Friday, October 30, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Walk in The Woods

Today was sunny and 60 degrees. A fine Autumn day after a week of relentless rain and cold.  I am taking a little time off from other responsibilities this week to recharge and I thought a walk in our woods was a fine idea.  I was right.  I followed the path into the trees. The cool quiet shade where every sound stood out. I heard something run away, maybe a squirrel, maybe a deer.  I saw fire in the colors of a shrub and each leaf seemed like a jewel. Coming up to the old bridge over the creek, I heard frogs splash into the water as I approached.  I heard a single leaf fall.

I listened to the trickle of crystal water as it ran past a fallen tree covered in velvet moss.  Do you see the lichen on the tree?  Such a beautiful color and texture.  The leaves on the ground , like colored confetti, nature throwing one last party before winter.

I'm glad I could attend :>)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Heart and Home pillows

All listed in my etsy shop.  I have two more that I am finishing that will be listed Monday.  I can't say whether I will be making more of these before Christmas or not. I have several other projects I am working on that I think you will like and you know I like to do new things. Thanks for all the pillow love!  You can't know what your support and enthusiasm mean to me.   Now, I need to get a little cleaning done (you can't believe how many bits and pieces these pillows make! My floor looks like there was a fabric shredder going off !)  I'm excited to move forward with some other plans and projects and do some planning for the holidays. They are fast approaching and I am determined to be ready. Have a wonderful weekend my friends.  It's dark and gloomy and rainy here but that just means it's time to light some candles, bake some comfort food and nest a little:>) I'll see you next week!
Oh my goodness thank you all! The final two will go up 8:30 a.m. Monday.  Thanks!:>) I will be taking this week and getting some things done around the house and then I will be back at work making more pillows for the Christmas season!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Yes, I am still around.  Gosh, it's been almost two weeks.  Life ya know?  Sick for a couple days (I'm better now) and just plain busy.  I snapped a photo of my work basket laying in the sunshine on the sofa this morning.  I've been working on more pillows and I hope to have them listed on etsy by Saturday morning.  Then I'm taking a break and getting some much needed cleaning and other projects finished.  I'm still visiting my friends and keeping up with all your beautiful decorating and family news.  I'll be back real soon, in the meantime, have a great weekend. If you have been waiting for the heart & home pillows, check Saturday morning, ok?  I'll be chatting with you soon:>)

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Little Fall Color

Nothing says welcome like a wreath.  My front porch flowers in red, white and blue had to go, especially after the heavy frost we had Saturday night.  So I pulled out this old clearance sale berry wreath and tucked a few silk leaves in it for extra color. It works for me and it was free:>)

I also picked my 22 lb. pumpkin from the garden. I had another but the deer ate it last night, just one night before I planned to get it! They were/ are Cinderella pumpkins but the frost killed the vines and I don't think it will ever ripen to the pretty orange it should be. I'll start them sooner next spring because I love my pumpkin!  Do you see the beautiful crab apples tucked around it? Darling husband found them for me in the woods. The tree just sprang from nowhere but the fruit on it is beautiful. We went back and cut some more branches and I tucked some in the urn on my front porch to add a little color to my dying geraniums.

I love decorating with natural things and I love the color on these crabapples. Perfect red and gold.

I even had enough to fill a vase and, with a few added maple leaves, it adds a nice touch of fall color to a corner of the living room.

I have another busy week ahead of me, but I feel like I accomplished one small thing just for me with this little touch of fall decorating.  I hope you all take a moment to do something that makes you smile this week:>)

Friday, October 9, 2009


Looking out my front window this morning, through the pouring rain at the glorious color across the road.  Did you ever notice the rain washes all the dust away and sometimes the trees look even brighter on a gloomy day? I am moments from walking out the door to work. TGIF. I can't wait to come home today. Grocery shopping, planning meeting with hubby, (we like to touch base on what we would like to accomplish every once in a while), and a trip to Borders to have coffee and checkout the new magazines. Love that. 
Love that it's Friday:>)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A little sparkle for your day

I'm not the kind of girl who can just work on one project at a time. I am sewing more of these tirelessly, but sometimes I need a little break.  I have had some vintage jewels that needed reworking. Screwback earrings that need a little update. So I worked on a few last night. After sewing of course!  I made these...

And these...

and these too....

And a few more.  I love the patina of old jewelry and you can't beat the sparkle of  vintage rhinestones.  Run over and take a look. While you do I'll be....sewing.:>)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday morning

I woke up to darkness that has turned into a fine, sunny, golden morning.  The garden calls and I follow because I won't have many more golden mornings in the garden with flowers left.  We have already had a frost that stole some of summers beauty away and left wilted ruin behind.  Two years ago Earl bought me a sweet autumn clematis for the pergola that he built.  This year it reached the top and is in full bloom.  Hundreds of tiny white flowers hang down and the air has a light sweet scent by the back door. It is so beautiful, I enjoy it every day:>)

The roses won't be around much longer. I have already cut bunches of rose hips from one of my bushes and used them in a creamware pitcher as a natural autumn display.  There are masses of wild rose hips in the woods and I am contemplating going back and gathering enough for a wreath.  It's hazardous duty though and I may just decide they look better where they are! The garden markers behind this rose came from my sweet sis-in-law. I didn't plant the vegetables that are represented on these markers but they were so pretty and rustic that I thought they made a beautiful bouquet in a pot in my garden.

My favorite iceberg rose gets little pink speckles on it in cooler weather. I love that they last to the very end. It still has buds and is very hardy in light frosts.  I guess it is time to clean up the beds and maybe tuck a few bulbs in for spring.

I hate to see the end of my beautiful garden but it makes it all the sweeter and more anticipated next spring. What is your favorite bulb to plant for a spectacular spring show?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Be a superhero

I have a friend who inspires me with her beautiful blog. For those of you who may not know Sherry of Everyday Possibilities, you should take a moment to visit and get to know her. She has launched a new zine to raise money for breast cancer research.  A survivor herself, Sherry never fails to bring a smile with her upbeat attitude and dedication to helping others.  Run over and see for yourself, and while you are at it, check out her Superheroes blog and be a superhero yourself.  October is breast cancer awareness month.  This is a great way to celebrate it:>)