The Pacific Northwest has been gifted with one final blast of summer, but it can't be denied that fall will be arriving any minute now. While sunscreen and sunglasses will be sadly swapped out for scarves and mittens, consolation can be found in the fact that the changing of the seasons does at least mean this: it's apple harvesting time.
Instead of just eating apples, baking apple pies, and eagerly anticipating the Apple Cup, why not show some appreciation for Washington state’s largest agricultural product by decorating with it? Read on or scroll through the slideshow list for ten options from local Etsy shops.
This adorable infinity scarf by Agnes and Amy (Longview) is made of flannel- so not only does it look cute, but it will be cozy for fall, and casual enough to wear around the house when you are feeling a little chilly. Pasco-based Once Upon A Baby’s crochet apple beanies can be made for anyone, from newborns to adults, in the apple color of your choice; perfect for photo ops with the little ones this fall- or perhaps even for the Apple Cup!
Hosting an autumn-themed party, shower, or dinner? Maybe an Apple Cup game watch? Add a special touch with these apple place cards by BluefinWorks (Kennewick), either to seat your guests or to label your dishes. It just wouldn’t be fall without caramel apples, and Spokane-based Big Bear Chocolates offers a slew of gourmet flavors, including triple chocolate with sea salt caramel and toffee crunch. These apples would make a great take-home or hostess gift. Keep everybody warm and happy with these apple cinnamon votive candles by Kimberly’s Candles in Port Angeles.
Elizabeth Person's Apple Chart Illustration (Everett) is a great reminder of the variety of apples that can be found in Washington state, and would look stunning framed in your kitchen. Get out of the habit of cycling through the same old kitchen towels- go seasonal with this hand-embroidered cotton kitchen towel by The Honey Bee Crafts in Marysville.
Chelan-based WWRusticDesign’s shabby chic rack would look fantastic in a mudroom, entryway, kitchen or laundry room. Instead of using it for coats or towels, you could hang a basket of apples from the hooks. Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind kitchen with custom backsplash tiles, like Chinmayo Studios’ (Friday Harbor) "Apple of My Eye" design. Installation would require some extra work, but wouldn't it be worth it?
Finally, forget seeds, let the birds enjoy Washington's finest too! This apple bird feeder by Spokane’s NWoutdoor features a removable center skewer allows for easy clean-up and food change.