Wednesday, September 30, 2009
cream of broccoli soup recipe can be found on my recipe blog, just click the link. With it I served a roasted tomato tart and green salad.
Table settings are wonderful ways to be creative. For more table goodness and lots of ideas, visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Along the line of smoky hills
The crimson forest stands
And all the day the blue-jay calls
Throughout the autumn lands.
Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.
Now by great marshes wrapt in mist
Or past some river's mouth
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.
(Wilfred Campbell, 1889)
Over the weekend I heard the geese honking and saw their V-formation overhead. This morning I noticed the temperature was 5 degrees (Celsius) on the thermometer outside my kitchen window. After a glorious September of record sunshine and heat, autumn is definitely here.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
September has been a beautiful month, full of hot days and cool nights, sunshine and flowers! Yes, my flowers are still going strong, in fact, the delphiniums are blooming again, as is the lavender. I went out this morning and took time to smell the beautiful roses. I cut this bunch of lavender for drying to use in some sachets.
I'm spending today doing some sewing and crafting - hopefully I'll have something to show soon.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Anna Maria Horner's wonderful Drawing Room fabric. I just love the colours and patterns in this fabric. I did a tutorial for the tablerunner which you can find by clicking on the link.
Good food, candlelight, family gathered round, blessings abound.
For more tablescapes, visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. There are some wonderful ideas out there that are adaptable to using whatever you have in your home right now, without purchasing a thing! Thanks, Susan, for hosting every week.
Monday, September 21, 2009
As I puttered about my house this weekend, I put away the summer decorating and brought out the warm textures of autumn. My style is spare but not minimalist, I don't like clutter. I'm sure I will add more as the season progresses, but for now I'm enjoying clear glass filled with collected bits of driftwood, another with pinecones, and a third with vine balls. Candles of course, and brass which gleams in soft candlelight. I'm looking forward to the first fire in the fireplace, watching movies with my husband, evenings spent reading or doing handwork, pumpkin desserts and warming soups.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was so sad when the magazine changed - it lost much of its charm. And then it finally ceased publication. The past two years have seen it revived, but somehow, it's not the same. Maybe I've changed, but I don't find the same delight in reading the modern version. I prefer bringing out my old copies each month. September was always one of my favourites. The two featured above are on my night table right now.
And, did you know that the original editor has a blog? Yes! Reading her charming words again fills me with delight. Here's Nancy Lindemeyer's blog link - a bit of bliss for us all to enjoy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The recipe can be found here, on my recipe blog.
here. (just scroll down past the salad)
I've noticed in the past couple of years that our springs have been miserable and cold, but summer lingers long into September. I love the lengthening shadows around dinnertime, the blue, blue bowl of sky above trees just starting to turn orange and yellow. And the crisp evening air. Days to savour the warmth, to walk barefoot on the grass, and revel in God's good gifts.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
During the week I need to study, but Saturdays and some evenings I can stitch and craft. I'm looking forward to it. Crafting with a purpose!
Friday, September 11, 2009
I recently took some books out of the library on book binding. And as a beginning project I hand stitched this little journal. The covers are pieces of thin chipboard that were saved from something. I glued on a scrap of paper, stamped a couple of leaves and found the word to glue onto the front cover.
What about you? Do you confide your thoughts to a journal? Do you collect quotations and poems? What do you collect them in?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
My husband lost his job at the end of May - just one week before my long-planned trip to Europe with my mom and sister. I debated staying home, but everything was paid for and we decided that I should go. The summer was long - it felt like we were suspended in uncertainty. We are certain that God has plans and purposes for us, but completely uncertain about what they are. I'm studying full-time, working on getting my French degree so that I can go back to teaching. Any job leads Tim has had have turned into dust that drifts away in front of us.
Uncertainty and waiting - hard stuff. I know we're not alone in this, I hear of many who are worse off. We have much for which to be thankful - our children are doing well both personally and career-wise, we have savings, we have health, we have each other. But another job dissolved into dust just yesterday - after two interviews, numerous reference checks and a month of waiting they decided to make an offer to the other candidate.
And so, today, I'm holding onto God's promises of love and faithfulness which we've so often seen in the past. Daily grace for daily needs. Today.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
On a random note, I was watching, on PBS the other day, an old Julia Child cooking show and noticed that she had the very same glass tumblers that are sitting on my shelf there. Mine are not very old, so it's a design that seems to have lasted for a long time. Anyway...back to the kitchen.
I'm so proud of my husband and the work he does. Another thing we would like to do is replace the gold knobs. I think dark knobs would look much better, but everything just takes time (and money.) So I'll be patient and wait until the time is right.
Meanwhile, I am enjoying the open feeling of my kitchen! It's wonderful!
Monday, September 07, 2009
I've noticed some bloggers have wonderfully large photos on their blogs and I've wondered how to do it. Susan, from Between Naps on the Porch, gave some ideas, and I'm trying them out. So far I've had no luck, but I'll keep trying.
Meanwhile, for experimenting, since my daughter has my camera on her camping/spelunking trip, I chose this photo from my trip to Europe in June - a stone cottage in Switzerland. I love the textures and the durability of it.
edited to add - Yay! I figured it out. Thanks, Susan! Now I have to figure out my header/banner at the top.
Friday, September 04, 2009
I recently organized my fabric stash. It took awhile, but now I enjoy looking at the piles of fabrics, all sorted by colour. Then I visited my sister-in-law in Alberta. Her living room is painted pale grey and she has dark leather sofas. Pale blue-green pillows accented them. She told me that for fall and winter, she changes the pale pillows to red. When I got home I was inspired to make this little pillow for her. I went through the red fabrics and chose a variety. There's a remnant of a skirt I made my daughter, a blouse, and a few odds and ends I picked up. Fifteen 3 1/2 inch squares combined to make a pillow I hate to give away. But I will.
Sewing is the leisure activity that is a constant in my life. Others may come and go, but sewing remains. Now with the shorter days and cooler temperatures, thoughts of sewing projects fill my mind.
This weekend, though, will probably be filled with canning/roasting/saucing tomatoes. We have a bumper crop this year and I'm loving it!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Labour Day weekend (in North America).
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
A flickering candle set on a pile of collected sea glass that reminds us of days spent wandering the beaches. A jug full of fresh rosemary provides texture and fragrance. And an iron bird stopped by to chirp a friendly hello. Leisurely conversation and good company made this dinner for two special.
Wonderful tablescapes can be found at Between Naps on the Porch where Susan hosts a weekly Thursday Tablescape. Thanks so much, Susan.
1. a changing focus - from outdoors to indoors
2. apples - apple crisp, applesauce, baked apples, apple pie
3. candles - flickering on the breakfast table, or in the evening
4. birthday season for our family - 3 in Sept, 1 in Oct, 2 in Nov
5. the second weekend in October - Thanksgiving for Canadians
6. building fires in the fireplace
8. roasted vegetables
9. snuggling under a warm duvet
10. scuffling my feet through crisp leaves
12. stitching or knitting in the evening
13. fat pumpkins
14. family dinners around the dining room table
15. wearing socks
18. changing colours in the garden
20. blue, blue skies and crisp air
Melissa at Inspired Home is hosting a fall inspiration link. There's sure to be some fabulous ideas there.
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