Instead, I've edited a photo from last Christmas which includes one of my very favorite dolls...from Miss Fanny Turgeon. I love this old red chest...I keep essential oils in it and I love the combined fragrances that waft from the open drawers.
My classes are over for this semester; I had a final exam this evening after a long day at work. I'm counting down 'til the weekend--lots of holiday things to finish up, but more importantly, time to breathe.
Collage designed and uploaded by Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage
Tho the weather (traffic) outside is frightful, inside it's warm and cozy with vintage white Christmas decor. Images are from the Better Homes & Gardens site...great decorating ideas can be found there.
My companion lately has been my Lasko ceramic heater. This bad boy puts out some serious heat...I purchased it at Sam's Club three winters ago and it runs quietly and efficiently. I heart it.
The only bad thing about not turning on the furnace is that once I get home and burrow under a blanket with the heater blowing on me, I don't seem to get too much else done; maybe a little knitting or reading, but certainly no housework. Brrrrrrr.
Today's Simple Pleasure: woolen socks
Photos from http://www.lustfyllt.eu/main.asp?kat=home
Collage designed and uploaded by Teresa @ Plumwater Cottage
Visiting Swedish blogs...one of my favorite things! It would be much nicer if I could read the blog posts, but the pictures posted are just so beautiful no translation is necessary. If you haven't, visit some of these blogs(three great ones are listed in my sidebar)...it's almost as good as a trip abroad.
Today's simple pleasure...worldly armchair travels.
Join me in listing your Simple Pleasures...from now (and my count is off, so think back to last Wednesday to begin!) through the end of the year...50 days worth, start on a list of the little things that make you happy...it's always fun to read everyone's list.
My gift from Carol were these beautiful vintage ornaments. Aren't they pretty?
I love to receive a beautifully wrapped gift. Even the items I order from the wonderful members of Etsy come beautifully packaged. The easiest way to return the favor (and not go crazy rushing around looking for tape, scissors, etc.) is to organize your wrapping items. The ribbon rack (above) is hanging in my diningroom/craft 'studio'. Under the window --but a little too unorganized to photograph--are the rest of my wrapping supplies. I'd like to have this:
Dark...that's what seems to be outstanding about this time of year. Dark in the morning while getting ready for work, dark in the afternoon while coming home from work. Lighting a candle casts a warm glow on a cool, dark evening.
The Country Living website has the 'how-to' info on making candle cups. I think these egg cup candles are just so charming...here's where to find the information.
TGIF...I'm looking forward to a weekend of nest fluffing, jewelry making, and relaxing.
I've taken an interest in felting...I can remember many shrunken items throughout my life; sweaters, jackets and the like. Now felting is 'cool.' Way cool, according to the many books and magazines devoted to felting. I'm hoping this little swatch (I need to knit a few more inches on it) will turn into this felted rose pin:
Our stops in New Harmony included The Women's Institute and Gallery where we saw a display of monofilament art. The Gallery also has a display honoring the women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize...Heroines of Peace.
More Christmas elegance...
The city designated my street as one of the many bicycle paths in town. On a good day, it's hard to even cross the street. Don't know how well the bicycles will fare. Pretty amusing...we all thought they were going to actually make bicycle lanes.
I'm anticipating a quiet evening at home, a pot of tea (or a cold beer), feet propped up, and planning for a fun weekend off. One of my favorite little towns is having a holiday open house, and one of the shops is known for the fabulous food they serve during this time. My friend and I will be heading to New Harmony on Saturday...can't wait!
My pink contribution for today is a picture of my geraniums; they look pretty good for the first of November.
On my way out to find a wireless connection (my local library, of course!!), I heard a commotion...motorcycle cops, state police, local police, etc.e blocking off the cross streets in front of my house. I could see a motorcade heading my way....Joe and Jill Biden (and a lot of other 'dignitaries') were on their way out of town. I probably should have walked over to hear his speech, but it was just too nice of a day to abandon a little yard cleanup and outdoor enjoyment.
Go visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for more pink!
Mixed green salad
Stouffer's (yes, sad but true) Lasagna
I've decided to take a space at a craft show on Saturday November 22. A woman at work put me in contact with the show organizer, so now as I sit in my chair and contemplate life, I'm also making jewelry. I've made probably 50 pairs of earrings in the past week, sold more than half of them, and taken orders for more. A little more bead shopping is on the agenda for this morning, and then it will be time to select, wrap, embellish, clip, and hang.
Have a great Halloween!