Pumpkin Patch Fun

It's been awhile--a crazy week, planning for a weekend retreat for the leadership team of the Writing Project, and a house in chaos--but I'm back with a few simple things.

First, I won another giveaway! Imagine my suprise when I was reading through some blogs and my mouse happened to land on the link to the winner and I saw my blog address! Wendy sent over these too cute pumpkins. They arrived yesterday--just in time for Halloween.
Don't they look great on my kitchen windowsill? Except you probably can't tell that that's my kitchen. I zoomed waaay in so you couldn't see the dishes piled up in and around the sink. Really. It's that bad. Have I ever mentioned that I need a dishwasher? My next house will have two, just because I can.

And check out what I did with one of the pumpkins we picked up at the pumpkin patch. Soooo simple, but I love the look of its little belt (as Avery called it). This what I want to do for the bottom tier of my pumpkin topiary, but I still haven't found one in the right size.

My students are working on projects using pumpkins right now, and I can't wait to show them off in the next day or two, but for now, here's a little more fall inspiration.


Happy Fall, Y'all!

(Yes, I'm from the South and proud of it.) It's finally starting to feel like fall here in Nashville! I'm so excited to start dressing Avery in all of her too cute fall outfits instead of the sleeveless tops and shorts she was still able to wear earlier in the week. I'm excited about brisk, but sunny afternoons. I'm excited about oranges and browns and reds. I'm excited that fall brings us closer to winter, because winter means snow, a favorite word among teachers.

This picture of our front yard was taken last weekend. The leaves were just starting to turn--you should see them now! Hopefully we'lll be able to ride up on the hill this week so I can get some shots of the farm in full color. I'm so not a farm-type girl, but I married a man with strong ties to his family's land, and though there are still times that I think about what it would be like to go house hunting or to live somewhere more suburban, I'm finally--after eleven years--starting to understand the pull of the Hollow. This time of year, when the fields are mowed, the leaves are bright, and the animals are more visible, I feel it even more.

And so....I went looking for some fall inspiration. I LOVE these projects, and might try some of them myself...next year. Right now I still have a Halloween costume to finish, a website to design for one of my three jobs (and by that I mean paying jobs, nevermind being a wife and mommy), and two trips to take in November. Here's what I found.

And these are the projects I have tackled this season. Actually this past Monday. Hey, I don't get that many days off between August and May, so I try to get a lot done on those days I am off (hence my love of snow days).

Those house numbers are my entrance into the world of vinyl lettering. I cut them out on my Cricut from Wall Pops, which you can get at Lowes.

And here's a closer look at the pumpkin topiary in progress. I'm still looking for a larger pumpkin to add to the bottom. I may use a real one for that. Once it's done it should fit better in the pot, hiding the dirt left from the summer's flowers.

Easiest. Centerpiece. Ever. The floral/berry picks are just stuck into the spaces of the wire pumpkin.

I want to find some black pillar holders for the pumpkins, but the little silver pots work, too.

So I finally did some decorating for fall. I'm still looking for more fall decorating ideas, though, so please comment with ideas and links!


Welcome SITSas!

Today is the day of the big Blog-a-thon! It should be lots of fun and a great way to support women bloggers. Not sure what SITS is? Click below to get in on the fun.

I found SITS only about a month ago, and then only clicked over for a chance to win a Cricut. I didn't get the bug, but I did find an enormous community of bloggers who reach out to each other and give us all a way to find new interesting things to read and try. The community aspect of blogging is why I started this blog in the first place. I probably post a lot more now because I know there are actually people out there who read my crazy thoughts, and that audience is great motivation to keep creating and writing. And the comments! A few weeks ago I was a saucy blog and received 22 comments on one post alone. And isn't that really why we all blog? :) Comments stroke our egos, admit it! So head on over to SITS and find some good reading material. You might even win something! Here are a few SITSas to get you started.

Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder

Made With Love and Lots of Glue

Life as a Mom at 22


My Dogumentary

And don't forget to leave comments!!


Drumroll Please.......

After over six months and I'm sure way more money than he ever intended, Avery's 2nd birthday present from my parents is FINISHED. This is by far the biggest project I have ever taken on, but the results are pretty spectacular. It started out with a plan that my dad insisted wouldn't be much more difficult than a plain Jane one. Right. I actually was sort of joking when I showed him the plan. I never thought he'd actually go for building it. It started with Dad and Kyle building it, but when the summer came it became dad and me finishing it, as I'm a little picky about finish work. I haven't had a chance to really move her in or decorate yet, but I think you get the gist. You should see the back part of my bedroom--it's filled with all kinds of pink and green stuff to pretty it up with. I've been collecting and crafting all summer! And yes, those are tiny energy efficient windows (free demos from a friend who sells windows), upgraded carpet (a remnant) and electricity (you plug the house into an extension cord running from our house) you'll see. At some point Dad wants to add a loft, but I nixed that idea for now because I wanted her to be able to play out there without me having to constantly hover over her for fear of her climbing and falling. Avery loves it, and I know she will love it for years to come. I can just imagine sleepover out there--who needs tents?!

Okay, so now for the big reveal. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, starting with construction and moving towards the finished mini-mansion. Enjoy your house, Avery. You're worth every minute spent on it!

So there it is. Avery has already had a McDonald's picnic in it with her daddy, and isready for all of her friends to come and visit soon! Tea party, anyone?


Happy Mail!

We had about 100 people over this weekend for the Peay Hollow Reunion. Once they dispersed I headed past the garage for something when something white between the cars caght my eye. Imagine my excitement when I found it was a package addressed to me!
Heidi over at Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls held a giveaway at the beginning of the month, and I won! I never win anything, so I was very excited, and playing with the gooodies was a nice break between Kyle's family reunion and mine.

Look at all the goodies--papers and stickers and candy--OH MY!

And look at this little spider candle holder. She packaged everything so cutely.

And how about this great Halloween chipboard kit. I'm looking forward to playing with this, as chipboard is a medium I haven't really played with yet.

Thanks, Heidi, for all the pretties. I still have two days of my 5-day weekend, so I will certainly play with it all before heading back to school Tuesday. And be sure to check out her blog...she's a fantastic thrifter and crafter!


Look What I Got!

After being in my basement for almost exactly two years, I finally found time to have my grandmother come over and help me set up the sewing machine she gave me. She bought it right after she and my grandfather married...58 years ago! She kept talking about what a pretty stitch it made, which I didn't get (like when my mil says Avery has such pretty straight legs. HUh?), but she's right! It works perfectly, and I'm excited to try my hand at sewing now. Actually, I already sewed one thing today, but it's very much a prototype, so I'll have to post about that another time. Just what I need, right? Another hobby.


Just a Tease

That's all you're getting for now! {evil laugh!} Check back for more very very soon...it's almost done!


I Love Wordle!

I've been playing with word clouds for a couple of months, even using them in two of my classes and adding one to my sidebar, but I never really saw them as art.

Then I saw this print on the Pottery Barn website:

Very cute, but not $80 cute. But it got me thinking. Thinking about how words arranged randomly could actually be attractive. And so I went back to Wordle.net. This site allows you to create free (free!) word clouds by simply pasting in text or typing in a link. The more times a word is used, the larger it becomes. You can also alter the font, color and layout.

So this is what I came up with for Halloween. If I'd spent more time on it I probably could have made it more square like the PB one, but I still think it's pretty neat. I could print it out, enlarge it and frame it as the one piece of Halloween decor in my home. Once you create them, they are yours to use however you like.

I wish I knew how to make it larger, but I think you get the idea. You can also see it here larger.

Any other ideas for how to use this fun word art? If you make one, leave a comment with the link...I want to see them!

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