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I love necklaces.  I could live without earrings, I usually forget to wear the rings I own, and I have yet to find a bracelet that sits nicely on my small wrists, but an outfit seems incomplete without a necklace.

And I own many of them.

For the longest time they were folded, rolled, and stacked several necklaces deep in one of four little jewellery boxes that I own.  It kept them out of sight, but often made it impossible to grab the right one in a hurry.  What I really needed was a hanging necklace organizer.

And so I made myself one.  Gathering inspiration from here, here and here, I headed to the thrift store and found a framed print that would work perfectly. 

I removed the glass and since the print was glued to sturdy cardboard, decided to reuse it as the backing for the organizer.

I covered the entire thing in Mod Podge and stuck down the fabric.

I then folded in the corners, using a little of the Mod Podge to make them stick, and then folded down the sides over the back, to keep the fabric in place.

 

After putting it back into the frame, I was ready to add hangers. 

To create the hangers, I hot-glued small plain buttons to the surface, and then covered them with larger, prettier, buttons from my stash.  (Due to the shallowness of the frame, I couldn’t use nails or push pins without having them poke too far through, but I think the buttons were a fun solution!)

Then I hung it on the wall and filled it with necklaces!  Isn’t it pretty?

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Enjoying Summer’s Beauty

It is officially fall.  The nights are getting cooler.  Over the past week we have had to cover our veggie garden to protect from frost.  Twice.  I have been busy harvesting produce and filling the freezer and a number of glass jars with summer’s bounty.  It is a busy time of year.

But I took time out, on a beautiful sunny day last week, to take care of the flower garden.  I must admit that the herbs and veggies get most of my attention and care, and most of the time the flowers are left to fend for themselves.

But as I took time to remove weeds and spent flowers, I also spent some time enjoying the last hoorah of summer in the beauty of the flowers still in bloom before me.

I have no idea what type of flowers these are, but I love their colourful blossoms, and the pattern of deeper colours close to the center.  They may not provide food for my table, but they do provide a feast for the eyes. 

A memory of life and warmth that I will still be feasting on during the coldest days of the coming winter. 

What memories of summer will you be feasting on this fall?

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What Dreams Are Made Of

Last week-end Hubby and I drove to our local farmer’s market to stock up on maple syrup and honey, as well as farm-fresh eggs (oh how I love those dark orange yolks!) and the best melt-in-your-mouth corn we’ve eaten all season.  And then, since we were out that way anyway, we made a special stop.

It may not look like much, but this is the place of our dreams.

Some people dream of fast cars, large houses, and world travel.

We dream of a house built of bales of straw, a pumpkin patch, chickens, and a sky where you can see the stars. 

We dream of a woodshop, a sewing studio, and a house just the right size for our family of two.

And this is  the place where our dreams have come to rest.  In the way that life twists and turns, we know that this may not be the place where our dreams come to be.  And we have already experienced first hand that as life changes, our dreams will change too.  But for today, it is enough to enjoy the view, and to imagine a future where our dreams come true. 

 

What do you dream about?

 

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For as long as I have known my husband, he has talked about “One Day” going to Virginia and visiting the great Civil War battle sites.  Well, this summer we made that dream come true by spending 10 days in that beautiful state.

We both loved Virginia, enjoyed the warm weather, couldn’t get enough of the mountain views and appreciated the cobblestones and old charm of the small towns we visited. 

I loved the time we spent together, and I enjoyed expanding my historical knowledge, but I also must admit that I am not quite as passionate as Hubby about standing in historical battlefields and imagining where the troops were lined up and understanding the battle tactics of the generals.

And so, I gave myself a fun photography project.

While hubby immersed himself in history, and spent time getting “just the right shot” of the monuments and other places we visited,  I took photos from another perspective.

Meet Edwin.

Edwin is a small Canadian hippo who conveniently fits in a pocket or purse and who was ready for adventure in Virginia.  My task was to record his journey, and I must admit I had a great time finding creative spots for him to perch at the many places we visited.  And in the end, his photos are a fun and whimsical account of our trip. 

I can’t wait to put his album together.  And it was so much fun, that I think on our next trip (wherever and whenever that may be) this little guy will definitely be tagging along!

Anyone else have ideas for creating special vacation photos?

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Zucchini and peaches and blueberries, oh my!  What’s a girl to do?  Make a batch of summer harvest muffins, of course!

Although we lost all but one of our zucchini plants to cucumber beetles this year, we returned from vacation to find this big boy waiting for us:

And with peaches ripening on the counter, and blueberries in abundance, inspiration hit and I made these yummy zucchini muffins with peach pieces throughout and a big blueberry on top. 

Aren’t they pretty?

I used the recipe for “Kitchen Sink Zucchini Muffins” but added 3/4 cup of finely chopped fresh peach instead of the other add-ins, grated a little extra nutmeg into the batter, and then topped each with a plump blueberry before putting them in the oven. 

Would you like a bite? 🙂

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Back at it!

I never meant to be away this long.  But life happens, and sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan, right?   But now it’s back to school, back to work, and back to blog (and I have to tell you, I’ve missed it!)

I’m looking forward to sharing some of my adventures from the last few weeks, and I can’t seem to help myself from taking pictures of food (even Hubby chimes in now – “aren’t you going to take a picture of that for your blog?”) so I’ll be posting some new recipes, too.  And sewing projects, and gardening, and random thoughts while I do the dishes…yep…it’s back to blogging as usual.  🙂

Happy September and Back to School!

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