Tour Through Blogland


I was thrilled when Kathy  of A Delightsome Life invited me to be part of the Tour Through Blogland! I met this gracious lady at Haven. Her quiet gentle manner drew me to her. I enjoyed our conversations and her encouragement in the blogging journey. We have our faith in common, kindred spirits. Her home is lovely. She knew when it was National Chocolate Milkshake Day and made them for her husband and guests. How fun is that!


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So here are the questions and my answers! I’ve got to tell you; this was not easy to write about myself or to not ramble!



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1) What are you working on now?

It’s Fall! Like many of us I am working on fall decor for my old farmhouse. Just today a friend gave me a large leaf bag full of pumpkins. I can’t wait to start arranging them on the front porch. Pumpkin and cornstalks suit our farmhouse front porch. I’ve brought a little of fall inside. Bringing down the bins from the attic is an all day project. Once they are down all the main rooms will be transformed for autumn. My youngest daughter and I are finishing up her bedroom redo. My goodness, that is taking forever! In July I went to my first Haven! What an overwhelming wealth of information! I am still working on both implementing figuring out what exactly it was I learned! .


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1) How does my work differ from others in my Genre?

Like so many creative women, who write about our homes, our lives, that is what I do as well. So how is my work different? I hope it is more like a scrapbook with some insights and instructions. I write about my home and home making because it is what I do. I write about other things I do too like sharing reflectively about my faith. Sharing some stories old and new is like writing in a journal that I hope my kids will appreciate some day. I really like writing and sharing the words. I have learned a lot in my living and hope to share in a way that is both helpful and encouraging.


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3) Why do I write and create like I do?

I started blogging when we lived in a far away land with little beauty. I found a few blog and wow! After typing in search words like beautiful thing or beautiful home, I was hooked. Our family lived on 3 continents at the time. Blogging was a way to share with them. It was also a creative outlet for me. We eventually made our way back to our old farmhouse. I love to make our home beautiful for me and my family. That is why I enjoy blogging so much! I get to write and share what I create.That maybe decorating or cooking! I write to share stories and reflection on faith and how it has an impact on my life. I write and create in the hope it may encourage others. I never kept a family log but took lots of photos. I want to have some words to go with the photos so I tell the stories.


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4) How does my writing creating process work?

My writing comes from what I am involved in be it a project around the house, a trip or life happenings. It could be a photo from the past. Changes in seasons inspire me. Other ideas come from other bloggers. I do feel it is time to be more systematic about the creative process and plan.

Now to introduce the next blogger in this fun Tour of Blogland who was my room-mate at Haven. It wa also a mini reunion. She helped me learn Instagram! We’re cousins but  don’t see each other often. Rosemary is always up to something creative that either looks good or taste wonderful!  You will find her at Not Just Paper and Paint.




Rosemary shares her yummy recipes for delicious Southern food, DIY projects and other fun stuff! I know you’ll enjoy her blog as much as I do!


Please check out her blog tour posts next Monday, Sept. 29.


Hope you are enjoying all the wonderful bloggers who have been part of the tour of Blogland and Rosemary’s upcoming tour stop too!


Thanks for joining!


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Autumn Credenza Vignette


So ready for cool autumn days


It’s just about time to quit teasing fall and actually welcome her into our home with wide arms!

Vintage Elegance is for my dining room.  It’s fun to see how many ways I can decorate this well used room.  I showed you a little peek of this; here is the whole vignette ready to for morning coffee on a cool Autumn morning

I gathered up what was handy to make this vignette on my credenza. The pieces for this vignette had to be different heights. Just stacking plates and cups wouldn’t work; I didn’t want them to look lost. The mirror provides a wonderful background expanding the taller items, usually flowers and sometimes tall candles.


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The elegant foundation for this vignette of Vintage Elegance came from my closet.  This beautiful shawl is a street market in Istanbul. The delicate sprinkling of clear sequins over the rich tapestry of color acts as a tray. The blue is faint but enough to connect with the wall color.




The vessel is an old oil jar from the countryside of China; my East Asia influence.  It’s earthy brown. Because the lines are gentle and elegant, I included it.




Chinese lanterns were added.  There are 3 pieces shaped for the airy extended look. Yes, they are artificial. The bolder orange is a homage to the traditional fall colors.

It is apple picking season! Out comes my vintage Franciscan Red Apple china that is only used in the fall. I have a wide selection of serving pieces and plate sizes. The smaller bread & butter plates are just right for pastries.  My husband is the hot tea drinker. For a change I used the large egg cup for sugar. The pedestal plate is made with a plate balanced on a cup.


