I have been busy working on some creative items for my first ever Holiday Open House! I’m so excited about these cute…classy…simple oranments…I had to share some pics with you!
Did you notice that old spool in the picture wrapped in some velvet ribbon and embellished with some beads! I’m not satisfied with the over all look of the ornament, but it’s a start and I will being tweaking it a bit!
This is my favorite stamp on the muslin thus far. I don’t even know how I came up with this idea, but I love it! Just a stamp on muslin. The unfinished edges give it that sort of country/vintage feel. The sky is the limit when making these ornaments with the amount of stamps out there!
My friend Betty loves this ornament the most! The Holiday Open House will actually be at her home. She too is working on some special things!
Stay tuned the invitation will be posted soon!
Happy graceful living!
After I wrote my post for Day 2 of Fall Bliss and receiving a comment about the quilt shown in that post, I realized I may have left out a small but significant detail about this one decoration. So the quilt…
My mother-in-law, Ida, made the quilt about 15 years ago. She is not longer with us as she passed away three years ago just before we moved into this home. But she left a wonderful legacy in her many quilts she made for my husband and I and our three children. Each child has two quilts given to them handmade by her. She did her own quilting on this masterpiece. A close up reveals the autumn leaves stitched lovingly by her hands.
Here is another fall quilt hanging she did especially for the kids when they were little. She also sewed many of their Halloween costumes! I am saving some of those for our grandchildren to wear someday!
I want to thank Sherry at No Minimalist Here for pointing out the quilt to me! Please visit her wonderful blog! You will not be dissappointed!
Happy graceful living!
A part of my own, “happy graceful living”, is taking photographs of different things. Over the years my children have been the focus of my camara, but I have come to realize…I love taking pictures and it gives me great joy. So I thought on this first weekend of fall I would share pictures I took at Gring’s Mill Park in Wyomissing, PA this morning with my kids!
Fall is definitely here! I hoped the trees were more colorful, but it was such a peaceful time with my children and our dog Rosie!
Happy graceful living!
The kids had a very long weekend off from school. Not only do they get Monday off for the Labor Day holiday, but they also got Thursday and Friday off this past week. I really wanted to do something with them all, but the age range of my three children almost 17 down to 10 years old makes it a bit of a challenge. So I decided to take them to a local orchard to pick some fruit! My oldest didn’t like the idea so much, but consented when I said, “If you want to do the things you want to do, sometimes you have to do what mom wants everyone to do.” It did help that I said he could drive!
So we headed to Weaver’s Orchards which was a fairly short trip of twenty-five minutes from our home. Let me say it was just lovely in every way from the fruit we picked to the friendly employees! We picked raspberries, pears, and a couple different kind of apples including sumptuously sweet Honey Crisp apples! I would encourage all who live in my area to go to Weaver’s website by “clicking” on Weaver’s Orchards above in green. They have some great fall activities for the family and plenty of fruit to pick. I’m looking forward to going back in October and getting some farm fresh Granny Smith apples! Oh may I also mention it is a great photo opportunity for your kids as you can see from my pics below!
Happy graceful living!
This weekend proved to be a very exciting one indeed! I had invited my neighbor (pregnant and due any day) and her family to my home for dinner. They are in the process of a home make-over themselves, including a new kitchen, and I thought it would be nice to have them over for dinner since they had been eating off the grill for days.
Well, they (pregnant mom, dad, and four children) were to come over Friday at 6 pm for some good eats! This is what I decided on for the menu…
A wonderful pasta salad with my own vegetables from my garden…
This was the result…
Her inspiration piece is a fabric to cover her chairs in a beautiful blue with golden tan diamond shapes…a very French Country look! I love it…please go to visit “Common Ground” to see Heather dining room and her inspiration fabric!
Heather…here are my ideas…
Hope I was helpful Heather!
Happy graceful living!!!
“Wednesday Wonderings” is a day in which I will share places I frequent such as shops, flea markets, antique store, blogs, or other sites to help inspire you to live gracefully as much as they have inspired me!
To meet these two gals you will have to take walk and bring your cup of coffee along and meet them … “At the Picket Fence…two homes, two sisters, one blog“ . Vanessa and Heather (the sisters) are inviting everyone to join them tomorrow at “Common Ground” to help Heather with her design challenged dining room. This event is where blog land comes to the rescue to give advice to an uncertain soul for a wall, room, vignette, or mantle. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
On another note…here is a little sneak preview of what tomorrow is going to bring here at Grapevine Wreath…
See you tomorrow! Happy graceful living!
I was a little late in posting yesterday, but family duties called and I had a date with the bills for the month…ughhhh!!! But it was a good day despite my poor math skills…lol…that’s why I like to blog and decorate.
So today I thought I would just post some pics of a display I put together with some really cool second-hand finds in hopes of inspiring you to some of your own graceful living ideas! Enjoy!
The items sit upon an old telephone box which I found at an antique market in Clinton, Iowa. I bought the box for $12.00…don’t you love the dovetailed corners and leather handle! On top of the box are two white ceramic pieces I bought at the Goodwill here in Pennsylvania just a few minutes from my home. I just fell in love with the pitcher ($2.97) with the monogrammed “A”. The smaller ceramic piece (.99) was quaint and I though it went well with the small pitcher. The linen on top of the box was given to me by my mother who picked up a whole garbage bag of linens at an estate sale near her home in western Pennsylvania.
A topside view reveals the color of my blood…BLACK AND GOLD BABY!!! As a child, growing up just 35 minutes outside the “Steel City” (Pittsburgh, PA) you can’t help but love the Steelers!