Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Finished Projects

I have been working hard to get some projects completed.  I love it when something can be crossed off my to do list.  There are many times that I get carried away and start too many projects and can't complete them all. 

This is the chair we purchased for our daughter's room.  It is the final piece of furniture she needs.  Now she just wants some little extras~some candles and artwork for the empty space over her bed.  This lovely chair is from one of my favorite places~Ikea.  I crocheted a cover for the cushion that came with the chair.  She chose the yarn and color.

The blanket I crocheted so she can snuggle with it on her bed.  It almost feels like terry cloth.  It is so soft and heavy.

There was a wonderful pumpkin craft at One Pretty Thing and I fell in love with it when I saw it.  I have wanted to try it since I laid eyes on it but this month has been so busy that it took me forever to get out and purchase the supplies.  I finally made it to the craft store and picked up all the goodies.
This is the before pumpkin.  I could not find a plain white pumpkin that wasn't too big.  They were all sold out by the time I got there.

Here is the after pumpkin.  It's a little different from the tutorial I saw but I love it.  It looks so good sitting on top of my old books on my bookshelf.

The kids and I went on a nature walk last week and collected leaves for this great project I saw on Sara's blog.  It is fall batik.  It is made a little differently that traditional batik but was such a fun project with the kids.  
This one is my dd's~who does not want her picture posted so she hides her face~She chose these colors to match her room.  We will be looking for a frame to put it in and then hang it over her bed.  
My ds is not camera shy and loves to have his picture on my blog.  Isn't he a cutie?  Love those dimples.
His batik is as bright and cheery as he is. Love that giant oak leaf we found.  Isn't it great?
Thanks Sara for sharing that great project.  We had so much fun working on this Friday.

Finally, the last project.  I completed new curtains for our bathroom.  The fabric was free so they were a real bargain.  I am happy with how they came out.  I just cut and sewed~no pattern.  I was a little nervous about how they would turn out but they came out great.
Crossing these projects off my to do list make me feel better.  Not so many things crying out to be finished.  Now the holidays are just around the corner and I need to get busy working like Santa's elves.  I have an adorable top that I would like to crochet for my dd.  It will be such a surprise for her if I get if finished.  I can't wait to show you~it's absolutely adorable.  I think I may need to add one to my to do list after Christmas.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

~Costume TIme~

I have always dreamed of having a fireplace and mantle.  I envisioned how I would dress it up and make it gorgeous for each season.  Our previous house did not have a fireplace or a mantle of any kind.  I was thrilled when we looked at this house and it had a fireplace.  We still dream of building a different mantle for the fireplace and a new stone hearth.  The hearth is showing it's age and chipping.  All in due time.  I was just thrilled that I would have a mantle to decorate.  Imagine my shock when my brother encourages my husband that the only good place to put a tv in this room is a flat screen on the mantle.  I think my heart dropped down to my feet.  It was the last thing I wanted on my mantle.  At first my husband did not want to spend the money on one of these flat screen tv's but shortly after he was awarded one as a bonus from work.  Voila~we have a large tv on our mantle.  I would love any ideas that you could share to decorate the mantle with the large beauty in the way.
This is what I have done for autumn. The leaf garland hides some of the wiring and things like that.  Some time ago, I watched an episode of Trading Spaces where they extended the mantle, height wise and built a storage box with doors to house the television.  I would love to know how to complete something like that.  I can see it in my mind but don't have any idea how to bring it to life.  

Halloween is almost here.  This year the kids decided they wanted to dress up and go out.  My daughter has chosen to be a fairy, my son has chosen to be Link from The Legends of Zelda.  We couldn't find him a costume so I began planning what he needed and what I would make.  My daughter found a very cute costume so I had time to work on his.

This is his completed costume.

I made the tunic, his hat, fingerless gloves and shoe covers (to look like boots).  It's all made out of wool felt.  He will be nice and warm.

I did not have a pattern and worked from some pictures in his video game.  I cut up one of my husband's old tee shirts to use as a pattern for the tunic.
We were both thrilled with the completed costume.  He has worn it a couple of times already just to play because he loves it so much.  I am just thrilled it all fits and that I could sew the sleeves with out making a mistake.  I followed this great tutorial to help me put it together.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Wind is Blowing

Fall is feeling more like winter here.  The highs for the last couple of days have been in the forties, nights dipping down into the thirties.  I love a cool fall but this is a bit more than I enjoy.  We are very blessed to be enjoying this right now.  I don't think anything keeps you warmer than a nice fire roaring in the wood stove.
I had sourdough bread on my to do list yesterday but it was a flop.  This is usually what it looks like right before I bake it  but yesterday it never rose.  I started the sponge the night before and that was the first very cold night we had.  I think it died with the cold.  We were very sad that the first bread was a flop.  Dinner just wasn't the same without it.
Enjoying my cup of joe with the great mug cozy Allison sent in the fall swap.
I added one of my signs to the hutch decor with my little scarecrow.
This is my tureen filled the stuffed prim pumpkins and flowers Allison sent in with my goodies.  The teeny, tiny baby gourds are from my garden.  They didn't do so well but I love them anyway.
I will be updating my to do list.  I do need to add just a couple of small touches to dear son's costume and it will be ready.  Can't wait to post a picture.

Dear daughter's blanket is coming out beautifully.  I do need to buy more yarn to finish it.  She wants to wrap herself from head to toe with it.  I will post a picture when it's complete along with the finishing touch to her room redo.

