She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Joys of Autumn

What a glorious month we've enjoyed here in West Tennessee! I do believe that I might enjoy autumn year round. Here are some of the fall pleasures I've been enjoying these past weeks:

Gathering muscadines ... using whatever means necessary to pick those juicy grapes. (Don't you love the hair? Remember I spent hours in the bucket of a dozer being lifted none-to-gently into the trees!)



Making homemade carmel apples covered in nuts and sprinkles.



Autumn decorating with natures gifts. Black was the perfect prim choice for painting these two old brass candle holders that I got from the local Goodwill store. What a find for 99 cents each!



Time to get stitching. I just finished these two little church-going chickens for mom. She and I are each making matching redwork Bible quilts. We're going to stitch 42 blocks representing Biblical truths. I just got my supplies today and can hardly wait to begin.



Fall festivals ~ This weekend we attended The Ames Plantation Heritage Festival. It was marvelous with all sorts of living history and demonstrations. Now I want to join a quilting bee, spin wool, bee keep and stencil every wall in my home!



Campfires at home ~ warm evenings of making memories with the family.







Take time to enjoy the simple things in life!

Wishing you joy,
Lea

34 comments:

lindanuts said...

Oh, my,you have been busy! I always wondered what muscadines are. Do you make juice or jelly?
I got your card and was truely touched. There's nothing like getting real, old fashioned mail.... It looks like you are having a great time. I do miss your posts but soon-too soon- the weather will prevent us all from having outdoor fun.
Blessings:) Linda

Nancy M. said...

I'm so glad you are having a great fall! I love muscadines too! Your hair is understandable given the situation. I love, love, love the chicken art! Campfires at home sound like a wonderful idea. We should try that. My son loves smores over the campfire.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Hey Lea, so nice to have you visit me, as always.
Our muscedine season was early this year. And we enjoyed them very much! I actually made freezer jam from our's so we will be enjoying it for a long time.
Love the photos. I love this time of the year too, and can't wait for it to cool off again and stay cool. Simple pleasures are always the best, aren't they?
Have a blessed day!

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Lea you have been so busy. My Mom was just learning to do redwork from the fabric shop she volunteers at. I can't wait to see your finished project. LOL I have to laugh at you comment about wanting to do everything after going to the festival especially stencil all your walls. BTW that quilt with the leaves was awesome. I hope your son is doing better.

Mary

Kindra said...

Oh how I missed your posts! Glad to see you time away was well spent. I just love the simple times with family. Your goodies look so gooooood!

Have a blessed day.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

That hotdog looks so good and I know they taste so much better over a open fire:)

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments, I know how busy you are:)

Beautiful redwork and how wonderful to make a quilt with your mom:)

Have a wonderful day Lea
Rondell

simple~needs said...

what wonderful pics!!!
i would so love to learn to spin wool and make a bee skep. :)
you hair looks wonderful. ;)

i love your blog. :)

Dani said...

Your redwork looks great! still haven't gotten batteries for my camera but I got another towel done yesterday...is that the pattern you ordered from my store? love the photo of the quilting bee too...

are the muscadines wild or did you plant them? our neighbor has grapes, but I don't know what kind they are.
Tennessee looks so lovely....

Nancy Jo said...

lea,
Have you been into the coffee?? What a lot of new ideas you have. Do you need any transfers?? for all those quilt blocks? Is it all going to be in red? Let me know, I can mail you some. I have lots.
Thanks for stoping by my site, you always make me feel smarter then I really am.
NANCY JO

Beehind Thyme said...

Oh...My... those apples look delicious... one of my all-thyme AuTuMn favorites.

Looks as if you are one busy lady...

Many AuTuMn BLeSSiNgs your way, Pamela

Wendy said...

Hi Lea!! It's so good to hear from you!! It must be beautiful in Tennesse in the Fall!!! Blessings to you and your family my friend!! Take care!~Wendy

Linda said...

My grandmother had concord grapes in her yard - the skin was sweet but the flesh was so sour! Are muscadines sweet?

The caramel apples look yummy! Such a wonderful fall treat.

What a wonderful project you and your mom are working on!

It was good to see you post again. I know life is busy in your nec of the woods! hugs, Linda

~Tammy~ said...

