Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall's Intrigues Basket Swap

I recently participated in the Fall Intrigues Basket Swap.  Earlier I posted photos of the basket I made for Margaret.  This is the basket that I received from Margaret.  She delivered it to my front door. .  She made the little shelf and the cards.  Aren't they lovely.  The little scarecrows are now in my Fall Harvest Basket on the front porch bench.   Margaret posted about the basket here.  Check out her blog.  She has many lovely things posted there.

Here are some close-ups of the items in the basket.

Thank you Margaret.   Also a big thank you to Michele for the Fall Intrigues Basket Swap.  Fun, fun, fun!

Happy Halloween

I found this idea on a web site (sorry I don't know which one) and decided to make my own spider pumpkin.  I got the pumpkin at JoAnn's (60% off).  The spider rings were in my box Halloween of goodies.  I first made the web with a Sharpie.  Then cut the ring portion off the spiders and glued most of the spiders to the pumpkin with Ultimate Glue.  I then put a few spiders around the pumpkin and added some fake web.  It makes a great display on the old wooden table on the front porch.

Don't the granddaughters look great in their Halloween costumes.  In case you don't recognize them, this is Tinker Bell and the "New" Disney Mermaid Princess.  They were attending a Trunk or Treat activity at a local church last evening.  Mema rushed over to take photos before they began their fun evening.  Tonight they will visit us for their annual Trick or Treat visit to Mema's and Papa's followed by a Halloween activity at our church. 

Wishing each of you a Happy Halloween filled with lots of Treats!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Falling Leaves with a Little Pink

Welcome to my Pink Saturday post.  This week Beverly has suggested that we might want to do a fall theme.  This lovely photo was taken from the back deck of our home in Kentucky.  The weather was very dry in October and consequently the leaves weren't as brilliant as some years.  There were still some colors and many leaves in the yard.

Here are a few of the colors.

One afternoon I saw these four deer in the cornfield across the road.  Hope you can make out the deer.

Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting Pink Saturday.  Check out her blog for more Pink Saturday posts.  As always, thanks you for visiting my blog and HAPPY FALL TO ALL.

After spending three wonderful weeks in Kentucky, I am back in the Arizona desert where the temperatures are wonderful.  This is a great time to be in Arizona.  The house is decorated for Halloween and I'm ready for those Trick or Treaters this weekend.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Q" quiltie

This is my "Q" quiltie for Fabric in Altered Arts 2.  It is due in November but I decided to work on it this morning before beginning a quilting project.  The theme was "queen".  I didn't want to use the traditional queen theme so decided to use the Queen Mary for my quiltie.  I'm quite pleased with the results.  You can see more of my quilties by clicking the fabric postcard link on the left of my blog.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin from Louisville Glassworks

While in Kentucky, my sister and I toured the Louisville Glassworks.  What a wonderful place to see artists at work.  The tour included flameworking, architectural glass, and glassblowing.  During October, they have classes where you can make your own pumpkin.  It's called "The Great Pumpkin Blow".  We weren't there on a day when the classes were taught.  So I bought one of the lovely pumpkins for our home and one for my California sister and her husband.  They had all colors but I chose the one below.  I had it shipped because I was afraid I would break it on the plane.  It arrived yesterday and I quickly added it to my kitchen table decorations. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back to the Thrift Store

After almost a month away, I went shopping at my favorite thrift store this afternoon.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this wonderful jar sitting on the shelf.  I had seen these jars in the decorator magazines this season but didn't expect to find one at the thrift store.  After purchasing the jar, I ran to the grocery store to purchase the pumpkins and gourds.  I'm so pleased with the way it looks.  The jar was in perfect condition,  just needed  a good cleaning.  It looks great on the little quilt (a gift from a friend).  It is now part of a fall display on my kitchen table.  More pictures later.

Fall in the Country

Here are a few of the photos I took while visiting our country home in Kentucky.  Fall colors were everywhere.  These are two of the interesting colors I found.

Dogwood Berries

 The dogwood trees were loaded with these bright colorful berries this year.  Won't be long before the birds arrive and they are gone. 

Wildflowers in the pasture

I found these little beauties blooming in our cow pasture out behind the house.    We do have cows in the pasture but they belong to one of our neighbors.  We allow him to let his cattle graze in the pasture.  This way it doesn't need mowing.  I don't know the name of the flower but they were beautiful.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall Intrigue Basket Swap

Here is the basket I made for the Fall Intrigue Basket Swap.  I found this lovely copper basket at a thrift store and thought it was perfect for the swap.  My partner was Margaret of the Rusty Plum.  She has posted pics also. 

Here are some of the items I included in the basket.

A candle with embroidery leaf and vintage vinegar and oil with machine embroidery towels.  Both the leaves and veggies were made on my Janome 11000 embroidery machine.

A Halloween stamp and Halloween apron.  The apron was designed and sewn by

Two tags I made from from Graphic 45 scrapbook paper and a handmade "Friends" fabric postcard.

Brown Aida cloth and fall colored floss, pumpkin kitchen scrubber, and vintage inspired napkins.

What a fun swap.  I have been on vacation and will receive my basket later this week.  Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Welcome Fall Colors

Fall has finally arrived in Kentucky.  The weather is cool and cloudy today.  Leaves are turning and falling.   We have been experiencing record highs here but things cooled down today.  The squirrel are busy gathering nuts and the deer are munching on the leftover corn in the cornfield across the road from our home.  I've done a little quilting but have spent most of my time sitting on the deck out back enjoying the countryside and reading a good book.

I've taken more picture of fall colors and will post later. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Another Halloween Quilt

Here is another Halloween Quilt.  I made this one last year from a kit.  The kit was from Fat Quarters Shop.  It is made from a Charm Pack.  Kit included everything but the buttons for the eyes.  I really like the jumbo rickrack smile on the pumpkin.  This was a very easy quilt to make and I love displaying it.  GDs are especially fond of this quilt.  I've made a number of Halloween quilts over the years but these are the only two I've kept.  Hope you enjoyed seeing these.

I finished the Which Witch Christmas Wall Quilt and will post the completed quilt later.  For now I am taking a break from blogging and will be spending time with family and friends.  Have a wonderful week. 

Time for Halloween Quilts

I have now added my Halloween quilts to my holiday decor.  The pattern for this quilted wallhanging was in a magazine a few years ago.  Sorry I don't have the name or date.  It is machine applique and machine quilted.  It looks great hanging on my newly painted blue wall in the dining area.  I still haven't gotten the Halloween boxes off the shelf.  Maybe today.