{thrifting finds and apple butter day}

I have said this before but it goes to the heart of what I love...I love junk.

I love trash picking.  Garage sales.  Thrifting.  Love.  Love like a good cup of coffee.  Love.

Last Sunday after church, my friend Lydia and I went thrifting.  We were on the hunt for supplies for a show we decided we would do together. Thinking about Christmas and earning some extra dollars for the kids... we signed up to have a booth at the Apple Butter Day in Groveport, OH.

So we packed up the kids and spent a nice afternoon combing every square inch searching for treasures. We found all kinds of things we needed for some of the crafts we have in mind.

But these peep toes shoes.  They were calling my name.  They were like new, all shiny and under $3.  I couldn't resist. And clearly, neither can Sprout.  Because she promptly "borrowed" them and played "Momma" the rest of the day.  It's pretty cute.  She grabs her play computer, phone and a pad of paper and a pen..."I'm working, like Momma!" because when I work from home, that's what we do.  We sit down together at the table with our "computers" and our paper and she takes orders and I fill them.  She should be ready to take over as CEO by the time she's 10 I'm certain of it.

Miss Lydia and I have lots of fun plans in store and many sewing dates ahead as we prep for next week Saturday.  Pretty scarves and fun reclaimed items, wristlets and pretties for your hair and more!   If you're so inclined, come and see us!  We will be in the big tent right smack in the middle of it all, next to the log cabin.  Come and say hi!

Crisp, Colorful, Cold

Just a few words to describe "here" lately. The weather went from summer to winter in the blink of an eye.

Last Sunday, we went with our church to enjoy the Apple Butter Festival at our church camp.

It was a beautiful day.  The last one we have had this week.

It was crisp, colorful and a bit cold.

The apple butter was delish!  The crafts were  fantastic.

I talked to a lady in her 80's who makes rag rugs.  She said it takes her 4-8 days to make a rug that was maybe  4'x3' or 5'x4', over 18 yards of fabric cut into 1 inch strips and she sells them, for $25-$35!  What a bargain, really!  They were so beautiful and I so enjoyed talking with her.

We ate apple dumplings.

We watched the process and smelled the aromas of apple butter cooking in the outdoor kettle.

We listened to the most amazing bluegrass music - talent like that is truly a gift from God.  Acoustic guitars, violins, mandolins, and more - their sounds whispered into the breeze and just made you want to hum along.

The fire inside the cabin was warm and crowded.

My girls said they were happy.  Me too.  They really enjoyed hanging out with friends from church.

And little pea - she rode in the backpack almost all day - happy as a clam.

Can you smell the apple butter in these pictures?  Hear the leaves crunching under the horses hooves?  And the bluegrass music wafting through the air and tickled laughter all around?

It was a good day.  God don't make no junk.

Our day in pictures, our joy to share.

the most wonderful hayride I've ever been on

little pea, i love your wonderment

ok, yes.  i took a lot of photos on the hayride.  funny thing is, i never looked through the viewfinder for any of them.  just hold it up and clicked away so I wouldn't miss any of the sights.

the two peas

the two peas

the ride through the woods was magical

the sun dancing on the falling the leaves


pumpkin painting

scarecrow building

will you marry me?  isn't this creative?

Happy Fall!


Trish  (ps  keep your eyes peeled here - I'm moving to a Typepad blog soon.  More features and room to grow - I'll let you know when I'm ready for you to visit me there! )