a very nice surprise indeed~!
|A Cultivated Nest|
|Son Bobby noticed our home needed some TLC on the outside.|
He offered to power wash and paint all of the outside
and he did!
It looks great too.
He is same son that helped us tile our floors just about a year ago.
|2011 beautiful fresh evergreen wreath that my brother made. |
He makes one for me every Christmas and this is one especially fresh and pretty
and doesn't it look great on the freshly painted entry way?
that wonderful real wreath is how we ended up with this assortment of trees for Christmas 2011
We own several big green artificial trees but when I set them up, they looked awful -
just squashed and straggly and not nice at all.
So with Gavin here to help me, we packed away the green trees and set up these 3 trees.
One is silver, one is pink and one is white.
I like them but I am hoping to do a big fresh real tree next year.
|By the comments from people that have been in our home, |
they seem to either really like this tree medley
or they think it is just bizarre.
|and in case I don't get another blog post done before Dec. 25,|
to you all with love
from Rhonda and Jeff
|I saw this cartoon on Facebook and really like it . |
I am just not a fan of rushing from holiday to the next,
I am not really a fan of rushing anything
So I will just be enjoying Thanksgiving for the rest of November.
|The December issues of Country Living and Martha with their very pretty Christmas covers have arrived|
but I will just wait until Dec. 1st to read them.
|Sweet little Gavin and Elizabeth this morning|
just a coincidence that they both wore Eskimo Joe shirts
|Jimmy came for lunch and Elizabeth was so excited to see him.|
Gavin would of been excited too but he had already left today.
|November is halfway over and I finally put out some fall/Thanksgiving decorations this week,|
I think I might be the very last blogger to do so........
Anyway, decorations are very simple this year.
Everything is stuff I already had.
The jars on the mantle are filled with faux apples and pears
|I just made the thankful banner this week, so I guess it is new.|
But I used only supplies I already had
I used a Cricut to cut out the brown oak leaves and cream letters, them glued them to a some craft ribbon.
|2 wreaths made by my brother, |
this wall leads into our kitchen and faces the dining room.
keeping it real - can you see the trash can?
|plastic canvas candlestick Pilgrims and Indians I made 10 or more years ago|
The turkey salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandmother.
|more turkey S&Ps, that will actually be used. |
I don't care if these get handled but I would be very sad if something happened to my grandmother's set
|my father in law painted this turkey and it is hanging by our front door.|
|some very simple silhouettes I made of my grandchildren|
I took profile pictures of them, printed them and cut them out of black paper.
Then I scanned them and shrunk them to fit these little frames and printed them
in black and white on paper.
I've seen lots of method to do them, this is just my method and probably not the best but I am really happy with them.
The frames were 10 cents at a yard and I have 4 of them,
so when future grandbabies come along, I can add their profiles to this grouping.
One other change I made is about comments on my blog. I used to allow anonymous comments but I have been getting so much spam, about 3 day and they've mostly been anonymous.
I am not going to add the word verification but I did change the settings to not allow anonymous comments anymore.
So if you want to leave a comment but don't want to do the blogger thing, then just email me
|cowgirl in pink|
|cowgirl in orange and black|
|Son Bobby was here today too. |
He rightly calls himself a grillmaster as he enjoys cooking outside.
He grilled a trayful of chicken breasts dipped in Head Country barbecue sauce for our lunch.
That chicken was delicious and I am happy we have leftovers too.
|While Gavin napped yesterday, I did a little fall updating. |
I put the green polka-dot sheers back on the front window -I found them several years ago at a thrift store for $1 :)
and the yard sale green tablecloth replaced the red and white checked summer cloth.
|Aren't these doilies wonderful?|
My mom, The Queen of Crochet, made them several years ago
|I think they look like candy corn.|
Have you all seen the candy corn crafts that are the rage this year?
I searched for candy corn on Pinterest and found 80848 pins for candy corn!
Mom was way ahead of the times when she crocheted these.
|A few weeks ago, I saw on Elizabeth's blog, that she had some pretty colored glass up in a window very similar to the window over our front door. |
I put my grandmothers glass paperweights up in ours and they really look pretty when their is bright light coming through.
|oops - looks like I need to add clean dead bugs off windows to my to-do list!|
|I sewed up this new handbag for me this week.|
The bird fabric was a preprinted apron panel, also found at a thrift store.
I used a free internet pattern that I have used before
Artsy Craftsy Babe's Pleated Tote
it is an oldie but goodie pattern, very easy to sew up and does not require a huge amount of fabric.
|Elizabeth in a retro diaper from neighbor Marcus|
|3rd batch of no-knead 14 day dough|
made into 6 buns