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Christmas Crafting and Fall Foliage

Since I can't do much because of my knee, I've been working on some small projects, getting ready for Christmas decorating on Black Friday. Yep, I don't go shopping that weekend; I spend it getting everything out of the attic and closets and decorating.

It's been raining which makes it easier to stay inside and create:

I'm adding to my rustic ornaments for the farm tree...making felt owls and reindeer and a burlap tree skirt.


Plus I want to make some of these burlap snowflakes Gail over at Purple Hues and Me makes. Pop on over to see how she does it here. I'm going to use white burlap for mine and glitter them up.


While you're there, check out her super cute owls, like this one.  I need some. :-)


I'm on the look out for twig balls also. Not sure how much they will cost...I might end up making some using burlap and twine like my cone Christmas trees:

I picked up this paper mâché reindeer. He is going to get covered in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer book p…

Felt Owl Ornaments

Last year I decided to do a rustic, woodland theme for the farmhouse Christmas tree. I wanted to make some owls so looked for ideas. In Michael's I found this kit:

Cute owl but the colors were not what I had in mind for my tree. I decided I'd buy it anyway for a pattern. They turned out so cute and I've decided to make more for this year. I've included a tutorial on how to make them. It's not perfect but here goes...


Felt Owl Ornaments

Materials needed:

Pattern
3 colors of felt (I bought brown, grey and off white)
Embroidery Floss or Heavy Thread
Large needle
Hot glue
Scrap material or ribbon for scarf/bow
Twine or ribbon for hanger
Stuffing

Print and cutout pattern. (Sorry, I know there's a way to have the actual size pattern added but I don't know how. sigh, my lack of know-how is frustrating sometimes….This should be about twice this size):
First fold the 1st color of felt in half. Pin on body and cut out. You should have 2 pieces. Fold the 2nd color of felt…

This and That - Things I'd Overlooked

So, while I'm laid up with my knee, I was trying to figure out what I was going to post about….

I know I don't have to do anything; y'all would totally understand but I'm bored, to be honest, so I started looking through my pictures to see if I'd overlooked anything from the past 2 visits to the farm. Of course, I did! :-)

When we were there a couple or three weeks ago, Bruce found a coral snake in the front yard -shiver-
I don't mind snakes far, far away but I don't want poisonous ones close to the house. He killed it and I made him bury it so the dogs wouldn't accidentally end up eating it.

Later, I was cleaning up the front flowerbed and decided to dump some of my clippings over the snake grave…you know, to bury it more.

While walking back, I saw a peculiar hickory nut…


It moved…Oh my goodness, cute! A very tiny, baby box turtle. I had to pick it up. Look how small it is. I put him down and sent him on his way…

I hope he finds a warm, safe place for …

Ouch

My day started off just like any other, feed the dogs, eat breakfast, go out to fill the bird feeders. The dogs always get rambunctious that first trip out. As I was walking out to the feeder, they ran full force into the back of my knee.

Yeah, you know where this is going...

They were just playing, I wasn't paying attention and I ended up on the ground...in.pain. It took awhile but I finally made it back into the house, unable to bend my knee or put weight on it. My son was home fortunately ( had to wake him up ) and he got me into a chair and some ice. Called my husband. He called the dr and got me in.

It's officially broken.
Here's praying nothing was torn. I'll know that Thursday. For now, I'm laying on the daybed with a brace on my leg, pain pills to dull the ache, and ice on the knee. I'd appreciate prayers for healing. Thanks,
Cecilia

Thursday: thankfully nothing is torn. Will have outpatient surgery to remove bone fragment. Guess I won't be doing an…

A Christmas Ornament Exchange and Some Pictures

I am going to participate in a blogland Christmas Ornament Exchange and I'm excited!!

Check it out here:

http://lifeonwilliemaelane.blogspot.com/2013/10/an-ornament-exchange.html

I meant to post this last week. Then things just got crazy. Hope it's not too late for anyone to get in on the fun.

On another note, we didn't do a lot at the farm. Just enjoyed being there. The pups got me up early…they wanted to chase the deer, I think. As I followed them around the side of the house, I saw this and ran inside to get my camera:


 Isn't that sky gorgeous?




Those were taken at the side of the house facing the front.
Then I walked to the back and saw the sun kissing the trees at the back of the pasture:


Sigh. I love Autumn.

 The clouds were pretty too!


Slowly, the trees are turning colors. We won't have peak color (it's not like some places but works for me ) until closer to Thanksgiving as long as we don't get a freeze that just turns them brown. Each time we go up, a…