Friday, November 3, 2017

Halloween fun...







We went all out this year with the decorating...
I worked on this stuff for about a month...
Planning and execution...
and it paid off!
It all came out so good!

We passed out over 1000 pieces of candy!
Our neighborhood is THE place to come for Halloween!

The street was full of people all night.  
It looked like a herd from The Walking Dead!
I am so thankful that my family came over to help!
It was just unbelievable!
Here are some pictures,  
some daytime and some at night.

















We are already planning for next year!  It was so much fun!
'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pineapple Sage...









Thanks to Mildred from Mildred's Blog for suggesting the Pineapple Sage.   It is finally blooming and looks so pretty.  
I've heard that it is very good for attracting hummingbirds.  Unfortunately,  they have gone South for the winter.  Lol

I do love it anyway.  It smells so nice, 
and it puts on a real show!  
I will have it again next year!
Thanks,  Mildred!





I'm still working on Halloween,  
but thought I'd take a short break
 to show you how pretty this is...

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Headstones...





A Preview...
Getting ready for Halloween...

Some of what I've been working on 
for the last couple of weeks...













I made all of these with insulating foam.  
Easy to work with and economical,  too! 
I used old paint that I had,  
so I didn't have to buy any new stuff.
(The bottom sign I picked up 
at the craft store for $1.00.  I painted it.)
And a few of the molded ones 
came from the dollar store.
So much fun!

More pictures to come 
when they are actually placed outside.

The weather is supposed 
to be good on Halloween, 
 I am so happy about that!

Can't wait!!
'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Halloween Prep...




I am still alive!!!  

I am getting ready for Halloween!  My neighborhood is having a friendly decorating contest.  No prizes--just bragging rights and a chance to name the theme for next year...

It's taking all my time!  

Getting ready!!!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

P.S.  Pictures to come!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Doll sweater...




New sweater for Jamie...

I made this without a pattern.  



The sleeves are too long and too wide.  I will sew some very thin elastic on the edges and that should help.  I will adjust this on my next try.

Otherwise,  it looks good on her.  The wardrobe is growing!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Before and After...


I decided to "paint"  my swing...
I actually used solid color stain to coat it.
Here is the before.   Looks rather "weathered".



Here it is  "after".
It is a very light grey.
I like how it came out!


Now,  I need to get some darker grey 
for the part that holds the swing.  
It is too weathered,  too!
I'll do that once my back heals 
from doing the swing!
I keep forgetting that I am getting old,
 and I need to do things a little at a time,  
not like I used to do them.  haha

See the purple ball on the side?  
I call that my Redneck gazing globe!
It is my Great Grandson's play ball,  
and he uses it when he comes to visit.  
It just adds a little whimsey to the back corner.

Always something to do,  something to improve,
or something to fix!  That's life and life is good!
Praying for the victims of Harvey
 and hoping that their recovery
 is speedy and complete!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lavender cookies...



I've been wanting to try these Lavender Cookies 
for a long,  long time...



The perfect accompaniment is a cup of tea...


I picked this teapot up at a thrift store many years ago...



 It is English china... I love it so...



 I like to use my "Tea Rose" 
Pfaltzgraff to serve on...


So here are my cookies...

I was not disappointed...

They are so good!

You can see the little pieces
of lavender flowers in the cookies...

I have two small lavender plants...
I planted this one last year...

This is a different variety...
I planted this one this year...
It seems more robust than the older one.
I've read that if you cut it way back in the Spring,
 it'll flower more freely.
 I will try that next Spring.

So,  here is the recipe for the Lavender Cookies...

5/8 Cup butter
1/2 Cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon Lavender flowers,  chopped
1 1/2 Cup All purpose Flour

1/4 Cup sugar,  for sprinkling on top of cookies

350 degree oven 15 minutes or so

Beat butter,  1/2 cup of sugar 'til creamy.  Add egg.  Mix 'til fluffy.  Add Lavender flowers and flour.   Mix 'til incorporated.  Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 'til lightly brown.  Enjoy!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean