purple blooms

After a hot couple months, the flowers in our yard are coming to life again. And they definitely have a purple trend going.

Our neighbor was adamant that we wouldn’t be able to grow lavender, since she had no luck after several tries. We planted it anyway, and would you look at that.

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These asters have been waiting patiently all summer for their time, and we were super surprised at how enthusiastically they bloomed. They literally stop traffic.

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A relatively new addition to the yard, but jumped right onto the purple bandwagon.

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This was an experimental planting, in a very shady area. Do you have those areas in your yard where you aren’t quite sure what will want to grow there? It seems to be working hard to survive. Bloom where you are planted, right?

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new in the shop: pumpkin bracelets

One of my earliest obsessions was tiny things. Making little bitty clay foods. Dollhouses. Basically the more miniature, the better. Which is probably one of the many reasons I like making these little fabric bracelets. Sure, you could sew a large pumpkin. But why not sew a tiny wee pumpkin, and then wear it around? You can find these pumpkin bracelets in the shop!

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bundt cake

Bundt cakes are one of the scariest cakes, because of the pan. Mixing it up just requires you to follow the directions. Easy enough. But you can follow every direction for preparing the pan, and there is still the heart stopping moment when you turn it over, praying out loud that the sucker will just slide right out.

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I flipped this one over, took a time out before I got too frustrated, and I would say 98% finally came out perfectly. The 2% was thankfully more cosmetic than structural, so you can’t even notice. Going into the win column.

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weekend snaps

Couple from over the weekend.

1. It was rainy and drizzly for a lot of the weekend. But not too cold for flip flops.

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2. I decided it could now be gingerbread season.

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3. I crossed all my fingers and toes that the cake would come out of the pan.

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things that caught my eye/ thirty

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1. It recently occurred to me that I could try to sew a jacket. This one is so cool, but the pattern says its out of print… 2. Free pattern for crochet slippers to keep your feets cozy and warm! 3. You bet we are going to send our Christmas cards with Batman stamps this year. 4. These spider donuts make me chuckle. 5. The articles about what people eat in different countries are always fascinating to me.

We got some movies to watch, plants to water, a football team to cheer on, and books to read this weekend. Hope you have a good one!