Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Mantel 2016

Happy First Day of Fall! It's my favorite time of the year ... well, second to Christmas of course. I've decorated my mantel and already enjoying the change of decor in the den.

A small apple basket contains faux leaves and the fabric pumpkins I made last  year. Mr. Scarecrow is back for his annual appearance. He always makes me smile.

 A red wire basket holds my faux flowers.

I love the cooler weather we're enjoying here in Virginia. Time to close the doors and stay inside to watch NetFlix movies in the evenings. I really miss Downton Abbey, don't you?

This section of the quilt hanging in my dining room was part of the Sew-a-long with Lori Holt a few years ago. This looks like a cozy house to winter in, don't you think?

Soon the Carter's Mountain Orchard will be beckoning us to visit to pick our own or buy pre-picked. I'll stock up on Granny Smith's, my choice for making an apple cobbler or pie. Either served piping hot with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream. Yum. And there'll be afternoons we'll want hot cocoa, one of my favorite cold weather treats. Another block from the same quilt ~

And the leaves will begin to fall, always a big (but enjoyable) job for hubby. We cut down several trees a few years ago but our nice neighbor is upwind of us and always shares loads of his leaves :)

Hope you enjoyed seeing my fall mantel and thinking of warm food, drinks, and home.


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Let's Call it Fall

As soon as the calendar flips to September, I'm ready to move on to all things autumn.

September: the world of new notebooks and pens. Backpacks and #2 pencils. Erasers. Lots of erasers!

And yes it's early but I couldn't wait:

As soon as I drop my son off at school for his junior year, I'll start putting out the orange. I admit to bringing home a white pumpkin from Michael's the other day. It sat on the table for a while. Others decorate beautifully with white pumpkins. But I can't seem to make the leap. So back to Michael's it went.

I'm sticking with orange and yellow for fall. Tree colors here in Virginia.

And baking! Oh I love me some baking; today I'm making a pound cake for a friend and I can't wait. Cheating with a mix this time, but I have found a family recipe for pound cake and plan to make that soon. Will share the recipe with you then. Meanwhile: measure ... stir ... bake.

Are you ready for fall? Or are you like my friend Donna, who groans at the end of summer?


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer - And The Livin' is Easy

It's the hot, humid end of summer I'm talking about! Only three weeks until school starts again, and my son will be off to the tech center half-days to learn more about computer programming. His passion. Got it from his Dad, definitely not me - see here.

My sister-in-law Linda brought us some tomatoes from her garden. She lives in the country but no animals bother her crop. We live in town and we quit planting - the squirrels were the winners :)

Meanwhile, I joined a really fun Sew Sampler monthly quilt group at Fat Quarter Shop. Each month I get a box filled with goodies - everything from fabric to quilt patterns to things every quilter needs -

I've made three blocks, with nine more to go. The colors are different from anything I've ever done but it's kind of fun to mix things up a bit.

Well, enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Learning Curve

UPDATE: After many trials and failures, I've finally got my blog banner to look pretty good - not perfect, but a working header!

I've been blogging off and on for three or four years, and there are still so many things I can't figure out.

Like the blog header above. The picture on the far right is cut off. So frustrating!

I started editing in Picmonkey - couldn't get it to save anything I worked on. Finally gave up and moved to something called Foto Flex. That's where I ended up with this banner.

Last week it was my camera. I couldn't figure out how to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer. Had to wait for hubby to find time to help me do that.


And speaking of the camera - it's a nice camera, a Nikon D3300 (mine's black), but I can't use all the upgrade features. The kind man at the camera shop said to come in first thing one morning and he'd start teaching me about aperture, lighting ... things like that.

I still haven't gotten there. So hubby and I tried an online class through Craftsy. So far over my head!

And so it goes. This week I will try to edit the pictures we transferred. So what's it going to be: Picmonkey? iPiccy? Foto Flex?

Does this technological world ever overwhelm you? Or is it just me?


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer - And the Living is Easy

Hope you had a great July 4th weekend! We did a little shopping and a little cooking out. Lots of rain again in this part of Virginia - I'm beginning to feel like we live in England with all this rain and very green grass.

I wanted to show you a few vignettes I've created for summer. I love the textures and colors atop my inherited what-not shelf (it belonged to my mom). A clock in every room is a total necessity for me since I quit wearing a watch. Who needs a watch when they have a cell phone, right? But when you're in one room and the cell phone is in another - you need a clock! My daughter's baby picture brings back such happy memories, what a precious little girl who was the answer to years of prayer. We adopted her (and her brother) from Romania in 1997. The blue vase with pink and white daisies is another thing that makes me happy. 

This summer I kept my mantel very simple - this is the little vignette on the far right. I'm beginning to see a theme in colors as I post these pictures  Blue and pink are two colors that make me very happy, apparently ;)

Oh my goodness, this picture below - more blue and pink! I hadn't even realized I was doing this in my house, but now that I realize how I'm really crushing on these colors, I think I'll go with it in other areas!

The above are a few mugs I've been collecting at Home Goods, and have I mentioned (about a hundred times) that Home Goods is my all-time favorite store?! It is. The white vase with pink flowers on the mantel (in pic above) is from Home Goods too. There's lots more in my home from that store (I visit weekly lol), so I'll have to do a Home Good post soon. 

If you're interested in shopping there (the greatest items at fantastic prices), here's an inside tip: the truck delivers new merchandise for the week on Sunday. The merchandise is on the shelves by Monday afternoon. So, pencil Home Goods in on your Monday dance card, it's the day to shop!

Hugs  ~ Mary

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It All Started at Five Guys

Five Guys Burgers and Fries that is. Sunday our daughter was home for a visit so we spent the day running around. First stop was for lunch. The weather was perfect so we ate outside.

After eating, we headed out of town to a pool that doesn't require membership, is never crowded, and if the loud train tooting as it passes nearby doesn't bother you, it's a great place! Hubby and daughter swam while I sat in the shade and read.

Next stop, Sweet Frog, a local frozen yogurt shop that's so cute. With loads of choices for toppings, everyone is sure to be happy. Sweet Frog has about 14 locations in the central Virginia area. We're lucky there are many near our house.

Think they'll run out of sprinkles anytime soon :)

Last stop, Patient First, one of those "open late 365 days a year, no appointment needed" doctor offices. Daughter developed an ear ache after swimming ... the doc found she already had a bad infection in her right ear, so we got antibiotics for that and headed home.


Meanwhile I visited a blog that gave photography prompts, so I was trying to tick several off the list as we went about our day.

Entrance - this is the back door to Sweet Frog - love the colorful look of their stores.

Window - this is also at Sweet Frog. My daughter took this picture for me as she was sitting in a better spot to get this.

Hope you enjoyed going along on our little Sunday adventure.

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 ~ Mary

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