Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hello, Miss Spider.

I posted this photo on my FB page but I though you might like to see it here. During one of the brief intermissions of rain yesterday I quickly went down to take care of the hens. On my way back, I nearly ran into the web of this tiny spider. Then I ran in to get my camera.
This is a female spiny-backed orb spider. They live in gardens all over the Southeast and weave orb-shaped webs similar to the bigger black and yellow garden spider. (I've had a few of those too, all named Charlotte.) They come in a variety of colors- white with black dots and spikes, white with black dots and red spikes, orange with black dots and spikes, and yellow with black dots and spikes. She is very tiny, only about 3/8 of an inch, and very docile. The only time she raised her legs was when I touched her with my camera lens. I think I would be a bit annoyed at that as well.
She is a very interesting little thing, isn't she? I could have watched her all day, but for the huge downpours we've been having.
Thanks for visiting, Miss Spider! Come back again.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Thrill of Twill.

I recieved a nice little e-mail from John Steinheimer yesterday. He had read my blog, and my mention of twill tape, and invited me to take a peek at his website, twilltape.com. This is some serious twill tape heaven! From a tiny 3/8 of an inch to a substantial 2" tape, they have it all. Oh, sweet. Plus, they are super-duper cheap. (I wonder if i should say that?) Really, a 72 yard roll of natural, heavyweight 1 1/2- inch twill tape is only $16.95! And better yet, they are an Atlanta company. I love supporting local businesses. :)
So, if you're in need of twill tape, head on over and visit twilltape.com.
I just have one question- how did he find my blog in the first place?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday Snapshot

It's a little gray here in Georgia and that gives me an excuse to keep this little light on all day. I found this lamp at a yard sale and I recovered the shade with a black and white check and ruffled cotton twill tape along the top and bottom. I love cotton twill tape. It has so many uses! I had to glue the lamp to something because it wanted to tip over all the time- enter a red and white chippy saucer! Problem solved. I shopped my house for the rest of this little vignette. A pitcher of dried hydrangeas from my garden, a sweet little basket and a few sea shells sit on a sweet black bench in my dining room. (Dawn, do you recognize it?) Ah, it all makes this rainy day a bit more tolerable.

Hope you all have a happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

There's A Fungus Among-us.

I don't think I've ever seen such a variety and quantity of mushrooms as I have this year. Apparently the conditions are just perfect for fungi of all kinds to sprout before our eyes.
These are a few that have popped up in my yard:

None of these will adorn my dinner plate.
My Grandfather Butman could tell an edible mushroom a mile off. I don't have his talent, but I can spot the ones I shouldn't eat right away! But they still look really cool.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Come On, Cold Weather!

I'm not really a coat kind of girl. I find them to be a bit too bulky and uncomfortable. Plus they make me feel too hot. I don't like to be hot. So, when I saw this in the latest issue of MaryJane's Farm, I could not wait to get knitting! Really, how cute is that? I started mine last night.

Six inches down, fifty-six to go.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009


About a mile or so from my house is a farm. It is located on Thurman Road, which is named for the farmer, Mr. Thurman. When I go in town, I pass by Mr. Thurman's farm and when I do I always look for his cows.
The pasture where they graze is a swath of green. The slight slope of the land catches early morning fog, a shallow bowl full of grey mist. My favorite time to pass the farm is then, just as the first rays of sunshine are breaking through creating a sharp divide between light and shadow. It is beautiful. But, the cows are the stars of the show.
My husband called me last night to tell me that the cows were up in the front field and I might want to get my camera. Apparently he was listening when I said I need to bring my camera along with me at all times so that I can take photos of the cows. I packed up my camera, got in the truck (which I have now named Tula, because it sounds nicer) and drove to the farm.
Here is what I saw. (It is very humid here in Georgia and my lens kept fogging up. I rather like the result though.)

