Friday, December 17, 2010

These Happy Golden Days

7:45 AM found me in the car, being taken out to breakfast by my wonderful brother.  We had such a jolly time!  Singing in deplorable harmony, trying to get the poor little heater to start up, and cheerfully moaning over the fact that we were five minutes late, we finally pulled into the parking lot at The Country Boy in Athol.  
Where we had an even more jolly time=)
 
Tasha and Alex rendezvoused with us there, and it was quite a fabulous little outing.  The novelty of going out to breakfast by ourselves, combined with sparkling conversation, delicious food (I, for the record, had stuffed french toast swathed in berries and cream;) and wonderful fellowship, made it an experiment I would like to try again!  It was so fun to act quite grown up and independent...
 
After breakfast, we all drove down the road a ways to the spot where our Azure food co-op pick-up is held.  We found our order among the piles of boxes and cases, and after talking a bit more, headed for home down the frozen road.
 
Thanks so much for joining us, Snookie! Tristan!  I enjoyed it so much!
 
On the way home, I had a letter waiting for me.  Now any day that one receives a letter just for them, is sure to be a special one!  I read it while we were toiling up the long, snowy driveway, and finished it while my sisters pounced on and devoured my white carry-home box filled with stuffed french toast. (the french toast, not the styrofoam;)  In a few minutes, our friend Tess arrived for a visit.  She has lived in China, and speaks Chinese very well.  We've been learning to speak and write that beautiful language with her, and it's so much fun!  
 
I sent off a custom order apron to a customer, as well.  It was a very fun project to work on - what do you think?
I enjoyed working with such bright, cheerful colors, though they're not my usual palette.  And the Dachshunds are really cute;)
 
 
   
 

 
 
 
That crossed off my list, I sat down in the afternoon to watch It's A Wonderful Life with the girls, while making buttons.  I recently invested in a pin-back button maker, and it's so much fun to use!  I also have parts for making mirror-back buttons - fun!  Look for them in the shop soon.

 
 

 
 
Well, the Yuletide Farmgirl Festival is halfway through!  I've enjoyed each and every entry so far, and I want you all to know how much I appreciate your participation.
 
If you haven't yet, be sure to enter in the Giveaway going on!
 
I hope you have a lovely, joyful day!
 
Love,
~Me~

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sewing, Sledding, Smiling


The Farmgirl Festival is nearly upon us!  I've been working very hard to get everything prepared for this exciting event.  I'm so eager to see what everyone will come up with to enter!  Are you ready?
I'm also working on finalizing the details for the awards for each category - stay tuned for the announcement!
 
Besides the excitement of preparing for the festival, I wanted to share some snapshots from my life.  Enjoy=)
 
Lots of embroidery
 
New Carharrt coat!  So wonderful ♥
 
Scrumptious fabric
 
Zillions of needlebooks
 
Making wreaths
 
Baking spritz cookies - recipe coming soon!
 
Romping in the snowdrifts
 
Happy Saturday, everyone!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Yuletide Farmgirl Festival 2010





Yuletide Farmgirl Festival
~December 13-20, 2010~

A Walk in the Woods


I went out this morning a little earlier than usual to do the chores - 6:30 AM.  I had a mission.  
 
The sky was completely clear.  The thermometer read 19 F.  I knew it would come, and I wanted to be there when it did.
 
Armed with camera, I waited for it to arrive.  This is what I saw in the interval.
 
 
 
Frosted raspberry leaves
 
Eave detail
 
 
There's nothing so festive as icicles=)
 
 
 
I love where I live!
 
Frozen tree fort
 
By this time, my hands were getting frozen.  You know that searing, agonizing pain you get just before all feeling flees from your consciousness?  Yet I stuck it out.
 
Yes, I'm crazy.
 
I wrote a song with my friend one time about that very phenomenon - (frozen fingers and toes, not my mental state;).  We'll have to record it and share with you some time. . . 
 
My good puppy Rosie!
 
And my other good puppy, Leroy!  (who hates having her picture taken!)
 
Milo waiting for his breakfast
 
Susan the snow-lady - Lilly's handiwork
 
A cheerful rooster
 
 
And then, I took up my position.  The time was nigh.  Just a few minutes more. . . 
 
 
.:.:.:.:.:.
 
 
A winter sunrise.
 
God's gift to those who only go out to see it!
 
The sun's up - I'm going inside to make waffles!
 
And begin the painful process of defrosting.
 
Have a joyful Sunday!
 
Love,
~Me~
 
"Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart."
-Psalms 32:11
 
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