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DIY Felt Fall Garland

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

The decorations in my house are constantly changing.

I usually decorate the mantle and a few other parts of the house specifically around the different holidays throughout the year.

I don’t go all out. I usually do something easy and make it a project I can keep from year to year. (I have big tupperware bins labeled by holiday in my basement – therefore each year I have a few more pieces to pull out and it gets easier and easier!)

In fact, this year I only let myself buy one autumn decoration.

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

I bought this pumpkin from Home Goods! For items that are on the larger side, I always go for seasonal – not holiday specific. This pumpkin is about 18 inches tall.

Remember this autumn wreath I made last year?

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

I had some leftover pieces of felt in my craft bin and this idea was brought to life.

Felt Fall Garland:

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

Within an hour I had:

1. Found some leaf and acorn shaped cookie cutters (from the Target dollar bin)

2. Traced on several colored pieces of felt with a fine Sharpie

3. Cut them out and laid them out in the order I wanted them to hang

4. I hand stitched them together with little knots

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

Then I hung it up on my mantle with my trusty blue painters tape. Voila.

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

I think this will transition us from fall to winter – because, yikes, I can’t believe winter is almost here!

For tutorials on the previously mentioned bunting and wreath:

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

Nearly No-Sew Autumn Bunting

DIY Felt Autumn Fall Leaf Garland - DesignLively

DIY Felt Autumn Wreath

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A Marvelous Mess

Easy Fall Dessert: Caramel Drizzled Apples

So long Pumpkin Pie. Move over Maple Ice Cream.

My favorite fall dessert is in town – Caramel sauce and fresh apple slices.

This is the easiest fall dessert to make!

And it’s even easier than it used to be with these awesome Caramel Bits by Kraft (found by the chocolate chips, $2.99 for the bag.)

I used to make this all the time with my mom, except I had to unwrap a whole bag of these:

Now it’s even easier.

Take 1 bag of Caramel Bits and 2 tablespoons of Half and Half and slowly bring to a simmer. Caramel burns very easily, so stir often!

Easy Fall Dessert: Caramel Drizzled Apples - DesignLively

When it’s a rich, amber color it’s done!

Slice a fresh apple (yum!) and drizzle on the caramel.

Easy Fall Dessert: Caramel Drizzled Apples - DesignLively

Don’t be too hasty – it’s easy to burn your mouth!

Not that I know what that’s like… because when it comes to caramel sauce I’m the Queen of Patience.

Eat and enjoy! Happy Autumn!

Autumn in New England

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I love the fall.

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

Crisp air in my lungs. Crunchy leaves underfoot. Boots and wool socks reappear.

I love New England. Especially in the fall.

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

I feel like I’m living in the opening song of Gilmore Girls.

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

Every road is a delight. Explosive fiery foliage at every turn.

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

And the beaches are empty. Perfect for long walks.

Only the roaring waves to fill your ears.

Or the quiet lull of the tide.

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

Apple pie! Apple crisp! Apple cider! Caramel apples! Applesauce!

I could go on. But I’m too busy looking up apple recipes!

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

And our favorite fall activity, the Topsfield Fair – America’s oldest agricultural fair.

Where else can you see the world’s largest pumpkin, prize-winning zucchini, racing pigs and baby farm animals?

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

Fall, please stay here forever?

Autumn in New England - DesignLively

Or at least until Summer gets here, of course.

Weekend Trip: Manchester Village, VT

A few weeks ago we drove up to Manchester, VT for the night. The whole drive I channeled Danny Kaye a la “White Christmas” saying, “Vermont should be beautiful this time of year.” (Wrong seasonal movie, I know.)

It was…. rainy. It poured the whole drive. We were, however, still able to catch a lot of views of the majestic fall trees through the swishing of the wind wipers.

Cranberry. Auburn. Mustard. Tangerine. Fire. Aubergine.

So many beautifully colored leaves!

We stayed at the Equinox Hotel (a big thank you Starwoods Points). It was a beaut to say the least.

via The Equinox Resort

The hotel was lovely. Classic resort campus in the middle of mountains. There was hot apple cider to be had, fireplaces to be enjoyed and bellmen to be greeted by. Yes, they had bellmen.

The Equinox is over 200-years-old and the walls are filled with old photos of visiting Presidents and vintage social outings on the lawn.

Manchester Village is a quaint little town, filled with cute antique shops and a number of big-box outlet stores, like J. Crew, Banana Republic and Orvis. Orvis, the mecca of fly-fishing, was actually founded in Manchester by Mr. Charles Orvis.

And, while we are on the topic, the north wing of the Equinox Resort is the old Orvis Homestead.

(Any Gilmore Girls fans? Do you notice the sign resemblance?)

On Friday night we had dinner at Seasons Restaurant. It had a casual atmosphere with tasty, and affordable (!) dinner options. The soups and (huge) panini sandwiches garnered four stars out of us.

On Saturday morning we toughed out the lines at the ever-popular Up For Breakfast.  It was worth the wait! Delicious fluffy pancakes with, you guessed it, hot Vermont maple syrup and venison sausages were the highlights of the meal. It was a great deal too, since we split one of the breakfast specials between us. Five stars.

Then we drove down to the Equinox Nursery. They were having their annual Pumpkin Carving Festival. Scarecrows, gourds, pies and pumpkins abounded.

It was an autumnal feast for the eyes!

Two reasons to be happy on a gray, cloudy day in Vermont:

1. Boot season is official here. My feet are so happy. Hello wool socks. Hello toasty toes.

2. Crunchy leaf season is in it’s prime! Quick! Go outside and stomp on a few to the delight of your inner-child.

Before we left we decided to drive up Equinox summit. If you’re hardcore you can hike up too.

But first, let’s just say that we saw the group from our hotel leaving on the morning hike as we left. After we experienced a leisurely morning of maple-syrup-covered-breakfast-eating, independent bookstore browsing and pumpkin festival attending, we drove up to the top of the summit just as they arrived.

You can decide which sounds better to you.

The views from the top were stunning! (And yes, the sun managed to peek out for a few moments here!)

Earlier, while waiting to check into our hotel room, I met a man in the lobby who was from Colorado. We started chatting about how I had just been out there skiing earlier this spring. He boasted about their mountain ranges (yes, like he was solely responsible for the creation of the mountain range) and scoffed at the pitiful size of the Vermont mountains.

Scoff-worthy, I think not.

The drive UP Equinox Summit was quite colorful. We needed to make a few pit stops since our car brakes smelled like a BBQ gone wrong, with smoke to boot. Well worth the $12 acccess fee.

Plus the mountain is owned by a monastery. Does that make you feel better about the $12? No? Well, the views of bucolic farm life from the top will warm your heart. And wish you lived in the Sound of Music or something.

The ride home was rainy but just as lovely as the one up (we took a different scenic route for more sights). For having never laid eyes on a real covered-bridge before, I saw at least a dozen on our drive.

We also stopped at a sugarhouse on the side of the road and got fresh hot cider and cider donuts.

Don’t forget, those were #1 on the fall favorites list last week. ; )

Have you been to Vermont? Been in a covered bridge? Love cider donuts?