Happy October everyone and it really is beginning to feel like autumn now. On Saturday I had a clear up in the garden. It was time to start emptying some of my pots and pruning some of my shrubs.I still have some lovely bedding plants in flower, my gazania will keep putting on a show until the first frosts hit.
Once everything was tidy it was time to head out for a walk. As my regular bloggers know my most anticipated sign of autumn is when the conkers start to fall. We are still enjoying above average temperatures and many of the trees are not only still in full leaf but still mostly green.
The horse chestnut trees nearest to my home showed the promise of things to come but I continued on to one of our local parks where there is a whole avenue of horse chestnut trees.
Initially I thought that there were no conkers on the floor here either until I approached the final tree and saw..
I love to find whole shells which I gathered up and took home to open.
Just look at these beauties...
And of course I had someone to oversee the photography, my sweetest helper Billy.
Today's card challenge card is keeping with the tree theme, but of course in Jane's world at this time of the year that has to mean Christmas trees. For the first time I inked up a Meljen's image, a fun Christmas tree, which I won recently in a card challenge. I decided to make one of my favourite accordion cards. Here it is
Here are the parts in close up
Christmas cards all year round Getting ready for Christmas
Papertake weekly anything goes
Creative card crew use a tag on your project mine is the LOTV Oh Christmas tree tag and the scrapboard tree tag. (the large brad is obscuring the top of the tag) and the santa tag.
Totally Gorjuss Traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 3 main colours mine are green, red and white
Cute card Thursday use ribbon
2 Sisters anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps anything goes
Christmas at sweet stamping Here comes Santa Santa is peeping out from one of the tags
Rhedd and Rosie male card
Make it Monday linky party #160
Doodle Pantry any digi goes
I also was the lucky winner of sweet Mia's recent giveaway and a wonderful autumnal pouch arrived for me a few days ago.
Thank you so much Mia, I love it. Mia makes the most wonderful handmade things and there are some lovely new autumnal pieces in her store. Do have a look here
We really are racing through the year now, just 85 days til Christmas and just 38 days until our grandbaby is due to make an appearance ;0) I am really trying to be ultra organised for Christmas this year as we will have a very welcome distraction arriving and I think lots of things will need to take a back seat for a few weeks.
Enjoy the rest of the week,
Bye for now,