Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I only used one piece of felt to cut the front and back. I used pieces of the other colors of felt (that I already had) to cut his eyes, nose, mouth, and stem. Then I used fabric glue to glue them on. I took two black buttons for his eyes. The stitches are done with six strands of floss. After I stitched him (the front piece only), I sewed the front and back together and left enough of an opening to stuff. The one I bought wasn't stuffed real full so I did the same for mine. It made it easy to stitch together after stuffing. I then took some green floral wire that I had and wrapped it around a pencil and stuck it through Mr. Pumpkin....tied my ribbon...and TA DA!!! I
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I made my muscadine jelly tonight and it is YUMMY! Also, I only peeled half of the pears last night because I was wanting
Thanks to everyone who has helped me when I had a question about my blog. My husband says I'm addicted to blogging and he's right!
Monday, September 22, 2008
When I opened the package it was even better than the picture had shown. The frame that she painted is absolutely beautiful. My camera doesn't even show all the details. I've tried to think of a picture to put in but having six beautiful grandchildren doesn't make it easy when it comes to one frame. They don't all live here so I can't get a picture of them together (right now) so.............I'm thinking I may have to get creative and put some word in the frame relating to fall. We'll see what I come up with. I just couldn't wait to show you what it looks like now.
I go out to the garden to cut some okra for dinner and pass my muscadine vine......it was loaded. I tried making a picture to show and had to actually crawl underneath and make the picture shooting up through the vine. I'm sure glad I live in the middle of cotton fields because if anyone would have seen me under a muscadine vine with a camera they might think I had lost my mind!!!! I went inside and got the biggest bowl I could find and it took only a few minutes to fill it.
I ate quite a few while I picked. These are delicious. I'm going to make muscadine jelly from these. My grandsons (especially Zack) loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so he'll really like this jelly. I'll have to tell him that it's grape. He is so much like his mother (you'd think she birthed this one) in the fact that he won't eat anything that "looks" different or has a different name. I used to tell Amy that a sweet potato pie was a pumpkin pie to get her to taste it.
I've never been too good at gradually doing things. I may have several projects started at the same time and trying to finish them all. Example at hand----I had this muscadine jelly project going and a friend said something about pears. PEARS!! Oh, my goodness---we love pear preserves! So, I say that I'd love to make some pear preserves this year. Look at this box of pears.
I am so glad to get them because a hot, buttered biscuit with pear preserves just can't be beat..........even better than muscadine jelly. So, right now I'm about to go peel pears.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
- I am a former elementary school teacher/assistant principal. I retired seven years ago and am now the secretary at our church. I teach adults in Sunday school who were once in my first grade class.
- I hate buttermilk, (even the smell), but I will eat Ranch dressing.
- I will buy any brand of catsup or mustard, but I must buy a certain brand of mayonnaise (Bama).
- Three of my six grandchildren are adopted.
- My daughter and daughter-in-law both are named Amy.
- I LOVE Christmas....it's always sad when it's time to take the decorations down. I am excited when I hear the first of the Christmas songs playing on the radio, the parties, food, gifts to buy, etc...........
I was told to tag six people. These are my six: 1. Tammy at Country Girl at Home 2. Joy at Joys of Home 3. Robin at The Robins Nest 4. Marie at Watch the Wind Blow By 5. Linda at Behind My Red Door 6. Rondell at Tomatoe Creek Prims.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I love my blogging friends.....they have saved me $$$$ because I don't buy decorating magazines anymore....I have my personal decorators!
Monday, September 15, 2008
After I finished --- and it really didn't take very much time at all -- I put some spanish moss in the bottom and tied a bow out of burlap. I really love it!
Since I only made one topiary today, I put this one on the table in my foyer but will use the pair somewhere else when I get it made. I have another idea (from another wonderful blog) for this table.....that will be another post.
I have gotten many ideas from Robin. She and her mother are so talented...be sure and drop by to visit her.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
She told us to cut each strip in 1 1/2 inch wide pieces. However, I tore mine instead of cutting it to give it more of the unfinished look. After I tore the pieces I cut each strip into 4 pieces (each piece was about 11 inches long).
I cut a piece of jute twine the length I wanted my garland to be and made a loop with a knot at each end. Then I started to tie each strip on using alternating colors. I did this sitting on my sofa watching tv. It didn't take a real long time. If you want your strips shorter, you can adjust to your liking!!
I hung my garland on the top of my hutch in the kitchen.
This is a view from the side. There's all sorts of ideas that you could do with this garland type. I read where someone cut their strips shorter and used Christmas colors and used it as a garland on a Christmas tree. This would take alot longer and use more fabric but I think it would be worth the time.
Be sure and visit Darlene's site because she has wonderful ideas.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
1. I love the cooler weather that fall brings. We haven't seen that yet here, but it is exciting to wake up one morning and as my mother used to say, "you can feel fall". When I taught school I would see children go from wearing shorts one day to having on coats the next. I suppose the sudden ten degree change in temperature caused a bypass of the lightweight jacket.
2. I love the colors of fall. Trees that I have looked at for months are now so beautiful I have to comment daily about them. God is awesome! As I drive into town I drive over a mountain and can see these beautiful leaves as they change colors (I can't wait....they haven't started yet).
3. I love pumpkins and mums. I think the pumpkins just piled up waiting to be purchased are neat! The yard displays with pumpkins, hay, cornstalks, and mums are so pretty.