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Vintage elegance usually has silver because nothing says elegant like silver.  The combination of Mom’s silverware and flea market pieces are used.  She would approve.



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September Sunflowers

Sunflower Heads

Seeds are pulled out in a pattern, a flower within a flower. Eventualy, all the seeds are eaten!  

Fall is in the air.  Bin of pumpkins and rows are lined up are seen at every farm stand. The chrysanthemums are beginning to bloom in the yard. We are wearing long sleeves and hoodies.

I will take the road less traveled sometimes on my way home from Nancy’s. I pass fields and clotheslines full of laundry. The houses are spaced far apart. It is a slice of Americana between the busy thoroughfare of Burger King and car dealers to the cross road to the main highway and over the bridge to the Kellogg’s plant.

It is peace. There is a farmer’s greenhouse with plants and flowers on the left. Just around the curve on the edge of the field, there is a row of sturdy sunflowers. Their yellow and brown heads are not flopping from their own weight. They are minis comparatively speaking!


That sight brings back a fun memory of one fine September day in a huge East Asia city.


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You can tell it is almost officially fall.  The farm season does not always follow the calendar though.  We know it is fall because the sunflower heads are in the market…at the park, coming down the street in a three wheeler.  Those giant heads full of seeds are everywhere.  The love gals pluck the seeds out and enjoy the fun of it! They crack open the shells and spit them out and eat.  This is nothing like the snack my son insisted on having for every baseball gamewhen he played or watched. (I never quite got that.) And now, just like her brothers, Meg likes them too. I never have convinced her to select the bag of shelled seeds. (from previous post)

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See the lady on the three wheeler bike with a bed coming up behind us. After Amy took this picture I turned looking at her bed full of produce and pointed, “Look sunflowers!”

She saw me and quickly maneuvered through the traffic to bring her “booth” to us!

Her cart was a feast of colors and textures. Autumn apples and giant sunflower heads!  You just picked the seeds and eat them just like from a bags at a ballgame.

It must have been a bountiful harvest.

With our giant sunflower head in hand, we went for our cafe visit for smoothies and coffee specialities. A quiet break from our homeschool day.


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Yes,  fall is here!


Hope you are enjoying the special things of fall? What are those unique things done in your area that you love about fall?



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Bountiful Harvest of Fruit of the Vine & More


bountiful harvest Fruit of the vine Concord grape jellies


It was Labor Day.  Perfect weather. Afternoon naps refreshed us all.

It was time for a timeless family activity…mom taking pictures while everyone else pitched in to made


Concord Grape Jellies.


It isn’t a question of can I; more of a question of why when everyone else seems to enjoy it!

Like most things in life there is an order….


Picking grapes


First you have to pick grapes. We have one vine.  One. Do you see how long it is???

Then you prune them. This is one vine. I am always amazed at that.



Sort through for bad ones.




Get the canning pot out and do some more boiling. I turned up the air. It was a hot kitchen! It could have made for heat induced crankiness.  That would spoil the family fun!


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Then you make jelly!


This batch of grape jelly has just about 20 pounds of sugar.

You need a potato masher!  You knew there had to be some reason that was in the utensil set!

Other things I wouldn’t have thought of until I was in the middle of a big old mess!

Cheesecloth for straining.

A wide mouth flexible funnel for a variety of sizes of jar mouths. This funnel is part of a Kitchen Aide set. A ladle. Special tongs for putting jars in and out of the big canning pot of boiling water.

We used 2 soup pots, one to cook the grapes sown and another to straining the juice and cook with the sugar. A canning pot plus jars with seal lids.




The recipe  is simple. The process is pretty simple but if this is a new thing, follow directions. Better still, find classes at  place like this Buford or at your local county extension offices. Lancaster County PA’s site has a plethora of information.  Videos will help too. Ask an older woman or mom or grandmother to help you.

You do want to do this right or it can all go bad quickly!

There is a lot of boiling and sugar involved.




When Nathan took the finished jars out of the boiling water, we all heard the

Pop Pop Pop!

That is a GOOD sound. It means the jars are sealing.

Then the wait for the jars to cool some before we opened one to taste the fruit of our labors.




Not everybody could wait!   Well, the rest of us didn’t wait long either. We made sure first our tongues would not get burned.

Oh my gosh. It was soooo good! Delicious!!  Just like Smuckers only BETTER .  No label needed and homemade with lots of love and laughs.



It was a good a harvest for all of us.  For our family.


Have you had a harvest this year? Tell us about it.




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