Ah, sweet.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tasty Treat

Do you ever just get a hankering for something sweet and yet you don't know what it is you want? I had one of those today. So, I flipped through the cards in my recipe box and my eyes fell upon just the perfect thing- Banana Bread Pie! Yum, yum, I do love this.

I wish I could remember where I got the recipe. I have a bad habit of writing down everything on a recipe card and forgetting to note where said recipe came from.

Whatever its origin, I am grateful to the person who shared it. This has become my go-to recipe for unexpected company or a quick mid-day snack. Like today. So, in order to carry on this kindness, I am sharing it here with you. Enjoy!!

Banana Bread Pie
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup Bisquick or other baking mix
2 large eggs
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with baking spray.
Mash bananas in a bowl with a mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pie plate.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges have caramelized and the center is still a bit soft. Cool for 30 minutes before slicing. Serve with vanilla ice cream or just plain.
How easy is that?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Such a Sweet Giveaway At...............

This is a new blog to me, but I can tell you I am in love! It's just wonderful. :)
Check out the prizes Cherry is giving away-
You could win this:

Or This!

I mean really, how cute are these?
You know you want them.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Thank You, Maureen.

One of my favorite blogs is Random Distractions, written by Monix, otherwise known as Maureen. If you want a little taste of England, particularly Devon, and reviews of some of the most delicious books you need to hop on over. Now. It is a wonderful place to rest a bit.
Maureen bestowed this lovely award upon my blog and for that I am very grateful. Thank you, my virtual friend. :)

I am supposed to surrender seven things that you might find interesting about me. Um........
Here are my 7 things:
1. I long to live in a small town, where the sense of community runs deep and strong. Where, you might ask? I'm thinking Kentucky. When I am there I experience such a sense of peace and calm. Oh, one day, one day.
2. I love to paint. Not on canvas, although I have done so, but on my walls. I cannot tell you how many times my rooms have changed color on a whim. My family can though.
3. Did I ever tell you I don't like chocolate chip cookies? I may have, but I'll say it again here. I don't like them. At all.
4. I love fried clams, with their bellies still attached. No calm strips for me, give me the whole shebang, thank you.
5. I learned to swim in a lake. I hate lakes now- the slimy bottom, tiny fish nibbling at your toes, the murky water. I was a much braver child.
6. One summer my friend, Patty, and I took a pitcher of water and a bar of Dial soap out to the side of my house. We each soaped up our hair, twisted and twirled it into strange shapes and then hid behind the stone wall waiting for a car to pass by. When a car did dare to pass, we would jump up from our hiding place and began yellinga nd dancing. We were very weird children.
7. I don't think I have 7 things. I cannot think of one other thing that you would find ineteresting.
My other duty is to nominate seven others for this award. Since I have such a difficult time choosing, consider yourself nominated if you are reading this. There are so many wonderful blogs that I visit every single day it would not be fair to single out just a handful.
And to those of you who do come by and visit, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you find this place a pleasant distraction from your busy days. That is why I read yours.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Making Things.

My friend, Frannie, from Kentucky makes the most charming rag dolls. She calls them Rag Chillun' and sells them from Sister Mercy's Foundlin' Home, her blog and the old school house at her farm. I love them.
As you can see from this photo of Annabelle, who came to live with us last year, they have striking features and sweet personalities. How could you resist this face? My family can- they don't see the cuteness that these dolls possess. Mutants.

One of the things that I get to do with my little job is to make things for display at the shop. Could I ask for anything more?
There is a spot that will hold little brown paper bags filled with tiny quilt kits. My job is to fill the shelf with a display that will encourage quilters to take one home and create an heirloom for their families. I knew instantly what I would do- make one of Frannie's dolls. A quick e-mail for permission (granted) and I was off to the craft room to cut and sew. No pattern, no real plan, I just allowed her to develop as she wanted to.

