Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tying Up Some Loose Ends

A little foliage color as of yesterday afternoon. I get a lot of mileage out of that blue roofed barn. Usually I take its photo through my living room window, but this is taken outdoors just around the end of the fence.

This is the tomato jungle. What a fright. I think I have learned something about growing a tomato and that is never to allow the foliage to take over like this. Mid summer, I cut it way back as the tops were towering above the fence. We have some beautiful looking green tomatoes that I hope we may harvest without having to resort to fried green tomatoes.

Like these, which are larger than baseballs. My eyes glint just to see them. Unfortunately, this is usually what happens to them...

This is either a very sad tomato or a Phoenix rising. 

On a brighter note, the third morning glory (I planted blue, purple, and pink) showed up yesterday all at once. I've seen some blue and lots of purple, but no pink at all until...

All this puttering I do and all the hard work John does...

Yes, he's moving right along on the west side.  It'll look so nice to have that tired old brown be gone.

Over and out. I'm closing comments so that you may just peek and run. Have a lovely weekend!

Love Vee

Friday, September 21, 2012

Table Runner Reprise

Now this is what I love about Blogdom. Sometimes a gal gets a do-over. Okay, that and the fact that I can get into ruts, whichever you prefer.

The table looked so nice this morning except for one end of it with a ratty blue-striped towel that John had thoughtfully put down to protect it from newspaper ink. He's sweet like that. I began setting up my tripod because I tend to shake before my morning cup of coffee and it was still early.


Somehow I had it figured that that would be John's cue to move along.


He's still there.

There're only so many unusual disguise angles to take. Sometimes it's best to go for the direct approach. "Honey, could you move over there? Please? Thanks."

There! That's better!

Ahhh, that's a nice unusual, well, if it weren't all whacky lighting from being so early in the morning.

That's pretty good.

Nope. That's best of all. Thanks, Hon!


And this just for the purists who don't want no stinking story. ☺

Have a great Friday and a beautiful weekend!

Love Vee

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Table Runner

Many thanks to all for participating in the Note Card Party. Mr. Linky will be around until about 10 this morning if anyone wants to link. 

Gosh. How long will you be subjected to these sorts of photos? About as long as I kept you looking at the morning glories last year perhaps. ☺

I did get the white pot disguised and the flag unfurled. I have been thinking that a baker's rack would look great there. It's such an expanse of empty wall. Hmmm...must be prepared if I should happen to find one at the flea market. 


This week my "creative" project has been the making of a small table runner. I used a basic disappearing nine-patch in coordinating autumnal fabrics creating three reassembled blocks. It had been my hope that it would go quickly, easily, and well. I had hoped that it would go so well that many would receive one for Christmas. Nope. I am not a fan of doing quilting after all. This will be the one and only. In time, this thing is worth hundreds of dollars. Ha!

In the end, I think I liked the backing used better than the disappearing nine-patch front.

Here's hoping that all your projects have gone smoothly and well. Are you planning to gift any homemade items this Christmas? Have you already begun?

Love Vee

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September Note Card Party

The first fire since the summer is lit, and is smoking into the room:
      The sun-rays thread it through, like woof-lines in a loom.
      Sparrows spurt from the hedge, whom misgivings appal
That winter did not leave last year for ever, after all...

 ~Thomas Hardy

Welcome! This is our seventh Note Card Party — and they said it wouldn't last. I'm so glad that you're here. Can't wait to visit you and see what you have come up with this time. You may be shocked that I didn't include a pumpkin nor a mum.


~Wild Oats~

~Helenium Autumnale~

~Wood Pile and Brush~
Three of the four note cards date back two years. I am grateful for all the mosaics collages I've done because they are another way to load up photos.

Because I may actually have this set made up, I wanted to include two selections suitable for men. My card supply leans toward the feminine.

Please visit the sidebar button for rules. I'll not waste space here to restate them. Our next party will be October 17.

Take it away!

Love Vee

Shameless Photo Loading

Here I go shamelessly loading up photos for this month's Note Card Party. I need lots of choices. You may need to do the same! ☺ 

We went to Portland yesterday because I needed some candy corn. Portland's only forty miles south and gas prices being just a little over $4 a gallon, we thought nothing of it. (Okay, that's a bald-faced lie, but I've heard so many of them lately that I think nothing of it. Oops, there goes another.) We actually needed more supplies from the place where John gets our siding and I decided that, since we'd gone that far, we should go to the Christmas Tree Shop and kill two birds with one stone. I just hope that the two birds aren't John and myself as I found candy corn that tastes like plastic because maybe because it's made in China. And a mum for $3...wonder if it was made in China, too. Hmmm... 

~Plastic Candy Corn~

~Through the Glass Dirty~

We conveniently got stuck in construction right beside this lovely white home festooned with buntings. The one above is through the dirty window and the one below is when John rolled down his window for me.

This cute little hamburger stand was on my side of the highway all decked out in a leaf garland.

~Wild Asters~
These are growing at John's place along the edge of the road where we get our winter berries. So pretty. Love the yellow and orange centers.

~Wild Oats~
These wild oats grow right across the lane from the wild asters. No, we did not sow them.

I like the composition of this photo, but the light is way too bright.

The new mum is a tomato red. Very pretty. I want some lipstick that color. 

A pumpkin, a jack be little, two mums, a bale of straw, and a calibrachoa. That's it. I'm done. No, I'm not. I need to disguise that white pot. 

Hope to see you for the party. Mr. Linky will be up tonight between 8 and 8:30. Have fun selecting your photos!

Love Vee

Monday, September 17, 2012

Farm Stand

Prices vary from farm stand to farm stand. John and I were out running errands yesterday afternoon...urgent need for kitty litter...when I decided to drag him from farm stand to farm stand. 

One of our favorites is on Apple Ridge where two large apple orchards are in business. One of them has a bakery. The thought of a doughnut fresh from the fat vat was very strong. In the end, we didn't go there having heard that people were standing in queue around the parking lot. I like my doughnuts, but not enough to wait for an hour.

We decided to visit a little farm stand closer to home instead. I found a lovely large pumpkin. The price was 25¢ per pound. John hoisted it up and announced that it was seven pounds. It was seventeen pounds. Does $4.25 sound like a lot? I didn't think so. Now it is sitting out on the newly painted deck.

The mums were priced at 3/$15 or $6 each. I only wanted two and I really wanted a larger one. I'm waiting on that choice. So many choices; so many farm stands.

We had a near frost last night. Can you believe it? I covered everything forgetting the tomatoes entirely. I bounded out of bed early this morning when I realized what I had done. All was well here. I'm sure that places in town were hit because the temp was 38F when I looked. Mighty chilly. When will your corner start getting frost warnings?

Love Vee

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mum on the Deck~Mosaic Monday

Got that deck painted at last. Two coats and I'm calling it "good enough" for who did it and "good enough" for whom it is for. Course now I want to show it
off. Looks as if I'll need to do a little more shopping for mums as only one looks skimpy and cheap. ☺

Find out what others are doing this week at Little Red House. It's always fun to see what Mary's doing. (This week it is thought-provoking.)

Love Vee

Come Just as You Are

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and rightly. ~Matthew 11:28 – 30 (The Message)

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
~Matthew 11:28 – 30 (King James Version)

Love Vee