Sunday, September 27, 2015

so much to say . . .

Do you know how long it's been since I've submitted a stash report??  About the same length of time it's been since I had anything to report!
Isn't that sad?!?  But finally, I do have a little something to throw out there, so there it is.

I finished up my wool apple stitchery . . .
And it's just fitting perfectly in its little spot.  
Glad I got it finished in time to give it a little 'air' time before moving to the big guns . . .
Which, who am I kidding, the pumpkins have already started making a pretty strong showing . . . 
Tea (which a sweet friend brought back from her trip to Gatlinburg, TN, for me).
Creamer (which my sweet husband spied and brought home).
Even my coloring sheets! Do you color?  I adore coloring -- it's so relaxing and fun!
Here's a fun freebie I pulled down off the Dover Samples.  I subscribe to their weekly samples, not just because of the coloring -- in fact, that's secondary -- but because of the potential *stitchery* and crayon tinting patterns!!  Always thinking, this one.  ;)

My coloring has taken a turn to Bible art journaling, which I'm loving.
I'm working my way through the Book of Proverbs (part of a challenge for a Bible study I'm facilitating, Lysa Terkeurt's The Best Yes).

Todd and I spent a good portion of the past two days over at our house, clearing out the painting supplies, touching up trim, and thoroughly cleaning it all . . .
I'm so ready to be done with this house!  Hopefully the market is at a point where we can successfully sell it. I do not want to rent (ever again) it, if we can help it. Anyone out there wanting to move to Alabama?! It's got a GREAT room for quilting! Haha!
And it's the land of cotton!! Bahaha!  

Anyway, as we were leaving, I snagged up some leaves from the magnolia tree out front.  I've always wanted to make a simple wreath from magnolia leaves and saw one a couple of months or more ago on [I *think*] the Better Homes & Gardens website.  For the life of me I couldn't find it again, but I had the picture in my mind pretty solidly, so this is what I came up with . . .
Have mercy, I think it took me longer to pick the leaves than to make the wreath! I already had the ribbon, so that was nice, and I actually used cardstock for my 'base'. I sprayed the finished piece lightly with a little gold glitter. Yay! The Nook's door needed a little something something!

Speaking of the Nook, after I finished up the wreath, I used up some of  that stash fabric . . . I made a simple little pillow cover for my love seat. 
I've been meaning to do this for a long time -- and eventually want to do something a little more involved with some quilting -- but this will suffice for the time being! I love the colors in that purple. It's hard to see, but it's burnt orange, purple, brown, and just a tad red. It's true autumnal fabric to me. One look around the camp's Serenity Pond and you can see what I mean . . .
The sumac trees are always the first to start changing and gosh, they are just beautiful right now!

And finally, look what Todd brought in to me yesterday morning . . . 
A new turtle hatchling!  They're so darling when they've just 'broken free'!  And not shy in the least little bit!

Time to hit the road to church this morning . . . linking up to Patchwork Times.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for indulging this longish post!!

:)

11 left a comment . . .:

Kate said...

Sounds like lots going on at your place. The apple stitchery turned out beautifully. It's funny that you mention coloring, My Guy and I bought a couple of coloring books when were last at Barnes and Noble, though neither of us has had time to color lately.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love how the apple stitchery turned out and looks so sweet with your little setting. I knew you were playing with pumpkins. Colors are definitely showing here as things prepare for their winter's nap.

Kalicocreations said...

Looks like you have been busy during your absence. Your apple stitchery was so cute, but I the quilt and pillow look real nice too. I like the colors of fall!

gpc said...

What a clean house! I am not a very effective housekeeper, I'm afraid, and my old cupboards and floors don't take a shine any more. Yours looks lovely, I am sure it will sell quickly. :) I love your wool work, still on my want-to-try list! And the wreath is so pretty! I love that you made it from gathered materials. It is so much fun to bring the outdoors in where we can enjoy it up close.

Lee said...

Wool art, coloring, cleaning, my! you are one busy woman :) If I were in the market to move to the south, your house has 3 pluses already: lots of cupboards, a quilt room, and a magnolia tree, though my hubs would totally object to the latter. We had one in our very small front yard and he hated mowing over the leaves and cones (and no, he would not consider raking them first, lol). I loved the blossoms and their lemony scent! May your blessings abound!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I was a preschool director for 5 years. The best part was getting to color all sorts of stuff. I do prefer map pencils over crayons. I still draft my quilt patterns, and color them in.

Janet O. said...

Hello there! Good to catch up on your life. I was wondering how you were doing at this favorite time of the year! : )
Your apple and pumpkin mats are darling. I think they make a nice Fall statement together.
Coloring is something I have loved, as well. I used to teach preschool, and loved coloring my own visual aids. Had someone offer to have her teenage daughter do them for me, but I told her it was my favorite part of the prep work. Now if she had been willing to write my lesson plans, I may have taken her up on it.
Love the flaming colors of the sumac. Have a couple in my yard but they often get nipped by frost before their color reaches its peak.

Linda in Calif. said...

Love that little turtle! Will you keep him or set him free? I love your wool pumpkin and your pillow. You've been doing a lot.

Linda said...

I love your talent, your apple stitchery is wonderful. You have a lovely blog and your header is stunning! :)

Sarah said...

LOVE your new wreath! Our trees here are really starting to get their color on and with the blue-gray skies as a backdrop they are quite stunning. Enjoy your new pumpkin treats!

Michelle said...

Those apple slices are so adorable!