Friday, 28 August 2015

Leading into Autumn...

 I'm quite sad to say it, but it has definitely been feeling cooler the last few days and that can only mean one thing... we're heading into autumn.  Summer (what we had of it in N.I.) is slinking away in more showers and intermittent watery sunny spells and the schools are back.

So I suppose its only natural that my mind has turned towards fall decorating though I was trying to relive some of our summer vacation by looking through our photos.  I loved this store in Lancaster County PA, Cocalico Creek.  Even the outside had a fab selection of prime I wanted to bring home and use in my fall decorating... like the wagon! Especially the wagon!! Filled with pumpkins! Can't you just see it now!

Inside the store, there were lots and lots of honey and black coloured accessories.

Do you see those pumpkins and the basket of gourds?  No room in the suitcase I'm afraid :-(

But I did manage to bring home some wonderful wool, flannels and homespuns.  Now what can I make?

 The colours of these WDW flosses are calling out for fall!

And as a wonderful treat, I got some Valdani threads!!!

Some of the patterns I am deliberating over... so many pretties in appliqué, cross stitch and punch needle!  What to do? Where to start?

One thing's for sure, fall is coming so I see oranges and blacks and mustards featuring prominently!!

I have some nearly finished that I hope to share with you on Monday.

Have you any projects underway for fall already?  

thanks for all your sweet comments! 

PS Just to let you know that I have started a new blog for my photos and travels called 
Christine and her camera.  You are most welcome to click here to visit and please follow if you can!

Best wishes

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Whatcha workin' on Wednesday

 Welcome to my Wednesday post! It's a rainy, very wet, soggy Wednesday with us, hence the reason I'm able to find time to post about a few finishes.  We've been making the most of the kids' time off school and have been out and about gallivanting!  Having great fun and making lots of family memories.

I thought I'd better finish a Sub-Rosa pattern I started before our vacation, so that I could move onto some fall stitching and making.  It is a beautiful patriotic stitchery with matching strawberry pinkeep I just adore.  Just click here to go to this wonderful blog.

This next one is also a free pattern Crows in the Corn by Pamela Dervarits formerly of Our Pioneer Home blog.

I love pineapples and made this from a pattern I bought on holiday by Cottonwood Creations.

 And lastly I finished another one of my own stump dolls for fall.  All dressed in apron and brown floral cotton for autumn.

Well that's how my Wednesday goes and sometimes its good to have a rain day to stay inside and enjoy some sewing.
Hope you enjoy your day, whatever you're doing!

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear from you !

Best wishes

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Good Fences

 Hi everyone and welcome to another Good Fences link up with TexWisGirl.

I am sharing these fences from our time in Williamsburg.  I love it because its not the kind of fencing we see in Northern Ireland.

  Love seeing the horses grazing contentedly across the fields.  it was such a pretty day!

Just click on the photos to enlarge.  How many different kinds of fencing can you see in this picture?

Thanks again for you visit and comments.
Don't forget to head over to see more fences by clicking the link below.

Have a great day!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Good Fences in Black and White

 It's Thursday and Good Fences time with TexWisGirl at Run-aroundRanch.

Sharing a few pictures of lovely Pennsylvanian farmland and black and white fences.

Thanks again for all your comments! Hope you are enjoying summer!

Don't forget to click the link below and see more fences!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Good Fences

Hello and welcome to Good fences, Tex's meme. So much fun! Who knew fence spotting and photographing could be a great new hobby!

 Sharing some more fences from Colonial Williamsburg!  It was a fence paradise and I felt transported back a couple of centuries!

When I see these picket fences around the old homes I think of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn! Do you remember when Tom had to paint his aunt's fence and managed to get out of it by tricking Huck?  That's what I imagine the town to be like.

The ball and chain on the gate was a great idea to make it close behind you.

Hope you enjoyed your visit and thanks to all who take time to comment. Much appreciated!

Click on the link to see more great fence posts!

Friday, 24 July 2015


 A huge highlight on our holiday was being able to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.

Joining Amy for Five on Friday at

1. Biltmore was built by George Vanderbilt in 1888 and finished in 1895.
2. Built in North Carolina in the Blue Ridge mountains.
3. The mansion has 250 rooms and 43 bathrooms!
4. One of the earliest mansions to house a bowling alley and indoor swimming pool in the basement!
5. After so many trees were used in building and surrounding area, George Vanderbilt planted over a million trees!

The architectural detail was amazing on every part of the building, both inside and out but unfortunately no photography is allowed inside.

 Above is a wee photo of me sitting in front of the staircase which has a neat parapet round it on the exterior.

Below is a shot of the rear turrets and if you click on the photo, you can see the detail above the two middle windows which have the monogram V for Vanderbilt.

We also hired bicycles fro m Antler Hill village in the estate and rode to the lake which offered wonderful views of the mansion through the trees.

Back in the house we stepped out on the terrace and again the views were beautiful over the mountains and all the trees that were planted.

The gardens are also beautiful. Formal parterres boasting lots of variety and color.

 A glimpse of the towers and flag waving over the mansion.

Once again I'm linking with Amy's Five on Friday.
Here's the link to go to join in!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Good Fences at Williamsburg VA

 Once I started joining in with TexWis Girl's Good fences meme, I quickly found myself on the look out for different kinds of fencing, no matter where I go.

So it was just the same when we were on vacation and when we visited Williamsburg VA, there were so many fences I was thrilled!  I will share others later but this was my favourite fence find and i was lucky enough to spot it as we were walking to catch the bus back to the visitors centre.

I think it must be a private home but I love this fence!

The woodworking is just great and even the gate is matched in perfectly!
Awesome fence!

A little robin on a picket fence joined us for part of our tour!

Thanks again for visiting and don't forget to join the others for Good Fences at 
the RunaroundRanch.