Fall 2017 Letter

The View From Up Here This Month

Fall 2017 | jennifer@6ftmama.com

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My son, Will, is graduating from high school this year. That means I'm trying to slow down and savor my time with him - usually while quickly blinking the tears out of my eyes. 

He had his senior pictures taken last week with the uber talented Jan Vokel. It was fun to see him enjoy the photo shoot and it was a thrill to scout Jan's locations around town.

Watching Jan reminded me how important it is pay attention to good backgrounds. Textures, paint, patterns, natural elements - all of these - played a role during the photo shoot that chilly afternoon. If you're feeling like you're in a shooting slump - I'd like to encourage you to change up your backgrounds. They can bring new energy to your work and subject.

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We received a lovely gift of wine this month and it happens to be one of our favorites: Domain de Cala Prestige. 

Not only does it meet my wine criteria - not too dry, not too sweet - it's beautiful. I think it's especially gorgeous on the Autumn table and into the holidays.

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Last month, I had the rare opportunity to meet a guest on the podcast in person! I was thrilled to have a lovely lunch with Marta McDowell, author of All the President’s Gardens and The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  

After chatting about a number of topics (gardening, of course!), we discovered we both have a soft spot for embroidery. Marta showed me a lovely apron she picked up during her time in Wisconsin for her book tour. I showed her the beautiful towel set I picked up during my time in Sioux Falls.

By the way, if you'd like a set of these for yourself, you can reach out to Young and Richards in Sioux Falls at youngandrichards.com.  A Set of 7 tea towels if $42 and they are made by the owner's mother. They are lovely.

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Emma has a friend who is a photographer and she took this fun picture of Emma this week. Look at that mane of hair!

I think it was Hawaiian Day at school that day.  

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Here are some pumpkin photo shoot tips:

  • Leave lots of stem on the pumpkin.  The stems add dimension and interest.  They curl around, they are a perfect color contrast, and shooting from the top is always better with a nice chunk of stem.
  • Shooting pumpkins at eye level is the perfect height for framed photos, fall art, and cards. 
  • Group diverse pumpkins together and include at least one traditionally colored pumpkin (orange) to highlight the color variations and textures. Creeping Jenny always looks great next to pumpkins.


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One of the most popular episodes of the Still Growing Gardening Podcast was released in October and it was the show I did with Kylee Baumle on How to Save the Monarchs.

Many people remember days when kaleidoscopes of monarchs were a common summer and early fall occurrence. It's our nostalgic sense of wonder and affection for the monarch that has lead so many of us to grow milkweed - even in our front yard!
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Toward the end of summer, I recorded a show on hygge - the Danish term for coziness and comfort.
Fall marks the beginning of high hygge time here in Minnesota.  We're having a chilly Fall - perfect for fires, smores, and blankets.
It's also the time of year when I break out the carnival glass.
The coppery shimmer of carnival glass is the perfect jewelry for a drink tray or harvest table. I always serve sparkling grape juice for the kids in the petite carnival glasses. I don't think they associate drinking kiddie champaign with any other type of glass. To Tradition!
Wishing you a lovely Fall!
Still Growing,
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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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