Autumn Bucket List

Life starts all over again
when it gets crisp in the fall.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald -

Before I jump into this post
I wanted to let you know that I never heard from Janet, 
the winner of Introducing Beebo.
So I have picked a new winner. . . 
Mari from 

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In the blink of an eye autumn will be here.
Where did summer go, my friends?
I had so many dreams and plans to fulfill this summer,
but alas, I didn't get half of them accomplished.
Such is life, I suppose.
School will soon begin
{just 6 more days}
and the leaves will begin to change. . .

In anticipation for autumn I made this fun bucket list 
for my son to do during the fall months.
Each little envelope has something fall-related tucked inside
and throughout the next couple of months 
my son will randomly pick an envelope.

Here is how I made it. . .

First of all, I printed out 15 fall-related ideas.

Then I cut the ideas into strips
so that they would fit inside the envelopes.

Next were the paper envelopes. . .
The size of these are 3x4-inches
and as you can see I simply cut the corners off
to create a pointed center.

I folded up the bottoms
and applied just a teeny tiny bit of hot glue to the edges to seal.
And then I folded up the strips of paper and tucked them inside.

And finally,
I folded the top down and once again 
applied the tiniest drop of hot glue to seal the envelope.

I attached the envelopes to a piece of card stock
which I placed in an 8x10-inch frame.
I wouldn' necessarily have used a black one
{a turquoise or burnt orange would have looked nice and "fallish"},
but it's what I had on hand and it met my needs.

I added rhinestones
onto the envelopes.

And on the bottom of the card stock
I glued on paper leaves, rhinestones, and paper flowers.
I wanted to add just a little "pop" of autumn.

And that's it!
I placed this frame in our home
where my son can randomly pick a fall activity.

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
fluttering from the autumn tree.
- Emily Bronte -

And all at once
summer collapsed into fall.
- Oscar Wilde -

What are some things you enjoy doing during the autumn season?
I would love to know so feel free to share in a comment.

Have a fabulous day, my friends!
Please know that your visits always brighten my day.
Love and hugs!

Pumpkin spice
and everything nice.

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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

This is SUCH a cute idea!! And a great way to help 'soften the blow' of having to go back to school hahaha! Leave it to you to create something fun, practical AND a piece of art at the same time! Love it!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, I love that fun fall activities frame craft you made! You think of such nice ideas and always make them look pretty. I know your son will have a fun time with this. I love pumpkin bread and apple muffins. Fall is such a fun and nice time of year and one of my favorites.
Good luck getting your son ready for school and have a nice week.
Julie xo

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

This is a cute idea! I have spending my time redecorating my yard. Replacing the spent annuals with pumpkins from the garden and homemade fall décor. I've been creating pumpkins and things out of 2x6s and having a blast. I'll have to do a post on them soon.
Happy Fall to you!

Stacey said...

This is such an adorable idea!!

Mari said...

You are so creative! It's a cute Fall décor piece and fun for your son too.
I'm very excited about the book. My girlies will love it, I'm sure,

Sarah said...

This is such a clever idea! I am sure it will be a lot of fun for your son to discover which autumnal activity you will enjoy each day. : )

Anna said...

An inspiring idea.....

Kate Yetter said...

Stephanie, what a fun idea! I love how it not only serves a purpose but it is also a piece of decor. The papers your chose for the envelope are so boho. (I love boho patterns)And that pretty gold leaf garland is such an amazing touch. I would love to try this with my boys.
My favorite autumn activities would have to include Apple picking as a family and anything apple related. Like baking apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple dumplings, apple crisp...you get the idea ;)We also enjoy the corn maze with our church family and pumpkin carving around the campfire. Hands down, it is my favorite time of year!It is the perfect weather. Not too hot and not too cold. Also, it is football season. I don't really care for football so that means it is more time for me to craft, sew, bake or read while my hubby and sons are otherwise occupied! I am sure there are other things but this may become a book so I will leave it there.
Happy Wednesday!

hobbyloes said...

What a splendid ideas you always have!
We enjoy the last summerdays and the children are back to school.
Yesterday was a hot and sunny day.
We are not yet in the mood for autumn, but it's coming soon.
Have a nice rest of the week, hugs,

Creations By Cindy said...

What a precious idea dear Stephanie. I love the colors you used. What a great idea. That gold leaf garland really added to the frame as well. This is really a neat idea. So glad you shared. Hugs and blessings, Cindy
P.S. Congratulations to Mari also.

Tamago said...

