Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This and That for Fall

Hi friends! Life is keeping me busy, so I don't get to post as much as I wish too, but thought I would share some pictures with you of fall slowly happening in my neck of the woods....hope you enjoy.

I got a few new wax bowl fillers done, they will really help bring in the season and are very appropriate for Christmas as well. Aren't they cute little pinecones and acorns with the pumpkins?

We are still crazy busy with Bob's pottery business, which is great. I know this time of year is nuts for all you crafters out there as well. We are getting ready for another show in just a few weeks, plus getting an inventory done for the Holidays after the show. I will be hosting an open house again in December, so I will let you know more about that at a later time, but you all are welcome to attend if you are anywhere near our place! Here is a picture of a new glaze...I really like this one!

Can you believe we are heading into October?! Time is passing us so quickly....we will soon be ditching the pumpkins and pulling out the stockings! YIKES!!! Have a great week!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Caramel Corn!

Here is a sweet treat for fall that I absolutely love....caramel popcorn! It is a staple here at my home for our harvest parties, and I again make it at Christmas to hand out to friends and family. I hope you enjoy it too.

2 sticks butter
3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup clear karo syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
*Bring to a boil, then add 3/4 tsp. baking soda. Mix into popped popcorn. Bake in baking dish (may require 2 dishes) at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stir every 15 minutes. When you get it out of oven, pour into a big bowl so it doesn't stick to the pan as it dries and hardens.
*Note* This recipe goes to about 3 bags of popcorn, you may want to add more because it will well coat all the popcorn. I also bake mine a little under an hour, before it gets real dark brown.

I took some of this popcorn into clincals with me and all my "girls" ate it right up! It was a hit! :)
Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Craft Show and Some New Pottery

First off, let me shout out to you all: HAPPY FALL!!!! The season has officially arrived! Yeah!!! Now, onto new business....Thought I would post pictures of some of Bob's newest pottery pieces....I only got pictures of the white, we have more new colors, but never got the chance to get a snapshot of them here, they went straight into the packed boxes and on the road with us to the show.

Here is some of Bob's pottery at the craft fair this past Saturday. We had a beautiful day for it and we were busy...which is great! The pottery and even my pumpkins were a hit!

Hope you all are having a great week!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Workin' with wax....pumpkins and santas!

I am working on some goodies for the Hegins craft fair that Bob and I are heading to on Saturday. He has been crazy busy, going on very little sleep, trying to get pottery made and I have been working on some primitive bowl fillers of wax pumpkins and santas for the show as well. These are so great and easy to make....very simple with great results! All you need is some wax, I prefer beeswax, and a mold to pour the melted wax into. I use the dark beeswax and then I add scented oil to the wax once it is melted to make it smell yummy, pour it into the mold and then wait for it to dry. Once it is dry,pop it out of the mold, and I rub cinnamon on them to make them look more primitive and old. Adds a great homey scent to the already scented piece as well.

I hope it is a nice day for the show, and I sure hope sales are great too! :) I will post pictures of the pottery...when we have a lot done and ready!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lots of Fun things.....

This post is my longest ever and has quite a few pictures. So sit down with a hot cup of Joe and get comfy....
Today, I had a box waiting for me at the post office! Don't you love those days, when you finally get that package you've been waiting for! :) I got my package from my fall swap partner, Anne. So, here it is wrapped up out of the box....

........and here is what was all wrapped up! An awesone primitive black pillow coverlet, a crow, 5 pumpkins, and some prim candles. Thanks Anne! I love it all!

So, this weekend I did get some more decorating done, and I think I am about done other than getting my loads of pumpkins, gourds, mums and hay bales....I am going to wait about another week to get that stuff finally done, but I would say the inside is about ready. I was waiting on one thing, and that was the "de-leafing" of bittersweet. I got a bundle in late last week and I got it all deleafed over the weekend and put up here and there. We actually cut more, but I only took a picture of our first pile....

I also picked a big bunch of these beautiful wild sunflowers we have growing wild all over our fields....so pretty!

I also got a small black twig tree over the weekend, I wrapped some orange lights on it and now I have to put on a few more white star ornaments that I am waiting for. The white star ornaments are made by my husband....they're made of pottery of course! :) You can't see the ornaments on the picture with the tree lights on, so I have a seperate picture of the ornies.

Now, do you want to see what else I made over the weekend...whew...I didn't think I got all this stuff done, but wow...I did! This was just a plain white, cardboard box that I got and primmed up....thought it turned out pretty good though.

And finally, for those of you who were waiting to see what I sent Anne, my fall swap partner.......

In it was a small piece of B's pottery, a little prim candy corn that I bought from Patti at The Brickhouse Craft Shop, a prim box, some recipe cards with some of my favorite fall recipes and some plain ones, a wax pumpkin.....

.....an orange knitted dish cloth, a crow plate, and I forgot to take a picture of a large mason jar frog in a wire basket. I had such fun...I hope she enjoyed her goodies....I sure enjoy mine from Anne!
Well, I guess that about wraps it up for now....hope you all are starting off with a great week!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Apple Season

Apple season is upon us and seeing all the yummy varieties of apples at our local farmer's market is very exciting...it gets me thinking of the season that is just ahead! I love caramel apples, apple dumplings, apple cider, and applesauce! Which is exactly what I made for most of the day on Labor Day. My Mom helped me peel the bunches and bunches of apples that I got to make applesauce, for the upcoming winter. I may actually get some more this week to make another batch. I use the rambo apples and they are almost finished for the season around here.
I also wanted to share a picture of "Jack". I ordered this from Jenn Martino from http://yankeeridgeprimitives.blogspot.com/. She did a fantastic job on the stocking and his pumpkin head. I just love him. I have him against the door of an old barnwood cupboard. I am not quite finished decorating for fall yet, but hope to finish up soon.

Hope you are all doing well!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Swap Goodies for Anne!

Well, I just finished wrapping up my harvest swap goodies intended for Anne. They will be sent out in Wednesdays mail. I am waiting for my swap goodies as well....quite exciting! So, what do you think is all wrapped up in these goodies???!!!