Let me tell you, all the fall decor that I am seeing on Pinterest is TROUBLE…I love them all and am on total fall-decorating-idea-overload! So much so that I am having trouble picking one or two ideas to actually try out myself. All those fall colors and textures are so beautiful…pumpkins and burlap and acorn and wood and leaves and corn husks and branches…I just don’t even know where to begin!
So before I dive head-first into fall crafts, I decided to take my very favorite fall poem – “October’s Party” – and create a free printable version of it. Have you ever read the whole poem? Here it is:
“October’s Party” by George Cooper
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”
I first discovered this poem when a local children’s choir I assist with performed a lovely musical setting of the text (an arrangement by Elam Sprenkle – I’d highly recommend it to any choir directors out there!). It just paints a wonderfully vivid and fun picture in your head, doesn’t it? I wish I could have fit the entire poem onto a print, but I decided to just focus on the first verse.
I made one with a chalkboard background too:
And of course, fabulous readers, I am giving it to you as a free printable! There is a pdf and jpeg version of both the chalkboard background and wood background (all are 8×10)
I would love for you to print and use these in your fall decorating! All I ask is:
- Print and use this only for yourself or as a gift for someone else (not for commercial use)
- If you want to feature this on your blog, thank you! Please use the smaller web version of the image and link back here for people to get the higher quality printable files
- Follow along with unOriginal Mom in some way – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or BlogLovin’!
October’s Party Free Printable – Wood JPEG | Wood PDF
October’s Party Free Printable – Chalkboard JPEG | Chalkboard PDF
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Meredith, this might be my most favorite fall printable EVER! Of course, as a lover of all thing poetic, this tugged on my heartstrings. My favorite line: “Professor Wind the Band.” Ha ha. Personification gets me every time! And your design is beautifully executed. Thanks for the free printables, too! Off to share this with my readers on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+…the whole nine yards!
Aw, thanks so much Lauren! So glad you like it! That’s my favorite line, too…I just imagine this jolly old man with white hair and big cheeks standing in front of a band full of leaves, haha. Thanks for sharing with your readers!!
Oh I love this Meredith! I love the wooden backdrop. Thanks for such a gorgeous printable. Have a great week. :)
Thanks Tori, so glad you like it! I was getting a little burnt-out on all the chalkboard printables and decided to try something a little different…I’m happy with how it turned out!
I’ll be featuring you tomorrow over at Tell Me Tuesday. Thanks for linking up! Have a great week Meredith!
Oooo, yay! Thanks so much, Tori!
Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-30.html
I agree–I’m loving all the fall decor ideas I’m seeing on Pinterest. Especially this printable–I’m pinning this right now! I found you through Home Stories A to Z.
I have a blog hop called Frugal Crafty Home and I would LOVE it if you could link this up. We love seeing printables like this. Thanks and have a great night!
Hi Carrie, thanks for the pin! Linking up with you now :-)
Hi, there! I found you at Craft – O – Maniac’s blog hop, and I’m so excited to be a new follower. This free printable is adorable!! I’d like to invite you to link it up at the linky party on my blog, Tips & Tricks. The party is cohosted by two other bloggers and myself, so each link appears on three blogs, and we share each link on Facebook and Pinterest.. so, it’s great exposure. Hope to see you there, and can’t wait to spend some time reading more on your site. I just love this printable – adorable! :) Have a great week!
So poetic! Loving the soft and cozy barn wood :)
Your free printable is so pretty! I love the fonts and the frame. Thanks so much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Have a wonderful day.
Wow, what a pretty printable. I love the wood background. It seems to fit the season so well.
This is so cute! Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! I am happily featuring your free printable tomorrow night :)
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I think I like the wood background the best!
I LOVE these printables…I love the rustic look of the wooden background…looks like fall!
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I was thinking about this poem and wished I could find it. I remember it from grade school and really enjoyed it. I could never remember more than a few lines. Now, thanks to you, I have the whole poem to enjoy.
Thank you so much.
Would you happen to know when October Party was written? My mom used to asways say the first verse when WE were children.
Many thanks for your time!
I’m sorry, I have no idea!