❄️A ❄️ Picture ❄️ Perfect ❄️ Morning ❄️

Hello my lovely friends 💕

For days now the weather guy has warned us of the ‘Winter storm’ headed this way.

Well, when I took the dogs out last night, there wasn’t much of anything…even the grass still peeked through a light dusting. But when I went outside this morning, everything had changed. I was greeted by this view…

The owl is wearing a hat…

…and our ‘Welcome’ bear a mask – I wonder what he’s up to 😋

The neighborhood kids got busy 😃

For me there are not many things more beautiful than a snow-covered Pine Tree

I don’t think Pearl, the cat, cares 😁

The Wisteria branches are a work of art 😍

Now I shut up, and let you enjoy the scenery 😊

(There’s nothing wrong with your eyes – it was early, and still somewhat dark-ish 🙂)

I hope you enjoyed the stroll through our Winter Wonderland 💜

I wish you a wonderful weekend! 💕

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Looking back…and forward 😊

Hello my lovely friends 💕
I hope this finds you well! Did you have a nice holiday season? 🎄⛄️
I wish you a very happy and successful 2019! May it be as fabulous as you are 😍

You may have noticed that I took a little break on here.
Note to self: Don’t do that again! 🙈 It’s really hard to find the way back – even though I enjoy it immensely. Finding a perfect re-starting point…well, didn’t happen.
So I’m just gonna tell/show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. 😁

I did a few craft shows – here’s a picture of the very last one. It was at my friend Donna’s house. She makes the most amazing canned goods, and was so sweet to host a ‘Maker’s Market’ at her house. 😊

 

In between shows I was busy creating new pretties for the next one.

 In December we had some friends over for a wonderful ‘Holiday Party’. 😍🎄🥳
I made a German/Hungarian Beef Stew.  Judging by the empty bowls… it was delicious.🤩

 

One of my goals for the coming year is to take my camera with me more, and show you some pictures from around here. We’re off to a great beginning – here are my two favorites from the first outing.

Sycamores  – I love them! 😍

 

Some em….pretty things (if you know what they’re called, please let me know) 😊

 

I made my first felted hat!
At this point hubby really doubted that I knew what I was doing 😂

But – it turned out well  😃 More on that later.

 Oh…one more blogging goal….I wanna learn (and share) about all the amazing art out there. I’m thinking a ‘Weekly Gallery’  🏞 What are your thoughts on that?

Before you leave – here’s the first hat of 2019. It’s a Pixie 🧚🏼‍♀️ Hat to symbolize the hope for a magical new year 🤩

 Alright my friends – this was it in a nutshell. It’s good to be back! 🤗
I hope to see you again soon. 💕

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Will You Take A Walk With Me? 😎🍁🌳

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Lansing, KS is not your typical pretty ‘Small-Town-America’. But in the Fall it turns into a canvas for Mother Nature most beautiful work. 😍

It’s a sunny, crisp morning, so I took my camera with me on my daily walk.

Here are some pictures of the delightful sights I’m lucky enough to see every day 😊

Straight out the door stands this beauty

These pictures speak for themselves

There’s a little frost on the ground

As the sun went higher, more and more colors came to life

The little creek was really flowing after the rains two weeks ago. Now…not so much

Sunshine and a little green fairy 🧚🏼‍♀️

This one made me chuckle 😄

I hope you enjoyed our little stroll 🍁

Do you have a lot of Fall colors in your neck of the woods? Let me know…I’d love to hear/see what’s outside your door! 💕

Playing With Yarn & Colors ~ A Freeform Collage

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Are you enjoying the brilliant colors Mother Nature uses to paint the trees around us this time of year?

Every morning, while walking the dogs, I see more and more patches of reds and yellows pop up 😍

And some wonderful people have been sharing their Fall pictures on Facebook

Glorious…isn’t it?! I wanna jump right in! Don’t you? 😁

Seeing all these photos sparked an idea = Freeform Collage!

I’ve been trying my hand at Freeform Crochet Scrumbles, and am loving it!

So I got all my Fall-Color yarn out and went to town…no plan, just a picture in my mind.

