Fall is Here!

Fall is in the Air!

I’ve been busy decorating my house, so I thought I’d show you some pics of what I’ve done.

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I made this tablecloth on Thursday! (See below for inspiration.)

Fall makes me feel very creative and so beyond willing to sew, cook, paint, decorate, and do some gardening.

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This is about as scary as I get for Halloween, I really don’t like the spooky, witchy stuff!

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Inspiration for My Fall Tablecloth

I found this pretty black and white graphic tablecloth on the Better Homes and Gardens website (BHG.com) and if you want to find it, type “pumpkin tablecloth” in the search button.  I just had to make it.

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More photos of what I did:

I changed the base to some fabric that I already had instead of plain off-white.  I realized when I was making this that I really missed embroidery and hand stitching, maybe I need to take it up again.

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Ornaments 2014

Altered Altoid Tin Lids

I guess because I have so many Altoid tins that I’ve collected over the years, I figured I’d do something with them again.  Last year I used the bottom of the tins turning them into ornaments, that became my most pinned pin on Pinterest!  Those ornaments are still my #1…but I still had all the lids to turn into projects and decided to make a few more.

Last year’s review:  2013 Altered Altoid tins.

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Varieties finished

Here is my new 2014 line-up of tins:

2014altoidornThese are much more colorful and detailed (just goes to prove with practice you can improve).

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thanksgiving Memories

What is Your Favorite Memory of Thanksgiving?

thanksgivingThanksgiving is coming!  Despite the Christmas decorations and paraphernalia everywhere you shop,  the greatest holiday between Halloween and Christmas Day, is Thanksgiving.  I see this wonderful day being overshadowed by the emphasis on those other more commercial holidays.  How do you market an attitude of the heart rather than the momentary bliss of celebrating marketing agendas? (Gosh, I’m beginning to sound like a radical…I do enjoy Halloween or the exaltation of fall/harvest and Christmas). I just have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving day with family, awesome food, football, and mostly fun and laughter.

My most precious memory was the Thanksgiving when I was in the sixth grade.  My mom had clients that were very wealthy who were going on vacation during the holiday and offered my mom the use of their gorgeous home for our family to celebrate. This house had all the best of everything (at the time): crystal stemware, dishes, linens, furniture, heated floors, a guest house and a bath house by the pool, and so much room.  We all had a great time exploring, and all of our relatives were invited!  I hadn’t seen some of my cousins in years and my grandmas made the best dishes ever, both were fabulous cooks, and the best part was seeing my mom so happy!  It was always her desire to have family around her, after all she raised six kids and was the most joyful when she could get the whole lot of us together. The memory of that special day is still so vivid in my spirit and it has become my greatest joy too, to have family around in celebration of the thankfulness we share.

What are some of your favorite memories? Comment to me and share please, I’d love to hear your stories!

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