This year, two of my fall-loving daughters are living in lands of eternal summer. So, in order to help them stay connected to autumn, I decided to make them each an itty bitty fall garland.
Using my tried-and-true banner methodology, I gathered up tiny strips of papers, watercolors, a length of black string and a Sharpie to make the magic happen.
Little known fact: freshly painted papers can be dried at top speed by warming them in the microwave. Several bursts of 40- to 60-second intervals work well for the impatient artist. Ask me how I know.
Once the glue dried, I took mine out for a little adventure in the front yard. He will soon be traveling off to a land that autumn forgot, so I wanted him to soak up as much Pacific Northwest September goodness as possible. Along with this little banner, our crisp, cool sunshine and gently yellowing foliage send a cheery message: "Happy fall!"