Thursday, November 8, 2012

Autumn Blessings

Autumn is all around us, we are immersed.  We have had Halloween, fall-back an hour, our annual favorite craft show, and plants blooming everywhere.  One of the best highlights was costume-making.  I was lucky to make our two favorite little people into their choice of character, Brian a bat and Lilah a ghostie.  They are the children of my dear friend and co-worker Maria. 

Robin surprised me with her choice for a costume this year:  Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Definately different than Robin Hood last year!
We googled how to do the exact hairdo from the movie, got it down after an hour.  I should have taken a photo of the back of her head!
Here is the official "pose":
I was pretty surprised that not one, not one! person at her party had ever heard of Audrey Hepburn or Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I thought it was a classic!  Anyway, I think she looked fabulous and we had a great time putting it all together.  Here is what she looked like last year when she was Robin Hood.  We made everything from scratch, even the arrows.  I think she made a fabulous Robin Hood!
They did the trick-or-treat so kids can eat again this year, colleting canned goods and non-perishable food items for the mission, but it was raining pretty hard so we skipped that part this year. 
We also enjoyed our favorite fall craft show, our four favorite venders were there, Gail the knitting and antique brooch lady, another brooch lady, the crocheted animals lady, and the gourd painting lady.  Robin got a lovely pair of alpacka fingerless gloves from Gail, and I got a really neat rustic painted santa on an old tobacco drying rod.  Definately a bit of Kentucky folk history for $5! 

This month, on Thanksgiving day, will be my baby sister's 50th birthday.  I made her a little sumptin-sumptin to remember me.  I love that girl!
One of the things we love about Thanksgiving time is Pumpkin pie.  I didn't make one this year, but we definitely had some - we spent the day with our dear friends Amy, Ryan, and Charlie Beth and their family.  This outfit Robin is wearing is her "pumpkin pie" outfit. The coat is the crust, the shirt is the pumpkin and the hat is the whipped cream.
Holly is taking a nap in one of the "houses", the doors stay open so they can nap if they want while we are all in the kitchen.
Here's little man - Spuddie, and then here is Honey:
Another special day this fall was little Charlie Beth's Baptism.  Here are a couple of pictures:
I havn't blogged in so long I forgot how to rotate.  I got it to rotate before I inserted it, but somehow it goes back when I try to add it.  Anyway, here it is sideways.  Just tilt your head to the left :).  I was lucky and got to make her gown and bonnet.  I was really happy with how they turned out.  The lace I found online from Lyon, France.  It was made on a lace machine from 1800 and has been made and then stored on a roll for about 50 years.  It is pristine white, and the lovliest lace I have ever seen.  There was enough for the hem and the sleeves.  The yolk is fully smocked in white, and there is a tiny cross charm added at the neck with a little white ribbon bow.
Here is a close up of the bonnet, this was from an old pattern I found online from the 1930's. 

Here is the family with Father Jeff.  It was definitely a very special day.  We were honored to be included.  Next up, Advent and Christmas!



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