Friday, September 26, 2008

Scarecrow Man's Debut

We're not saying there won't be finishing touches,but here he is in all his simplicity.
Dry cornstalks from the garden, potted coleus gifted from a friend, and the scarecrow himself sports Lee's old,torn jeans, boots from a Costa Rica trip,I think, a one dollar shirt from a yard sale, and a yard sale hat.
Scarecrow's head is a plastic,gallon jug covered with burlap that I had rescued from a free pile at a yard sale also. I glued on felt facial features from my tiny felt stash. All this is held together with safety pins. He's stuffed with plastic bags and newspaper. We gathered long,dry grass from the yard to make his hands etc.. This scarecrow is a first for us but it was easier to make than I expected. So many things can be accomplished when we dare to jump in and try things!

Snuggled around our stuffed creation!
Enjoy these autumn days,friends. We have rainy,wet and cold weather in our area right now. Tea, soup, and a supper like I'm preparing right now-mashed potatoes,bratwurst and sauerkraut are on the menu. Stay warm!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Passing on Pumpkin Ideas Galore!

Pumpkins inspire me. They do. Their rich orange hue,sprinkled with spice makes me dream of custards and pie, chocolate chip married with pumpkin for cookies and all sorts of homey things.

Well,I've got a great site for you today! Check out
Ideas for pumpkins are only a part of all they have to offer. If you want your mind to spin with ideas, this may be for you!

What I'm Doing: It's way past my bedtime. I've been scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees, folding and washing laundry, prepping breakfast so it's ready for morning, getting the library books together and last but not least sampling the freshly baked blueberry french toast.Which if you've never tried,you should,I think.

Book Recommendation: Making Amazing Art by Sandi Henry. This has great ideas. I could play and play with all the ideas here.It's geared for the younger set,of course.

And on this simple note I close. May fine pumpkins be yours! They're good for you too! Think calcium,iron etc. oK, oK ,I know. I'm starting to sound abnormal:)


Thursday, September 18, 2008

A favorite Autumn poem...

Autumn Song
These are days of failling leaves,
The days of hazy weather,
Smelling of gold chrysanthemums
And gray wood-smoke together.
These are the nights of nearby stars,
The nights of closer moons,
When the windy darkness echoes
To crickets' farewell tunes.
(Elizabeth-Ellen Long)

When I was a teen I had this poem pretty well memorized, if I remember correctly. It described autumn so deliciously! After marrying and going off to a tropical country for so long I could barely remember any of it except the "crickets' farewell tunes" part. So I turned to Google and yay!~ Here we are! Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Scarecrows,Decoupage, and Watercolors

Yeah,I know, no pictures again....(ducks)! I'll try to get back in the groove soon. I'm here pecking at the keyboard and it's already way late. At least I've been making homemade bread and can look forward to buttery toast in the morning.

The little Pilgrims and I are gearing up for one of my favorite seasons in more ways than one-I ENJOY fall and we even get to remember-you guessed it! Pilgrims!!
So for starters we started "autumnizing" the porch today while we also got garden cleaning done. Cornstalks cleaned out of the garden and the best ones bundled on the front porch and Indian corn(at least that's what it looks like) hung. We started the tropical plants moving back indoors and just generally cleaned. And then of course we started working on a scarecrow. Which I have never done before so this is a real learning experience. We're still working on it-hope to snag a few more items of attire on the weekend and then we can post pictures hopefully. Next up is painting some tin cans in fall colors and filling them with dried grasses etc. Not to mention my aquisition of a cornicopia for the first time... Yep! A real fall porch.

Last night we went to an evening birthday celebration for three friends, big and little. I decoupaged a notebook for one of the little girls being honored, which was also a first for me. Now I want to decoupage some trays.

For the young man I framed a watercolored motto of a verse of Amazing Grace I'd made. I paired Galactic glitter glue and a pack of crayons with the 5 cent notebook(yeah,this is a FRUGAL blog,ok?) I had decoupaged and wrapped it in light green tulle? I'd gotten for free and a lovely green ribbon.
I'm just giving economical gift advice, people! If I didn't work hard in that department I'd need a big budget which I do not have so hence the tips!

I also have a new piece of artwork I did for the boys which I will have to photograph for this space.

I'm trying to not crazily overschedule but we have so many people wanting to come hang out,go out and talk with or come for homeschooling networking or talk on the phone and even email or write that it keeps me on my toes and beyond.Besides my many projects of course but I feel like that helps keep a balance to everything.Taking time to create and be while doing projects is good.This space may take a back seat when things get too overwhelming but probably not too bad because it's so key to me as a person.

Lee and I were checking out some wonderful worship CD's for the little people on tonight. We found some that may help further the singing we've gotten started around here. Wish you all could see Wrenbird clapping along when we were singing He Lives the other night.

Well,there's laundry to put in soak before I hit the hay. And is it ever late!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Rejoice with Me-the Tooth is here!

Wrenbird has finally "hatched" a certain large tooth of rather infamous status as it has been so LONG in coming and it's impending arrival has made us all rather miserable as aforementioned child has been unable to keep her misery to herself. The Tooth has been in now for a few days and we are rediscovering how very,very nice Wrenbird can be!

More news on teeth is that Jess has lost a third tooth.I pulled this tooth using the elementof surprise.Whether that will work again we cannot tell....

Book news: We are almost finished with one of the Stories from Grandma's Attic books. Fun that the boys can enjoy chapter books now!

Well, the little one in my arms has fallen asleep and so my bloggin' time is up.
Hasta Luego! Marcella

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My Voice is Back!

I've found my voice again after a bad case of virtual laryngitis! I returned to our home in the States to discover the virtual braino of the house had crashed. Loads of photos and stuff lost.Thankfully the computer was still under warranty.
Being disconnected was good for me and my family and inspired me to limit my online time and report to my husband if I ever violate my self made rules! So far it's good!
We are well and busy! Lee and I are volunteering at the soup kitchen along with other friends from a house fellowship here in our local community. We're also worshipping with our not-quite-so local fellowship which is like family to us.Lee is busy with work and I'm into the homeschool thang more than ever.
Tonight we planned to go to a get-together and worship time at the home of new friends but when that got canceled I invited another friend over to share the chocolate-black walnut pie I'd made. I've wanted to make that pie for ever so long and I finally did it! Yay! And the fellowship was lovely and she even brought some interesting looking tapes along!
Well,I should get a last bit of baby laundry in soak with my faithful Oxy and find my bed very soon!
Hasta Luego!