I don't sit still well. I need to have a book to read or a project for my hands. Usually when we go to the beach, I pack several projects. One year I took all of my recipes and plastic sleeves and a giant binder and organized my recipes. Last year, I took all the supplies and made the prayer vigil poster for an Emmaus Walk. One year, I took lots of scrapbooking supplies and completed multiple lay-outs. This year . . . I took no supplies.
What? What? No supplies? What was I thinking? I wasn't thinking. Working five days a week is kicking my butt and I was so desperate for a vacation that I packed a bathing suit and some shorts and t-shirts and toiletries. No craft supplies.
So . . .I realized after the first day that I was going to have to get a project. I can only watch so much tv and I was already reading a lot while we were outside. We went to Walmart and I purchased felt squares in fall colors, scissors, pins, needles, dmc floss in same colors as felt squares, and glittery letters.
This was my work space at the beach . . .and I also carried some supplies around the condo with me! Oh - back to the glittery letters . . .what? Well, I usually have patterns of some sort. Laura, my daughter, can free-hand . . .I can't. Since "Happy Fall Y'all" has lots of the same letters, I just bought some foam letters that you would stick on the wall or a poster and used those as my pattern.
I figured out the pattern of colors that I wanted to use and cut out all the letters. I cut the felt squares in half and made an inverted "v" cut at the bottom to make the banner squares. I then pinned the felt letter to the felt square and used a long running stitch in a coordinating color to sew on the letters.
I cut two tiny slits in the top of each square and ran an orange ribbon through to connect the banner. I simply used thumb tacks to tack the ribbon to the bottom edge of the mantel.
Forgive this picture - I moved right as I snapped . . a simple white thumbtack under the edge of the mantel.
I had a lot of fun making this fall banner - I may need to go back and add an apostrophe to "y'all" - that may bother me!!