Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pumpkins and other things

We grew pumpkins in our garden this year.
I do say it was quite successful.

Last year we had a HUGE pumpkin plant, but it only grew one enormous pumpkin.
I thought it would be more wise to plant regular sized pumpkins this year to avoid fighting.
These are the perfect size for carving too.

One big pumpkin vs. nine smaller pumpkins.
We definitely got more out of our watering bill planting the smaller sized pumpkins.
We have nine pumpkins, and two very excited little boys and two sort-of excited bigger boys.
Such is life.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kids Craft: Fall leaf stained glass

Here is a quick project to do with the kiddo's to get your Monday going.

It is perfect for the autumn chill I feel in the air today.

Fall leaf stained glass.

First you need to take the kids on a little walk and collect colored leaves.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Decorating - I'm at it again

I'm at it again, bustin out my red, orange and yellow things.

My mantel looks pretty much the same as it did last year,
so I won't show you that again.

Why change a good thing right?

But last year the piano in my front room was not so fabulously decorated.
I was able to remedy that this year.

I found that fantastic basket made of branches at a thrift shop for $2, SCORE!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vintage trailer Restoration - The End

So we went camping again with our Ramblin Rose and this time I remembered my good camera.

She is a gem to camp with.

It's so nice to have everything we need, games, cooking supplies, bedding, chairs, first aid etc.
Before, I always would to forget to pack things camping such as, paper towels, knives etc.
Rosie keeps everything we need... except for my good camera hehe.

So this is our finished project!

Our 1957 Honorbuilt Romer.
It took us 5 months to complete, which I must say, is pretty good time.

One of my husbands friends was over and was a little confused as to why
our camper is done up so girly. He kind of thought we should have
used greens and browns and more manly colors in our color scheme.

Greens and browns?!?!!? Gah!

I told him there were two reasons we didn't use "more manly colors".

#1. I bought the paint.

#2. This camper is a woman. "How do you know it's a woman?" he asked.
"Just look at her curves!"I replied with indignation.

He couldn't argue with that.

And truly she would have looked so out of character if she was done up in greens and browns.

I just know she wouldn't be happy about it.

She would probably give us all kinds of trouble instead of being the delightful little gem she is.

Greens and browns! Really, some people have no vision.

I talk like this trailer has a personality. To me she does. 
She and I have spent so much time together we've gotten to know each other.

Like the author of a book knows about the characters they write,
each has it's own personality. It is built in with them.
And you can try, but you cannot change that personality.
If you try and force a change... It just won't work.

That's how I feel about Ramblin Rose.
She told me what color she wanted to be painted.
When I was out shopping her voice would pick my brain and say things like,
"That would be perfect fabric for my windows." or "Oh! Look at that cute potato peeler!"

She wasn't super excited for the diamond plating on her front, because it may have been a little too industrial looking. But she became resigned to it because it was sparkly and shiny,
it would protect her paint and it had the word "diamond" in it.

This is who she is. A sassy, classy, darling of a lady.

And so ladies and gents, I present to you...

Ramblin Rose

There will be A LOT of pictures in this post and I will just write a sentence or two  above the pictures to explain things. But I promise not to ramble on (pun on Ramblin Rose's name ha!).

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will just let them do most of the talking here ;-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BHG! Can it get any better?

Awesome news people!

My fall mantel has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens website.


Such a dream come true.

Here is what they show.

Stop by and check it out along with the other lovely mantels.

And HERE is the link the the actual post where I designed this.

And HERE is the link where I talk about making the sunburst mirror
that really makes this mantel extra nice looking.

Did I make those link lines big enough so you can't possibly miss them? Good!

Get in the mood and start coloring your house orange, yellow and red too!



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