This week dear husband and I had off. We've been using the days to catch up on many things inside and outside the house. Painting (interior doors, wood trim, etc.) and gardening have been big on the to-do list. After some rain off and on this week, today the sun returned and the flower beds finally received a good tidy up. The evenings have been cozy with good food, wine and treats. (It was a week of vacation after all, even though we were only at home mostly, we've had to live it up a little! LOL!) In the evenings during spare time I made this fun wall hanging to have on display for the month of October in our entry way. I made it from two small pieces of fall-themed fabrics (one for the front piece, and another for the backing, the whole thing is about 14 1/2 inches x 18 inches) and motifs cut from a Halloween printed fat quarter, also some felt and then finished it off with tab-style holders and black & orange star buttons. I'm pretty happy with how this hanging turned out. It's neat what you can make with just bits and pieces. The scarecrow face (to the left of the hanging) I also made with fabric scraps. I got the idea for the scarecrow face from a Gooseberry Patch cookbook (see below). But the wooden "BOO" ornament (right of the wall hanging) I did not make, this was a gift from my mom. :o)
We had an extra taste of summer this afternoon. It was so warm that we ate lunch out on the deck, soaking up the late summer sun. And afterwards, we extended the break with a little reading along with some coffee and bites of chocolate. My inspiration for fall come from three sources at the moment, two magazines and a book. One being a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, "Flavors of Fall." If you're not familiar with Gooseberry Patch, check out their site. They have a wonderful online store full of seasonal trinkets, practical and pretty interior wares, and not least lots of great cookbooks. The most recent issue of Country Living, the British edition, gave me lots of ideas for fall. As did Marie Claire Idees. I've known about Marie Claire Idees for some time, but wasn't able to get this magazine where I live until now. This is a French lifestyle magazine bursting with page after gorgeous page of craft ideas (and instructions), ideas, fashions and some recipes too. It's in French. (Is this even published in an English edition, I wonder?) I took French in high school (15 years ago now--YIKES!) and loved learning that beautiful language. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this Marie Claire Idees, that I actually understood the French I was reading (along with a bit of help from my old French dictionary), that all the French I'd learned hadn't entirely left my brain! Such fun! Oui! Now don't ask me to speak any French, though...Then I would likely butcher it all and have everyone remotely familiar with French cringing!
So just some fun things for this time. Next week life resumes as usual. But this weekend we'll cram in more odds & ends, try to accomplish more around this place, and squeeze in some time for relaxing and delights.
May a weekend of pleasures await you all--CHEERS!
Happy Days! :o)