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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Hunkering Down With The Season

Looking through my pinterest files and finding that I have already pinned quite a few wintertime projects! I haven't knitted a vest since 1967! I think I may knit one this year. Large needles, fluffy mohair, an easy pattern and Liz Saile will be the ticket!


I discovered a rug braiding tool in one of the "ladies" sewing boxes, that I collect. Never know what you will find! A sock darner, stainless steel needles, made in England and iron-on patches galore!!


Found my "in front of the fireplace" "gee, it is chilly out" "it's still snowing out" cocktail!! Sounds like a "Dr. Zhivago" under fur blankets kind of drink!


November is my birthday month. I love Pumpkin Pie and Thanksgiving dinner. But what I really love is a "Kindling Cracker"! You screw it onto a stump and split your wood to make kindling to start your fires! 


Layered up and out the door, so who can see your jewelry accessory for the day? Wear it on your cuff and let it hang out over your mittens! Darling idea.

This would be an "in front of the fire" project to do. I use them to set under hot dishes on the dinning table!

I ordered rubber boots, the other day, and will wear my wool socks inside them and wrap myself with a cozy shawl, to walk the winter moraines down here, in the Holler. A drying rack, for in front of the woodstove is what I want! 

Well, sounds like a birthday wish list to me!!
 Bring on November and let the hunkering begin. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Putting Summer Away

Scrubbed the Uwharrie chairs and the Fermob table and chairs. I sold at least a dozen or more Uwharrie chairs, over the years,  they are so comfortable and really stand the test of time spent outdoors. My little French set is such a good orange to see in my garden. Bright and happy!  

Simple fall décor. Picked up the two pots at a resale space in Traverse City and then bought the pumpkins, on the way home, to put in them. Easy peasy! 

Two more pots in baskets to take to the round house! I have a total of eleven pots to store, under shelter, for the winter. Plus four birdbaths to bring in, as well.

Steve power washed five rugs, for me, before he put the power washer away for the winter. They are all hanging over the deck railing to dry. Although it is suppose to rain everyday this week! Life is hard!!

I have a new, little Jeep, in the family! She is a four cylinder, you should hear her windup. She is a little gal, but she is perfect for me. I had the garage guy put my sheepskin covers on and so I am nice and cozy for the season. 

The Nasturtiums were glorious this summer. Hate to pull them up, along with the Tomatoes, Basil and Cucumbers. What a garden we had, delicious! 

Look up, it's a beautiful distraction on this balmy fall afternoon.

I had a customer asked, "what is a holler", and I explained that where I live is down the driveway to a hole in the woods! We call our space Hoot's Holler.

Now where was I?

Time to attach the blade to the truck! Where would we be without a snowplow truck, down here, in the holler?

Do you think that she would winter over if I brought her into my studio for the winter? She is awful pretty.

My nautical signal flags spell open, Oscar, Papa, Echo and November. A fun open sign, wouldn't you say? I sold, probably over a hundred of these flags, in my shop, over the years. 

The leaves, they are a falling in a ground cover of colors. 

The wood is stacked and covered, ready for heating the home this winter. Steve sent away for a recycled billboard, that he cut into strips, to cover the cords of wood and keep them dry. This billboard was actually a car wash sign. 

The round house. Still have to get the pots and birdbaths snugged in tight! Will they fit? Ah, there is always room for one more piece! 

The changing of the seasons, happens every year. 


Thursday, October 8, 2020

A Busy Week

Again, the phone takes the pictures! I adore this pot of Geraniums. It sits directly across from the door into the studio, so if I am sitting at my desk this is what I see! Pretty, isn't she?

Schlep, schlep, schlep. I probably own over a dozen schlepping bags. I use the bags to carry fabric and rug swatches in and out of my customers homes. Sometimes you will find pillows, paint fan decks and small accessories snugged in the totes. I have been known to fill one up and send it home with my customer. Easy way to haul all the different components to the job site.  

This vignette is called "Watermelon"! Pretty, bright and perky for a three season porch. Oh oh! Just realized that I had forgot to leave the schlepping bag with the customer so she can haul all the pieces back to the studio. Ah sugar!

Again, photos from my phone to use for the blog post. The phone is a pretty good tool in the decorating trade. I use to write down everything that I left with my customer and now I just take a picture!

My week in "phonetos"!



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