Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Birthday Giveaway Winner!!

Well Hello from this 40 year old! It has been a fun filled, family weekend for my birthday celebrations, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My eldest daughter made me breakfast in bed, freshly made pancakes and of course a cup of hot tea whilst the other two had fun designing and drawing birthday cards and notes for me and you know I think they are the most special to me for they say LOVE. So nice to be pampered for a while!

For my birthday I got this lovely sign and think it fits so well above my new bowl rack.Now may I just thank you from my heart for all of your kind birthday wishes and advice - and hey! 40 isn't so bad after all!LOL!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog,it really does mean a lot to me. I only wish I could afford to send each of you a gift by way of th

So! Thanks for entering my giveaway. I am honored to count you all in.
I typed up each entrant and put the slips in my favorite basket. Then Cerys did the honors and picked the winner!

And look who the lucky winner is!
Congratulations to JACKI from Hearthside Happenings! Can't wait to get everything wrapped up and shipped to you ASAP!
Thanks again everyone for making this a memorable birthday.

Friday, 25 September 2009


This weekend, Sept. 27 I celebrate my birthday! Not just any birthday but my 40th! So I would love for you all to be a part of it and would love for you to enter my simple homespun birthday giveaway.

All you have to do is leave a comment before midnight on Mon. 28th Sept. BUT you must be a follower of my blog, or become one to enter. The good news is I am willing to ship to your home where-ever you live!

Now onto the important part - here's what you will win;There's a set of 4 wool felt star/crow mug mats

All of these are hand-stitched by me and this little pillow for fall with bittersweet on
This is a small ditty seeds bag I made from osnaburg

This is a candle hugger with crow and pumpkin applique - (candle not included).
I have had to keep these small and lightweight for shipping but there will be a few other small surprises in the package.
PLEASE feel free to enter; I look forward to sending you the parcel!


Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Hi everyone! Sincere apologies for the week long absence but as we all know stuff just happens and gets in the way.
But any how I'm pleased to say that I DID get some painting and sanding and staining done so you know that means I finished my new bowl rack! YAAAYY! Now all I had to do was wait patiently for a bit longer and ask my DH ever so nicely if he wouldn't just 'pretty please' hang it on the wall.
I know many another woman would get the drill, masonry bit etc and do it herself but believe me when I tell you that from previous experience there wouldn't be much plaster left on the wall.
Well, enough of the chit chat, would you like to see it?

I'm pretty pleased with it for all its simplicity - but it does exactly what I want it to do in that space.

Also had time for another quick piece of wood work and paint and made this fall block set which is on the foyer table

You can see the wild rose hips in the pic too. They are beautifully colored in reds and oranges and add a little bit of fall to my home.

Finally, here's a stove top display - for the moment - I think it still needs something?

And yes! you are right- it's not a pumpkin, it's a pepper! - but looks the part - improvising is something I'm working on!

I hope you all have a great week
Best wishes

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Whatcha working on, Wed?

Midweek greetings! We've rolled round to Wed. again so it's time to share a bit more of what I've been up to as far as all those projects go.

I'm so excited about this project as I've had to be patient and now, well here it is
It's my new bowl rack!!! Finally, after waiting and looking at different shapes and designs, I finally opted for this simple design though I have to say I really liked Rondell's. This fits better into the place I've picked for it and hopefully my ever patient helpful hubby will put it up for me as soon as I get it painted but just had to show it now I'm so pleased to get one and even put a bowl in it to get the effect!!! I have to thank my dad for helping me as he can keep everything square, and hubby for helping me fix it together. You can be sure I'll post pics as soon as it gets done and hung on the wall.

Another thing we love doing this time of year is blackberry picking. My mom loves to make jam so that's what becomes of them but I might make blackberry muffins - depends how time goes.
We stopped on the way home from school along a quiet country road and the hedges were laden with all sorts of berries.

The hawthorn hedges are heavy with haws and the farmers always say that's a sure sign there's a hard winter ahead. I also snipped some wild rose hips on the branch - mind you my fingers bear the scratches from the nasty thorns!
Cerys was pleased to chat to some llamas in the nearby field
Well I'm off to help with homeworks and then paint my new bowl rack. I'll post again soon,

Best wishes

Monday, 14 September 2009

Why is it..?

