Sunday, October 23, 2016

Golden Delicious!

My Mom came for a visit last weekend, along with sisters Tina and Jenny. We had such a great time! Shopping, eating, and lots of laughs!

Mom brought me this precious present...Michigan apples for this displaced Michigander!

Mmmm! Golden Delicious, my favorite! It tastes just like home!

She also brought us apple cider from Bennett's Orchard in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. So good!

Here's a card to express my love...for Moms, and sisters, and Michigan apples!

I painted Harvest Mouse using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. For the background, I laid a stencil over cardstock and then misted with some Distress Sprays.

{Today's Brew: Harvest Mouse stamp set (MFT), MFT stencil, MFT dies, PTI card stock, Distress Sprays, Gansai Tambi watercolors, enamel dots}

We were missing one sister last weekend, who had too many busy things on her schedule to make it out. Next time, sister Sue! Sometimes, fun has to be marked on the calendar in pen to make it happen!

Blessings, cafe friends!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

One Good Way To Grow Morning Glories (And Two Ways To Avoid)

Don't you just love Morning Glories? You often see them growing along fences or up flag poles in the country. Such a sweet and easy vine to grow in any sunny spot. Maybe too easy, as they can have the habit of reseeding themselves and spreading where you may not want them to grow. One woman's weed is another woman's wildflower.

I haven't planted Morning Glories since our house in Noblesville, Indiana, so I decided to give them a try again this year.

I planted them in several locations throughout our yard. I had a few seeds left over, and those are the ones I planted along the picket fence. Lovely! Pretty Jemma makes a pretty picture with these flowers as her backdrop!

Such a sweet, wispy display for autumn. I'm surprised that they are still growing and blooming this late into the season. We've had a mild autumn here in the Midwest. Earlier this week, the temps even hovered near 80, which is rare this late into October.

I'm surprised how well these vines did along the fence line, as my husband is often merciless with his weed whacker when he does the lawn edging. Somehow, they managed to survive.

The seeds I planted at the mailbox? Well, I can see now that I probably over-planted and should have thinned them out considerably. They obviously loved the location, but yikes! Too thick!

Somewhere in that mass is my mailbox.

We now call this plant "Cousin It" from the Addams Family.

The blooms are so sweet, but seriously, this was too much of a good thing.

I've apologized to my poor mailman for this Little Shop of Horrors plant, and promised that I will not attempt this again next year!

As for the morning glories at the front porch, it seems to be the same story. I was a little too zealous in my seed planting. The boys have dubbed this vine "The Jumanji plant" because it will grab on to just about anything.

A thick, dense vine, but not nearly enough blossoms. I think that the angle of the sun shifted as the season progressed, and this plant just isn't getting enough of the "morning" to bring on the "glory".

So there you have it. One way to grow Morning Glories, and two ways to avoid next year.

Blessings, cafe friends!

Friday, October 21, 2016

November Planner Pages

I was having a conversation with my son on the telephone the other night. We were discussing Thanksgiving plans. And that's when it dawned on me...November is right around the corner!

I didn't have my November planner pages ready. Surely November can't come if it doesn't have planner pages, right? I realized it was time to get organized.

I pulled out elements from Simple Stories Sweater Weather and got to work.

For starters, I needed a new front header page.

The monthly layout is where I really get to the nuts and bolts of planning.

I mark the fun events, the church commitments, etc.

I also include any local events and festivals, as well as the happenings in Indiana, just in case I can fit in a trip to visit my son. School events are duly noted.

Where to have Thanksgiving this year? Hmm. It's being debated. We're very non-traditional with this holiday, so we may celebrate it on the road. As long as we are together around a table (and close to stores for Black Friday), then we are good.  :)

We are in the middle of fall now, with crisp mornings and the swirl of leaves under foot. The world takes on a golden hue, and I drink it all in like a warm cup of pumpkin spice latte.

