I'm starting to see things like mums and little round, pumpkin-like squash trickling into the stores this week. So it has me wondering, where has summer gone? I have to admit, the image of pumpkins and falling leaves stirs some excitement in me. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year, however I'm just not quite ready to give up on summer. Yet.
I've been going through the photos on my camera and found some very summery pics. These were from a day trip to Carlyle Lake, the lake in my home town. We try to get there at least once a year for some sand castle building.
And of course I always seem to find my way to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis at least once (okay, several times) a year. This summer was particularly a good one, because the Gardens began selling some of my hand painted pendants in their gift shop! (yay!).
I've included some photo samples of some of the hand painted pendants I sent over to the Missouri Botanical Garden's gift shop. It was a fun challenge to create some new pieces for them.
So for those of us living in Southern Illinois, close to St. Louis, MO (hey, that's me!), we know how August temperatures and humidity tell us we aren't even close to being into fall yet, no matter what the stores are selling. Of course, come September 1st all of that changes and mums and pumpkins are fair game, no matter what the temp is!