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A Grapevine Pumpkin

This week, I made a grapevine pumpkin. Yes, I know it is still summer, but I cannot resist the temptation of fall in New England. It is teasing me. With each morning, the air is crisper and cooler. The trees are beginning to shed their leaves as they too appear to be anxious to return to their winter slumber.  Pumpkins have yet to arrive at the local farm stands so I had to make do with this beauty. I love how it turned out and I love that it can take me through all the holidays in fall too.

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Black Widow Lamps

I know it’s early for fall decorating, but I have been busy working with HGTV Gardens on some Halloween crafts. Today, I’m sharing with you these creepy black widow lace covered lamps complete with spiders and webs! I surrounded the vases with spiny succulents from my garden. These lamps were great fun to make and are a great way to recycle old florist vases that we all save for rainy day projects.
I found this delicate lace at the local fabric store. It reminded my of the olden day photos, when widows would dress in black for days on end after the loss of their husbands. I think at one point I even remember someone wearing this type of lace on some t.v. shows that I watched in the 70’s and 80’s. I know for sure this type of lace can be found in the Haunted House in Disneyland, so that made it just perfect for this craft!
For the hurricane lamps, I journeyed over to the thrift store and got super lucky. For $5 a piece I was able to pick up these  two beauties, blank canvases in my mind, ready to be transformed into black widow lamps.
You can find all the directions over on HGTV Gardens.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest


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A Back to School Teacher’s Gift

ink pen bouquet
 This week, we crafted back to school gifts for the teachers. I know that teachers receive plenty of gifts throughout the school year, so I always try to make sure that the gift is not only pretty but functional. We created this ink pen bouquet made from silk flowers and ink pens.  These pretties can sit perched upon their desks and the kids can feel proud to see their teachers using their gifts everyday.

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DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia

As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones later this week, I wanted to take a moment and give thanks to each and every one of you.  Home has so many special meanings to me and my flocks, both feathered and human.  It is incredibly symbolic for so many reasons and having you part of this blog has brought great joy, comfort, inspiration and lessons not only into my life but to many others who visit each week.

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Make a Mum Chain

A crown fit for a princess

I love making Daisy chains in the summertime. I have fond memories of making them as a child and now I’ve taught my children how to make them. We enjoy fashioning them into necklaces, bracelets, anklets and crowns. Mum chains are a great way to take a break from raking leaves on a fall day or to help celebrate an outing of pumpkin or apple picking. Did you know that Mums (short for Chrysanthemum), are in the same family as the Daisy? Their stems are incredibly similar to Daisies, which helps to explain why they work so well. There are a few ways to make Mum chains. I would like to share how I learned to make them as a little girl.