Sunday, October 23, 2011

An Autumn Mantel

Our living room is not decorated using
overly feminine pieces
because a man lives here, too.

This season calls for a more rustic theme
that can be enjoyed by both a man
and a woman. I do have candles, a dried
floral and tree cones, for a nod to
the softer side, but nothing too flowery.

The soft muted colors of nature are soothing
and draws one closer to see the variety of 
patterns and textures ~ in the stone of the fireplace, 
the cones and the feathers.
 I use things that we collect from nature
 and that we both appreciate.

A pheasant feather arrangement gives the feel
of a floral arrangement for me but is masculine in
appeal for him.

Outdoorsy pear scented candle and a creamy
greenish colored dried hydrangea are feminine
 yet not overpoweringly 'sweet'.

We both enjoy the wildness of the game birds
for their beauty and grace..

a shed antler that signifies the strength and cunning of
God's creatures and recollections of
'the thrill of the hunt' for him.

Beautiful old books are welcomed by both he and I.

Our Autumn mantel is a harmonious balance
of the wild outdoors and its natural beauty
that we can both enjoy together.

Joining The House In The Roses
"I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine"
Solomon's Song 6:3

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's that time again!

Beautiful Roses made from Maple Leaves.

Maple Leaf Roses HERE!

"And he changeth the times and the seasons:"
Daniel 2:21

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harvest time

New posts in The Garden and The Pantry.
Click tabs at top of page to visit!
"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe"
Joel 3:13

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Young Friend

 My young friend, Sarah recently had a giveaway
celebrating her 101st blog post.
I WON! :~}
She is a talented young woman who loves horses,
art, music and photography! She put to good use her
talents, and made some sweet gifts for the giveaway ~

 Beautiful handcrafted bookmarks ~
two with maps and two with birds.

She also sent some lovely pieces of her artwork.

Brilliant Rose Painting

This beautiful painting of a black horse looks
just like the dear Tennessee Walker
we used to have. We saved his last horse shoe
and maybe I'll  make a frame out of it for this painting.

 She offered to draw anything of my choosing
on a blank page. I chose chickens. :>
(I love chickens and don't didn't have any chicken art!)

Thank you, Sarah, for these sweet gifts from your hand.
I love them all but especially your friendship!
Won't you please drop in and make a new friend with Sarah!
"A friend loves at all times."
Proverbs 17:17

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Pressing Matter!

We broke out the cider press yesterday,
and though the day was dreary and damp,
made some luscious, fresh squeezed
apple cider!

 The cider press was a Christmas gift
to me a few years ago from
my dear Gentleman Farmer!

After picking the apples and washing them off
with fresh clear water,
we drop them in the hopper of the press.

Turn the crank and the apples are chopped
and drop into the awaiting basket below.

The top is set on and the basket moved to the press...

the press is turned and turned..

compressing the apples until...

the flowing juices drain into a cheesecloth
covered pan.

The juice is then strained again into a clean
jar to be frozen for the coming winter
(I like to freeze it instead of canning
so as not to destroy all of the healthy benefits
of the fresh cider.)...

 or poured into a frosty mug to be enjoyed right away!
"Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Thy wings,"
Psalm 17:8
"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances."
Proverbs 25:11