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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Playing With Paper

Every now and then I get the urge to play with paper.
Like most crafters, even if you don't do scrap booking, you probably have an ample supply of pretty paper. Here are a couple of ideas I found on Pinterest that are a fun way to put some of that paper to use.
So, last week while enjoying a quiet afternoon with a friend, we played with paper.
We made some pretty Fall branches.

I also have an over abundance of old sheet music.
I think these simple paper feathers will make lovely embellishments for wrapping packages.
It's so hard for me to just sit around without keeping my hands busy doing something.
You can find instructions for making both of these projects and tons of other paper crafts on Pinterest.
Keeping it simple and staying busy.


Friday, October 2, 2015


Yesterday was a bit chilly here in PA.
It really felt like Fall.
I went for a short walk around the edges of the woods and gathered a basket of wild rose hips.
Once the thorns are removed they are lovely for decorating with.
I gathered the very last of the lavender from my garden, which didn't amount to much.
There was one pretty blue hydrangea left, so I brought it inside so I can enjoy looking at it.

Took a moment to have a look at the water hyacinths in the pond.
I'm always amazed at how two or three little plants can multiply into hundreds by summer's end.
I noticed that there are a lot of apples on the tree for the deer to enjoy.
It was so nice to be out in the fresh air for a while.
Taking in the very last of Summer and the beginnings of Fall.
Slowing down and settling in.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Simple Things

Today as I stepped out onto my porch with my morning coffee, I could hear a woodpecker in the distance. Smaller birds were chattering and grouping together as they do this time of year. Preparing to fly off someplace warmer until Spring returns again.
 The ornamental grass has burst into plumes and I can see changes in the colors of the surrounding woods.
 Chamomile has taken over what was once the vegetable garden.

It's overcast and rain is in the forecast. 
This is the time of year when I feel the need to hibernate. Depression sneaks up on me and I look for things to surround myself with that bring me comfort. It's always the simple things that are most comforting.
Like finding comfort in simple stitching.
Primitive stitching.
Perfectly imperfect.
Natural linen and cotton with antique shell buttons.
The way the textiles feel in my hands and the rhythm of the stitches calm me.
As the bits of linen and spools of cotton come together, I realize that this simple primitive form is me.
A little sad and craving solitude.
Hanging in there, searching for a creative spark.
Realizing that the beauty is in the simplicity.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Acorns and Apples

The air was cool this evening and I managed to get a walk in with Jack after dinner.
We were doing a bit of exploring near the garden shed and acorns were falling from the sky.
They are really large this year compared to recent years.
I picked a few up and put them in my pocket, then moved on as Jack was in a hurry to follow the deer trail to the apple tree. Lots of prime sniffing for Jack.
Then back to the porch for some relaxing.
Loving Fall


Monday, September 21, 2015

Chippy Autumn Porch

Found this table buried under STUFF in the garage.
It's so perfectly chippy and it needed rescued.
I've been asking for help with this all summer long, but there are so many projects going on around here that it just wasn't priority. So, yesterday I managed to do the job myself.
It now has a new home on my porch.
Love the big chunky legs.
And it's the perfect place for my new window box.
Made of an old window and some reclaimed wood.
It holds my dried sunflowers.
And the pumpkin from my daughter's garden.
I've been on the lookout for some bittersweet to add to my Fall decor, but haven't been able to find any, so I settled for some artificial for now.

Time to get on with another project.
Thanks for having a look at my chippy Autumn porch.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Roses and a Rooster

Purchased a sweet little piece of art today.
Done by "Craig Peterson", of Indiana, PA.
You can find him HERE.
He uses coffee, paint and ink to create his "Coffee Art".

Treated myself to a sprig of tiny roses in the colors of the season as well.
Took time out for some delicious salted carmel coffee with a friend.
She brought me this amazing clay pumpkin yesterday.
Just love it!
It was a lovely day and a great way to end the week.
Hope you all had a great day too.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Dog Rescue Donation Candle

How was your Labor Day Weekend?
Did you "LABOR" like we did or did you party and picnic?
I painted doors while my husband painted stairs yesterday.
Sometimes it seems like all we do is work on this house.
Anyway…I did manage to spend some lovely time with my daughter last Friday, as I was talking about in my last post.When I sat down to relax last evening I lit the candle that I bought when we were at "Swans Downe"
It smells wonderful and 10% of the profits are donated to dog rescue.
It is made by
This little owl decoration was a gift from my daughter.
Well, Labor Day is gone and tomorrow will be another day of working on this house.
Lots to do before winter.