, producing about 6 percent of the global harvest.The ancestor of all modern varieties originated in central Asia. Archaeologists have found evidence of human apple consumption in sites from 6,500 B.C. Apples were grown in Asia and Europe for thousands of years before they were imported into North America.
(side note: I always thought Washington state was the apple capital of the world. See #9) 
Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate - See more at: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-migration.html#sthash.Elg5xgI9.dpuf
Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate - See more at: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-migration.html#sthash.Elg5xgI9.dpuf
Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate - See more at: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-migration.html#sthash.Elg5xgI9.dpuf

 9. Apples are grown commercially in 32 states. The 10 top apple-producing states are: Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, Ohio, Idaho

10. Local to Southern California? Try Riley's Apple Farm in Yucaipa, for a pick your own apple experience. From their website: "Look for the red apple cutout that sits on top of our "Riley's Apple Farm" sign! We expect to pick apples into November this year, as the crop is large. Apple u-pick can end anywhere from early October to late November.  FYI, it's always a good idea to come apple picking in September to make sure you get to do it! Apple varieties as of 9/7/16 are:  Spartan, McIntosh, Fuji, and Early Red Fuji. Early Red Fuji only available on weekdays. Varieties subject to change as we get picked out of a variety or new varieties become ready to pick."

http://www.rileysapplefarm.com/index.html

Saturday, September 24, 2016

chill in the air for Fall: style report

Yesterday was the first day of Autumn. The air sure knew what to do here as we woke up to fog and chilly air on the way to school. I was able to wear my new boots from Zappos and keep my toes covered. But of course, sticking to true southern California fashion, by 10 the sun was out and shining giving us heat and a nice 80 degrees. I love getting to experience Fall and Summer all in one day!


I'm truly in love with all the seasons. They all have their own beauty about them that leave me in awe and amazement of this world we live in. Fall has always been my most favorite growing up. I love the leaves so much in all their changing glory. I used to love the chill and wearing jackets (I'm a wimp in the cold now).
Winter is a clean white slate. Making fresh tracks in the snow was the best. In college, I loved laying on my bed looking out the window at night at the snow gently falling, illuminated by the street light. Winter means hot chocolate and apple cider and cozy reading with a blanket on the couch. Best of all it brings Christmas. Spring is a new phase in life as everything starts blooming. It makes me excited for Summer and road trips and vacations and relaxing sunny days.

I've gotten wimpy in my older age. I'm not a fan of wearing more layers than needed, and love the heat now. I much prefer to live in sunny summer any day of the year now. But I still love every new season for it's change and it's beauty.



Shirt- old, local boutique
Pants- JC Penney
Earrings- Nickel and Suede 
Zipper Wallet- Edeenut

Friday, September 23, 2016

speaking of Autumn: style report

The colors of Autumn are my favorite. I love all the mustard yellow, the dark greens, burgundy, navy blues, and browns. This zipper pouch is one of my favorites with a waxed canvas bottom and metal zipper to add a nice texture for the present season.





Shirt- Hello Apparel
Jeans- Gap Factory
Shoes-Patagonia 
Earrings- Nickel and Suede
Fold over clutch- Edeenut
Hair style- 30 seconds this morning :)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

cozy flannel shirt zipper pouches

I've added some cozy flannel zipper pouches to the shop this week, just in time for the first day of Autumn. These are so cozy and full of texture with canvas bottoms. Reminds me of your favorite flannel shirt to pull on and keep nice and cozy with.



The top two are coin size, 3.5" x 5" and perfectly fit a credit card and other small things.

These two striped flannel pouches are larger, 5" x 6.5" and are backed in a soft linen burlap. They are padded and perfect for your phone and purse free trips. 
Flannel is so wonky to sew with hahaa.

Matching wrist straps are available as well.



Wishing you a happy and festive first day of Autumn!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

style report: saying good bye to summer...no, please stay

It's a sad day when I wake up and feel too chilly to put on shorts. I love wearing jeans, but I still want my warmer days to last. I will take September-October any day. In southern California, those are the best months.
This was the first week I wore pants while dropping off my youngest at school. I quickly changed out of them into shorts the first chance I got when the chill was gone.

These straight cuff jeans are a new one for me. I got them at the gap factory and decided they are pretty cute. They were kind of tight on my first order, so I exchanged them for a less constricting, larger size. I'm not ever sure I could wear true skinny jeans!



zipper clutch- edeenut
earrings- Nickel and Suede