What a great idea and sweet creation! And these bucket list ideas are so wonderful! I adore the little envelops. Your son is very lucky to have such an amazing mom :-) I bet he will enjoy each autumn activity he picks!
My favorite thing in autumn is pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks :-)

Linda S. said...

I love that fall frame idea of all the little envelopes! It made me think of creating a similar one for an advent calendar for kids! :-) Thanks, Stephanie! XO

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely idea.

Linda said...

I have to tell you something...you have been on my mind. We have been in our basement (off and on today) going thru the plastic storage bins and I came across a long lost card you go had sent a long while ago. You, my friend, are a Blessing. Smiles

krishna said...

Aww!! what a cute idea, like Advent Calendar.. Love your products.. you are such a sweet person.. Big hugs..

Kris said...

Oh, my gosh, Stephanie, what a fabulous idea for your son (or anyone else)!! And thank you so much for sharing how you made it with us!! What a lucky child!! I am soooooo happy there are still great Moms like you in this very scary world!!! Love ya!!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Isn't that the cutest, sweetest idea??!! Your son is going to soooo look forward to opening these little envelopes! I want to join in on the fun activities. You are such a great mom to your little boy. He is so lucky to have YOU! You are blessed to have him, too. Love to you, sweet friend!

Livia Rachelle said...

I LOVE this; it's like an advent calendar for fall. I might have to try something like this for me!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Such a sweet idea for Fall! Your son must be thrilled to pick something new to do. All of your choices are all the things I love to do in Fall too.

Christine said...

Dear Stephanie this is a sweet cute idea!
I love your thoughtfulness and fun!

mamasmercantile said...

Such a wonderful idea and so much fun for you and your son.

Cheryl said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!!! Fall is almost here...hard to believe how quickly the seasons pass!

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

So delightfully clever!

Romance Book Haven said...

This is a great and inspiring idea. What awesome things you make. This post is making me want to try my hand on making these right now.

Chris Lally said...

What a creative, loving thing to do for your son! And it is very generous of you to provide the details / how-to instructions. Thank you for sharing this, Stephanie, and for spreading the love!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie,

This is such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing it with us. I would like to make one of these for a present one day, but maybe with an extra twist on it. :)
And your new items are so pretty. That was thoughtful of you to give a discount.


Lowcarb team member said...

That's such a great idea Stephanie.

I can't believe that so soon we will be welcoming the new month of September, the months seem to go by ever faster!
I always enjoy the Autumn (the Fall) and the changing colour of the season.

My good wishes

All the best Jan

sarah said...

A great idea, beautifully presented! How lucky your son is :-) Happy autumn from my spring :-)

living from glory to glory said...

Hi There, Bucket List can be very fun! I usually don't have a real list more of a mental list LOL Happy Fall right around the corner...
Hugs, Roxy

Margie said...

I'm clinging on to summer as hard as I can. HA!

Love your autumn bucket list! What delightful way to enjoy the season.

Olivia Bell (aka Livy) said...

What a creative, unique idea! I absolutely love it, the little envelopes are adorable! I know your son will really enjoy them! The activities you chose were really fun sounding too!

All of your products for your lovely shop look beautiful! {{smiles}}

Lea said...

What a cute idea and so neatly done. Yes, autumn is just around the corner and that is exciting to me. I love the fall!

Anonymous said...

The leaves are already turning here in the mountains ... autumn is by far my favorite season :) what a terrific idea Stephanie... he is going to love it! Autumn brings festivals here to the mountains, fiber festivals... apple and cheese festivals... it is the best time :)

Jill said...

I absolutely love this idea! It turned out wonderfully! I may try to do this for my girls :-) Can't believe how quickly summer passed us by. Have a wonderful rest of the week.


Anonymous said...

You have many beautiful ideas. Your work looks good!

Amy at love made my home said...

What a lovely idea! Enjoy your autumn list!

Kim said...

Such a fun project, sweet Stephanie. You son is going to love opening each envelope to see what fun is inside. Lovely Autumn, what a glorious season it is. One of my fun things to do is to lie on a bed of burnished, fallen leaves and look up at the blue, blue sky.......yes really. =) As for all those pretties in your lovely shop......they take my breath away....all are too divine, lovely lady.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello dearest Stephanie! I think that August is a fine month, but a month where summer begins to fade. Typically, it's a STEAMY month, but for us this year, it was rainy and cooler than normal. Now that school is approaching, summer seems to be returning a bit, but school and fall just go together to me, and I'm looking forward to that crisp air, the thought of coziness, retreat, work and then looking forward to the holidays.

Lovely shares as always!

Francine said...