Why is it the more I try to get done, the more 'stuff' gathers up around me and I get less done?
And why is it that the more time I have the less I am able to accomplish?
Why is it that for ages nothing seems to need doing and then out of the blue everything seems to need doing?
And why is it that I spend ages in careful consideration about buying something and then it turns out to be the wrong size or shape, etc, etc.?
I know, you'd think the world was falling down around me, but really it's not so bad - I'm a survivor really! :-) It's all pretty manageable if this laptop wasn't so attached to me - know what I mean!lol!
I'm working on several projects - more about those in the incoming weeks. Maybe if I didn't have so many things on the go at once??? but then maybe I'd just get bored!!!

This is about all that's new - I bought this from a girl in England who sells prim and country stuff online and I just added the rusty star to it.

Oh, I have managed to do a little painting and sanding to this small tote

I must have done something right as my daughter took one look at it and remarked (in the perfectly blunt way that they do!) 'That just looks like an old piece of junk!' Little did she realize she had paid me a compliment!
Well lots still to do and ideas to sort out or they'll drive me crazy.

Best wishes

Friday, 11 September 2009


I just felt I had to post today to remember with you all in the USA for even though I am not an American national we feel a keen bond with your country and indeed several of our close relatives emigrated in the 60's to become citizens.

Some years ago, my husband and I visited New York as a special Christmas gift to each other and we were privileged enough to stand at the base of the soaring World Trade Center buildings. We craned our necks right back to gaze heavenward and view the top of those amazing structures.

So it was with utter horror I turned on the TV to see both buildings struck by the planes that awful day eight years ago and felt the sheer unbelief of the tragedy unfolding. The pain and loss are still palpable....

So today we remember afresh with all who suffer because of terrorism.
May God truly bless America...

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

In words and pictures

I have been reading some of my favorite autumn poems and found some pictures to go with them. Here are just a few snippets

From 'Ode to Autumn' by John Keats,

'Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom- friend of the maturing sun
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage trees
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core...'

This is from 'Autumn' by H.W. Longfellow,

'Thou comest Autumn, heralded by rain,...
upon thy bridge of gold; thy royal hand
Outstretched with benedictions o'er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain....
Thy steps are by the farmer's prayers attended;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!
From 'Autumn Songs' by Sarojini Naidu

Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow,
The sunset hangs on a cloud;
A golden storm of glittering sheaves,
Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves,
The wild wind blows in a cloud.'

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Whatcha working on?

Hey it's Wednesday again! Just time for a quick post to take part in 'whatcha working on'. As I said in yesterday's post, I've never decorated for fall before so I'm making a few items myself and having fun doing so! It seems this is contagious!
So far this is all I've managed to doThe sides still need to be stitched together and I have to applique on the pumpkins. I've really taken a liking for penny rugs so this is going to be one of many.
Sewing is a way of relaxing for me, so when I get the kids settled for the night I can take time to sit back and stitch away to my heart's content. This is the other cross stitch I was working on - for the pic I put it in the frame but I still need to stain it.
I hope to try some more decorating soon though now that school's back it seems I'll be occupied with other things such as church youth programs and I really need to get fit again and lose those summer pounds which creep on so easily!
BTW the kids all had a good first day back at school and like their new teachers.

See you soon

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

In need of some Company

Happy 1st September and I'm so glad you called over to see me this morning for I'm in need of some good company as the kids all went back to school today, leaving me on my lonesome in an empty house. Here they are, bright eyed and bushy-tailed ready for a new year at school:

I have to confess I shed a tear when I came back home and the house was silent. So there was nothing else for it but to start cleaning and tidying the house which has been a bit neglected over the summer. Last night I also started on some autumn decorating. Now I've never really done this before - so I'm starting from scratch and making a few simple homespun items to add touches of fall here and there. Below is a pic of my computer cabinet and another below of the arrangement on top of it with more seasonal fall colors:

I made the little 'Give thanks' tuck pillow last night and the pumpkin following Char's tutorial on The Pickled Pepper Patch. I'm working on some other stitcheries and hopefully will post on Wed.
But before I go I should do what my pillow says and 'give thanks' for my kids, my family my friends and God's good hand upon us in that we have plenty and are truly blessed!

Blessings to all