Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Chocolate Treats -

Hello Friends -
Hope you had a great weekend!

We are getting ready for Halloween and making treats for our cousins.

I love using Wilton molds to make decorative chocolate covered Oreos.  Pretty quick to make with high impact and yumminess!

Happy Day to you -
Mary -

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Autumn is Here -

Hello Friends -
I hope you are having a good week!

I am really feeling fall here in Chicago this week!  Grey sky, leaves falling and cool temps!

I made this card for my mom's birthday this week.  Yes, I like to watch TV and fussy cut out items I stamp - leaves are so much fun!  Don't worry, you will be seeing more.

Happy Day to you -
Mary -

This is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.

Stamp Set {Pumpkins and Gourd} - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics (Peanut) and American Crafts (Carrot)
Pattern Paper and Soup Label - Jillibean Soup
Ink - StazOn {Timber Brown}
My Stash - Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Twine, Brown Chalk, Mounting Tape

I have linked this card to the following challenges:

Feeling Crafty Challenge - Autumn Theme -
The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge - Fall -

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy World Card Making Day -

Hello Friends -
Hope you get a chance to make a card today!  We are in full swing Halloween at our house.

Stamp Set - Iron Gate Stamps (Halloween)
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Pattern Paper - Pebbles (Thirty One)
Ink - StazOn (Jet Black)
Punches, Mounting Tape - My Stash

I used the design sketch from Mojo Monday #313 -

And entering the Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenge Submission #39 Halloween -

Happy Day to you -
Mary -

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Garden Talk - Fall Container Gardening

Hello Friends -
I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by.  Here we are - October!

It feels like autumn today.  Leaves falling.  Overcast sky.  No chill in the air, but that will be here soon enough.

Needed to be in love with my house again so I did a little arrangement on the front porch.  It needs a few bright colored leaves around the base but none of those beauties have fallen yet.

{And yes, I did cringe when I put the pots on the new porch.  I was reminded it is just cement.}

The container has Purple Fountain Grass and Flowering Cabbage with white geraniums that are not in the photo.  I plant containers (my favorite thing to do) that are "all around" so they can be pretty from all sides.  I move them around in my yard during the summer for different looks depending on what we are doing in the yard - entertaining or playing children.

If you think about what you plant you can get many seasons out of a container.

I plant my spring/summer containers with fall in mind.  I use Purple Fountain Grass for height and a different color instead of a spike.

I try to find a 3 - 6 pack of Flowering Cabbage or Kale for a few dollars rather than paying $5 - $8 in the fall.  They will not be huge but stay in proportion to the container.

Then I fill in with summer annuals of our color choice.  Sometimes those plants stay on to the fall or if they do not match, I will remove them and replant with plants from other containers to go with the look I want to achieve.

This arrangement cost about $30 total.  I already had the containers.  There are about $12 in plants for and soil mix in the container (3 seasons).  The mum was $11 and the pumpkin was $4.

Hope this gets you in the mood to rearrange and think about how you garden.

Happy Day to you -
Mary -