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I woke up this morning feeling pressured. Not sure if it was because the temperature was in the 60’s or because one of my trees is already beginning to change.  Regardless, it hit me that tomorrow is September 1st.  September 1st marks the start of my favorite time of year.  First and foremost, it’s my birthday “month”. Secondly, football starts, which means I get to start cooking chili, corn bread, hearty stews and actually attempt to bake… Again. 

It also means that it is time to start sewing, paper crafting, stamping, card making,  and scrapbooking.  There is nothing I love more than staying in my p.j.’s all day and crafting, but this year things are different.  This year I am in N.C. Now that might not sound like a big deal to you, but believe me, it is.

I have to tell you, the people in my town are flat-out crazy. I’ve cautiously  observed them over the past 10 years and didn’t come to this decision lightly. Evidently the madness begins on September 1st  with the beginning of the entire towns transformation.  From pumpkins and haystacks to beautiful lawns covered in fall displays. Contests for the best decorated business in town; baked goods that make you gain 10 pounds just looking at them and every possible craft creation you can think of. As this is the first time I will be spending the entire season here, I decided it was time to get ready and get moving. There is no way I’m gonna be left behind.

I drove into town, walked into Michael’s and immediately got dizzy.  Are you kidding me?  I mean seriously people, what the heck? I walked up and down every aisle. There is Halloween stuff, Fall stuff, Thanksgiving stuff, Christmas stuff and New Year’s stuff. Martha Stewart has apparently jumped on the band wagon and I spend quite a bit of time checking out her items. This woman is a little nutsy too… I’ve never seen so many punches, papers, and every possible coordinating item in one place in my life entire. I flipped through her magazine to get some ideas and eventually walked away, thoroughly disgusted, and without one of her items in my cart. She makes it look so easy but I know there has to be a catch. I know for a fact that there is when it comes to her baking ideas.

Eventually I bought some Beacon’s 3 in 1 Craft Glue and a couple of other things I don’t need, for a total of $18.00. I have never gotten out of Michael’s for less than $100.00. Then I drove home and took a nap. Naps are good. They’re an escape from the realities of my life and I when I wake-up, I usually have a clearer head and better perspective.  Thank goodness I did this time time too.

I decided to just apply the K.I.S.S. principal.  I looked at myself in the mirror and reminded myself that I am not Martha Stewart. I could just “keep it simple stupid” and take this time to enjoy myself. So what if my cards aren’t perfect and my edges are a little crooked?  Who cares if my fabric pulls or I got my dirty fingers all over the white part of the card I created?  Will the world come to an end if I use the scarecrow that’s been in the garage for 10 years or if I just buy colorful flower pots at Lowe’s rather than plant a garden that rivals the Biltmore? I doubt it.

So, if you keep reading this blog over the next few months, you are sure to see lots of beautiful photos from around town and most likely, some not so great photos of my simple stupid creations.  You might even get to see some of my cupcakes with the hideous green frosting or a pillow that looks like it’s seen better days, but that I just completed.

This year  I’m going to stamp and glue and sew and cut-up paper and make cards and scrapbook pages and try to bake… Again… And most of all, I am gonna have a ball doing it! Until next time…