Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Beauiful Day Off

It is the perfect day to get a lot of fall yard work done.  It is also the perfect day to do many other things.  Things that I don't often take the time to do. Go for an early morning stroll with my kids. Wander around the yard gathering interesting seed heads for an arrangement.  Read a book on the sunny deck with a coffee.  Finish up a cute pumpkin experiment which involved roaming around in the trees in the backyard looking for the perfect 'stem'.  Take lunch out to the wheat field and picnic with my husband on the back of the truck. I even snuck in a nap shortly after lunch which truly made it feel like my much needed day of rest.

I shared this post HERE at Viewing Nature with Eileen.
With an old black and white enamel bucket, my daughter and I wandered around
the yard and picked anything that caught our eye.  I just love how it turned out.
It sure brought a lot of texture to my front porch!
These sunflowers that resemble 'Big Bird's" feathers are blooming in my daughter's garden right now.
Most of the sunflowers are done, but these are just getting started.  What a great and unexpected
finish to the flower beds!!!
This photo is not only to show you the impressive size, but also the gardener
who grew it and was generous enough to let me cut it and bring it in.
I just can't stop taking photos of this beautiful flower!  Here it is on my dining
table with a centerpiece using an old cabbage shredder as a base.
Here is a close up of the pumpkin I made out of old jeans.  I just cut the bottom 8 inches or so off, cinched
the bottom up, then stuffed it with bits of leftover material,  and cinched up the top.  Then I tied yarn
around to create the indentations and painted it with an outdoor latex paint.  Went hunting for the stem
this morning and made the tendrils with a bit of wire and some floral tape. I hot glued those bits on and stood
back to admire my handiwork.  I really love how it turned out, and it really suits my 'on the primitive side' décor.

I loved the way our little gecko 'Chocolate' was peeking over her stone this past evening.  Doesn't she
look saucy?


  1. Wow that is a most unusual sunflower. It does look like Big Birds feathers. It's very pretty. - Your pumpkin is darling and so clever. Who would have thought old jeans could be transformed into something so neat. - Love the shot of your gecko, she does look saucy!

    1. Thank-you so much Ida! I have really come to enjoy giving old materials new life.

  2. I can definitely see why you cannot stop taking photos of that flower - Kudos to the gardener. Your fall decorations are very creative, and you've got a gecko called 'Chocolate' - she is so cute :)
    BTW - I found you through Ida who linked up at my s~A(R)T~urday - have a look and see if you like to join us with some of your work.

    1. I certainly enjoyed visiting your website. I enjoy art of all kinds! I'm not sure how the 'link up' works though. Is it just anything at all, or are there particular challenges? I definitely have time in the winter and it may be something I'm interested in.

    2. Hi Andrea, thanks for the visit. No, no particular challenge. More along the line of 'if you think it is art, show it to us!' People participate with photo art or painting or writing - it does not matter.

    3. Ok, thanks for clearing that. If I ever come up with something, I'll drop by.

  3. What a beautiful blog you have!!!! I look forward to seeing more!

    Chocolate is ADORABLE!. She looks like she is smiling for you.

    1. Thank-you so much Dee. We are ridiculously in love with that wee reptile. And she is more photogenic than anyone else in the household.

  4. Fall is definitely in the air where you live. Your daughter is so beautiful and very proud of her beautiful sunflower. Great idea for old jeans.
    Hugs and have a great week,

  5. Your such a great photographer Andrea, wow. Your daughter shines with happiness, I can tell she feels deeply loved... and that is always a good thing isn't it :-)

    Your jean pumpkin is such a fabulous idea...hmmm I must file that idea away in my brain for a later project lol... I've got my own pinterest in my head lol
    big hugs,

    1. Yes, my daughter feels very loved when she sees herself on my blog, especially when people make comments concerning her. Thank-you for visiting and for the lovely compliment.

  6. I've missed your pictures. They are always so inspiring! And I took a nap today, too. Was lovely :)

  7. Oh your daughter is a talented gardener that is a beautiful flower and smile. Love love the pumpkin idea. Chocolate is adorable. Hug B

  8. Hello, I love your pretty arrangement. You and your beautiful daughter did a great job! The sunflower is gorgeous. Chocolate the gecko is a cutie! Great series of images. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  9. Wow! You've had a very productive Saturday! I love the stems arranged on your porch & the sunflower is amazing!
    Chocolate is a sweetie too! enjoy your day!


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