Friday, October 31, 2014

Autumn Newsletter Giveaway...

Happy Halloween,
and thanks to all who entered 
in the Autumn Newsletter Giveaway !
(Wow - 150 entries !)

Congratulations to 
Noreen Hammond who won...
A 'Pumpkin Spice' Punchneedle Pattern,
11 Balls of Valdani Perle Cotton in rich Autumn shades,
Weavers Cloth
and a piece of orange wool for backing the project.

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Ten Little Pumpkins

Ten little pumpkins, all in a line,
one became a jack o'lantern,
then there were nine.

Nine little pumpkins, peaking through the gate,
an old witch took one,
then there were eight.

Eight little pumpkins, (there never were eleven),
a green goblin took one, 
then there were seven.

Seven little pumpkins, full of jolly tricks,
a white ghost took one,
then there were six.

Six little pumpkins, glad to be alive,
a black cat took one,
then there were five.

Five little pumpkins, by the barn door,
a hoot owl took one,
then there were four.

Four little pumpkins, (as you can plainly see),
one became a pumpkin pie,
then there were three.

Three little pumpkins, feeling very blue,
one rolled far away,
then there were two.

Two little pumpkins, alone in the sun,
one said, "so long",
and then there was one.

One little pumpkin, left all alone,
a little boy chose him and took him home.

Ten little pumpkins, in a patch so green,
made everyone happy on Halloween.
                                           Author Unknown
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Have a fun Halloween... as for me,
it's all about that stash of candy !

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The PERFECT Autumn Day...

Punch Needle Embroidery using Valdani Perle Cotton #8

It has been a spectacular warm Autumn day.
Maybe, one of the prettiest I have seen in years.

Vibrant falling leaves are in my hoop right now.

I used Valdani variegated perle cotton #8.
This thread literally does the shading work for you.
I punched these leaves on a #2 setting.

One of my 'Wool Hutches'...

These egg cartons hold 18 balls each 
of Valdani Perle Cotton Thread.
Perfect for storage and I love grabbing 
just the color family I need,
when I am looking for a red or a green, etc.

We did a little pumpkin carving last night...

This is GOLD !
It goes from this...

To this - 
These are addictive and so easy to make.
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Enjoy the sights and smells of Autumn ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lake Tobias...

How plucky is this chicken ??
Vintage fabric and weighted heavy with sand.
She stands 9 inches tall x 9 inches wide.
My #3 daughter found her while shopping
thrift stores.  This chicken has found her home with us,
and now humbly holds a door open (door stop).

Over the weekend, we visited Lake Tobias.
Located in a beautiful area of Pennsylvania.
This is our second visit and it was gorgeous.

You take a ride on a school bus that
has been "sawed" in half.
They provide special 'biscuits' to give to the wildlife.

The Safari tour covers 150 beautiful 'wide open' acres.

They also have a 'state of the art' Reptile House.

At the very end of our tour, 
we caught a rainbow against the mountains.

Usually we spend a summer day at Lake Tobias,
but Autumn is just beginning to show itself and 
the landscape was beautiful.

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October gave a party;
the leaves by hundreds came - 
The Ashes, Oaks and Maples
and leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
and everything was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band...
The sight was like a rainbow
new-fallen from the sky...
George Cooper - "October's Party"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blustery Sunday...

It's a crisp, cold, blustery day here..
no lawn work today.
I have a kettle of Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
simmering for lunch, to chase away the chill.

A good day to sit with a cup of Chai Spice tea 
and punch away.

I will be finishing up this project today.
(fingers crossed !)

I love watching the Free Range chickens 
at our local produce stand.
I love hearing the little murmurings
they make as they gather around.

Have a cozy Sunday...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Spiders Have Arrived...

Each October, the spiders arrive,
clinging to the front of our house...
(I LOVE spiders !)

The pumpkins are also here...
time to decorate.

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Picking out colors for my next project...
Valdani has so many rich, gorgeous colors,
it is hard to decide !

Not exactly sure which colors I will use,
so whatever catches my eye
goes into the egg carton for consideration.

Love this variegated Teal Blue (#O31)

Back of design

This design uses many rich colors,
with a golden surprise in the center.

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My husband's Birthday is on Halloween !
(We LOVE Halloween at our house.)

To celebrate, I will be having 
a Halloween giveaway.
(Don't forget to sign up for 
the newsletter to participate !)

Enjoying every sweet moment of Autumn... ;)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Purple Shoes...

I thought I was the only one who would 
venture out in these very plum purple shoes !
Not so...

I met 'in person' a fellow blogger 
at The Lititz Artisans' Porchwalk.
But not just any blogger...
a blogger who loves wooly good things
rocks bright purple shoes
(and thinks nothing of it ;)
* * *
A blogger who loves wooly good things,
wears bright purple sneakers 
and brought me gifts.
(Chocolate included - which might make her
a friend for life!)

Thanks Trace ;)
You can visit her blog at

The Porchwalk was so much fun this year.

Cat and Mouse String Bag

I met so many new friends
and the best part is seeing old friends
every year and catching up on life.

This was the garden entrance to my Porch.
Beautiful !

The view from my Porch.

The large old tree in front of the Porch.
Love the gnarled roots that have
lifted from the ground.

They hold a little pool of water from the rain
that fell from the night before.
Autumn leaves in all colors are nestled
in the crevice.

I couldn't resist snapping a pic of 
this very fine fellow.
Handsome as ever ready to take 
his vehicle for a spin !

Enjoy this beautiful day...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Glimpse Of My Day...

Stitching, Gathering, Preparing,
Packing, Printing, Harvesting,

Every moment spoken for...
Checking off my "to do" list...
getting ready for the

A glimpse into my day...

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Gathering the walking stick...

These are for you, Trace !!
(If you are able to be at the Porchwalk.)

Aren't these catkins the best ?!

Using the Walking Stick to make 
Rustic Wool Pumpkins.

Lots of Pumpkins,
waiting to be gathered at the Porchwalk.

Hand Dyed Wool...
perfect for wool applique.


Bright Houndstooth

Scrap Packs of assorted colors and textures.


Framed Pennies ;)
18in. x 27in.
(45.72cm x 68.58cm)

Locust leaves in the parking lot
of my son's school.

Leaves collected while on a walk
after dinner.
Autumn has arrived.

A glimpse into my day...
time to make a new "to do" list for tomorrow.
*Maybe* I'll sleep tonight !

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