Saturday, October 30, 2010

party preperations

Do you like Halloween? I have mixed feelings about it - but of course having grown up in the USA, I have fond memories. Trick-or-treating and dressing up in various costumes my mom sewed - a ladybug, a ghost, etc. and oodles of candy - a child's dream!

My two oldest children have decided to throw parties for their friends this year; just leafing through our little collection of Martha Stewart magazines get us all inspired.

Everyone is excited - we'll play games, carve a jack-o-lantern and I think I'll serve pumpkin soup in the shell, with fresh baked bread sticks. What child doesn't love to dress up in costume? It's been a few years since our last party. Plus....we do have a box of decorations in the cellar and when else will we use our special Halloween cookie cutters?

So much of the fun is the preparation, don't you think? I loved seeing how concentrated the children each worked on their invitations. Even though they were quite simple - we just photocopied some of the M. Stewart templates - the children were creative with their handwriting and I think they turned out rather nice!

Even our cat Spooky seems to have gotten in the mood and become part of the natural Halloween decor in front of the house!

I hope - wherever you may be - that you have a Happy Halloween and a good start into the month of November.....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

thankful for so much....

Hello friends!

The first part of this post is about some very sweet things that have happened recently. As I mentioned in my last post, Valerie sent me this surprise birthday gift - totally spoiled me. But I hadn't yet taken a photo of it, and it is actually a bit of a challenge because of the glass frame. Great photo or not, here is it is!

What a surprise indeed to find this special collage - something I had commented and faved from her Moline's flickr quite a while ago - generous Valerie just went to her etsy shop ( and bought it, framed it (in such a pretty frame!) and shipped it to me! I have it sitting here on the shelf surrounded by other handmade goodness: an angel and pears (Tilda patterns) I sewed, a scrapbook I made for my daughter a couple years ago and the pretty jam covers from Sonia you've seen before :) . I just love the colors and papers in the collage - you see how they match my other decor. A big hug to Valerie ( - indeed she and her family are my thoughts right now.

Everyday I walk around our house and see bits & pieces from flickr friends and reflect on how amazing it is to have met all of you!

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the postman rang and brought me yet another package, this time from England, I could hardly believe my eyes!

Dear Joanie ( created this simply gorgeous embroidered K lavender sachet. My favorite colors and scent! So sweetly packaged in tissue paper and tied with strings and darling vintage buttons. Even the back is delightful. I can't believe I'm so lucky to receive this!

Plus, there was a package of naturally flavored English gummy treats for my children and I quote my son P: "These are the BEST gummy bears I have EVER tasted!!!!!" So thank you from all of us, sweet Joanie! This sachet will not disappear into my closet for sure but will be displayed for my eyes to enjoy for a long time.

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The second part of this post is about September & October in our home and garden. Our first light frost has come but my Calendula & Daisies & a few last Roses are still blooming! I will let the pictures do most of the talking :)

Fall reading....craft books from the library and a new book to keep -
seasonal decorating ideas by German florist /decorator Imke Johannson

The two books from the library were fun to look through but we didn't make anything. The Johannson book is really beautiful and has decoration ideas using natural materials for each month of the year. I immediately had to sew these two adorable squirrels from her book -
although I changed the pattern slightly. So cute!

I like the soft colors of these pears and apples on the table....and I can't resist sharing this delicious pumpkin & cheese quiche with you.

My son became inspired to make some imaginary "Fairy Houses" - how can one not after collecting all the lovely fruits of fall? Little Nanou nut came to visit! (

The "Potato King" he made in preschool reigns over the fairy house and
nibbling squirrels and other offerings of nature gathered on the table. And yesterday, a new chestnut creature (love his wobbly smile!) came home from preschool and I do believe it was love at first sight!

Enjoy the last days of October, everyone!