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  



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Banana Jam...








I made some Banana Jam the other day...
I gave it all away to my family, 
and the little boys who live across the street.
They all love it!



It is very easy to make.

It is bananas,  sugar and lemon or lime juice.

The recipe is as follows.

Ingredients:

2 cups of mashed bananas (about 5 small)
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice
(This recipe makes about 2 1/2 to 3 cups of jam)

Instructions:

1.  Fill the water bath canner with water and bring to a boil.
2.  Wash the jars, rings,  and lids.
3.  Fill the jars with very hot water to sterilize.
4.  Put all ingredients in a pan and stir occasionally.
5.  Let the jam boil for 5 minutes.  Keep lowering the heat as it thickens,  so that it doesn't scorch.
6.  Ladle the jam into the jam jars.  Leave 1/8 inch head space (clear space) at the top.
7.  Wipe the rim of the jar to make sure it's clean.
8.  Put the lids and rings on.
9.  Using the jar lifter,  lower the jars into the boiling water and process for 10  minutes.
10.  Remove from the water bath canner using the jar lifter and allow to cool completely on a towel on the counter.  

Note:  If you don't want to water bath the jars,  you can refrigerate them and just use it within a few weeks.

This is delicious!  Especially good with peanut butter on a sandwich!  Try it,  you'll like it!

'Til next time,   Love ya,  Jean


Friday, August 4, 2017

Hummingbird Moth...






I saw this Hummingbird Moth 
in my garden today.
I had a hard time getting a picture of it,  
it flew around so fast.
This is the moth that grows 
from a tomato horn worm.




I feel lucky to see this little beauty in my garden.  I'm sure they must help with pollination of crops,  they move around so much! Just thought I'd share!


'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Keep those wasps away...







This absolutely works!



It's a paper bag hung in an area where you don't want the little buggers!  It is filled with plastic grocery bags,  the top  is stapled together and a piece of twine is added for a hanger.  Here's how it works:

The wasps see it and think it's another nest and avoid the area.  So simple!

And a great solution.  I've been using these for 4 years now and have not had one single little nest anywhere on the deck roof.  Amazing!  So simple--so good!  

If you are bothered with wasps,  try this!  It really works!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Meet Jamie...







I have reverted to my childhood!
I saw this doll on the internet 
and I just had to have her!
Her name is Jamie!
She is part of a collection called
"Maru and Friends".
I love her and I think she is so beautiful.
She is 20" tall and the perfect size
 to make and design clothes for.
I will probably have to make my own 
patterns for the clothes.  
I have not found many patterns 
for clothes that will fit her.
Actually,  that's part of the fun for me!
I love doing this.
So,  let me show you more of her.


Jamie is well balanced
and stands on her own.

I love her beautiful jacket
and the cute T shirt underneath.

These boots are to die for!

I love her beautiful hair!

She will be warm this winter!

I love her eyes,  she even has eyelashes!
And if you look closely,
she even has some faint little freckles.
So precious!
I am in love!
She brightens my day
just by looking at her.

Let the fun begin!
I will keep you updated
on the progress of her wardrobe.
Do any of you out there
have some dolls that you play with,
or is it just me?

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean