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31 October 2010

...Ahh The Memories of This Summer!

The Summer has passed and at times this early Autumn you wouldn't know it by the temperatures! The first half of October was still hot and humid! Then it was wintery cold in the evening time!

I have been taking that trip down the memory lane, particularly today.

Laundry were dried in the fresh air, 
the scents of Heaven to my nose.

First time that my Wisteria bloomed in an abundance! 
More scents from Heaven.

The battle between the Squirrel and the Beagle, 
never ending!

More laundry for the fresh air, 
Laundry never ending!

Quilt blocks made for the swap on MaryJanesFarm Connection,
colorful to my eyes.

Kitchen Angel made for another swap on MJF!

Pine-needle baskets made from Nature.

My first Redwork on pillowcases... made for a barter!

A new addition to our family!

The harvest of juicy Blackberries!

I bagged these blackberries and put them into my freezer. Yesterday I was looking in the freezer for something and saw these beauties. I grab one bag and held them close to my heart and smiled. These became the most wonderful dessert today! I hunt for the right recipe online last night since my cookbook could not provide the right recipe. I found one that caught my eye. I read it through and said YESSSS! This is the one that I remember having as a youth at my Grandparents home at the lake. Then I saw the source for the recipe and my heart leaped. I know that Blogger, The Pioneer Woman and she also has a Basset Hound (Charlie).

The Blackberry Cobbler #1 recipe was the one that I was looking for!
 So I created and baked this earlier!

 The taste of Summer!

I was in the mood today to continue baking something else. 
Autumn does that to me.  So, these rolls were also made!

Summer... I look forward to you again next year. What will you bring?

** 1 John 2:11
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen!

29 October 2010

...a box of Surprise Treasures!

Today I saw my Postal Lady go past my window and then my loud mouth Beagle doing her duty sounded the alarm "B'roooo b'rOOOOooo B'ROOOO".  I found a package addressed to me waiting outside of the storm door. I was perplexed because I recalled seeing the name of the giver but couldn't place her.. that is until I opened the treasure box (the package). Her cute kitty card revealed to whom she was! I met this wonderful "Farmgirl" from MaryJanesFarm Farmgirls Connection few months ago. She is Ruth!  Ruth, Kelly, Kristen and I had  a wonderful privilege of meeting MaryJane herself. We had delightful time!

Karrieann (Me!), Mary Jane, Kelly, Ruth
and Kristin (not pictured) at Vinny's

Well anyways.. back to the treasures! I opened the treasure box after wrestling with the packing tape. I was too lazy to go and get the scissor or cutting thingy. My Hounds were trying to shove my hands out of their way... their way of their noses!  I got to see what the treasures were! My eyes feasted onto the beautiful reds... red threads, gold threads, ecru threads! I was in total glee! I love threads beacause threads of many kinds are very very useful for anyone's fingers that tatting up a storm! Also, the threads are becoming more appreciated.. since that I have decided to teach tatting with the Farmgirls at our Camp Toccoa next year! I have also been keeping my eyes appealed for various threads to stock up supplies for the camping week-end. 

The beautiful treasures!! 11 - 12 spools of threads!

I plan to tat something with some of these threads for myself. First batch of red threads that I have ever gotten! I am dreaming of tatted hearts and tatted Poinsettias! 

Ruth, Thank you so much for thinking of me! ...and the four-legged kids are doing great!

If any of my followers and/or readers find any threads for crocheting and tatting that they have no use of, I will be appreciative for the donation(s) that would go toward teaching tatting and spreading the craft of fine lace! Tatting Shuttles and Tatting needles are also appreciated! Used are great! 

**Hebrew 5: 12
In fact, though bu this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. ...

28 October 2010

...Living with Hounds can get unbearable at times!

 There are times that it can even get pathetic!

Look! I'll show you what I mean...

..awe   (gives belly rub)

...awwwweee (plays with the ears)

...awwwwwwwweeee (poor baby)

...aaaawwwwwwweeeee (poor boy)

...awwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeee (sleepy angel)

...awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeee (such a face)

.....aaaaawwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeee (cutie patootie)

 ...aaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeee ( those dang eyes!)

I just can't bear walking by these two and not rub them, pet them, awe them... I just can't not do it!  Tell me that you could after looking at them hound eyes! DON"T LOOK.. they'll hook you into their world.

..... Too late! I warned ya but nooooo you had to look!
This tend to create a problem for me... housework gets over-looked! It is much more fun to play with the Hounds!

I want you to know that these two are heaven-sent. I know they are! My Angels on Earth.

** Ezekiel 34:26
I will bless them and all the places surrounding my hill.
I will send down showers in season; 
there will be showers of blessing.

Thank you Lord, for all the blessings that you shower on me.

19 October 2010

...Tatters Just Wanna Have Fun!

 On the week-end of October 15th & 16th, Toccoa, Georgia had been raided by the people known as Tatters, just four of them! It could have been disastrous for the Toccoaians if there were more... They'd be over-run with Tatters! Just how knotty can that

These Tatters were just having FUN!!!!

The Tatters were indeed knotty! They consumed yummy dip with crackers, cashews & chocolates to ones content. *GASPED* They even partaken wine. That was after the fatal mishap! Yes! There was a horrible mishap.... BEFORE enjoying the wine! The most important tool to get the cork out of the bottle was forgotten... left behind miles away from the fun!

Good thing that I... yes me, only lived 3 minutes away and
the FUN continued for the Tatters! 
(There were NO drinking and driving involved, 
we women knew how to have fun
and STAY out of trouble.)

