#1,740 Fall Equinox.
by Erin Napier
The day started off on the right foot because:
1. It’s THE FIRST DAY OF FALL.
2. In the mailbox was my really pretty new phone case from Rifle Paper Co. since my old one cracked and broke around the volume buttons. As far as I’m concerned, this is the perfect phone case. It’s got those clear rubber bumpers all the way around, you know. The creme de la creme.
Later, I discovered an iPhone app (because of my newfound affection for my phone) that makes a new photo look like a wet plate tin type—like was used in the Civil War. I popped in a picture of us, and this is what it spit out. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
I spent part of the morning with the teeny tiniest pen point, illustrating a fern wreath to wrap around a monogram for one our sweet custom brides. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s not something I typically spend time with—illustrating with a pen.
While I was working, the glorious autumn equinox brought a cold front through town that sent crisp breezes whipping around me when I stepped onto the sidewalk leaving the studio. I had been so tense designing and drawing, keeping all of that tedious work in my shoulders. The first real fall breeze took my tense shoulders with it, and my heart skipped a beat at the sight of the way the light is softer, warmer, around 5:30 in the evening. It made coming home REALLY feel like coming home, you know?
We drove to Tokyo to meet the Tews, Thoms, Caldwells and Nowells for dinner. With the windows down. I caught a chill and had the first goosebumps of the season.
Afterward, Ben humored me by taking me to the pharmacy to pick up a bag of caramel apple lollipops—thanks to the craving flung on me by Ashlee on instagram.
And because we couldn’t stand to go inside yet, a long long walk around the neighborhood was in order.
We were walking downtown past our screenprinter’s shop when Arianna, the owner, flagged me down to give us a “goodie” for partnering with them recently for all of our fabric invitations. I couldn’t believe what a sweet and thoughtful gesture! We carried it over to Josh and Em’s to share with the pregnant girl.
But Josh and Ben ate the whole thing. The end.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!