Monday, October 6, 2014

Decorating for Autumn

Hi Friends! 

Have you started decorating for Autumn yet? 


This year, I just had to try using one of my crocheted doilies to decorate 

a pumpkin. 




I'm very happy with how this one turned out. 

I applied the doily simply using a glue stick around the edges because 

this pumpkin is real and won't last forever, so I should be able to salvage the 

crochet piece to use with something else later. 




Do you guys know this plant below? 

Chinese Lantern.

I never heard of these until I moved to Seattle, and now I look 

forward to them every fall.  

So much fun to decorate with! 




There's so many unusual pumpkins out there, and I 

loved these tiny orange ones.  Didn't take any time at all to 

crochet a decoration for this baby. 




I thought this was a very interesting one too and ties in the light 

pumpkins with the orange ones. 







Right now, I have some placed on our mantel.  The two little ones are not 

real but I wanted to give them as gifts. 




I still can't get enough of these moody blooms! 

A couple of weeks ago, we had some of our neighbors over for a BBQ and 

Stephanie brought me this lovely bouquet from her garden.  She placed them in 

a large Ball jar and tied a bow of crocheted lace around it.  Wonder how she 

knew I was crazy about crochet?  Hee hee. :-) 

I think those sweet friends will be the recipients of my little crocheted pumpkins! 




We have been blessed with some very lovely weather lately! 

Foggy, somewhat chilly mornings followed by afternoon sunshine. 

I spent some time yesterday cleaning and winterizing things on our deck and 

it feels so clean and nice to still be able to enjoy sitting out there. 


Hope you have a lovely week, 

Becca 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn Surprise

Hi Friends!  

You might remember my POST about the beautiful Dogwood Tree in 

our garden. 

Well, to my delight September has decorated this Dogwood with 

lovely cherry like berries! 

After doing a bit of research I discovered the name of the Dogwood is 


or sometimes referred to as "Japanese Dogwood."



It seems the berries are edible, however I haven't tried one yet...

I might just leave it up to the birds and squirrels to enjoy. 



This year, I decided to decorate with some of the 

beautiful grasses that are at the nurseries. 




Just a couple of plants in containers on the deck that can be seen 

from inside, and when the sun shines on them they 

give off that breezy, autumn feeling. 






So, the dogwood berries were new this year, and so was this 

sunflower in the garden! 





Ok, I know it's a big birthday for me this year, but I really don't 

remember planting this. 

I think the birds had something to do with it

by dropping their seeds. 

I would have picked a sunnier location, but it was 

a nice surprise indeed! 




 So using some of my collection of pressed leaves from last years 

garden, I created this mixed-media autumn collage on canvas. 




I'm thinking of adding some beeswax. 

This season always seems to heighten that creative sprit within me. 



 What have you been creating lately, or have you 

discovered any Autumn Surprises in your garden this year? 


Becca 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Faded Beauty

It's that time of year again when we begin to 

notice signs of Autumn. 



The longer, brighter days of summer 

are fading away just like 




 the brighter, vibrant colors of my hydrangeas. 




However, there's just something I find so inspiring about these

fading beauties.




If you look at them closely,  you can see all the 

different colors and stages the pedals take on. 




Stages of life. 












So,  recently bought some new yarn for another 

lap sized afghan I wanted to make.




When I got home, I realized why I might have been attracted to the 

colors of yarn I picked out.  




Now, crocheting this piece takes on a whole new meaning for me. 

An Autumn Hydrangea Afghan. 




 There is no season in all the year so beautiful, 
so radiant with glory, as the early autumn. 
There is no time when the human soul 
drinks in so fully the glory and beauty of nature. 
All objects of beauty are more beautiful 
while passing away from us. 

(quote found on fiveminutevacations.com)



 Becca 










Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September

I am so happy September has arrived! 

Cooler breezes and the cozy sound of a wind chime 

are filling the house today. 




It's only the first of September, but I am so ready to say 

good-bye to summer. 




All those beautiful Autumn colors! 




I know a few people that aren't ready to say good-bye to 

summer just yet, so I created these little sachets filled 

with lavender to help keep those warm summer memories alive. 





I've been wanting to sew again,  so this was a fun way to 

get back to sewing and still use my crochet. 




Every once in a while, I still find a stone that needs a cover.




I think I'm starting to get the hang of making these. 

First I start with a pattern, then sort of adjust it to fit the shape 

of the stone. 



You might remember my linen starfish from a previous post. 

My friend, Sharon mentioned how much she loved them, so 

I made her a small chain of them for her Birthday. 





Here's a photo she took so I could see how 

she was decorating with them. 

I'm thinking if I can get busy and make some more of these,  

they'd be pretty on a Christmas tree!

Hum...how many more days until Christmas?  





So,  how are you feeling about September where you live? 

Are you happy for the change of seasons, or 

sad to see summer end?  


I don't think Lucy here is bothered either way, 

do you? 





Hope you have a great start to your week! 

Becca 


Friday, August 22, 2014

A Summer of Lavender

Hello friends, how are you? 

I've started thinking about autumn already! 

Most likely it's because fall is my favorite time of year, 

which is why I thought I'd better get in gear and share my summertime lavender 

photos with you before I get caught up in those pretty autumn colors! :-) 





I've been dying to go to the lavender farms since we lived here, and 

we finally made it this summer. 




It was everything I expected it to be and more. 







As soon as you got out of your car,  you could smell the lavender, 

it's amazing! 







This little girl was so cute carrying her freshly picked lavender bouquet 

in one hand and her stuffed kangaroo in the other arm. 

I couldn't resist a shot as she strolled through the fields. 




Bees happily buzzing around




The field workers kept busy picking bunches for those that 

didn't want to pick their own. 




 This house is on the property of the lavender farm. 

I think I could see myself living there, sitting 

on that front porch sipping iced tea and watching the birds. 







This little house is the gift shop, 

where I purchased some lavender buds for sachets I'm making...

(stay tuned. :-) 



and this hat...








So, there's my summer of lavender. 



I hope your summer is going well, and I thank you for 

visiting here and leaving a comment or simply just 

taking a peek at my photos. 


Happy weekend! 

Becca