October highlights art journal and video

October art journal page by artfullycarin.com

Walking to school the first morning back after the half term holidays, Aoife asked “Mummy, what should I write if Mrs C asks us to write about our holidays? We didn’t go anywhere.”

“Just write the truth, hun. We stayed home all week because we were potty training Kirby, but we did lots of arting together, we carved pumpkins, you played with the girls down the road, you went to a birthday party and you went trick or treating.”

“Oh yeah. I guess I did quite a bit at home too.”

I nodded, and quietly told myself to remember that when I sat down to write about my own month.

After the hustle and bustle of summer, the quietness of October is always a bit of a shock to the system.  Long days outside are replaced with crafting and reading indoors. And the camera hardly gets used as days get shorter and greyer.

But as Octobers go, this was a good one. We struck a nice balance between being out and about and being at home as we begun adjusting to the darker months. It was very much about connecting with family and friends. I went on a solo weekend trip to Sweden to see my mum (and didn’t even bring my camera!), all four of us went to see some friends up north for a weekend, and we met up with some other friends we haven’t seen in several years at our house. And I loved having Aoife at home for the school holidays.

If the video doesn’t show, you can view it on YouTube here.


  1. Hej Carin!
    Tack för din kommentar hos mig idag. SÅ roligt att höra från nya läsare.
    Trevligt att ha hittat till din kreativa blogg också.
    Vilka fina saker du gör!!
    Vad trevlig din oktober låter.
    Hälsningar från Annika i Washington DC

  2. Aoife is really growing. I know it’s great to have her home, I do wish we had more breaks throughout the school year. And isn’t it true how we often think we haven’t done much if we don’t go anywhere? My October was a whirlwind, and now I’m attempting to fill the well.
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  3. Oh, I love you video! The pumpkins at the end are great too – and I LOVE love love your conversation with Aoife – she’s so sweet! Lovely October recap all around 😉 xoxo
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  4. What a beautiful recap of October Carin, love your pumpkins! And I bet it is wonderful to have your daughter home for the holidays, I see a lot of parents of school age children saying the same. x
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  5. Hi Carin… lovely post… and a reminder for me too… even at home… a lot happens…. must admit I love little holidays at home…. how wonderful that you got to visit your mum… the pumpkin carving sounds fabulous… and beautiful page…

    Jenny ♥
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