Sunday, October 30, 2011

MORE, for the burlap lover!

Turns out more of you share a love for this rustic natural fiber than I thought! :) Well, truth is I can't quit thinking about it! I have all these ideas to try, some of them turn out to be somewhat clever, others not so much! Anyway, I'm sure some of you have some clever ideas for yourselves, but thought I'd share a couple of my latest! I didn't include tutorials this time, sorry...but they aren't too hard to figure out, and if you really want to me, I'll be glad to share!

A couple pillow covers made from linen with burlap design top stiched to the front. I'm hoping in time the edges fray out a little more!

This one I added a chalk cloth insert! Not so easy to work with, but turned out fun!

And a wreath I'm hoping to maybe use this christmas for something or other!? Or give as a gift!

Hope this gets you all itching to craft!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An act of War

Here in the west, as the fall weather sets in, it creates the opportunity for "winter crops" in the garden. In the midwest, there was not a lot of life in the garden much past Oct., so I'm still learning what crops to grow in what season. A couple of weeks ago, I put in a few different varieties of lettus, spinach, carrots, winter squash, onions etc...! They germinated in less than a week, and we even had a nice rain to welcome them to life! I thought to myself..." this is easy growing"...and "I'll be harvesting some of these greens in another week or two"!

Lo, and behold...there was harvesting done alright, but I was beat to it! In a matter of 24 hours I went from having a nice big garden fresh salad, to a measly picked over half of a salad!

This, my friends, is the works of my newest enemy! The sheer thought of them, makes my skin crawl! Apparently they are of a picky nature, because they didn't so much as touch my spinach!

Let me introduce you to the cabbage worm, or looper. Yes, I had to google it to figure out what they were, and yes the image is off of google as well because I would rather not be in that close of proximity with my enemies! Someday, when I am a grown-up gardener, I will pick them off my precious plants with my bare fingers. For now, I am asking each of you for your secrets in organic pest control to declare war on these invaders! I tried 10drops of peppermint oil + a tsp. of dish soap in a spray bottle of water to run them off! I can't seem to find them in the lettus, but I'm still seeing damage, so I know they're in there somewhere!

And in the meantime, we'll stick with spinach salads. Oh and my tomatoes still seem to be going full force...

(why don't the loopers want them? there's plenty for all of us)

I will be awaiting your wise comments! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

gobble. gobble.

Here's a shout out to all you moms that want a fun, easy treat to make with your kiddos!

Came across it in my BHG magazine this month, but couldn't find it online to post a link, so guess I'll have to type this out the old fashion way...

3 tbsp. butter or margarine
4 c. mini marshmallows
6 c. rice krispies cereal
1 (12 oz) pkg. semisweet choco chips
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/3 cup candy corn
48 small white candies
24 lollipop stick or wooden icecream sticks

It's pretty self explanitory! Make the rice krispies into balls using a 1/4 cup measuring cup and let them cool before dipping into chocolate and decorating. You insert the stick last after they are all cooled and firmed up! Makes about 12 treats!

I had to snap the pictures quick before they we're gobbled up!

Have fun!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

In a nutshell.

These are the days. Or so we're told, by grandparents and parents of older children! Some days I try to stop amid the chaos and take in the moment, reminding myself of that very cliche saying! Since purchasing our SLR camera, I also try to make a point to capture it so that we too, can someday look back and say...Those we're the days! ;)

This past week, after being given some pointers & a challenge from a photographer friend...I did some extra shooting and here is some of those "moments" of this week!

We we're served up "hot tea" made from two business cards taped together, and served up in a Tupperware cup!

Tea boy turns out to be a mad delivery boy as well! He may be more accepted in other countries where cargo stowed on top of vehicles is much more commonly practiced!

Endless hours of swinging. It never gets old. At least for this young thrill seeker! In moms world, it may be the best medicine to a teething toddler!

Bringing back the fun of constructs! If you we're born pre-1985 you may have played with these "in your day". Worth every dime off eBay, and good for a great imagination!

Just a few of the many messes we clean up on a daily basis! I've declared my house only gets cleaned from the floor & 3 ft up, because when I'm on my hands and knees cleaning the floor...I take notice of the surrounding surfaces, and that's as far as I get!

Oh FALL, how I love thee...let me count the ways!

I've got a lot to learn in photographing sunsets, but this poor attempt at least captures the magnificent color of the sky! How awesome is our GOD?

And that my dears, is our week in a nutshell!

Friday, October 7, 2011

After the rain.

Refreshing. Simply refreshing. The first rain of the season has a way of motivating me like nothing else! I get the urge to fall clean, decorate and bake all at once! I'm not saying that actually happened, but the urge was there!

The peeps have another thing coming though as the air cools and the days get shorter! Our afternoons and evenings spent outside, playing till bedtime are quickly coming to a close! For now, we're going to soak up every bit that we can!

Fall rains just mean more fun in their book! There is some kind of gravity pull between little boys & mud puddles! Never minding the cold twinge under their bare feet or in this case, from the waist down!

Only gleeful laughs and squeals of pure delight!

The way it goes around here, the bigger the boy, the bigger the puddle! Drag out something with four wheels to throw in the mess and you bound to hear...

More gleeful laughs and squeals of delight! ;)

And since rain is the topic of my blog, I've had the song by Mercy Me playing in my head! The lyrics are beautiful and soul gripping! This morning especially, as I've been praying for the family back east, that is no doubt feeling the "rain" like a tourentual downpour because of their sorrow!

"Bring The Rain"

I can count a million times

People asking me how I

Can praise You with all that I've gone through

The question just amazes me

Can circumstances possibly

Change who I forever am in You

Maybe since my life was changed

Long before these rainy days

It's never really ever crossed my mind

To turn my back on you, oh Lord

My only shelter from the storm

But instead I draw closer through these times

So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace

Bring the chance to be free

Bring me anything that brings You glory

And I know there'll be days

When this life brings me pain

But if that's what it takes to praise You

Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of

The dark clouds that may loom above

Because You are much greater than my pain

You who made a way for me

By suffering Your destiny

So tell me what's a little rain

So I pray

Holy, holy, holy

Is the Lord God Almighty

Can I really say...Jesus, Bring the rain?

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