Saturday, October 29, 2011

Updates! :) Pic Heavy

Hello Friends!
I thought I would catch you up a bit with what has been going on in my little part of the world. :)
Tonight was a wonderful night filled with carving the pumpkin and roasting the seeds. The weather is fantastic, nice and cool. I hope that it lasts a long time! We have our back door open and the breeze coming inside is absolutely delightful. I have been enjoying today, spending time with the family and working on my crochet. I did also take a nap! Love these sort of days :) Perhaps I shall have a cup of cocoa in a bit.
Here is our lovely pumpkin, who now has a darling face!
My daughter waited impatiently for the pumpkin seeds to be roasted in the oven. I rinsed them well, sprinkled them with coarse sea salt, then baked them at 250 degrees till crispy. They are delish!
The other day I took a trip over to a second hand shop. I found the neatest Vera Bradley purse in a design I have wanted for quite a while. These purses can be pricey, but second hand, at only 14 dollars I thought was not too bad.
While out shopping, I found the most beautiful Christmas cards at BJ's Wholesale club. They really are gorgeous, including envelopes, a really good buy!
I like to find cards that actually SAY Christmas...after all, that is what we are celebrating ..the birth of Christ our Lord!
Earlier today, I received a package in the mail ...some charts I had been waiting on. I love them!
Merry Christmas by Carriage House Samplings, and Bless the Harvest Sampler by Primitive Needleworks.
I did notice that Bless The Harvest Sampler does not have the letter "J" in the sampler. I did not see that when ordering it..I am assuming it is representative of how they did samplers years ago..leaving a letter or two out? Not sure..but I love the chart!

Not too long ago, I also received another small package from a family member up north. They are sending me things from my past..things that they thought I might like to have. I had forgotten all the things I used to do as a teenager, I guess I have always had a crafty side. Most people know I love dolls, especially Raggedies! I made these dolls from a pattern in a book from what I can recall..many years ago. I think I was about 12 years old when I made these little dollies :)
One of them never received her head of hair..I shall have to work on that for her. I will treasure them forever!
Another surprise in the mail was a chart from my dear sweet friend Kerribeth. She is always so good to me!
The chart is titled "My Favorite Things" and as you can see, spotlights my sweet dear Raggedy Ann doll. :)

I have been working on my crochet afghans this evening. While others finish their blankets in no time at all..I think mine will take years! I don't stick with one thing very long...
But, here they are..coming along, coming along!
Blue and white ripple:

And my 70's blanket...That's what my husband calls it..I call it kind of ugly..I don't like the colors I chose! But, I will keep is really growing in size and will be very warm! This is a crochet Granny Stripe:
Some people know from years ago I love turtles..well, I love a lot of things..but the turtle love started back in high school! I found this bag some time ago at TJMaxx..a store near us. Turtles all over it! It is very large and perfect for holding my yarns and afghan. A bonus is the money paid for it went to charity. :)

Blessings to you!


  1. Dear Louise,

    Lettering samplers often included upper and lower case letters, the numbers from one to ten, and a verse, usually religious. If you look at the earlier samplers you will see different lettering styles, even some with letters missing. The early Latin alphabet only had 23 letters and Old English was strongly influenced by the Romans.

    The "W" wasn't used, "U" and "V" and "J" and "I" were interchangeable. The J began to have its own distinctive look around 1820. Sometimes you would see the "Q" worked as a reversed "P". The "Z" was often just left out since it was seldom used.

    HTH! :)

  2. You are amazing with all you get done! I love how crafty you are, and I love the dolls you made when you were young. How sweet!

    I love you, Louise!


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