Enjoy your weekend~We may be doing some Christmas shopping.  Dear daughter is taking her PSAT's bright and early tomorrow morning.  We have rain and cold temps predicted for the whole weekend.  I see Sunday as a cozy, newspaper reading, movie watching, game playing and cuddling day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

To Do List~

I love enjoying this time of year.  The weather here is turning quite cool.  The highs are in the 50's throughout the day and the nights are going down into the 30's.  The wood stove has been working to keep us warm and it's time for casseroles and baking.  

My to do list is getting quite long but I am looking forward to getting it all completed.

To Do:

Finish sewing my son's costume~completed
Do some small alterations on my daughter's costume
Finish crocheting my daughter's blanket for these cool nights
Bake some sourdough bread-we are all looking forward to this
Sew a curtain for the bathroom~completed
Sew new curtains for the kitchen
Clean kitchen floor
Reorganize our bedroom~completed
Decorate my pumpkin with the idea from One Pretty Thing
Sew treat bags for the kids to use on Halloween
Complete a leaf craft with the kids this week

Once each of these projects is complete I will post pictures here.  

This week has been much quieter.  Last week we had many appointments.  One wonderful appointment was my orthodontist.  I found out that my braces will finally be coming off in November.  I can't wait until then. It has been over 3 and 1/2 years and I am so ready.  

School is keeping us quite busy here and we have some great projects we're working on and I can't wait to share them all here as soon as it is they are complete.

What is on your to do list?

Friday, October 9, 2009

~Fall and Pinkeep Swap Packages~

Lori hosted an incredibly fun fall swap and I was lucky enough to participate!  My partner was Allison and she sent the most wonderful package.
Look at all the goodies packed in this box!!
I love these prim flowers that Allison made.  They have a wonderful "country store" scent.  That's what my daughter called it.
My favorite candy treat.  How did she know.
Yummy scented votives and a mug cozy, which I used today!!  Isn't it gorgeous!!
She sent along this great book and the kids love it.  I'm not sure if I could make these wonderful treats but it's worth a try.
These pumpkins are prim and great!!
She made this adorable pillow.
Great magazine and a Gooseberry Patch cookbook with yummy recipes!

Tina hosted a fun pinkeep swap.  This is the adorable pinkeep she sent me.  I love the colors, patterns and the design.  It's so fun.  She tucked in some yummy tea and flower seeds.

This is the pinkeep I sent Tina.  She loves yellow and blue so I decided to make her this little birdie pinkeep.  I tucked in some dishcloths that I had crocheted.

I forgot to take pictures of the package I sent to Allison.  I get so excited wrapping up the packages and don't remember to snap pictures until it's too late.  I hope she posts them on her blog. 

These swaps were so much fun to participate in.  Opening up the mailbox and finding these surprises has been like Christmas.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Turn the Page Tuesday

I know that it is technically not Tuesday anymore.  I have wanted to join my friend Adrienne in Turn the Page...Tuesday for some time and then Tuesday comes and it completely slips my mind.  Well, I have decided to put this post up Tuesday or not. LOL ~  This is been a crazy and busy last couple of weeks with so many errands, classes and appointments.  Please forgive my tardiness.

I have chosen the book March by Geraldine Brooks for my post.  Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, Mr. March from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and written his story.  It follows Mr. March while he is helping the Union cause through the first, grim year of the Civil War.  The author turned to the letters and journals of Bronson Alcott to give Mr. March his voice throughout this book. 

Through the story you will read of the difficulties Mr. March, an idealist and philosopher, encounters when trying to reconcile the tragedies and injustices of war with his own beliefs.  He is challenged when the lines between right and wrong, good and evil were suddenly blurred.  Making the right choice for each person and each situation became quite different and reconciling himself to this leaves him a broken and haunted man.  

You can find out more about this extraordinary novel at Geraldine Brooks website.  If you have a chance to read it please leave me a comment letting me know what you thought of it.  It is one of my favorite, recent reads.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Great Giveaway!

kids ugg boots

These boots are absolutely the best. I wanted to pass along this chance to win a pair of these super soft and cushy boots. It is so easy. Check out the details here. If you love these Whooga boots you can't miss out.  Go on over and join the fun.

And the winner is....

All the names were put in a bowl...
My daughter reached in and pulled one out.

The winner of the fall banner is...

Thank you for all the sweet comments left about the craft fair.  It was very disappointing but my spirits were surely lifted by all the kind words you left for me.  For those who asked advice about craft shows, I'm sorry that I don't have any real words of wisdom to pass on.  There are sites with links to events in your area.  You can google them.  Most will give you a list with partial information and if you enroll with them you will get more details, and learn about posting for fairs earlier than when you are not a member.  I haven't enrolled in any of these sites so I can't say that one is better than another.  I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.  I hope that these ramblings make sense.  

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall Fix-ups

I love everything about fall-the colors, the smells, the harvest.  The spottier, more warty the gourds the more I like them.  I still need to add some of these to my fall decor but I wanted to share with you some of the little fall touches in our home.

The thrift cloche with one of my favorites~white pumpkin.  I am going to try to grow these next year.

Fall wreath-one of my favorites.  This is one I made myself~including the scarecrow.

Falling leaves garland and pocket on our fence.

Glass jars filled with pumpkins and leaves.

Fall fillings for my tureen.

Dear hubby brought this home for me one day.
I have decided to hang one of the Fall banners on our fireplace and the Boo sign will grace our hutch.   I was babysitting my nephews and now it's time to give this room a good cleaning and add the final touches.
More outdoor fall fix-ups will be coming up.

***Giveaway is still underway until Sunday.  If you would like a chance to enter go here.***