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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pumpkins, Persimmons & Plunder...

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion…"
~ Henry David Thoreau

well, then how about a velvet pumpkin??

I have been hooking with velvet.
and so far I'm loving it!

crazy-jack chairpad

 ok, I confess ~
...not just velvet, 
but velvet, wool, homespun & cotton print fabrics too.

orange cotton print fabric with white polka-dots on the border of the pumpkin

stem is a green cotton print fabric with black-vine motif,
nose, mouth & eyes are wool ~

bumpy, nubby, & textural ~ very interesting!
 the rest of his head has been filled in with salmon-hued hand dyed velvet ~

I cannot hook in perfect rows.
I don't pretend to be able to.
I hook to make me happy ~ just the way I stitch, paint & draw…

hope it makes you happy too!

love the 'fuzz' the velvet adds to this chair pad-to-be ~
…. plus, it will be comfy on my old HINEY!
 actually, this will be available at our 
Gathering of Primitive Friends Show 
….here on September 20th ;)

see you soon!

 I had to share my mums with you!!
aren't' they GORGEOUS?

ok, there are a couple of purple Asters in there too….

our old hay wagon in the distance ~

a rainbow of Fall fun!

we will replant these around the garden soon :)

 Now that it is September,
our ancient persimmon tree is bearing fruits once again….


 I love their color, plumpness & flavor…
we have not gotten as many persimmons this year as we have in years past ~
I believe we are in for yet another COLD & SNOWY Winter here again this year, 
and as such, our tree knows to reserve it's energies by not producing too many fruits…

Mother Nature knows best.

love the 'star' shaped top on them :)
yesterday, we headed out to the local auction house ~
where we picked up a few things:

deacon's bench, small grey granite berry pail & early tin canary cage
 the pail is so very sweet ~ I have a couple of them so this is a great addition to my collection…
the birdcage is what I HAD to have!

it is an original pet-store cage ~
the one you would take your new feathered-friend home in from the pet store…
ca. 1940's and is complete with glass water bottle and small yellow bakelite gravel dish.

SO cute!

{{we brought it home & told Peaches that when he is bad, he will be put in the 'bad boy' cage}}
~ JUST KIDDING FOLKS ~ now resides on top of one of my white cupboards in the back/keeping room.

Well, this miserable heat & humidity is killing me.
I am about to spontaneously combust every time I have a hot-flash.
I can no longer go outside until it passes, 
...or I will be passing ~ OUT!

I was born in a blizzard in February of 1963 ~
I am not a Summer girl.
...just give me the months of October through April
and I am happy :)

Hoping the weather is nice where you are!

* Blessed be *


  1. Rug is stunning! Love your finds.....

  2. Love the chair pad! Very charming and I love the mix of textures and textiles! Velvet? I would never have even thought of it, but I love it!
    I am a summer girl! Even as a child I could not wait for May --my mom would not let me go barefoot untl June 1st because she said the ground was still cold! I love the melons and berries of Summer as well as the cucumbers and tomatoes! I love Autumn too and here in the deeper South, we have warm weather often into October! I do love a chilly Halloween though! After Christmas, I am ready for May! I hate winter! Our summers are hot and humid and our winters are cold and humid. That raw, damp cold just makes me feel miserable - makes my arthritis ache even worse! So, although I lament the passing of Summer, I welcome Autumn!

  3. A lot of great textures and gorgeous colors.

  4. I love it all Lori!!!!
    Even though I was born in July, I'm not much of a hot weather summer girl anymore, love April ~ Oct. too..

  5. You are such a baby (1963), no wonder you have so much energy. I'm soooo jealous. Don't even ask how old I am. Love your pumpkin hiney seat and your new found goodies. I need an antiquing day badly!!!
    Blessings, Sandra

  6. hot and humid in florida. i was born on a rainy saturday in dec.1954 in delaware.your mums are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I was born in Feb 1960...worst blizzard EVER according to next door neighbor from England...give me cool and cold too...

    the pumpkin is gorgeous with all those mixed textures...

  8. Love the pumpkin hiney cushion and your other finds. I, too, am a fall girl...October 1964:)I love all things fall and vintage and antiques. Your home looks so inviting for Autumn, perfect:)

  9. Great new treasures! The hooked velvet is very interesting! I do have some that I picked up at the thrift store. It is more of a poly blend kind of velvet, but I bet it would be interesting to hook with too. Thanks for sharing & giving the inspiration!

  10. Love, Love, LOVE! That nubby textured pumpkin guy! I wish you the very best at your Farm gathering coming up. I think I need to get there and visit your magical place again., best wishes
    Tattered Moon

  11. how exciting! I love how you hook with so many different fibers!!


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