Saturday, October 27, 2012

It is too guiet...

We were thrilled to have my son Jeff and our two beautiful girls, Kohana and Kylie and Deuce too, our furry grand son, visit for the past 3 days while Mommie was attending an Insurance Seminar in Los Angeles.  Everything, except for cooking, comes to a halt.  We so enjoy their antics at the ages of 3 and 1 1/2 y.o..  Always something new!
Here is Kohana posing for her picture to be taken...such a ham!

This is Kylie... a face of unlimited expressions.

They had Auntie in stitches and Papa wondering what was so funny.

 Kylie adores Papa...

and Kohana is getting hugs from Daddy as Deuce looks on.

 Auntie Sandy just takes it all in
  & Kody has a good laugh too...
while Kylie is trying to get Papa's attention
  as he is intent on the ball game.

 Some sibling rivalry over who gets to sit in Papa's chair...

 and finally before bedtime, the littlest tries on Grama's shoes for size.

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They spent the night... Had pancakes for breakfast then got on their way back home to see Mommie...

For us the house is now empty & it is just

Thanks for visiting...
Blessings and Peace to all!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Home for Halloween...

Home for Halloween

Just added a few more touches for Trick or Teators, that being our Grand Children, all three of them...
Kyle, Kohana & Kylie.
or at least that is what I tell myself & Papa.
Oh yes, Sandy, our daughter won't let me get away with it either...We are both Halloween nuts.
I fully enjoy decorating for any holiday, but am slowing down due to a 'bum' knee and most lately an adjustment that has left me very sore. 

The Dining Room 

I have a limited collection of J-O-L Gourds,(Pinchneboutique on Etsy) so I have used this BIG one to be the Center piece of our farm table, with Indian corn, strawberry corn, Bitter sweet and raffia all nested in the wooden trencher.
A little corner in the Family Room

 My recent purchase of this Bucket Bench, still needs dusting and more Halloween stuff.  I managed to include the little "Trick or Treators" chair, a Helan Barrick" design, I enlarged the pattern & painted over 20 years ago for Sandy.  We bring it out every year.
The game boards I purchased not too long ago from Pam of 'Goldieloo wood works'.  They compliment this corner soo perfectly.

The Bench in our entry

My Chimney cabinet that I painted too long ago to mention is for Papa's stuff and is out all year,  as are my Izannah Walker Dolls.  More gourds, indian corn, a bowl of acorns from VT., a tiny framed JOL painting by Michelle Palmer, some of my needle work on the walls and paper mache J-O-L's on the peg shelf above complete the entry, 
greeting friends & foes alike.

Since we live in a 55 community, we do not get Trick or treators ... something I dearly miss.  On the other hand, it is not costing us lots of $$$ for the Treats. 

Still gots a bit more to do, but for now I am pooped and done for the to ice my back.
Papa is bringing home some yummy Pizza, something we eat sparingly, so it is a treat when we get it.

Thanks for visiting... 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

stitched Santa Ornaments update ... Father Christmas series

Santa Ornaments (PS-Father Christmas)

6 out of a set of 8 ... for sure!
I will be putting on the backings, stuffing and FINISH 6.  Then 2  more to go.
I decided to use 'that' (looks like swirls of snow flakes to me) fabric for the backing ... I darkened it little more with my 'grungy formula' and like it better.

They have not been pressed yet as I just washed them with Orvis paste.  Since I do not use a hoop but rather in the hand X-stitched,  they needed a little TLC & cleaning.
The Prairie Sampler's, Father Christmas series are so 'dad gum' cute.  Will do the last two after I get these completely finished.  Hopefully in time for this 2012 Christmas.  I will be giving them my all, and they will be on their way ... A promise to myself.

Hope you are not too bored with this update, but I am just so delighted with the lot.

Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lookee what I found~Strawberry Corn

I cannot believe I found these at our local 'Winco' Market, just this mornin'.  
I am going back for more too.  Call me greedy, but it has been like "looking for a needle in a haystack
trying to find them. 
I love placing them in my Fall arrangements...They add that special touch.

 'Dried Strawberry Corn'...

 They are so sweet looking ... just like a strawberry.  
That is probably how they got their name. 
These can be stored away safely after this years use for next.  
I always buy some cheap bay leaves to include 
when puttin them into storage.  
This helps to help keep the bugs away.
Have not had a problem yet!

I will be soaking the husks in some warm water to soften them up. 
Then I can shape & form them to do what I want.
Then they are not so brittle...not at all what I would want.

Thanks for has been a while for me.  
Trying to get those Prairie Schooler, Santa Ornies done. 
I am slow and still 2 more to go to complete the set of 8.  
Will I make it ??? Ya never can tell.
 Finally got started on the backings. 

 The top picture shows the husks  fluffed up after giving them some water...rather they have bloomed open, like a flower,
this softens them and they are not so brittle.

Have a great day with Blessings & much Peace!

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