Friday, October 30, 2015


I have been busy! Pecking away at house projects...I think I see a light at the end of this tunnel...

...then my husband mentions how close Christmas is getting...he knows I am dying to start my Christmas decorating. 

But first there is the season of autumn to consider...which is almost gone.

By the time I got around to making a couple of autumn was slim pickings at the craft stores. I had the grapevine wreath bases and the little "welcome" bucket in my stash. I didn't want a Halloween look...but something that would transition to Thanksgiving.

One wreath by the front door.

Another on a large blank wall on the front of the house. A good start...I will build on this foundation next year.

My handyman brought two pieces for me to finish up. A rack for keys and a coat rack. Both pieces are made from on large plank of reclaimed wood that was bought for our main flooring. We pulled this piece out of the pile because it was carved with "graffiti." Click on the photo and you can see a house and a scary face. The wood for our floors came from a barn in New York that was over 100 years old. 

I need to finish the wood with tung oil and stain the trim. 

And I guess I had better consider this a wedding anniversary present...because it was a pricey gift to myself...a new top for my cutting table. Here's just a look at a corner. It has a laminate top with a pattern called "slate." Love it. I will also need to stain the trim on this. So you know what I will be working on this weekend.

True confessions...I am an eBay junkie! My latest find were these adorable Malcom Moose cross stitch ornaments. There are several designs in the series.

I love designs with fun little details like these buttons...a cell phone and stethoscope.

There are also some Mandy Moose designs. 

HA! I'll get to those moose ornaments after I finish about 50 other ornament kits I have. Almost time to add the beads on this Scottish Santa.

At Breakfast Club yesterday...I worked on this project. "Nordic Gingerbread Advent Calendar." I just couldn't tackle the quilting project they were doing...very cute one but I haven't touched any of my sewing machines since the September Breakfast Club meeting.

And this is what I worked on at the September Breakfast own project. A kit I picked up on my travels around the Atlanta quilt shops. Layer cakes and strips of black and white fabrics. 

One of these days I will have to get around to telling you about my grizzly bear encounters last week. Not hurt at all but I am incredibly lucky!!!


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

tell the bear story! glad you are ok - you sure do live in animal country don't you - key board with the wood! I'm not one to look at ebay and think I have only ever gotten 2 things on the site I just never think about it. love your wreaths - I forgot to get mine out for fall and made one about two years ago. must put that on my to do list.

Donna quilts said...

Oh my goodness - an encounter with grizzly bears! Glad you're not hurt, but you must have been very shaken up. A friend and I walk the trails through the woods and carry bear spray - just in case.
Those moose ornaments are too cute!

Rebecca in AK said...

Very pretty wreaths! Interesting art work on your coat rack. :). I shop on eBay often, there are not a lot of options in Delta. Cute Moose! My son and his girlfriend had a grizzly encounter last summer while rafting, the 'highlight' of their trip.