Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I went to a couple sales last week and all I found were Christmas decorations. I always check them out, you never know what you can find. I found a couple real treasures.I found a few old ornaments that I liked. Usually they are a dollar or two but I got these for a quarter each.
I also found this cardboard art. The nativity has red cellophane on the back so it will look great with a light behind it.
These last 3 items were in boxes with Christmas junk in them. I can't believe they didn't get ruined and I'm awful glad I dug in the boxes. This snowman is an ornament. His body is a glass bulb with 'snow' on it. His face and buttons are raised from the body but all one piece.

This reindeer is unbelievable! It is glass and completely intact except for the very end of one of the antlers.
It appears that it was all silver at one time. Anyone have any info on this or the snowman? I think I found some great pieces. It sure pays to dig thru boxes!
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Monday, September 28, 2009

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Welcome! I'm not saying that I had a lot of Brown-eyed Susans this year but I had...yellow Susans and orange Crocosmia...
Susans, white yarrow and cone flowers...
yellow Susans and blue balloon flowers...
yellow Susans, bee balm and gay feather...
and just plain yellow Susans.
I love brown-eyed Susans but enough is enough , don't you think? I have removed several shovelfuls and should remove more!
I have some exciting news to share this week! I have been invited to be a part of the Audubon's Secret Garden Tour next summer! A customer gave them my name and 3 ladies came to tour my gardens last week and asked me to join. It will be one Saturday in June or July. People will buy a ticket and tour about 6 different gardens on their own during the day. I'm very excited right now but will probably be a 'bear' in the spring.
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Happy Bloomin' Tuesday!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Sweeties!

I took Jerzie to a local cemetery to see the peacocks (Payton was in the car sleeping). My Dad is buried here so I remember seing them a lot as a child. I don't know how long they have had peacocks but I love that they still have them. Jerzie loves all animals so she was in awe of these beautiful birds. They had molted so they didn't have any of their long tail feathers left. She had taken her camera so she had to get some pictures. We also found a small feather with some of the colors for her 'treasure box'.
Apparently Jerzie likes pressing buttons because she ended up with 2 videos instead of pictures. (We'll need to work on that. Batteries only last a short time when she takes all videos).

Not too bad for a three year old!


Edit: Darla asked me to repost this entry from last year. I'm guessing she wanted a recipe for my applesauce but I don't really have one. We cut up at least 3 kinds of apples and put them in large covered pots on the stove with water added to cover the bottom of the pan. We cook them slowly, stirring often to avoid scorching. When the apples are the consistancy we want we add sugar and cinnamon to our taste. We like ours chunky and that's why we don't use a food mill. Then we put it in plastic containers and freeze it. It's always a fun day!
November 3, 2008
Yesterday was applesauce day! We really enjoy getting together and making applesauce at least every other year. This year Jerzie got right into helping us.She loved using the peeler, corer, slicer with Aunt Laurie. As usual, we decided doing it by hand was easier.
We used 3 different kinds of apples. We never remember what kinds from year to year but it always tastes great.We taste test every batch. We had 3 pots cooking at all times. Looks like this one passed the test!

Jerzie decided she wanted to help slice apples. She wasn't too happy with the knife we gave her. She wanted one like ours.

When we got done we had lunch and the special treat we always have on applesauce day.

Vanilla ice cream topped with warm applesauce. Yummy!

This should last us for a little while, don't you think?

Saturday, September 26, 2009


My bloggy friend Latane, listed what she liked about autumn so I decided to make my list.
1. Going camping at Alleghany State Park over Columbus Day weekend with my kids and sweeties.
2.Walking in crunchy dry leaves.

3.All the bright, beautiful colored leaves and blue sky.
4. Cooler tempatures.

5. Buying fresh, crisp apples at the apple farm.
6. Cider, cold with a cinnamon fried cake or warm with mulling spices added.
7. Chili

8. Brown bag apple pie.
9. Making applesauce with my daughter, daughter-in-law and sweeties.

10.Concord grapes.
11.A warm cozy sweatshirt or sweater.


14.Homemade vegetable soup.
15.All the fall colors and textures used to decorate your inside and outside. Orange pumpkins, dried corn stalks, yellows, greens and golds of gourds,...
What do you love about the fall? Leave me a comment if you make a list.

Friday, September 25, 2009

...and more pumpkins!

Welcome to my home! I'm finally ready for fall. I love the colors of autumn, don't you? I added a mum plant to my rocking chair so it would look good a little longer.

This is the side area. I removed my fountain and added a wagon I had in the back yard.

The vine still looked great so I just added mums and a pumpkin.

I got this felt wall hanging at Marshall's this year.

A small hay bale, a bird (of course) and more pumpkins.

Come in!
I also got this banner at Marshall's. It fits this area perfectly.
This is my main entry way. I love changing this area for the seasons.
Cloth pumpkins on a bench and a fall arrangement from the garden.

A couple little touches to the shed.
Thanks for stopping by! Scroll down to see more of my fall decor.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009


I have a few more fall touches in my kitchen and bathroom. Just a little touch here and there makes a huge difference and is very inexpensive. The jar is a tart burner. An old bowl filled with prim pumpkins, apples and pairs. I loved this bowl and got it cheap because it has chips. Since I only use it for decor, I like the chips.A handed down wooden bowl sits on the counter. I just added leaves and pumpkin tarts.
This shelf is above my sink.
In my glass door cupboard, I just added a few pumpkins to the Fiestaware dishes.
More pumpkins in the bathroom.
You gotta have birds!
I just added a few leaves and a bird to this tissue box.
Tomorrow, outside.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Since it is officially autumn, I decided to show you some of my decorations in my home. Today's are in the living and dining rooms. Most of my decorations are pumpkins. All shapes, sizes and textures of pumpkins.

The bird is in a sewing machine drawer. Remember you can click the picture to enlarge it.
I found this leaf and bird dish at TJMaxx this year.

My daughter and I got the wooden acorns at Tuesday Morning earlier this year on a clearance shelf.

I got this arrangement at a fall festival last year, it was cheaper than I could make it.A couple more pumpkins in the mantle area.

I love all these different textures, pine cones, leaves and metal.
More tomorrow.