I'm so happy to get to be with my family in New Mexico for this holiday. As much as I complain about the hubbub and chaos (and there's a lot of it), I'm just grateful I have such a loving family to generate it!
This is a piece of hand embroidery that has been my take-along project these last couple of months. The leaf patter is one of Carina's. She has a ton of fabulous embroidery patterns, you should check out her shop Polka and Bloom. I used crewel wool embroidery thread (yarn?) and did a sampler of stitches in the leaves. In the end, that thread was a bit thick for some of the stitches and leaves, but I think it turned out fun anyway. It's mounted on stretcher bars with a layer of batting. I'm not really thrilled with that method and don't think I'll do it again- it give an overall puffiness I don't really care for.
The writing says "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" which is an Albert Camus quote (according to wikipedia). I actually like autumn much better than spring but the idea of falling leaves as akin to flowers makes me happy.