Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Halloween Treats and More"

Hello Everyone, Are you ready for little trick or treat kiddos to come by for treats? We never have any, but Margaret surprised us last night by bringing over some yummy cup cake treats! Just look how cute they are and delicious, too. Check out the knife with "blood" and the ghost and monster, too. 

I don't know which is the cutest, but we ate a green one each, last night and the flavor of it was Key Lime, so that was delicious. I think the knife one is spice, so we will soon find out!

I don't decorate a whole lot for Halloween, but do put out this little bobble head cat, just because he is so cute!

I just concentrate mostly on Fall, and get out my grandmother's Carnival Glass Punch Bowl and cups. Maybe a little apple cider will go into that later.

  Pumpkin themed decor is so cute and this guy can sit in the dining room until Thanksgiving. He is made of canvas and stuffed and always brings a smile to everyone.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Iris Appliqued Quilt and YoYo Tote

Hi Everyone, I hope you are having some beautiful Fall days. Here in Florida, it is hot, but there is a little bit of color....hardly enough to detect unless you really look! However my church is gearing up for the Christmas Craft and Quilt Bazaar and above is the quilt I appliqued and pieced for the bazaar. After I got it all together, a group of the quilters did the hand quilting. We will raffle it off on November 16 at the bazaar.
Some of the proud quilters...

I've also been making ornaments and totes with yoyo decorations, as the above bad shows.  

A closer view of the iris quilt. The pattern was an old one my mother had. Click on it for an even closer view.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Crafts for Christmas Bazaar

Hi Everyone, I am busy getting ready for the Craft and Quilt Bazaar at my church, as well as another local craft show, called Crafts in the Woods. I thought you might like to see a few of my creations! The above little ornament is the Peace Lutheran Church Mouse!!

Another version.

The birds are made of yo-yos, which are circles of fabric gathered up. Several yo-yos are stacked together and tied, then a pom pom glued on top as the head. Wings and tail are made of felt and tiny black beads are the eyes. I started doing red birds, then added the Blue Bird of Happiness and have also made some white "Snow Birds". I thought our Northern residents would love the little Snow birds.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October Tea

Hi Everyone, Today is a very typical Fall day in Florida. It is warm (most people would think hot), but the sky is that deep Fall blue and there is a breeze and the air feels less humid than usual. It is a very pleasant day and I want to do some gardening just before sundown. That is, to me, the most beautiful time of day to garden in Florida, as it is cooler and it seems very still and quiet.

My son and two grand boys are coming tomorrow, so I made my son's favorite cookie, which is Molasses Crinkle. I will give you the recipe at the end of the blog. He got it for me from a friend's mother when he was in high school and I have made them ever since. They are especially good in the Fall and spiced tea goes well with them. As you can see, I added a cinnamon stick to the tea for a little extra flavor.

I got out a few accessories that say Fall, such as the tea cozy...just because the roof looks golden color!
There is one of those battery operated candles in this vase. I received the vase years ago from my brother and sister-in-law. It was full of Fall flowers, but I love it as a lantern! The wreath is made of felt. I found it on holiday in Micanopy, Florida.

My next felt project will be to make some of these. I always have far too many projects going!

Have you tried Constant Comment tea? It has oranges and spices in it, and is delicious.
Another felt piece I found in Micanopy. It would be fun to make these, too, to place at each setting at the table as favors.
I hope  you are enjoying these Fall days as much as I am! Recipe:
                                Molasses Crinkles
1 cup brown sugar,packed
3/4 cup shortening (Crisco)
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 flour
2 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
Cream first 4 ingredients, add dry ingredients and mix well. Chill. Roll in walnut sized balls and dip top of ball in sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet,  and sprinkle a drop or 2 or water on top each ball. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees. Enjoy!