Monday, October 27, 2014

October Thrifted Finds

A few October finds from the Presbyterian Church Men's Garage Sale just up the street plus a very few garage sales. The quieter season for thrifting has arrived.

The Hemingway books and globe bookends made a pleasant literary vignette with the chalkboard and dark rimmed glasses (borrowed from DGS's costume collection).

This beauty is Northwood glass, a 3 fruit patterned blue lustre footed and handled bon bon dish. Love the way the sunshine showed the colours. Since rain has been pretty steady and heavy all week I was very happy to see sunshine. Big storm coming through Tuesday.

Federal Glass red dotted bowl, orange dotted bowl is unmarked, both bowls are cheerful, handy, medium sized.

A classic globe, great for display.

Grindley stoneware vintage mould, puppy with bow.

Bit of shaving history, straight razors in the original cases. Rusted blades, worn razors.

This little overnight case needed a bit of TLC. The lid interior backing and mirror were missing when I found it.

Small project. I used a piece of stiff cardstock, a piece of scrapbook paper that echoed the colour of the lining cloth and a mirror taken from a small framed mirror to make a replacement. First I cut/glued the paper to the cardstock (let it dry overnight under heavy books). Glued (used Carpenters Glue) the new backing to the suitcase inner lid and again weighted it down and gave it lots of time to dry. Third step was adding the mirror (again glued, weighted and several drying days). Secure, pretty again and ready for use.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Memories

Photo memories of happy visits to the Laity Pumpkin Patch with DGS. A sweet time each year for exploration, the excitement of pumpkins, the wonderful spaces for running and the predictability of past memories. Often muddy, sometimes sunny and warm, sometimes very rainy, never boring.

Pre- pre-school 2006

Love those little rubber boots. We tagged behind a grade 1 class for some of our visit. The sheer volume of pumpkins made for a very happy little 3 year old.

The corn maze (and the pumpkin he carried with him) were very serious business.

Preschool 2007 (4 years old)

This visit brought back memories, loved the petting animals, the serious choice for the best pumpkin.

Lots to see and touch. The pumpkins are in the fields and piled high on the hay racks and in groups on the ground. The chances for exploration, interactions, the petting animals (and the look at only animals too) and the space to run bring back families by the hundreds every day in October.

Kindergarten 2008 (age 5)

This was our first field trip with his class. Serious play time, gold panning was and continues to be a favourite activity each year.

This is my favourite photo - the orange ladybug on a pumpkin stem. The boys in the group stayed looking studying the bugs on the pumpkins for quite some time.

Grade 1 2009 (age 6)

A greater familiarity and lots of friends to share the various activity areas. Love those missing 'two front teeth'.

We've continued every year to visit, pick out favourite pumpkins, visit the animals, gold panning, visit the small forest of imaginary scenes, find a path through the pumpkin patch maze and pick pumpkins. Each year the Laity Pumpkin Patch adds to their attractions, collections of play time stations, additional places to explore, more and varied gathering areas (barns and teepees).

Great memories, treasured time.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Vignettes

I looked back through my posts to see how I had decorated for Halloween over the five years I have been blogging. I have learned a great deal from other bloggers and enjoy making seasonal vignettes. 

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. We celebrated Saturday so DS and DGS could join us. Low key, great meal, time to visit. DGS brought home a cold from school on Wednesday and gave it to me Friday. Sunday I felt not so very fine so it was turkey Soup Sunday and Turkey sandwiches Monday.

Below are 5 years of my Halloween Vignettes. I tell myself I make them for DGS but I suspect I make them for myself too.

2014 - Pumpkins from Laity Pumpkin Patch. Cast Iron Crows from years ago, wooden crows and pumpkins thrifted last year, cutting board from my Mom years ago and banner from two years ago. A mixture to make something fresh.

2013 This was my favourite, I used great junk finds (thrifted) and felt just like a junk blogger. This was the year I needed a lift in October and this did it for me.

2012 The year I bought a great and very different pumpkin. The painted buffet was finished and still in the carport so I had great junk to add to the vignette.

2011 First try at finding burlap (this is landscape/plant wrapping burlap). This was before close weave burlap became easier to find (not including real burlap potato sacks). Gourds, waxed leaves, burlap and a great bowl.

2010 A mixture of gourds and pumpkins, a folk carved and tin finned fish, peeks at special paintings. This was my 'beginning' in deliberately making vignettes. Before I just called it decorating.

I love using PicMonkey to make collages, frame pictures and add watermarks. Their team continues to add exciting additions to the program.


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