Only one more month left in my 2016 planner. Time to get my pages for 2017 ordered!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Door Hanger

Remember all of those UFOs that were flying around my house?

UnFinished Objects.

I'm happy to report that I safely landed another project onto the finished category!

This stitch pillow kit is from Pine Mountain Designs. I purchased it from Always in Stitches in Noblesville, Indiana. So it's been a while since I began this one...two states and a few years ago. :)

I added the orange and black gingham ribbon to the back, turning this one into a door hanger. My mother-in-law lives in a senior community where everyone decorates their doors for the holidays. I'm putting this one in the mail for her today. Hope she likes it!

Monday Blessings, cafe friends!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Little Fun For Fall

Here's another card I made at last weekend's stamping retreat. I've been loving Harvest Mouse all year long, but he's especially cute this time of year!

{Today's Brew: Harvest Mouse stamp set (MFT stamps), PTI card stock, Simpke Stories papers, MFT dies, PTI button twine, COPIC markers}

A little fun detail and sentiment for the inside, too!

And here are a few more photos from Hankerd Inn:

Hi Mom!

These photos show the shop on the property. Yep, Jan the owner is living my dream! :)

Blessings on your Sunday, cafe friends!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More Weekend Inspiration

It had been a long time since I'd crafted a card. If you're a regular here at the cafe, then you may have noticed lots of needle art related posts, with just a few smatterings of cards here and there. I don't know why that is. I think I go on a tangent for a while, and then come back to it when I feel the need to put ink to paper.

A paper crafting retreat weekend was really in order. There's nothing like a room full of women stamping beautiful creations to get you inspired!

This was the first card I made at the retreat. You know how they say you should throw the first pancake out? Well, it took a few tries on this card before I got it where it needed to be.

{Today's Brew: Graceful Greetings stamp set (PTI), Garden Garland die (PTI), PTI fresh snow ink, PTI card stock, embossing powder}

It's hard not to be inspired when you are staying at the Hankerd Inn! There are lovely quilts everywhere! It's a colorful place, and the interior of the barn is no exception. Here are a few of the rooms in the barn.

I think I could wash dishes all day if this was the view!

Here's the sweet room where my mom and I stayed. It was so warm and welcoming in shades of sunny yellow and green. Each room has its own bathroom, too.

And here's one of the other bedrooms I loved. Blue and yellow!

With lovely accommodations like this, it's hard to leave the barn and venture around the grounds!

More to show you in the days ahead.

Blessings, cafe friends!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Back From Hankerd Inn

What a great weekend!

I had a lovely stay at the Hankerd Inn Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Pleasant Lake, Michigan!

I spent the weekend here, in the three story barn, where the women had gathered to craft from morning to night!

Here's my crafting station! I had an autumnal view of the trees on the left, and the golden corn fields across the street.

And I also got to see this beautiful woman! Hi, Mom!

These were some serious crafters! Some of the women made more than 150 cards in one long weekend!

Me? I made a whopping twenty-six. But you know me, I'm the world's slowest paper crafter! I don't like to make multiples, and I don't like to copy someone else's idea. Thus, I work like a turtle. But that's okay. I really enjoy the process.

I spent the first day making autumn and Thanksgiving cards, and then spent the rest of the weekend making Christmas cards. I will have LOTS of new cards to show you in the days ahead!

Today, I'm going to show you one of my mom's favorites. She liked how this one turned out, and I helped her to make her own version, too!

{Today's Brew: Autumn Hills stamp set (PTI), Flirty Frames stamp set (Lawn Fawn), PTI ink and card stock, Lawn Fawn frame die, Lawn Fawn stitched hills dies, COPIC markers, MFT cloud stencil, PTI Button Twine, papers from We R Memory Keepers "Autumn Splendor"}

Make sure you stop back to the cafe for more inspiration! I have a lot of great photos highlighting the Inn, and also lots of cards to show you. Blessings, cafe friends!