Thursday, September 29, 2016

Feelin' Fall

Just a beautiful autumn day here in the Pacific Northwest; sunny, cool, crisp - glorius! I think I am truly feeling fall. It was a bit chilly this morning, only 36 degrees at eight o'clock. No frost yet, but the chill spurred me into doing more harvesting from my garden beds. I have been very gently nursing the one good bell pepper along and I finally picked it this morning as well as some Havasu peppers, more tomatoes and finally some celery. My stalks of celery did not get large but there was enough to harvest for drying in the dehydrator, mostly for soups and stews later this winter.
Feeling fall in the craft room, too. Worked on a falling leaf "House Mouse" card. Will probably send to my Mom later this month. She likes the House Mouse cards I've previously made for her - hope this one will put a smile on her face.
This one was colored with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol. I am getting a bit more comfortable with my coloring, tho, I'm still no expert. I tried using some pan pastels for the blues and lavender in the background. Also used a Spellbinders fancy rectangle die for the white background and the design paper and sentiment stamp are from a Simon Says Stamp card kit.

My sister, Bonny, is also feeling fall. Her passion is home decor and she's so very talented.  She has begun her fall and Halloween decor in her lovely dining room. I'm sharing a few of her pictures - they look like she could be setting up a major magazine shoot! 
Beautiful, Bonny, love your work.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy National Respect Day - wish there was more of it out there...........

Bombs, stabbings, ugly politics all YUK, not much respect seen in the news. We do need a day to change all of that and to share consideration, politeness, tolerance and all that can be good in society. So today show respect, spread some kindness and display civil decency. 

Made this card to celebrate Independence Day. It highlights the Statue of Liberty and what it stands for. Thought we could use a reminder.......  We are so lucky and blessed to live in a nation built on the strong foundation of freedom and must remember that to keep that freedom alive it must be respected and allowed to embrace all citizens of our country, no matter their race, religion, gender, sexual identity or preference, age, social status or any other" divisive" category. That is all!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The "Good 'Ole Days" were a lot of work

Spent the last two days harvesting and preserving tomatoes........ it's very labor intensive.
Yesterday I put up six pints of salsa and then peeled and prepared enough tomatoes to fill a six quart slow cooker. After cooking down, my yield was three quarts and one half pint jar of rich thick tomato sauce. I'm still not finished with the tomato plants and should have enough coming ripe to make at least another batch of sauce. I did taste and it's so good and so different from the canned tomato sauce in the stores. I'm still happy with this learning experience; it is work but very gratifying.

Thought I'd share a Halloween card I made last week. Used the cut then print feature of my Cricut machine and a free cut image from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. The design papers are from Paper Studio and bits from my scraps bin. Purple stars and spiders are HOTP Dazzles and the ribbon from my stash.  Halloween has always been a favorite holiday at our house. DH loved to dress up and decorate just as much as the kids and I do. I think we have calmed down a bit, maybe just grown up but I still enjoy sending cards to family and friends. One of my cat loving granddaughters will probably be the recipient of this one.

Friday, September 9, 2016

That awkward moment when you walk into a spider web and suddenly become a karate expert...............

Exactly what happened to me this morning while harvesting tomatoes. It had my head all enveloped and I think if it wasn't for the sputtering I would have swallowed a bug. Certainly I wasn't very graceful at all, defensive without form. I'm sure if there were any of my neighbors looking out the window they were very highly entertained.
Visited with my Mom yesterday; a great day out for both of us and my daughter, Kim, joined us as well. I hate that mother no longer lives with me but am glad I get to see her often. She seems to be doing well, finally adjusted and relatively happy. I know the complete care she receives is better than I could do and for that I'm  grateful.
With school back in I have managed to get back into the craft room. I have been working on some cards and now have a new major project to undertake. My granddaughter, Amber, is getting married in December and together she and I have designed her invitations. I do have a initial workup of what we have come up with that I will post. It will be a project that will keep me busy for quite a while. It entails lots of embossing and die cutting and ribbon tying. Her colors are Navy Blue and silver and we have used those colors. My watermark covers her name and the date, etc.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rains have returned

Wow, the evening and night of Labor Day the rains returned to western Washington in earnest. There is a low spot in front of our house that turned into a pond overnight. Even the schoolbus driver was amazed. I know summer is going to hang around but the rain really makes it seem like it's over. That and "back to school" signals fall, my favorite season. Love the rich warm colors of sweater weather, the falling leaves, apples, cider, pumpkins, turkey and stuffing; can't wait.
Our garden keeps producing. The peppers keep sending more fruit. I tried a new to me recipe - made bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers for DH on Sunday. It's something I've never before tasted and hubby says he hadn't either. How can you go wrong with bacon wrapped around anything???? Well, they were yummy but a few of the jalepenos were hot, hot, hot. Here's a picture. Mixed a bit of dry  ranch dressing mix in with the cream cheese because you know I can't leave anything alone. DH says - make them again.

Catching up of birthday cards, too. My granddaughter, Emily, turned 21 yesterday. The fun sentiment I put in her birthday card read "Adulthood is like looking both ways before crossing the street - and then getting hit by an airplane." She was amused, I think. Her birthday was the first of many for our family in September so I've been working on more. Here's one of the most recent. This one for a younger granddaughter.