4. I love Homestead Hollow & Old Baker Farm Cotton Pickin Festival. These are two arts and crafts shows that are held in the fall that I love. Homestead Hollow is in Springville and the one they have in the fall is my favorite. The crafts are wonderful, but the food is great......butterbeans, pinto beans, turnip greens, cornbread, all kinds of fried pies..............oh my!!! The Old Baker Farm Cotton Pickin Festival is within walking distance of my home and it is getting bigger every year. It has the same type of atmosphere and brings such excitement to our little area.
5. I love cotton! That's a given....look at my blog title. I'm surrounded. I have been wanting to post a picture but I am waiting. The cotton is open but I want to wait a bit longer so you can see how WHITE the entire field is right before it is picked. There's something about the smell of cotton to a country girl. Yes, you can smell cotton just like you can smell rain!
6. I love Alabama football. Sorry, Auburn fans. If you are not from Alabama you don't understand this. In Alabama people are committed to one thing...FOOTBALL. They are either for Alabama or Auburn (if they are native). I love Saturdays in the fall because it means Alabama football and friends and family getting together eating and watching the game.
7. I love homemade soup, chili, and brunswick stew (for you, Amy). I know that there's no law about not having this year round but we really have it when it's cool. I can't wait.
8. I love that it's my husband's birthday. Yes, I love birthday parties. I don't care if you are two, or fifty-six .... I think you should have a special "party" even if it's just family. October is my husband's birthday month and I get to plan something special for him.
9. I love fall because our family gets together at our house for Thanksgiving. It's the one time a year when almost the entire family is together and we have such a good time. Family is special to us and I cherish each time we are together.
10. I love fall because that means it is almost time for Christmas. It is certainly time to begin shopping (if you haven't already).
Thank you, Carolyn, for sharing your favorites and for causing me to sit and write my favorites. Also, I want to thank Danella for giving me an award. I will pass it on later.
Monday, September 8, 2008
This is the right side of the mantle and it is so simple (like me). Just an old dough bowl with pumpkins and gourds, some berries in a crock, and a scarecrow. I wish I had some of Linda's real berries....just don't have them in Alabama.
This is the whole view of my mantle. It's beginning to look like fall at my house....especially with the smell of the new candle I bought at Wal-Mart. It is Paula Deen's Skillet Fried Apples. It may be one of my new favorites!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Several weeks ago, Picket asked me where I had gotten some napkins that I had made some pillows out of. She said she had been looking for some. I emailed her and asked for her address. I was so glad that I could send her some. This is one sweet lady!!! I know from the number of comments that she gets that you all feel the same way about her. I sure didn't expect anything in return. Anyway.....when my husband opened the box and read the note he said "Picket"...who is that? I told him that was my friend (who I have never met). I was completely blown away by the gift. Look at what she sent me....
They don't show up as well in this picture but they are these wonderful "black" plaques with glass doorknobs and two hooks on each plaque. I can't wait to hang them and I'll have to make a picture later to show that.
Thank you, Dot (Picket)!! I know that the world is a better place because you have made a difference in so many people's lives. I'm glad blogging brought us together as friends!!!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
We took a very short trip to Louisiana on Friday morning to see the kids. They didn't make it all the way to Alabama during the evacuation. The traffic was so bad that the time it would normally take for them to go 3 hrs. turned into 10 hrs. so they stayed outside Meridian until Wednesday. We only stayed one night with them, but it had been too long since we had seen the grandchildren and it was worth the long drive for just a night. They had no damage at their home (Thank you, God), but I noticed that homes in their neighborhood were still boarded because Ike could be headed in the gulf also. I hope not!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This was a picture of one of the tables and you can see that they were decorated with nail files, cotton balls, curlers, fingernail polish, etc. Anything girls might want to do at a slumber party. By the way....who (my age) didn't remember 45 records and a record player? They had this and the best "oldies" played during the meal.
Even the younger ladies enjoyed the "oldies but goodies" that were playing. The food for the party was a taco salad bar with everything you could possibly want to put on your salad. Dessert was banana splits. We always have games and door prizes. It was such a fun night and each lady had a great time laughing and looks forward to the next party and wonders what "theme" it will be!
I have to share something they used tonight in serving the banana split fixins' . They put bowls inside these black shell-like containers filled with cheeries, pineapple, strawberries, nuts, etc. I realized that these shell-like containers were old record albums. One of the gals had made them. This is how they were made.
Take a large record (get it at thrift store)
Put it on a cookie sheet & put a smaller pyrex type bowl on top of the record
Have oven heated to 375 degrees & put this in oven for about 5 - 7 minutes.
Take it out and the record should be really soft. Take a dish cloth (because the record is hot) and begin to form around the bowl making sure the bottom of the record is flat. Be sure you can get the bowl out easily.
This is what it looks like from the side.
This is from above. This was really cute with all the bowls filled with different food items.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The back of the chair (just tied in a knot)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This next project was an idea I got from Marie at Watch The Wind Blow By. She saw these dog and cat food containers in a Ballard Design Catalog for $49 each. She told us how she got a large popcorn tin (like you see at Christmas) and spray painted it and made her own. On my next trip to the thrift store they had two of those popcorn tins for $0.79 each. I bought both of them. I don't have a dog but had to make one to hold my cat food. This one didn't come from Ballard's but it cost less than $1.00!!!