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11 posts from November 2014

barn wood candle holders

Barn wood candle holder

I found this idea on Pinterest.  I had made the candles back in September and this is one use for them.  I hung these in the bathroom.  Mr made the barn wood for the candles.  Mr had acquired the barn wood from an ex-Amish man who had taken a barn down on his property. 

I put the tree up this weekend and I have some decorating ideas running through my head.  I can't wait to get started on them.


population 3

Heading out of the Black hills we drove through the smallest community I think I have ever been in.


I loved this spot.

Standard tree farm

I totally understand now why they are called the Black Hills. Not so much in this shot but the hills do look black from a distance.

South dakota hills

I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one, Mr and I did.

Still more to come from our trip west this past summer.


it snowed

Snowy day

It was open season of deer hunting with a gun this past weekend and Mr got one, so last night while it was cold and snowing we canned the deer meat instead of making sausage with the deer that Mr had gotten.  Can't wait to try it.  It feels so good to fill our pantry, it's not much but it helps.

Canned deer meat

Time to plow the driveway.  The UPS man had to take a couple runs to get up and around the barn yesterday when he made a delivery.  The FedEx guy just left his delivery hanging on the mailbox.


Our back view that I never tire of.

Back view

Enjoying my second cup of coffee while Mr is plowing the drive this morning.  I know it's a job to plow snow but I think Mr has a bit of fun doing it.

Plowing the drive

My Quilt Guild meeting that was to be last night was cancelled due to the snow storm.  I'm not sure if they are going to reschedule or not.  I'll just hang on to the ornament that I was going to bring, maybe they'll have an exchange next year when the meetings start up again.

I hope Y'all have a wonderful day.


homemade ornaments

Nope, I don't have my tree up yet :) But I have been making ornaments that I have found on Pinterest and I have put the link to each of the sites that they came from.


 I found this fabric ornament here.

Muslin ornament

 I found this cute ornament idea from here.

Cupcake ornament closeup

Cupcake ornament

My cousin had given me some vintage wooden spools and I found some ornament ideas for the wooden spools here.

Silver spool ornament

Pink spool ornament

 Decisions, decisions.  Now I have to pick one for the homemade ornament exchange that is being held at the local Quilt Guild Christmas party.


american girl place 2014

It was time for another trip to the American Girl Place in Chicago with a couple of granddaughters and their moms.  We arrived a bit early before they opened up and the girls were checking out the displays in the windows.

Checking it out

We really had a lot of fun, and on the way down the girls asked me why I didn't bring my doll.  I thought of it halfway to Illinois but by then it was too late to even turn around to get it.  Jim had given Julie to me a few years ago for Christmas.

American girl 2014

Daughter E had to head back home so the girls, my daughter-in-law A and I walked around Chicago for a bit before taking the train back home.

The bean

Taking photo and posing


Posing with the horse

Posing by the face

The girls had a lot of fun, it was their day.  But I also had a lot of fun as well.


the black hills-part 2

It's been awhile since I've posted about our trip west. 

We woke up to a beautiful morning in the Black Hills, so we took a 3 mile walk through the hills.

Morning hike

Am hike

Birch trunk

Birch branch

The bridge

Checking the river out

River 1



Rock wall

River 2

We crossed over quite a few rivers that flowed through the hills, prefect for fly fishing.

I guess we'll just have to go back :)