Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Hello

You can tell from the picture that I made batches of Halloween sugar cookies today.
The young like them for their shapes. Those of us who are older like them with a good cup of coffee. In our family everyone enjoys these simple, tasty treats. Have a great
Halloween night!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Only in October

Perfect temperature, colorful leaves, hay bales, mums, and the anticipation of
Halloween. . .

I added the letters BOO to the hall tree mirror. Tomorrow there will be bowls and baskets of candy on the seat and on a nearby bench.

This afternoon I carved a jack-o'-lantern to sit outside on the doorstep for trick or treaters. Thank goodness for patterns. This one is named Zippy Cat.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Almost Here

The candy aisle had so many choices I couldn't decide what to get. . . took me forever to make up my mind. Oh, I hope we have plenty of visitors so these tempting sweets will be gone from our house. Not totally pleased with spooky tree of branches from the yard, but time is running out. I do like new Halloween card that arrived. I promptly added it to the bookcase. Some people do the nicest things!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Color Brown

What Is Brown?
by Mary O'Neill
Brown is the color of a country road
Back of a turtle
Back of a toad.
Brown is cinnamon
And morning toast
And the good smell of
The Sunday roast.
Brown is the color of work
And the sound of a river,
Brown is bronze and a bow
And a quiver.
Brown is the house
On the edge of town
Where wind is tearing
The shingles down.
Brown is a freckle
Brown is a mole
Brown is the earth
When you dig a hole.
Brown is the hair
On many a head
Brown is chocolate
And gingerbread.
Brown is a feeling
You get inside
When wondering makes
Your mind grow wide.
Brown is a leather shoe
And a good glove---
Brown is as comfortable
As love.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Country Weekend

When Philley Lane was a gravel road, I was a little girl. Although it's paved now, it is still a quiet country road with very little traffic. Walking the lane Saturday I remembered the joys of climbing pine trees and viewing the farm from the hayloft. Much has changed, but the wonder of those times has not been diminished by time.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Objects of the Season

Displays often end up on my bookshelves. The books are there, but so are other objects. Some stay put all the time, but others come and go with the seasons. For now the miniature chair holds a jack-'o-lantern. Beside it is a tiny witch's hat that's open in the back for a tea light. Today an unexpected Halloween card arrived in the mail. I happily added it to the shelf.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Expecting visitors

Soon ghosts and goblins will be ringing my front doorbell. Therefore, it's time to get Halloween decorations down from a shelf behind sliding doors in the dining room. I like the item below hanging from a hook on the hall tree. The startled expressions on the boys' faces make it an adorable postcard. Then the owl on the pumpkin is one of my favorites. He's easy to move and sits in different places. HALLOWEEN . . . a fun time to decorate. More later. I have some decorating to do.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fragile keepsakes

Leaves can be saved to mark a special
day, trip, or event. Sometimes I write the
place and date to remember why I saved
a particular leaf.
During autumn it's fun to look for a colorful leaf. Of course, there are many to choose from, but perhaps one will be too unique to leave behind on the ground.

I press mine in a big thick telephone book and later try to find a frame that compliments nature's free gift.
In a few days I will travel to Louisiana and walk the farmland where my grandparents once lived. One of my objectives will be to save a special leaf from that property.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Taking a Moment

Sometimes I forget to pause and see what is right before my eyes. Just outside my own backdoor is a world of beauty. No need for a sweater today, but there is a definite nip in the air. Enjoy your Saturday wherever you are.

Friday, October 17, 2008

"Urning" Their Keep

The urn is a wonderful way to present a fall pumpkin. Whether real or fake it looks grand atop an urn. For some time I have been drawn to urns in decorating.

This inexpensive and lightweight urn helps display a Christmas birdnest ornament with three golden eggs . . . past, present, and future.

This metal one was my very first urn. Because it was
greenish in color and looked so pretty on the Hobby
Lobby store shelf display, I had to bring it home. It
has remained on my hutch for years.

This smaller one near a reading chair holds
a collection of bookmarks.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Living in Tennessee offers the chance to experience all four seasons. The temperatures are starting to feel cool and crisp . . . almost time to grab a light sweater.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Entering the World of Blogs

I'm not sure which direction my blog will take. However, I do know that because of other blogs I wanted to enter this amazing world of sharing ideas, projects, pictures, thoughts, etc.

The question mark paperweight, keys, and old book
are all finds from antique shops. For me the best
stuff for decorating details can be found at flea markets and antique malls.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Framed Tag Decor

Here is an example
of a framed tag used
as a tabletop decoration.
Inside a frame
a simple tag becomes

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tag Art

Making tags is an enjoyable pasttime of mine. I collect magazine clippings and rubber stamps to create various sets of tags. I like to give them as gifts to friends and family. I have also sold some on ebay.


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