Please heed my advice when one plans for any amount of fun with yummy food and wine... Remember the cork screwer! 

I had so much fun with my new friends and just think.. our common bond was knots!!!!! So tatting is not a dying art, it is a growing one!

* Titus 2:3
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.

14 October 2010

...My Tomatoes

This year was my first attempt in growing my own tomatoes.
I had this large outdoor plastic pot that was just sitting with dirt and not being used.
I got few "starters" of the Roma and Cherry tomatoes size and grouped them together in the pot.
I had these white plastic fence screen that had disguised our A/C but was damaged (the screen) from
a tree of ours that fell from a storm past year. I adjusted the screen to go around the tomato pot. Since there were holes all over the screens... over the growing season, I used some of my bamboo poles and slid them through, which created support for them 'maters!

This Lady built her traps near my tomatoes. She is very striking in her features and also in her web. She is known by many names. Yellow Garden Spider, Yellow garden argiope; yellow garden orb-weaver; golden garden spider; golden orb-weaver; the writing spider and also zig-zag spider because of her web design (although hard to see in this picture)

This was the very first tomato that ripe. It was a slight heart shape! I shared this tomato with Hubby which was so hard to do for I just wanted to slurp and devour this beauty! This was sweet and delicious. There is nothing better than homegrown fruits and veggies... farm grown are yummy too! 

The growing season for tomatoes have ended for us. The temperatures have dipped in the evenings. The other day I went to inspect my plants and rescued these green Cherry tomatoes. They became the toppings for my salad! Hubby wasn't into "green" tomatoes and he is the one who is from the South! Go figure! I cut these yummies into quarters and tossed them into the bowl, snipped some of my fresh basils, sprinkled some olive oil and vinegar, cracked some calico pepper corns. Once these were gently stirred, they were added onto the top pf the pile of greens! Mmmmmmm, The salad was sooooooo yummy!

What would I do differently? I will not necessarily reuse that white screen.. It was hard to reach for the tomatoes in the rear. I have time to rethink this idea.... otherwise it worked great!

Bye bye yummies... I'll plant more of you next year!
*sniff* I miss THEM!

* Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, 
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest 
if we do not give up.

05 October 2010

...the necessity of "blocking" your work!

... years ago, I have crocheted doilies and edgings and never blocked any of my creations. Why? Because I was lazy and took short cuts, that's why! Hey I was young and had more important things to do with my time... moving on to the next project!

Well They (by the way.. who is they?) say that one become wiser through experience and maturity as the years go by. I can truly say that I am uncertain about the maturity... but experience, oh yeah I learn from them!

I took short cuts in many things that I created over the years.... blocking was one of them! I did it in all of my quilting, crochet, knitting, cross-stitch. About ten years ago.. when I hit forty, I took different approach to my work! I actually took time to read instructions and tips provided for each craft. Hey, I "knew" everything back then!

I blocked my quilt blocks... My! Oh! My! They were actually squared! My! The whole quilt tops were straight! Such revelation! I just finished a doily that I tatted. It was all ruffly and distorted. I did not fret! I was going to block this piece! In the past I would get mad and frustrated ..and give up. It had to be right the first time! Geesh, I sure grew out of that! Wiser!

Let me show you through the pictures of how easy it is to block your beautiful tatted creations!

completed tatted doily before blocking

the doily pinned onto a styrofoam board, 
(wet the doily prior to pinning)
air dry, take out pins when dried.

Taadaaa! blocked tatted doily!

This was my very first blocking for needlework (shuttled in this case)
I'll admit I used wayyyyyy more pins then it was necessary, but as I got started I couldn't stop. It was very therapeutic!

Lizbeth, size 20, #136 Autumn Spice & #138 Leafy Greens 

* Galatians 5:22, 23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

04 October 2010

...the postman delivered a package... for my Hubby!

 So? You say.

Well, when the return address says it is from Krystledawne Fine Lace Jewelry, It should be addressed to me! Me, her Mom... geesh! 

I placed the said package on my Hubby's desk and ignored it! Okay, I did glance a few times at it. I even fondled it. Also held it up to the light. Did you know that manila envelopes/packages do not show the content within it very well? Well, I know now! (Hubby didn't know that his package was being treated in that fashion.. he was napping... shhhhhhh!)

Before Dinner time Hubby called for me, he was in his office going through todays mail. He asked do I want my Christmas present now or at Christmas. Then I was having an out of body experience! I heard my voice say "at Christmas time"  WHAT? I never would say that.. I want things now... now.. especially when it is from one of my daughters! I came back to my body when I heard Hubby say.. here, as he tossed the package to me. Thankfully I arrived in time to actually catch it!

I opened it and went into this gleeful type of excitement (don't worry, that is my normal). Finally!!!! I have arrived! I now possess some of the lovely HDT from that Dr. that many of you know! Imagine that? My own Hubby had to purchase these from the Doctor for me to have anything of hers! 

Humph! Don't Moms get seniority from their talented kids?

Lovely Yummy HDT from the Famous Dr. Von Threadmore!

There was another lovely surprise in the package!

I do love clips like these for my wayward outgrowing bangs!
 Even more so, it was made by Krystle!

..few blogs ago, I had mentioned the beautiful vintage beads that I have and plan to use them for a Victorian Lamp shade. Here they are!

This packet of beads will be on their way to Dr. Von Threadmore,
I am hoping to inspire her to make colors for these!!! 
Variegated would be perfect! Don'cha think?
(which she gets to keep)  ;-)

* Psalm 86:12
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Yes I will Lord!!!!