Lea,
I think I'm gonna get my little purse like that chicken and start your way as I ♥luv♥ candy apples!!

Your life looks so full and blessed!

Renna said...

I love your fall decorating, Lea, and the family campfire looks like such fun. I'm sure some great memories are being made for the boys!

The redwork is so pretty. What a beautiful quilt that's going to be!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Hello, Lea!!! I'm so glad you let us know how things are going and what you've been up to... I've missed you!
I LOVE the little church-going chickens!
And caramel apples... *sigh*... Mmmm-mmm!!!

Deb said...

Hi Lea! I've heard of muscadines but, still have not tasted one. Those apples look so good, I've not had one yet this year. I love how you painted your candle holders and the hotdog roast I'm sure was fun. I love white bread on my hotdogs too. Well it's so nice to see you all and give Colton a special hello from me. Deb

Deb said...

Oh! I love love love those chickens going to Church. The purse she has cracked me up. Deb

Doreen said...

Oh my goodness Lea...those caramel apples look devine!!! Now I'm craving some!

Fall is wonderful isn't it!

:)Doreen

Carrie P. said...

What fun you are having. I love a campfire. We do that our home too. Can you tell us where you got the Redwork Blocks?

Colleen said...

Autumn is looking good at your house too, Lea!

I'm delighted that you stopped by and found some gift-making and gift-giving inspiration. Aren't those patterns darling? I've already made one up for a friend. Beware though... they are rather addicting :)

Enjoy all of autumns many blessings and stop by again some time...

Heather said...

Lea, YAY! You're back. I've been missing you :)

Now I REALLY want a caramel apple - those look amazing. Also, that fall leaf quilt is just gorgeous. It makes me wish that I wasn't all thumbs when it comes to sewing. But alas...I am.

Betty's Blocks said...

I just love your blog, full of wonderful ideas. what is the pattern that you are doing the Bible redwork? It looks like something that my sister and I would enjoy doing.

Wanita said...

Hi Lea. It sounds like you're having a lovely fall. Those apples look delicious. And your stitching is so pretty. I hope when your quilt is finished you'll post some pictures.

Blessings,
Wanita

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

OH how I love to roast hotdogs and marshmellows in my backyard. Looks like so much fun!!!!...m...

Sarah said...

I love your candle/corn center piece! We're starting our fall decorating this weekend...I think you gave me some inspiration!

KathyB. said...

What a nice post. You are blessed and also busy. I love being busy around our home and using the harvest of our land. It appears you truly enjoy God's bounty and the family He has given you.

The red work embroidery is wonderful. I love that you and your Mother are working on this project together.I am glad I found your blog.

naomisnotions said...

Those candy apples look yummy!!!

Thanks for sharing all the love and fun! :)

Naomi

Kathy @ Joyful Journey Journal said...

I love the picture of you. You look so happy and healthy and like you are enjoying life. How are your chickens??? I would love to be there helping you pick grapes!
Blessings,
Kathy

Toni said...

Sounds like you`ve been enjoying the fall Lea. I love those candel holders!! What a great find. Can`t waite to see pictures of the bible quilt your making!!I would love to learn to quilt.Hope you have a blessed weekend!!

mary said...

So happy to hear that you have had a wonderful, busy month with your family. I love the redwork block! Where did you find the pattern that you and your mother are using? You have inspired me to make caramel apples - today!!! Have a blessed and restful weekend.
Much love, Mary :)

Wilma said...

Hi Lea and family,

I'm glad you are doing well. You look lovely as always so refreshed and excited. Would love to be ther to enjoy the caramel apples and the roasted hot dogs and i just love a fire in the autumn. I need the pattern for those chickens looks like fun. Im' doing a quilt with some things associated to breast cancer. I miss you all. Give the boys hugs for me and call me soon.
I miss reading your blog everyday.

Love and Hugs, Cousin Wilma

nyafarmgirl said...

Those carmel apples look mmmmhhh good! I just love those 2 chickens they are just too cute. We've got to start making campfires too since the weather is cooling down. Thanks for sharing I always love seeing what you've been up too!
:)Ginger

Karen said...

lea, I had a very nice time visiting your blog! Those caramel apples look wonderful! Karen

Julie said...

Okay......... ANOTHER beautiful list.....

Can I have one of those yummy apples????

Blessings,
Julie