Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Creepy Guy




There is a farm near our house that puts on a haunted hayride every year. They decorate their field with all kinds of spooky stuff and there is a "Creepy Guy" in a mask that really freaked out my little guy last year. Last week we went with my brother and his family and my little guy was all psyched up to not be scared. We'd talked all about how he's just a guy in a costume, he was really just funny, etc. He said that this time when he saw the creepy guy he would just laugh. So we get on the wagon that is being pulled by a tractor, and the creepy guy drives up in his corn husk covered car. My son scoots closer to me and kind of grips my arm and laughs this weak, nervous little laugh that wasn't very convincing. At the end of the ride The Creepy Guy came back and all the older kids ran screaming, and that was the end of his bravery! He ran away screaming and crying too and I don't know if we'll be able to get him to go back- ever! You have to admit, he is a little creepy looking!
Happy Almost Halloween

Friday, October 27, 2006

More Pumpkins!


I just can't seem to get enough pumpkins this fall! Still no quilt, but I embroidered this little pattern last week. I've decided embroidery is my new fave thing to do because it is so quick! I used to do a lot of cross stitch but it would take me months, or even years to finish a project. This one took two days. You gotta love that!
I got the pattern when I was in UT last month at Pine Needles quilt shop which is a great place. I walked in there and almost had a heart attack! Wall to wall fabric, quilts, embroidered pillows, crosstitch, a few other crafts I've never even heard of, cute stuff everywhere you looked!I just couldn't believe it. I had about 25 min to spend in there (I could have spent all day for sure) so I grabbed what I could including this pattern. It is by "Macadoodles" from Cedar City, UT. Lucky for me Pine Needles has a website with about a million other patterns on it!
I took a walk around the pond near our house this week and saw a family of 5 bluejays, and cardinals, and beautiful leaves everywhere. The squirrels have been busy for weeks gathering acorns. The colors this year are so vivid I can hardly stand it. And the weather has been crisp, clear and gorgeous. I wish this fall would never end!
Hope you're having a beautiful one as well.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pumpkin Patch








Last week we had our opening social dinner for the women at church. The dinner was really fun; we had a good turnout and great food. I made these little pumpkins for centerpieces, and I thought they turned out pretty cute. I enjoyed making them because they are quick and easy to make, and I am all about quick and easy! They only took about 20 minutes each to sew. Now I'm just using them as decorations in my house. Most of my fall decorations are just pumpkin themed rather than specific to Halloween or Thanksgiving because I like to be able to keep stuff up for the whole two months. I got the pattern to make these from a Gooseberry Patch quilting book I bought a while ago. I really love all of the projects in this book. I think it is called "Country Friends Go Quilting." I am also attempting to make a fall quilt from the same book. It has applique on it which is kind of hard to do. In fact, I don't think I'm doing it the right way really, but it's so cute I wanted to make it anyway. Probably I should have taken a class in the proper way to do applique first! Oh the joys of holiday decorating. If I was a super-organized person (which I'm decidedly not), I would have done all of these fall projects in the summer and would now be making Christmas stuff. Anyway, hopefully I will have the quilt done soon to show you!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Birdwatching





The other day when we were out on one of our fall jaunts we saw this bird. We think it is a heron. It was hanging out in this little tiny pond. My hubby put the long lens onto the Nikon and took these shots, which I think are pretty spectacular. Watch out National Geographic!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Fall Fun







On Columbus Day last week we went to a nearby farm to pick out some pumpkins. The boys had lots of fun climbing around on all the huge piles of pumpkins and the big rusty old tractor. There was a sheep and some goats to feed and some bunnies to see. After that we went for a walk in the woods around Walden Pond, our favorite summer swimming spot. It was so warm that day there were actually a whole bunch of beachgoers there to swim. We saw the site where "Henry David Throw" (as the little guy pronounces it) went to live simply. After that we went home to make caramel apples. They were selling them at the farm, but we prefer to be thrifty and make our own! The weather here in New England has been gorgeous and we are really enjoying our autumn here.