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Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts

Sunday, October 13, 2013

White Pumpkins

The kiddos and I went to a local orchard to pick up some apple cider to bring to their recital this past Friday.  As I was there, I saw these mini white pumpkins 4 for $1.  Being the big spender that I am, I bought a whopping 4! :)  I realized when I got home that you really need to decorate in odd #'s, so one lonely ole pumpkin made it's way out to the front porch.
 Our family has never celebrated Halloween. 
 That is why you will not find any handmade Halloween decor posting on my blog.  
I am all for celebrating the Harvest time of year.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I do love the warm colors of fall, but these little white pumpkins sneaked their way into heart this year.  Maybe it is the new "Old White" look of my Kitchen that sparked a new desire for all things old white.
How about you?
Are you loving the warm colors of fall or have little white pumpkins become a favorite of yours too?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Stepping Out of My Norm

All my projects have been basically wood furniture.
This one was a little different for me.
I re-purposed it for resale for my craft sale that I am having in 3 weeks.
It really isn't the style that I decorate my home, so I do hope someone loves it and wants to buy it :)

I bought this lamp at a yard sale for $1.
I thought about challenging Annie Sloan's paint on this since it was metal.
 It is a neat lamp.
Seeing everyone, in blogland, pick such ornate things to paint; I was excited to get this and try to make it lovely.

Even though I like it not painted.


I painted the whole thing in Paris Grey
Then I highlighted some areas with Old White.


It is kind of hard to see the difference between the two colors.



At the time, I didn't have clear wax, so I thought I would just apply the dark wax that I had.
It was ugly.
I didn't let it dry long enough so as I was buffing, I buffed all the paint off in certain areas.
Needless to say, it was NOT the look I was going for.  So I painted right over it the same way I did it the first time.


I bought the clear wax, and wow what a difference!
I applied the clear wax first.
I then took a smaller brush to apply the dark wax to the areas I wanted distressed.
After that I applied more clear wax to the dark and here is the end result:


Before:


After:


I bought a plain lampshade and decorated it up a bit with some rosettes made from Muslins.


I just wrapped and twisted the muslin into a rosette.
 I had torn the fabric instead of cutting it so that it would fray. 
I hot glued the end.
After they were formed, I glued them to felt.  I then cut around the felt and glued it onto the shade.




The rosettes look pink, but they aren't.
This pick is more true in color



We had 7 inches of snow in our yard last Saturday.



Today it is lovely outside.
The leaves are bright, coloring the landscape with orange, yellow, red, and a lovely green.
The ground is so saturated here that the grass looks so lush to me!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall and Friends

I love this time of year!  The weather is perfect.  The trees are perfect.  I absolutely love it. 
We have some very good friends from our church who live on a farm.  They invited our family out for a hay ride and campfire.

Josh and Erin are such generous people.  They are special to Dan and I.  Erin and I taught Sunday school together for a good 3 years.  She is so sweet.  I miss having her as my helper.  She was so nice to be around every Sunday morning.  Josh and Dan also share Junior church class together.  We really appreciate their servant's hearts.
Tonight we had a great time.  Josh took everyone on a hayride.  The kids really enjoyed this part!


We cooked hot dogs over an open fire


And roasted marsh mellows and made smores.
Some people were real messy.


Our two oldest ones went home with our church secretary, Amy.  They are spending the night with some friends and working to earn some money so that they can go to Empowered Youth. They are really excited.


It was a bit chilly tonight.  This is where I spent most of my time.



 Thank you Josh and Erin for a great Fall Evening.  Josh could have gone on for hours, but Dan is getting old and can't hang out late anymore.  He is catching some zzzz's even as I type.  He does get up at 5:30am, so I don't blame him;)
Goodnight Everyone!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Landis Valley Field Trip



We finally made it to Landis Valley for a field trip.  I really wanted to go on one of their special days, but we were unable to make it.  When we paid to get in, it was cheaper for us to get a year's pass.  Now I can't wait to go back for Christmas and special events.


The people in the buildings were very detailed and talkative. 



 The tin lady gave my kids a hint on how to make some decorations.  


The wool lady was very detailed in explaining the process of taking a flax plant and breaking it down to linen. 


The gun smith explained how the first long rifles were made in Lancaster, Pa.  When Daniel Boone moved to Kentucky, they became known as the Kentucky Long Rifle.  We were able to see a lady making cottage cheese--not detailed though.  


There was a lady making lace.  That was really neat.

I love the old country, primitive decor.  The crafts I make lean to the grubby primitive look.  My favorite thing to look at Landis Valley is the homes.  The wide plank floors, the things they used in the home, and the colors--lots of browns;)


 As much as I love the Primitive look, I am so thankful for being able to live with the modern conveniences of our day.




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