Luckily I had the perfect yarn in my stash. 😃

Like this one here – Fall colors in a skein…

And this beautiful handspun wool

And of course many more, but these two really stand out. 🙂

And inch by inch it grew

Glorious Autumn – A Freeform Collage

It’s so much fun to play with the colors and different stitches.

Please watch for updates, and see the lake, sky, and more trees appear 😊💕🍁

Do you think Freeform is for you? You should try it sometime – once in a while it’s good to let the crazy child inside you create 🙃

Have fun! 💕

I Miss Puddles ☔️

Hello my lovely friends 💕I’ve always loved rainy days! The sound of rain against the window, the racing clouds, the smell of the air and wet asphalt. 😊 How about you? Do you feel the same or are you more of a ‘heat and sunshine’ person? Since it’s been a while since I got to enjoy the beautiful moisture from above, I took to the web, and found this… 😃RainyMood.com – It is an app, but this website gives you a preview 😊☔️🌧💜🌧☔️💜☔️🌧💜🌧☔️💜☔️🌧💜🌧☔️💜☔️🌧💜🌧☔️💜☔️A (somewhat) Heart-shaped puddle I captured last year After a rainstorm last fall…don’t you love the tree reflection in the water? 😍This is from a couple of years ago…during my ‘drawing phase’. See, rain-themed 😁Maybe I’ll go now and try a rain dance! 😆I wish you a fabulous weekend, and hope you get to do things you love! 💕

Trees & Shadows ~ The Sun Is Out 😎

Hello my lovely friends 💕

If you stand on your tippy-toes you can see the weekend from here 😃 And just in time the sun decided to join us!

Everyone is squinting and blinking – it’s been a while since it was this bright outside 🌞

But you’re not here for the Kansas weather report…so I get to the ‘Trees & Shadows‘ that brought you here 😊

When I took the dogs outside, I noticed that the sun was in the perfect position for this beautiful image

Mother Nature really painted a beautiful picture here 😍

I snapped a few more photos, but the first one really is my favorite!

And I noticed the first sign of Spring

The Maple tree is budding a few weeks earlier than last year…I hope that’s a good sign 😊 and that she knows what she’s doing. Not like these poor things 😂

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 😎🌞🌷

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the short trip into our backyard 💕

Pine Cone Arrangements ~ Bringing Autumn Gatherings Into Your Home 🍁

Hello my lovely friends  💕 A big part of this might sound familiar to some of you – I did post this idea last year – but a lot of you weren’t here then 😊 and if you were, you might like a little reminder  😊 

How would you like to combine a Nature Walk 


with a crafty activity afterwards? 😍
Sound good? Well then…keep reading 🤓

But first – this 

    She’s just so cute…you’ll probably see her a lot here 😊

Alright…let’s get walking and crafting 

I start with collecting pine cones on my morning walk  – these beauties are along the way, and greet me every day with a lovely scent 


So if you see two women crawling around under the pine trees…with 3 dogs watching…that’s my friend Carole and me collecting pine cones 😁

Once home I clean them in a water/vinegar mixture – gotta get rid of the bugs 😖

    

After their ‘bath’ you wanna bake them in the oven at 200 degrees…for about an hour to get rid of the bugs that learned to breathe under water 😋

  
While they bake you can gather the rest of the necessary things. Here’s what you need …

~a glass vase

 ~Potpourri

 ~decorative glass gems 

~1. Start by filling the vase with the gems – about 2″ high.

~2. Then add the pine cones and the Potpourri in layers.

I started with some Potpourri, set a pine cone on top – against the side of the vase, added more Potpourri, a cone on the other side, and so on.

~3. When you work your layers, make sure you have 2 or 3 pine cones left over – sticking out at the top they’ll give your arrangement the pretty ‘fall-y’ touch.

There…isn’t that pretty 😍

I’ve used the glass cylinders for a few different arrangements 

For hubby’s man-cave 🎱

This one sits in the powder room 🙂

My ‘Mickey Mouse’ cactus watches me create new patterns 😀

This one here is my favorite 😍

And of course…one more for the studio 💜

I hope I triggered your creativity….let me know which arrangement is your favorite/ you decided on making for yourself ☺️

Sending Love ❤️ Smiles 🙂 and Hugs 🤗 your way! 

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