Friday, September 16, 2011

bake day kitchen towel


All my kitchen towels have been wearing out recently, and I love the old fashioned looking flour sack towels that are embroidered in the cutest designs, so I decided to make myself some. Using Aunt Martha's Hot Iron Transfers, I chose the pattern 4014 Baby Chicks (what else for me, right?!).

It has been a awhile since I sat down and done any embroidery work, and I was reminded of how satisfying it is to have something pretty for the house in a short time. Arthur chose the colors of the bowl and contents. Green is his favorite color, and he wanted the chicks to be drinking tomato soup.

I am continuing with the baby chicks, and hope to get the set of seven done between other projects.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

three little pumpkins

A few days ago I came across a cute idea on making paper pumkins for fall here, and decided that it would be a fun project for the boys and I. I also remembered Theresa showing us how to make Christmas ornaments from paper, so we deviated from the tutorial, and simply punched holes in the ends of the paper strips with a hole puncher, and fastened them together with brads.

I made my example in the very boring and traditional orange, while Jamey chose to make a blue pumpkin, and Arthur a green one. Arthur also decided his needed to be squished for character.

Here is our efforts in decorating for fall:


We are doing several fall/Halloween projects over the next few weeks, and I'll be sure to share with you!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

dahlia delight


My neighbor has an absolutely gorgeous dahlia garden. I was ever so lucky that she decided to pick a boquet of them for me to enjoy. This year, I also planted dahlias, but they have yet to bloom - probably due to getting them in the ground so late. I also don't know quite what I have, as they were given to me by my aunt, and she got them from another neighbor. So, while I'm expectantly waiting to see how mine turn out, I have been admiring this lovely bunch, and feeling spoiled through and through.

Friday, September 9, 2011

a very small egg


When hens first start laying eggs, there can be some bumps on the way. Like any engine, it needs a bit to warm up. One of my young ladies recently laid this very tiny egg on the left. The one on the right is an average white egg from my leghorn. This bitty egg was so darling, that I had to take a picture and share.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

a new school year

We decided to go ahead and homeschool once again. This will be our third year, and we have some pretty exciting events planned. In celebration of our official first day of school, I took these photos of the boys.


Jamey: 10 years old and in 6th grade




Arthur: 9 years old and in 5th grade



It was super bright outside. I probably should have retaken the photos so they aren't so washed out, but laziness won out.