Saturday, October 26, 2013


What a day it's been!

With the sun bathing us, Rover and I made our way to the garden.  I can't believe I'm still gardening this late into October!  We - and I do mean "we" - picked the broccoli clean and pulled it all up.  I was reminded today that my dog loves vegetables!  He particularly loves, you guessed it, broccoli stalks.  Cabbage leaves aren't too bad, either!

After catching my breath, it was on to applesauce.  I have a grand total of 30 quarts of scrumptiousness that reminds me of my grandmother's.  She made THE best applesauce I've ever had!

I even squeezed in some time to "play".  I got a bunch of Christmas earrings made and am hoping to get pictures of them taken very soon!

That's it in a nutshell!  I hope you all have a restful Sunday!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Hey all you crafty, creative people!  Where do you get your inspiration from?  What makes your creative juices flow?
One of my latest pretties!

I’ve got a variety of “ craft accelerants” that work for me.  Nature is a big one.  And this time of year is full of inspiration!  The leaves in all their colors, the smell of the crisp air, “leaf showers” (as one of my friends calls it),  a bunch of cornstalks with pumpkins out by a neighbor’s mailbox.  These are the things that pretty jewelry ideas are made of.
It's a pin and a barrette.

Texture is another thing that will set my mind in motion.  So many textures, so little time to make all of the ideas!  Take fabrics of all kinds, yarns both smooth and bumpy, sparkly beads, buttons, wood, throw in some of those fall leaves we mentioned earlier, and you’ve got the perfect accessory!

And, thus, the autumn escapades begin!  
Capitalizing on the beautiful fall colors.

Don’t forget to tell us how you’re inspired.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Writing in the Sand

Welcome!  Sit down with a cup of something yummy and let me introduce myself.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved to “create”.  I remember one Thanksgiving when I was around 7 years old, while waiting for my grandparents to show up, that I wrote poems.  Well, I thought they were poems!  They’re actually pretty funny.

During this same time, I would open my mom’s jewelry box and gawk at all the “pretties” in there.  We weren’t rich, they weren’t diamonds, just costume jewelry.  But I was awed.

And then there was a history project in grade school that I had to do.  We were supposed to make shadow boxes representing the colonial times.  I had a BLAST, with Mom right beside me, egging me on to be yet more creative!

Speaking of Mom, she would take me to her crafty meetings as a tweenager.  Here I was, 10 years old, among a bunch of sweet old ladies that had to be – gosh – 110 years old!  (Just kidding, Mom!)  There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about what I experienced there…“The aged women likewise…That they may teach the young women”.  (Titus 2:3-4)  I’ve kind of stretched those verses a bit to fit my situation, but you get the idea I’m shooting toward.  Those older women treated me like I was one of them and taught me so much.  It was confirmed - I liked this “crafting” thing!

So, decades later when I caught the “jewelry-making bug”, no one was surprised!

I think I’ll go make a pair of earrings…