Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Once upon a midnight dreary

While I pondered weak and weary.
Poe Necklace, Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, The Raven Quote Jewelry, Book Jewelry
Raven On Tombstone, Gothic Ravens, Monohrome Image, Blackbirds, The Letter R, Crow Art, Goth, Gray - R For Raven
Nature Photography - Spider Web  - Fine Art Photograph - Green - Dew - Raindrops - Web 1 - Autumn Art - Field
Surreal Photography, Tower in the Night, Birds, Trees, Branches, Dark Fantasy, Goth Art, Church, Fine Art - The Belfry
SALE! Color Print Photography, A4, Surreal, Wall Decor, Nature, Nude, Naked People, Lake, Water, Dark, UFO, Green,Blue,Ghost,Wood, Mountains
Lenore Steampunk Edgar Allen Poe Top Hat
Black Cat Print Animal Photography Gifts for Veterinarians Pet Portrait Green Animal Art Gift for Cat Lovers - 8x10 Print - Lady Jigger
8x12 Cemetery Angel, Veilwalker of Thousand Steps, Goth Photography, Halloween Photography, Fine Art Photography.
Leather Raven Mask
Feather Headdress Handmade MOSS SKULL FAIRY Flowers Belly Dancer Festival Fashion Elegant Beautiful Hair Accessories Clip
Vintage Ravenclaw Eyeball Pewter Pendant Fantasy Jewelry Dragon Claw Wizard Harry Potter Gothic Talon Witches Green Eyeball
Graveyard Haunted Photo Print
Horror/Goth doll head lamp
architecture photography, france, french decor, travel photograph, building, wanderlust, green, shutter, balcony, mustard, stone
Adorned, Original Oil Painting
Digital Download Nevermore Raven Edgar Allen Poe Quote, Gothic Illustration, Halloween digi stamp, digital transfer Fall Autumn Scary Creepy

Just for fun, here's a treasury inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.

This is as scary as it gets for me! I'm not a fan of slasher/horror movies. When I was a young teenager I saw The Exorcist and that was the last time I went near anything with even a hint of horror. I did see the original Night of the Living Dead this year, wasn't scary! I'm more the Great Pumpkin sort.

My brother and me in the late 1960's

How do you do Halloween? We're in a neighborhood where tons of candy is given out, carloads of kids are brought in and the neighbors have a ball. We can always count on some hot chocolate(with Buttershots) from the next door neighbors and they always have special dog treats for our four legged friends. I usually put on a crockpot of chili to share. Rain or shine(moon and star shine that is) we all enjoy the costumed kids and a sweet sense of community and tradition. 

May you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Linda <><

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Favorite Season

Folks sometimes ask, 'What's your favorite season?" I've been pondering this and finally came to a conclusion. My absolute favorite season is the one that presently encompasses me. Like now, the cooling of the days, the brilliance of the colors, the bounty of the harvest. I love fall! But I also love Christmas, hot chocolate and the pureness of freshly fallen snow. Then there is the new hope of spring. And here in the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest, summers are delightful. How could I pick only one from the beauty of each season?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 Faith Bag by LauriesGiftsBiz

We have had quite a few 'bonus days' this fall with those Indian summer days of sunshine and warm temperatures. Rain is here now and I love it, too. 

Psalm 118:24 instant download by PrintableMotivation

My hope and prayer is that in life, just as in the year's seasons, I can find joy in each one.

Philippians 4:11 necklace by AuthenticallyMade

The following pictures are from a delightful, full weekend of urban and mountain hiking.

Waiting in line for the Seattle REI's garage sale

Silliness in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle

A Sunday hike on the Naches Loop Trail at Chinook Pass.

After hike lunch of cheeseburger and fries at Wally's Drive-In

May this season of your life be filled with Our Gracious Heavenly Father's beauty and blessings!

Linda <><

Friday, October 17, 2014

Work and Play

Sometimes it just takes finishing one big project to get inspired! I've been working on this snowman pillow almost a year. Maybe it doesn't seem all that big(12" X 12") but when something goes that slowly it drags you down. Now that it's behind me, and ready to go on the couch after Thanksgiving, I'm inspired! 

My street

Or maybe it's the arrival of the rainy season and cleaning out the garden that makes sitting on the sofa and crocheting so inviting. Either way, I'm full of ideas and energy to accomplish them.

Here's a couple I've just listed in my shop.

Snowman Toilet Paper Cover by CageFreeFibers

Santa Hat Toilet Paper Cover by CageFreeFibers

My mom had a crocheted doll toilet paper cover made by by aunt on the toilet for as long as I can remember. In fact, when my brother and I moved her and Dad I threw it away because it was so faded and dust-filled. The ones pictured are meant to bring a smile and not be left out indefinitely.

I do have to get past this one recent obsession though. My sweet daughter introduced me to a computer game and now I'm a bit addicted. It's called geoguessr. Have you played? You are given a street view somewhere in the world and your task is to figure out the location. Points are given based on how close your get. It makes this great big world of ours seem kinda small and at the same time incredibly diverse! Check it out, but only if you've got time to play around.

Hope you have a productive week and don't forget to take time to play!

Linda <><

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Everything Nice Autumn

Pumpkin field in the Puyallup River valley with Mount Rainier in the distance
It's pumpkin pie spice everything season. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but that special combination of spices--yum! And I do love a pumpkin pie spice latte, but after reading an article about what goes into the typical Starbucks variety I decided to figure out a way to make my own, healthier version. For my occasional 'cup of joe' I normally go decaf or half caff and make it in my French press. I didn't have to look far, I found this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte(vegan, gluten free) and used my favorite, coconut milk. It even has real pumpkin in it! My pumpkin cozy, coaster makes a fun container for it.

Jack of Lantern Mason Jar cozy coaster by CageFreeFibers

I'm not sure if autumn is my favorite season, or if I even have a favorite season, but I know when it is autumn I love it. Especially now as the colors get more and more brilliant and the sky stays blue and the temps are in the 70's. 

Fall Art Printable by TheHoneyBeePaperie

Today my daughter and I went to the local pumpkin patch and corn maze. Two hours and 5 miles after we started we found every checkpoint in the maze.  What line did we hear most from folks we passed in the maze? "Are you lost?" And, yes, I was just following the daughter whose inner GPS is more fine tuned than my own. 

Corn maze fun at Spooner Farms

Then we picked out some pumpkins and gourds for decorating. I'm so grateful for times like these when I'm left completely exhausted and just glad I have feet to carry me on.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins

This has been a busy, spectacular autumn here. My garden had a bumper crop of tomatoes. My brother taught me how to dehydrate the tomatoes and that is now my favorite way to put them up. Last night we ate our first ever Brussels sprouts from the garden pan seared with apples (I used honey crisp because it's what I had and it was great). 

I know our rainy season is just around the corner and I'm okay with that. God has blessed us with beauty in every season and every place here on this planet.

One last set of pumpkin beauties.

Halloween Pumpkin Earrings by InspiredTheory

What is your favorite thing about autumn?

Autumn Typography Quote Art by IslaysTerrace
Happy autumn to you!
Linda <><