Autumn Adventures

The Road to Fall
Autumn is bringing the colors here in our beautiful Washington State after one HOT Summer and we are finally seeing dipping temperatures that are a welcomed forecast around here. It seems like we celebrate the coming of this season earlier and earlier every year. So if you’re not kicking off Fall now because you did so earlier in September, (you’re not alone) what are some fun ways to celebrate this popular season?

Road Trip!
Fall Road Trip
Some of the best sights for Fall colors come right outside your car door. Especially if you live on the East Coast. Rolling fields on fire with Autumnal (said in your best Martha Stewart voice) colors. We have excellent views here in the Pacific Northwest, but if you’re looking for show-stopping colors, best to head East.

Soups On!
Fall Soups
Nothing is more comforting than a warm cup of soup in a crisp fall day. Over at All Recipes, the most popular Butternut Squash Soup is this one with this easy to make recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in margarine until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  2. Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan, and heat through. Do not allow to boil.

One of my personal favorites is crafting with what Fall has to offer:
Leaves
On my first walk with my daughter, I picked up leaves along the way from various trees with various colors. I brought them home and pressed them in a book between sheets of waxed paper. After 3 days I took them out and dipped them in beeswax and let them dry. Well, my daughter just turned 5 and those leaves have hung in our home every Fall since in my windows. It’s a cheap way to preserve memories and a fun story to tell house guests on where the leaves came from.

Another way is to plant Chinese or Japanese Lanterns to showcase the mystical Fall plant. They grow in stages and even fade away to intricate veined cages in the Spring that shows off the plant’s red fruit. Fall Lanterns

I am always saying “Grab my camera!” Fall is one of the best times of year to get the kids outside for some fun photography. Golden light comes earlier and kids are always down for a run or jump through the fall leaves. Fall Photos
Fall kids and leaves

And our last favorite for planning an Autumn Adventure is to visit your local pumpkin patch!
Fall Pumpkins
The sights are many and also fleeting as the temperature gets colder so enjoy them while you can. Go “grab your camera” and get outdoors!

Enjoy the weekend.

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All Recipes
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Autumn Adventures

Sneak Peek from California

We have been hard at work here at Classic Accessories designing completely new items for this Spring. You heard right, totally new products that we are launching in the coming weeks! We began with our highly rated Montlake Collection and have branched out into new color ways for patio cushions, patio umbrellas and patio hammocks.

Our Creative Departments have been working tirelessly to get the items ready for their debut and the latest adventure came out of California at our photo and video shoots. Check out some behind the scenes photos:








It’s hard work … getting our hammocks to look the right way in photos. Those are Heather Thomas’ toes, our Lead Production Artist here at Classic Accessories. Who wouldn’t want to relax on a warm sunny day in California … in a hammock … for work? She said that the house they were staying at was “Really a beautiful place—it was great to be reminded what sunshine felt like. There were a lot of interesting plants both in the yard and in the area. It was windy in the morning, generally cool weather in the evening, with really warm afternoons. I was surprised by the number of butterflies and hummingbirds fluttering about. Less excited to see the vultures, but there were some other large birds—none came close enough to identify, although Jake did see a turkey.”

While waiting for the morning and late afternoon golden hours, the team enjoyed all of what the villa’s outdoors had to offer from morning hikes around the Felsman Loop Trail to evening walks through the grounds. The photoshoot was taken at this home nestled at the bottom of beautiful Bishop’s Peak, located just 4 minutes away from the quaint downtown of San Luis Obispo. Our inspiration behind designing the cushions, umbrellas and hammocks is to simply enjoy more time outdoors. I think our teams did just that.

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We are really excited to bring these new items to market and are thrilled to be more a part of how you enjoy your outdoors, home or away. Stay tuned!

Sneak Peek from California

Customer Photo Albums

As much as we like to get the perfect shot of our products and collections, we love to see them being used. With the launch of our Under Cover Story and our Loyalty Program, we have been getting great images from our end users that we are publishing out on our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube – follow us!

Check out these product sightings we captured over the weekend:
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We invite you to keep them coming and to let us know how they are doing right out of the box or if it’s been a year or two. How’s your product lasting season to season?

Customer Photo Albums

#winRavenna!

We are kicking this Friday off with our latest and greatest contest … #winRavenna!

Have a piece of patio furniture, grill, heater or cooler you need covered? Show us/tell us and we’ll be the judge.AnimatedRavenna_3

We’re giving away 2 Ravenna covers every month!

Email us, tweet us, or post on our Facebook wall.
We can’t wait to see your entry!

Photo creds: Linda Lane {Wonderlane Photography}, Tom Feary, and Steve Burt

#winRavenna!