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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Fun

Hello dear blogging friends. October is a nice time of year to do many activities you can only do in the Fall/Autumn.

The trees are dwindling in color but we still have a few bold colors left. These are from our backyard. I noticed them after I saw "this" the other morning.

A few visitors came to feast on our red berries, getting ready for the winter months. They are pretty cute and very young.

So back to activities.....we met up with our little granddaughters and mom and dad and we went Apple picking. Talk about good old fashion fun, this is it. We use to do this every year when the kids were little, so it was a treat to do it again.

Look at the fun

                                                    Beautiful orchards

                                                    Beautiful Abby(8) and Lizzy(6)

                                                   Reaching high

                                                    Many uses for an apple picker

                                                    So many dropped apples, yummy smell and sight

                                 So Sunday morning was a treat with a "Dutch Apple Pancake"
You make it in a cast iron skillet and let me tell you it is good. SO good you don't even need syrup!
If anyone wants the recipe just leave a message in the comments and I will get it to you.

The weekend before this we went to an October Festive at Harpoon Brewery and that is also lots of fun. It is only an half hour drive from us and was a beautiful fall day. The company was good, beer was hoppy, soft pretzels and sausage all so tasty. Not my normal diet but so much fun to join in on the fun.

                                   Of course the place was packed and the beer was flowing!

Many walks have happened and lots of leaf collecting. I often have the desire to use my watercolors when this happens. I'm not good at ALL, but its fun. The app "Watercolour" is awesome though.

                                            Look at these stunning leaves



                                          Playing with water and paint

                                                   Added to peg board

Lots of fun, out of my system for another year!!!

The photo shot for Amy and Andy (the bride to be and groom to be) went very well. The day was perfect and the location was exceptional. Shelburne Farm in Burlington, Vermont. It is a mixture of landscape of farm, hills, gorgeous sky's, Lake Champlain, beautiful Inn, museum, and barns. The photographer took 525 pictures. The ones I saw were so fabulous. Here are some scenery photos

                                                    Sky and Maple tree on farm

                                                    Believe it or not, a BARN  Look at those windows

                                          Lake Champlain, across the lake is upstate New York

     Like I said a perfect day. I will share a few photos after they have been downloaded.

I've been knitting lately, My LYS has a winter project I signed up for. Make 7 scarves, one a month and you don't get the patterns but one a month and then you sew them together to make a lap throw. I thought it would be fun and so far I have two scarves knit and now have to wait until November for the next pattern : (  The exciting part there is a motif pattern on each scarf and it is a mystery. It will either say something or be a design, so I'm looking forward to the reveal.

                                                    Name of Project

                                          Two scarf patterns

                                                 Scarf one and two.....it will measure around 42"x48" and then a border.  
                                                 So it will be a surprise to me also!  

I have also been spending some time buying fabrics for my stash! So much fun to collect and then make into the perfect creation.

 Aren't these beauties!!!!! Love the bike and bunting❤️

Well, my lovelies, I will end this long post and wish you all well! Hope your days are fun, happy and full of love. I thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. Love all your words❤️


       Abby and her scarecrow friends "Jack and Jill"  Now on either side of their driveway��

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Busy Busy, in a good way!

Oh dear, it's been awhile! But I'm still here in Blogland and having lots of crafty time here in Vermont. Good bye to September and Hello to October. We have had many many days of gorgeous weather. The Autumn has been colorful, sunny and warm. Absolutely no complains.
I have been working with fabric lately and enjoying every moment. I have been busy on instagram and that is so much fun. So many inspirational people, photos, and crafts. It opens up even more motivation!!!
I started seeing all these teeny tiny houses pieced with lovely fabrics, (all that I already have) and I got so inspired. Thimbleblossoms is where I purchased the pattern you will see in a moment!!!

Here goes, I'm in love, can't wait to make more and more.......Many people have been making them, including Debbie at happylittlecottage, lovely blog and inspiring.