What a fun idea, Stephanie! Good luck with all of your fall activities. :)

Sam Newton said...

Absolutely precious idea once again, my dear Stephanie!!! I love reading from your ladies how everyone is preparing for fall and the leaves changing. It brings back wonderful memories of my childhood on Cape Cod, but now being in FL it is just HOT, HOT, HOT!
I decorate the house each season and I'm into POPPIES until the middle of September when I get all the Fall and Halloween stuff out.
Love and Blessings and especially Prayers to Houston!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, what a brilliant idea! Even for you, who is full of wonderful creativity, this is an exceptional idea! What a fun mom you are!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a fun way to make having to go back to school a little more fun. Having something to look forward to is always a good thing, and I'm sure your son will love not only the activities but also the thrill of opening each envelope.


That is a great fall activity. You are so creative! I enjoy talking walks when the leaves have turned colors.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this idea too and high on my list is Take a Hike! We haven't been able to hike in this hot weather and we are so anxious to get back on the trails. Congrats to your new winner and thanks for the sale. I'm having a giveaway if you want to enter! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Stephanie, this was a fabulous idea, I bet your son is so excited to see what is inside each envelope!! It is also a pretty Autumn decoration too! I bet you both will enjoy those fun things!
I look forward to our trip to the local farm that has pumpkin and apple picking and pig races, corn maze ect. Fun day out!
Enjoy your fall!

Lorrie said...

What a lovely, crafty idea, Stephanie. Anticipation is such a fun thing, for children and for adults.
In autumn, I like drinking hot chocolate once it cools off), scuffing my feet in dry leaves, and adding autumn touches to my decor.
Have a wonderful last few days before school begins. I'm getting excited about it myself!

Lady Linda said...

Hi Stephanie...what a darling idea! Thanks for sharing your idea. I can see lots of ways to have fun with this...even as a gift. You come up with the cutest idea. Your Etsy shoppe is filled with wonderful goodies. Your work is just darling.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a wonderful idea and so cute, too! Your son is going to really enjoy each little 'surprise' and it makes going back to school a little more fun. I'm going to keep this idea in mind for my little grandsons when they get a little older. So many cute things in your shop! I might have to start my Christmas shopping early! Sending hugs xo Karen

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... such a sweet idea. Happy September to you and your family. Fall is just around the corner and it is my very favorite season. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

Ang Specht said...

What a fun idea! I'm sure your son just loves it! Kids always love all those little things that have so much meaning in them. :)

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

The bucket list framed art is just darling. What a great cute idea! Love all the colors! And your Etsy shop.. wow... my internet is down for a week so don't know if I'll get there to shop.. I want to...... but don't like shopping from the library computer (where I am now!). I LOVE all of your wonderful sewn items... they would make lovely Christmas gifts. I'm still loving the wood tote and all the goodies I won from you and want to do a blog post but without a computer.. may not attempt it on my tablet, but I may. Anyway...... you are so creative! Hugs... Marilyn

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sweet Stephanie, this was such a fun post and great idea. Love it and I am sure your son does too. All your shop treasures are beautiful.
Wishing you a lovely Labor Day weekend and beautiful fall season ahead.
Hugs and Joys always my friend. xo

Marilyn Mathis said...

This idea is just so sweet! I know your son will be so excited to pick envelopes to open. Have a blessed day! Hugs.

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Oh Stephanie... What a creative soul you are! I love this idea...a simply delightful way to enjoy the Autumn months... Thank you for this sweet inspiration... I am enjoying the begininng of Spring... I'm just itching to sow Spring seeds! Lots of love and hugs to you!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This is such a good idea! Your son will have lots of fun with the activities and I'll bet he'll keep memories of that fall for a long time.

Oliva Ohlson said...

Lovely Autumn Bucket List frame!!! Thank you for the directions!

Red Rose Alley said...

The bucket list for Autumn you made for your son is so creative, Stephanie. You are such a wonderful mom. I was glancing at the list, and you picked some special things for your son to do in the Fall season. And how you put them together in little envelopes and a frame is really a cute idea. I think he will have fun opening them. I smiled when I read "make a fort." When I was growing up, all the kids in the neighborhood would make forts in this huge dirt field across the street from my house. We spent all day there just building, creating, and imagining.

Blessings to you on this Sunday afternoon.

love, ~Sheri

Mimi said...

Your Autumn activity envelopes are the sweetest thing ever Stephanie dear. So lovely to see what you have been up to. I hope all is well with your lovely family. Much love, Mimi xxx

UplayOnline said...

Wishing you a lovely Labor Day weekend and beautiful fall season ahead.


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