This was officially the last full week in August. Where has the time gone? If it wasn’t for the fact that winter comes after fall, I would be super excited about September’s arrival next week. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always loved autumn and the blank slate that any new season provides.
I’m also looking forward to some travel in October – my first visit to Asheville, NC (for my step-sister’s wedding) and a trip to Napa, CA. Even though I’ve been to both states, I’ve never spent time in either of those locales so I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with them. Beyond the fun wedding activities, I’m thinking about taking a few extra days to explore Asheville. Any suggestions you have on what to do, see, taste, experience, or where to shop would be much appreciated.
This weekend my mom and I are heading to State College, PA to do some Fall Home Tour shopping. Because of the popularity of my past tours, this year I’ve decided to do two Fall Home Tours. (A decision I will probably regret because tours are a ton of work, and invariably they leave me on the floor in the fetal position at least twice.) Nonetheless, I have many new and interesting ideas, and I can’t wait to share those with you. One of the tours will have a fall entertaining twist; the other will be the traditional full home tour.
I’ve already started teasing you with fall decor ideas here on IBC and social media. The response has been mixed since not everyone is ready to let go of summer and welcome in the season of “pumpkin spice everything.” Trust me. I totally get it. I’m just trying to inspire you with a few ideas and recipes should you want to get a head start on fall.
I’m also planning another Fall Cookie Week! It’s scheduled for the week of September 19. This will be my 5th Annual FCW if you can believe it. (You can find the previous four FCWs here.) This year, I invited a fellow blogger and friend to join in on the fun, so there will be a total of twelve recipes. (Hint: It’s Julie Blanner!) It’s going to be a fun and tasty week. Please wear your stretchy pants.
In other news, I thought I’d give you glimpse of my espalier apple tree. Do you remember when I planted this guy almost six years ago?
Here’s what it used to look like:
When I bought this house, things were quite stark out there, and I was desperate to add some green life around the property. Without much of a yard, I had to get creative. So, next to the shed I literally dug a hole in the blacktop driveway and planted a $20 apple tree from Walmart. Six years later, I’m finally seeing the fruits (pun intended) of my labor.
In the past the tree has produced 2-4 apples every year. This year, I have 26! Yep, that wasn’t a typo. Twenty-six!
I’m not sure if the increase is because the tree is finally feeling its groove or because we had a mild winter, but there are apples a plenty, and I’m feeling ridiculously giddy. Of all the projects I’ve done around my house, this is still one of my favorites. Getting such a bountiful crop makes it all the more rewarding.
Also, the apples (I don’t remember the variety.) are pretty tasty. I’m thinking about making mini caramel apple hand pies so stay tuned for that deliciousness.
Finally, as I told you a few weeks ago, I’ve been pushing myself to work harder and smarter. After a rather lazy, laid-back summer, I’m sort of kicking myself for not accomplishing more. Recently I learned about the concept of Bullet Journaling. It’s a customizable organization system that acts as a planner, list maker, and journal.
The original system was developed by Ryder Carroll and was designed to be a forgiving and minimalist way to organize, schedule, and journal. The goal is lo leave the user more motivated, inspired, and organized.
You might not know this about me, but I have an obsession with offices supplies, notebooks, and planners. I have embarrassingly spent hundreds of dollars trying to find the perfect planner. In my 33 years, I’ve yet to find it. So, inspired by this Bullet Journal (aka BuJo) concept, I decided to give it a try. Given that you only need a notebook and a pen, it was probably the cheapest option that I’ve tried, so what the heck.
It’s been about a week, and I’m actually loving it. There was a day or two this week when I ignored it, but I quickly hopped back in the following day.
If you’re anything like me and have struggled with finding that perfect organizational tool, I definitely recommend giving this method a try. To start, check out the official Bullet Journal site for some background. Then, when you’re ready, search on Google or Instagram for more inspiration.
As you will discover, the crafting and journal community have jumped on the BuJo bandwagon and have created these beautiful spreads full of calligraphy, washi tape, fancy pens, and stickers. My approach is more minimalist with only a couple pieces of washi tape and a colored pen for good measure. I also recommend checking out Boho Berry on YouTube. She was a huge source of inspiration for me. I’ve used several of her ideas for setting up my BuJo.
I’ve included a couple pictures of my own planner. If you have any interest in seeing more or reading about how this tool is working for me a month from now, please let me know. If not, I won’t bore you with the details of my attempts to be more organized and productive.
I think that’s it for now. However, a “What’s the Tea” wouldn’t be complete without a few of my favorites from around the web. Here are some of the latest things I’m loving:
I’m not the biggest Britney fan, but I will admit that I’m a bit excited about her new album (which came out today). It’s been receiving good reviews, so I’m giving it a listen this weekend.
How cute is this Tree House She Shed Craft Room?
Currently reading: Present over Perfect
With all these journaling supplies, I should make this Rollup Organizer!
In case you’re wondering where I got those black pumpkins (seen in the photo above): West Elm. Check them out here. I’m also kind of obsessed with their black flatware. I’m very tempted.
Be still. (If Oprah tells you to do it, it’s probably a good idea.)
In a previous What’s the Tea, I mentioned The Weekender, which is on YouTube. The series is put together by Lowe’s and features my friend and fellow blogger Monica of East Coast Creative. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out. It’s so good.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It):
I hope you enjoyed this update. Have a fabulous last-weekend-in-August. I’ll meet you back here next week for fall. Ready or not!