                                            This is the soon to be lap quilt or wall hanging

Ok, I think you get the idea.....aren't they cute!? Can you see where the sky's the limit on the fabric combinations. I tried to put something in the doorway for detail and that was fun and tricky in the measuring aspect.  I won't be able to show you the finished project for quite some time. It's going to be a gift and someone would see it!!!! But I promise to show you after the delivery.

Next up was the "Save the Date Bunting" for Amy and Andy. This was fun and a pretty quick project. I did have to get it done for this Friday, so I'm ahead of the game. The kids are having their "save the date" photos this Friday and if it works out they will incorporate the bunting into the photo for the cards.  IT's all such fun.

                                        The process, ironed on hearts and stenciled numbers

                                    Used Blanket stitch to outline hearts for more visibility

                                          Sewed bunting flags together

                   Nicely ironed and laid out, I always work hand and hand with an iron, it really helps make things neat and tidy

                                           Finished "Save the Date" Bunting

I added buttons in-between each flag just for added detail. I think Helen had this idea in one of her amazing books!! Thank you Helen❤️

So as you can see I have been busy and still alive! I missed blogging! I tried to visit you all, sorry if I may have missed any of you. I do so enjoy all of you and thank you in advance for your visits to my blog. Love your comments and visits.


                                                               Happy October to all

Monday, September 22, 2014

How 'bout walking with me

I invite you to come along and walk with me along the beach in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. I'm here with my "Jack" to do some house clean up and packing up.........some exciting reno's may be happening in the near future��

Had to get up early to fit in a lovely walk with Jack because the rest of the day would be so busy.

Come along.......

                                                    Tiny tiny mushroom clusters

                                                   Love the light peering through



                                                   Almost there...holding my breath❤️

                                                    Lovely welcoming sight

                                                    Jack's ready

                                                    Result of the surf

                                                  Jack being vocal.....it's cooolllldddd, but I love it!

                                                   You can see there has been some rough surf


                                                   Great day to sail, although the sails are not up...yet

                                                    Close up

                                                    Windy....see Jack's ears

                                  Some people dock their boats right on the beach...."Tom Luckey"

                                                    It even happens on the beach

                                                     Never any whole shells, but love 'em all

           Lots of these on the beach, not sure what it is yet! tons of round balls attached to strands

                                                    See what I mean

                                                    Horse shoe crab

                                                      Washed ashore

                                                    Love the barnacles on this shell

                                                    Other side, so intriguing to me

                                         Yes, it's windy and I'm always happy on "my beach"

                                                    Time to go, Jack's not ready

                                                    One last look.......bye sweet love

                         Fences up to protect the dunes and beach during the winter months

                                                    Lovely blue sky and fluffy clouds

                                                    And the Sun shining bright

Normally there are shoes/sandals all scatter up the path to the beach but not so much in September

                                          Jack's pouting

                                          Salty wet Dog

                                         Thought this was interesting five finger rooted tree

                                                    See the leaves that are falling

                                                    Sad pathetic Jack

                                                    I felt so mean but there were things to be done!!!

                                                     Just the beginning..............

I packed for two days, now ready for the movers to store for us over the winter. Larger kitchen and room addition and second bath. It will be some very nice usable space. Very exciting, we have been hoping to do for years ; )

This was delivered to me from my thoughtful kids in honor of my mom, their grandmother and her one year anniversary of missing her. It was a day I was not looking forward to, but it was a wonderful day, I felt so loved and not alone at all, thanks to my wonderful family❤️
It's funny because I'm really so relieved the first year of holidays and birthdays are over, the first year is so hard. Now it's the love and happy thoughts that are forever in our hearts, soul and dreams. Yes, dreams, I dream a lot of my loved ones❤

Thanks so much for taking a walk with me, I hope you enjoyed it and could relax and be at peace.
More to come soon, love to you all and thank you for your comments, love and support!