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Feeling Autumnal

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This is my favourite time of the year. Mostly for the colours. All those gorgeous hues of rich reds and burnt orange. I love that the California sun has lost some of its ferocity and there's, fingers crossed, rain on the horizon. I can't stop smiling as we drive past fields of pumpkins near Half Moon Bay, and the front porches in my neighbourhood are a feast for the eyes, a harvest festival of gourds of all shapes and sizes.

 

My own front porch complete with orange lovelies. And my gorgeous wine cork wreath:-)

front porch decor

 

Our dining room is the perfect colour for fall. I collected moss covered twigs from a local country park for the dining table arrangement.

fall decor, autumn decoration

 

Out and about with Mark and Ruby foraging for good-looking twigs.                                                    

 

So all these spectacular colours lead me on to what I've been making recently. I've been collecting a lot of wool fabric samples and have loved creating a range of totes and messenger bags. 

 

Wool tote with needle felted details.                                                                            

needle felted wool tote bag, Maria Woods, make art life

 

Cross-body bag in rich, warm tones.

needle felted wool cross-body bag, Maria Woods, make art life

 

 Messenger bag in those gorgeous colours again. I made this one a little while ago. I just adore that folkloric style fabric.

folkloric messenger bag, Maria Woods, make art life

 

 And mustn't forget this wool and linen over-sized clutch...

wool, linen, clutch, Maria Woods, make art life

 

If you're wanting some seasonal inspiration and are looking for that perfect holiday gift come and join me and start your shopping early at the historic Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA which will be decorated in all its festive splendor! There'll be 27 vendors each offering unique gift items ranging from holiday decorations to photography, clothing to gourmet food, crafts to jewelry—something for everyone on your gift-buying list! I'll have a wonderful array of bags—new designs that I've been working on for months, and, as always, they're totally unique and really quite fancy:-) 

The marketplace will be open on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November from 9.30am until 3.30pm. The bistro will be open for lunch and drinks from 11:30am-1:30pm.

15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95070

Hope to see you there!



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