Saturday, July 24, 2010



Halloween and Autumn is my most favorite season of the year. I love all the colors that go along with Autumn. The Halloween colors just catch my eye. I have a love for all vintage Halloween decorating. Perhaps this says my age or the time period I grew up. Whatever it might be I will take vintage decorating anyday over all the plastic decorating we have today. I have a nice collection of witches!! Witches are my favorite because they each have their own character.

As an elementary school student we had our Halloween party and all the Moms brought in cupcakes, cookies and fudge. All of us got to dress up in our Halloween costumes and the entire school had a Halloween Parade walking the city streets as many watched. This was always a highlight of school and Halloween.

Trick or Treating was simple fun! We didn't have the plastic pumpkins to put our candy or apple treats in, we just had ole paper grocery sacks. Our costumes came in a box that I can still recognize the odor as if it were now. In that box were your costume and false face.

Halloween fun also was innocent throwing corn on porches, soaping windows and carving pumpkins. I remember as a child walking to the local feed store and buying 25 cents worth of cracked corn for throwing. I would always get a good scolding from the owner. Oh yes, the older kids might try and smash a pumpkin or two just for fun. My parent's allowed me to have a Halloween party and we all bobbed for apples.
This was Halloween for me as a child growing up in a small town. So, I believe everyone reading this blog can see why I love Halloween.

I also have a love to cross stitch Halloween patterns. I have shared in the past my Leisure Arts Books and today I want to show off what I am stitching. is a Halloween Witch. When I ran across this Leisure Arts Book I just had to have it. The witch sold me immediately! My pattern is from Leisure Arts Book " HOLIDAYS REMEMBERED",this is Book Five from the Christmas Remembered Series. The pattern is "HALLOWEEN". I am stitching on Antique Mocha Fabric, 14Ct Aida. This is a pattern that makes you not want to put it down. As I see the colors coming into play it becomes so addictive!! I have been thinking what it will look like framed. Today, I am showing the picture out of the book. When I finish this Halloween Witch you all will get to see her hanging on the moon.
Until then...HAPPY STITCHING!!!!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I WON ~ I WON !!!!!

I won the $60 CSN Store gift certificate from PLUM STREET SAMPLERS, PAULETTE STEWART.

This last week PLUM STREET SAMPLERS was doing a give-away.
Myself, I have never heard of the CSN Store online shopping. Also, I have never won anything in my life. Since I read Paulette Stewart's blog each day and seen her give-away I thought why not. I never think about winning because it hasn't ever happened to me, always someone else. How many times I have entered a comment on Pioneer Woman and see all those lucky people winning. As the saying goes...if you don't enter, you don't have a chance at winning. So, last night when I received my email from Paulette I was so in disbelief. Not me!! Oh yes me!!!
It took me a few times to read and reread that email trying to make sense of it. Then I go to PLUM STREET SAMPLERS blog only to find the video with Sophie and that chalk board and it had my name. Yes, it still took a second or so to soak in. Then came my email from CSN Store with my gift certificate information and code really is true!

Today, I have been browsing the CSN Store online and thinking how can I spend my $60 only to find so many items. I have until the end of the year to decide, so I think I have a few days to make up my mind.

So, everyone when you see a give-away...go for it! Take a chance, might just be the lucky winner.

I was so excited when I got the news that I had to email my sons and their wives. I also went to bed thinking to myself...oh my gosh!!! Can't wait to tell my husband in the morning. His thoughts are...pretty neat!!!

So, last things...a big THANK YOU to PAULETTE STEWART/PLUM STREET SAMPLERS and CSN STORES online shopping!!!!!
Make sure you go to PLUM STREET SAMPLERS and check it out. Paulette has an awesome blog and family. By the way, check out her recipe blog too, FOUR SEASONS CAFE.


Sunday, July 4, 2010