Saturday, October 27, 2018

busyness et al. . . .

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off on Monday, November 5, and goes through the 8th.  My day is Wednesday the 7th.  I've been playing around with several different pumpkin projects and here's a little sneaky peaky of one that just might make the cut . . .
Why have I never thought of combining my favorite autumnal fruit with my favorite color??! It's so pumpkiny perfect!

Speaking of pumpkins, the California crew hit the pumpkin patch last week, and I got some sweet photos of the trio . . .
Sawyer is so handsome!
Lovely June is growing up fast; she turns SIX on Wednesday!
Sweet Olivia is growing up fast, too!

Gosh I miss them so much -- they are so precious! I'm so grateful that their mommy and daddy are so good about sharing photos and life commentary and making time for phone calls and face time! 

I missed sharing about my birthday fun. Our deck was finished and we strung lights around the railing and got some pretty chairs . . . 
Of course, it feels like it's rained through all my opportunities to sit outside!
The girls were supposed to be at the beach on my birthday, but Hurricane Michael thwarted their plans, so they came and visited me, instead!  Lucky Neesey! Then, the next week (after our big annual meeting), we spent a morning at the Botanical Gardens.  
They really enjoy spending time in the gardens, and so do I! You can see we're dressed for cooler weather -- fall finally arrived!  But it's just been in the last week that we've had some overnight temps dipping just into the upper 30's. It's been a very GREEN fall so far.  Today, for the first time, I noticed the first hint of color in the canopy coming into the camp . . .
Not nearly what we're used to this time of year.  Compare the above picture, to this one, taken at the same time in 2009:
BIG difference!

Our guild's first mug rug swap went over very well.  We had 22 ladies participate, which is pretty good for a first time.  
There were so many darling contributions, I think our numbers will go up in the December mug rug swap, which will be Christmas/winter themed.  I'm already working on mine!

I'll share what I'm working on right now (in addition to my pumpkin secrets) . . .
The girls are going to be Flora, Fauna, and Meriweather, the three fairy godmothers from Sleeping Beauty!  Joc ordered the costumes but still needed their hats . . . enter Neesey.  :)  I did a prototype hat to test my pattern and make adjustments, then got Ellie's pink hat done.  Two more to go. They do family themed Trick or Treating so Jason will be Prince Valiant and Joc is going as Maleficent.  I can't wait to share photos!

What I have *not* been working on is these . . .
But that ends this weekend.  Gotta start whipping these bad boys together! That being said, you'll find me linked up with the Slow Sunday Stitching post at Kathy's Quilts!

Have a GREAT Sunday!


Wednesday, October 03, 2018

crazy cubed . . .

I had every intention of posting over the weekend, but life is crazy and work is crazy and our weekend was crazy (with Boy Scouts, Disaster Relief training and church picnics all at the camp). Even so, I had time to do a little fall baking on Saturday . . .
I saw a recipe for and Apple, Honey and Brie Crostata in the current issue of Southern Lady and decided to give it a go.
It was very good with a cup of spiced tea as an afternoon snack!

I got some autumnal decorations out, too . . . 
You know it's October when the pumpkins make their appearance!

I won a nifty new gadget from participating in the 2018 Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It's a square set of orange pop rulers by KimberBell . . .
They arrived in the mail this week.  Fun, no??  I love new gadgets!

I also got my first birthday happy of the season!
Janet sent me this fun-filled package with my very favorite pumpkin shaped soaps, some darling prim pumpkin labels, and a tasty treat (which I admit, was opened and 'tested' first thing)!

Only 13 more hexies to baste before I can whip 'em! And I plan on taking care of those 13 while lounging on another early birthday present . . .
Isn't it gorgeous??!  My daughter jokingly told me that I'd pretty much doubled my living space!  I'm so excited, I can't wait for the coming weekend to enjoy it!

And speaking of daughters, the youngest of her's--Edith Rose--is quite the charmer:
I adore pics like this!  She's such a ham (and a pretty good eater, too)!!

Happy hump day -- enjoy the rest of this glorious October week!