Her body is made of coffee-dyed muslin. No, that's not true, I used Roma. I don't drink coffee. Her dress is made from some of the fabric I received from Susan at Not Quite June Cleaver, which I have yet to show you. Bad me. Her apron is a bit of homespun yardage and the trim is ruffled jute webbing. Ruffling jute webbing is very hard on the hands. Her pantaloons are lightly-dyed muslin.

Her hair is made from raw wool. I purchased an entire fleece from a friend in Washington state two years ago and I am still using it. I don't think I will ever empty that box! Vintage buttons for eyes, a plaid wool nose and an embroidered mouth make for a sweet face. Or a creepy one depending on who you ask. Don't ask my family.

Here she is, all ready to go make a little quilt at A Scarlet Thread. She will sit on a little stool and a small table will be at her side holding all of her quilting tools. I really love how she turned out- quirky, charming and unexpectedly adorable in spite of her size. I cannot wait for them to see her at the shop. I hope they'll be pleased. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Back Way.

Yesterday was a little bit gray but it did not affect my mood. Nope, not one bit. I spent the morning cleaning and then headed off to the feed store to get laying pellets for the hens. I took the back way, down Hwy. 155 into McDonough for a change. I could have taken the freeway, but I wanted to enjoy being out and about.
I drove through the square, turned the corner and followed traffic to the feed store. Guess what? It wasn't there! I sat in my truck a bit dazed as it all soaked into my brain. Where is it? Why is it not here? How am I going to get food for the hens? All of these questions flew through my brain until my eyes finally landed on the rather large white sign in the window- We have moved to Stringer Lumber, and the address. Well, thank goodness. I turned around, drove back through the square to the lumber yard and purchased the chicken feed. I hope I remember that for the next time!
As I was driving I realized that I had passed one of my favorite places, The Plum Tree. What to do, what to do? Well, I drove back, that's what I did. I picked up a few things- two berry baskets, a perfectly empty vintage photo album and an old drawer. The bonus? I got to chat with Cindy for a little bit. Ah, lovely.
I got my package in the truck just as a few rain drops began to fall, drove back to Hwy 155 and began what turned out to be an adventurous trip home stuck behind a truck hauling a trailer that held a CAT bulldozer. It was moving at a snail's pace. Cars tried to speed around me and the truck, some successfully slipping by and others having to make some snap decisions as cars came from the opposite direction. I chose to enjoy the journey.
Along the road I spied the first hints of fall coming- native grasses changing from green to brown, leaves swirling to the roadside, the first of the Autumn wildflowers making their appearance. There were front yards full of chickens pecking the ground for tasty bugs, horses grazing lazily on the grass along side them and ducks waddling to small ponds. A freshly mowed field was full of Canadian geese, some making nests of the cuttings and others rooting for treats. A man in tan was mowing the grass at the end of his driveway, every part of him blending into each other. He was literally swathed in tan; pants, shirt, gloves, hat, skin, hair and beard. Had the grass been dead he would have disappeared entirely.
The blue house that I have loved since I first saw it 20 years ago has a for sale sign out in front. Oh, I wish. I passed the Ozias Primitive Baptist church with its white clapboard siding and picnic pavilion almost as big as the church itself. It makes me think of the churches in New England, home, and so holds a sweet spot in my heart.
There is a beautiful , green pasture with a large pond surrounded by split rail fencing on the way home. A Palomino, a Morgan and an Appaloosa cluster together and nibble the grass. It is like a painting and I wished I had my camera with me.
Children playing, dogs barking, gardens dying and people going home, I got to see all of it because I was behind a truck hauling a trailer that held a CAT bulldozer.
I'm glad I chose the back way.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pleasant Home

If you have noticed there is a new, cute little button on my sidebar. It will take you to Jodi's new website , where she has a bunch of sweet giveaways! Really, you could spend hours reading through her posts, ooh-ing and aah-ing over her projects and finding inspiration at every turn.
So hop on over and give Jodi a " Well-done!" on her beautiful new place on the World Wide Web.
While you are doing that, I'll be writing about my day. It's been fun!