Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Cuffs, Deck Time, And Always The Hedge Apple

I've been hooking away on chunky cuffs for winter and fall......

I just added these three colorful cuff to my little hooking shop on etsy.

I've also been knitting like mad..... working on some lovely soft wristies for winter which I'll post when finished.  Enjoying evenings relaxing with hubby and getting our end of summer/early fall deck time in.

I love the way hedge apples find their way into and around my cozy home.  Fall leaves are definitely gorgeous, but hedge apples falling from trees, gathering in ravines along the road, hedgerows, and the edge of parking lots are my first "call to fall".

We've been able to have a a few fires in our little stone fireplace (well, it's actually a gas fireplace, but I do love to be able to turn the fire on and off at will....).  Willow ejnoys relaxing in the chair next to the fire on these early fall evenings.

Wishing you a lovely fall weekend......


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gobs of Color!

Gosh.... I love the cool, crisp, colorful beginnings of fall.  I know it's not official yet, but I've got mums in pots and in the ground, pumpkins on the porch, and my hedge apple rug on the floor (which Willow immediately took up residence on).

I've been hooking and sewing a bit.  The results of my labors are these hooky cuff bracelets....

I used magnetic snaps for the fasteners.  Had fun playing with color while making these.  They're sewn onto wool attached to the linen.

I took a morning and trimmed out my last hooked hanging piece.  I felt that it needed something more colorwise.  There just seemed to be too much green, so I added this bright strip of wool and sewed on a few little beads.

I went to a hook-in a week ago with my gal pals Tammy and Sheri.
I picked up this luscious yarn.  Can't wait to make something wonderful with it.  I may save it for some hooking, but am tempted to knit a scarf (which I don't really need, but I think it's the best way to show off this homespun loveliness).

There's some pretty sparklies mixed in that don't show up in this shot.  Should have had  hubby shoot it for me.

I told you in my last post that I was having hand surgery.  Well, I did (actually it was on one finger) and it was a breeze (sort of).  So, I'm not hooking yet, but lots of knitting and other bits of this and that.  I went for coffee with bestie, Jessy,  a day after my surgery and she had this sweet little "get well" dolly waiting for me.

She's tied to a blue bottle to put on my bottle tree, but for now she's just resting on the mantle.  No, she won't go outside on the tree.... just the bottle.  Here's a link on the history of the bottle tree.  You may have never heard of bottle trees, but I find them quirky and beautiful.  I also love the folklore that goes along with this old form of garden folk art.  History of Bottle Trees.  One more time, here's my new little rebar bottle tree!

Hope your late summer/early fall is as lovely as it is here and you're enjoying every minute of it!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

House and Garden

Taking some time off for a hand surgery (Yuck!).  Too much crafting.....  I've made several new fun goodies, knowing it may be a few weeks before I can used my hand for hooking, knitting, and painting.  I'll share those later.  In the meantime, here's a few shots from around the house and garden.  The weather has cooled and the feel of late summer and early fall is in the air.

 iris reclining in the sun
 willow, in and out all day from the porch..... grainy made the shot more interesting

 my new rebar bottle tree

 crepe myrtle blooming next to the studio door