I put the pumpkins on one of my favorite antiques. This is a blanket chest from the very late 1700's or early 1800's. I use orange lights and a black and orange garland.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Tom Jones is a wonderful potter in Fairhope, AL. We have been visiting his studio for several years. My dear Step-Mom lives near Fairhope and while visiting her , we found Tom and his pottery. Each year he makes a series of collectible pumpkins. The very plain one in the back was one of his first. Each year he chooses a different glaze. My favorite is the red glaze(back far left). I haven't gotten my pumpkin this year as I think I ordered too late. The pumpkins are highly collectible. I tried to order in early Sept. and they had already sold out. He makes several hundred each year. Maybe I'll try in July next year!!!! This years glaze was light blue and he called it Alabama Skies. I think I would have put it upstairs. I don't think the light blue would have gone with all these earth tones. If you want to see more of Tom's work go to his web site at www.tomjonespottery.net. But don't expect to buy this years pumpkin!!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I was able to find two wonderful shops while traveling. I always enjoy Patches and Stitches in Huntsville. The ladies there are very helpful. I got several things ready to stitch. When I saw "Thankful Quaker" by Bent Creek, I knew I wanted to stitch it. At the present, I have no Thanksgiving pieces finished. I do enjoy stitching a Quaker design and the colors in this one are great. My camera doesn't do the best job with color. It makes things look drab. In this design the threads are very rich fall colors. Plus, I love the Thanksgiving hymn, "Come Ye Thankful People, Come."
I got the fabric and thread to stitch this one. It's a good thing the colors are simple as the whole pattern is written in French!! I don't speak French! My Grandson saw this and said, " Grandma are you doing this one for me?" I think I'll turn to the Thanksgiving pieces and finish this one later for him. I'm not sure the color of the fabric. It was in a basket of small pieces so the lady didn't know the color. The threads I'm using are WDW Kohl and DMC white.
I picked up these two magazines. I love a few samplers in the,"Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly.
Last but not least, I went to a wonderful shop called Keepsakes. I had e-mailed Ellen Chester of " With My Needle" blog and she suggested this shop. Thanks Ellen, I loved the shop!!! This will be a project for next Halloween!
In the post yesterday, I had pictures from the pumpkin farm. Here are some of the amazing pumpkins and gourds that I saw.
I'm ending the post with two photos of Caleb and his friend. He plans to be Darth Vader for Halloween.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Well, I'm finally back to a reliable computer. The one I had on the trip ate some photos so I decided not to risk any of the other pictures we had taken. It was a fun trip visiting my Grandson, Son,and Daughter-in-law, and then on to visit my sister and her family. Caleb had a four day fall vacation from kindergarten so we made the most of the time and did fun things each day. Today's post includes 2 of my favorite things as my title says! Tomorrow's post will include my cross stitch shopping but for today , it will be Caleb and the Pumpkin farm. It was a great farm with lots to do for the whole family. I will also show some of the incredible pumpkins and gourds they had for sale. I told the SBA that it was a good thing they would spoil in the mail or I would have been so tempted!! I have never seen so many varieties-well that's for another post!
Jumping on this huge blown up pumpkin is so much more fun!
Now for the hayride out to the fields. It was very warm and dusty but of course , we had to sit right behind the tractor.
This was the corn ride. I was afraid he might be bored with this . However, the tractor driver really got the little cars going. He was at the end and got whipped around enough to make it fun!