Saturday, November 28, 2009

A happy Thanksgiving in our house

We have, for several events now, managed to avoid that time honored tradition of yelling at our kids all morning while we go nuts cooking and cleaning. Therefore, when Zack asked if we could make a pilgrim hat while we watched the parade, it was no big deal. We even made the feather headdress for Nathan too. I figure those are the things they'll remember most, not the napkins being folded "just so."

I just love seeing my kitchen full of people!

Monday, November 23, 2009

I love free stuff and bonus lettuce!

First good thing today: on the way to take Zack to school, I saw that the neighbors had a free sign up on a big pile of landscaping stuff. I circled back after dropping him off for a closer look. There was a giant stack of the nice concrete barriers, the kind that retail for $6-$10 a piece! Straightaway I knew they'd be great for the strawberry patch. I ended up taking about half of what they had, so if anybody else wants some they can have dibs, but also mentioned to the husband that if it was still there when he comes home tonight we could do a little circle to build an herb garden in next summer. :-)

Second good thing today: bonus lettuce. Even though it is November 23rd I was able to harvest enough for a salad today! Hurray!

Third good thing was that I had help in the garden from Nathan, who is a handy guy to have around when you need a pile of rocks moved.

Fourth good thing was that I also got the bulbs planted. I've been hesitant because we've been blessed with the most insanely good weather this year, but now I think Indian Summer #3 is now over and the bulbs will be safe till spring.

Fifth good thing is that I get to spend the remainder of this chilly day warm and cozy, playing legos with Nathan.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A little wreath and decoration

My fall vignette...a yarn wreath I made over the weekend, some pumpkins I glittered last week, the vintage Coca Cola bottles, and pictures from our pumpkin and apple picking adventure. I really like having a seasonal decor space in the house.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm trying to keep this updated, really!

Life has been busy, but not so much that I don't have time to glitter a few pumpkins. Love my new Martha Stewart glitter!!!

A bunch of yummy yarn I picked up at the thrifts last weekend. Makes me want to actually learn to knit! Actually I got it to do a craft I hope to share in another day or two. And I might even use what's left to actually crochet something while I'm at it.

Just for fun, these are our fish, Mozart and Constanza. They are 2 1/2 years old, and the poor things have been living in the sqalor of a 3 gallon tank. For shame! Now we have upgraded them to a "goldfish mansion" of 20 gallons. We actually love these little fish, and fancy that we see them waving at us.

Went to a candy birthday party Saturday for a friend of Nathan's at a delightful place in Dublin, Ohio, called MJ's Candy Bar. It's a really cool place. They had candy themed games, decorate your own cupcake, pick your own ice cream and create a tube of "sand candy." Good thing there is a dentist just down the street!

Our Nathan, enjoying his creation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I made these posters

Last fall the boys and I collected leaves, and I made this collage, photographed it and had it made into a 16 x 20 poster.

Then I thought, why not do one from every season? I loved this picture from last winter taken at the Columbus Zoo, so I put the caption on. Sometime after Thanksgiving, I will switch the posters, then start looking for a spring photo. So fun to look back, then make something new and personal for your home!

Unfortunately allergies have me feeling listless, and my spare time is being eaten up by holiday prep. Hopefully I'll have something fun to post very soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A nothing much blog

There has been a lot going on around here, but really all of it boring stuff. Getting the house in order for Thanksgiving, goofing with the boys, winterizing the yard. Finally getting around to Ebaying some junk and Etsying some treasures. I also tried a few craft projects this week so hopefully I will have those posted soon.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall walk and the colors of November: brown & sepia

Took a walk with the boys today. Good day to get into the yard and check things out. We've had tons of jays and cardinals enjoying the sunflowers this year.

The garden really needs cleaned up! Sadly my autumn weariness came a little early this year. Hopefully I'll find a good day to work on it this week.

The pond is a bit low even for fall. The world is turning brown.

Ken and the boys wanted to goof around the construction site. They are changing the flow of a waterway behind our house to make it more natural and flowing. I wasn't happy with my offspring climbing the tall piles of mud, but at least I had my boots on too.

There were several little pretty pictures to shoot.

I'm looking forward to new ideas in brown and sepia this month while preparing for Thanksgiving. This year's meal will be our biggest to date: 13 people in all!