This past Sunday, my husband and I took a nice fall drive before the leaves completely fell off the trees. (See the grass whizzing by our car in the picture??) Thanks to tired, pregnant woman here, we didn’t get out of the car to get some really nice pictures, but it was certainly fun even though it got pretty cloudy the farther north we drove.
Have you been enjoying the fall colors or other fall activities? Or do you need a little inspiration? Here’s a couple website that I have found that you might enjoy if you’re looking for corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple orchards and more in your area.
For pumpkin patches, hay rides and corn mazes, check out Pumpkin Patches and More. Scroll down the page a little to choose your state, then choose where you live in the state. They list activities by county.
Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last… wow, it’s been almost four months! There have been a few changes in my life, but isn’t that what life is all about?
First, we moved into a new house – new to us, that is! It’s been a project decorating it and getting everything into the right place.
But more importantly, there’s a baby on the way!
And, yes, it’s a boy! We get to meet him January 5… or sometime around then.
Check out my baby bump.
And not so importantly, it’s fall, my favorite season! Who can resist the beautiful colors, the gorgeous produce, the change in the air?
My old Sony point and shoot had been around since 2007 and has been used – and probably over-used – extensively. Today, I finally hit a sale and grabbed a new Canon point and shoot, the PowerShot SX150 IS. Of course, in the perfect world, I would have an SLR, but my wallet and the perfect world have not yet melded. My old Sony was a great camera, but, for its life, couldn’t focus at close ranges. I had been using my iPhone instead which wasn’t a great a trade-off but worked a whole lot better than my Sony. This Canon has a great optical zoom although it isn’t rated very well for picture noise. Since I almost never have my pictures enlarged beyond a 4 x 6 or a 5 x 7, I’m not too worried about that. I went out exploring at dusk tonight for little things to photograph. Here is an example. So much better than what my old Sony would have done with it!
Now I think I will be creating some kind of protective case for the camera. What sort of camera do you have and what do you like best about it?
So, last night, I decided to make this super cute little tank top pajama top that I had a pattern for. I had picked the size, cut out the fabric, then I got to work. As I started to sew, it seemed like this top was a little bigger than it should be, but I thought perhaps I was just seeing it wrong. I pressed on. Then, I tried it on to adjust the spaghetti straps to the right length. Oh my! I looked like I was swimming in a sleeveless black trash bag! I literally had an extra 6 inches of fabric on either side of my chest, and it was supposed to be semi-fitted! Talk about frustrating!
Lessons learned? I will no longer blindly trust patterns. (It’s hard to trust them sometimes anyway when they barely make any sense.) And on the plus side, at least I can use the material for something else since I will no longer be using that pattern. I can understand the pattern being a little off, but 12 inches?!?!? If I had only been 12 inches wider, it would have been a really cute pattern. Maybe I should only buy patterns that have pictures of REAL people wearing the clothes!
I have really been getting into the sewing mood lately. It’s fairly easy to teach yourself how to do it, and it gives a great big sense of accomplishment when you make something that you’re actually pleased to wear. Now I will have to go back to a good stand-by pajama pattern to give myself that boost back up into feeling good about sewing again!
What sort of homey/crafty things have you taught yourself to do? Doesn’t it give you a great sense of accomplishment to realize that you can teach yourself to do something like that, that you can use in your everyday life? And here’s a question that I would love an answer to: have any of you ever made your own sewing patterns from scratch and been successful at it? I think that would be a great talent to have! I would love any helpful hints about that that you might have.
This Wednesday will actually have a few words because I’ve never done it before and wanted to tell you what you were signing on for. On Wordless Wednesdays, I will share pictures related to a certain topic. This week, they focus on a few things in my yard that have been making me very happy! What about you? Have you been enjoying the beauty outdoors this week?
Can you believe it is May? May is such a great month. To me, it signals the return of some better weather… even a little bit of summer. The days are typically consistently warm enough in Minnesota to enjoy the outdoors and you get to start thinking about planting flowers or planting a garden.
The downside of May for me is the terrible allergies, especially living out in the country. Lately, I’ve been loving peppermint tea which is about the only natural thing that helps me feel a bit better (and actually helps diminish my cough, left over from a cold as well!). Have you ever tried Twinings Pure Peppermint Tea? I am in LOVE with it!
Before my allergies kicked in so bad, I had started doing some desperately-needed weeding in our yard and had started planting some bulbs. For some reason, I have never before tried planting bulbs so I’m interested to see how they go. I have planted some late summer bloomers; dahlias and gladiolus are two of them. I also discovered something interesting this spring. I had four daffodil plants this spring that I kept inside on my kitchen table to brighten things up. I had never before realized this, but in cold climates, daffodils are perennials! I’m excited to see them bloom again next spring!
I’ve also started planting seeds indoors so that they can get a head start on the growing season. This will be my first garden ever that I’m planning to plant (so let me know if you have any great ideas for me!). I’ve started a few tomato and green pepper plants, and the Roma tomatoes are doing so well. Mmmmmmm, fresh tomato slices with salt and pepper – I can hardly wait.
I am also just starting a little kitchen herb garden with three of my favorite herbs to cook with: parsley, basil and oregano.
And something else coming up VERY soon… Mother’s Day. It’s just twelve days from today so don’t wait until the last minute. Need any ideas? I’ve just added a few things to my Sweet April shop that would be perfect for your mother. Check out the two Mother’s Day cards and the fabulous new coasters for all those wonderful glasses of summer lemonade that your mom will soon be drinking. Here’s a look at my favorite set that I’m thinking might look good in my living room…