This morning was very windy and cold. It rained all night long and I could hear the wind hitting the homestead. I just snuggled down in bed and smiled because I knew I didn't have to go into work today. LOL. Don't get me wrong I worked today, but on stuff I really wanted to do. I told you yesterday Stacie was coming over today to craft with me. We had decided to dry some oranges and make sweet potato garland. Everything I did I got from KM Primitives. She does a great job explaining and in a way even I can't mess up. LOL. I started out with my oranges because they do take awhile to dry. I cut them into thin slices patted them with paper towels to get the extra juice off. I put them on my cookie rack with a cookie sheet underneath and popped them in my 200 degree oven.
A few hours later I had these.... I'm going to put hangers on the and put them on one of my Christmas trees this year when I get them out.
While those were in the oven Stacie and I put together some sweet potato garland. Okay it is a yam garland. LOL. They were on sale at the grocery store. Note to self get smaller ones next time. They were so big I had a hard time cutting through them. I did two garlands with only two yams!!!! I tell you what they smell awesome!!!! I used cinnamon, ginger, cloves on one. Then cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg on the other. So you just cut up the taters, throw them in coffee mixture, then coat in your cinnamon mix, string, and hang to dry.
I was on a roll so I strung some of these little cherry looking things from a tree. LOL. A girl at work cut them off her tree and brought them in for me. Along with some more dead sunflowers. Anyway, I LOVE the colors. I'm going to wait to see how they dry to see if I will through them away after Thanksgiving or keep them.
I have some more oranges in the oven. They probably won't be ready to later this evening. I think I might try some apples this weekend.
While Stacie and I were crafting my sister is pic messaging me from a local Goodwill store. She was asking me if I liked or wanted stuff. She knows my taste so she always has an eye out for me. Plus she saves me money because I am not actually there myself buying even more stuff. LOL So she stopped by after she picked up her son from preschool and brought in all her treasures. I should've taken pictures, but I didn't. I'm sure she'll let me come over and take them when she is done redoing them. She has more of a traditional taste, but she got some awesome stuff today. Btw Becky (my sister) you could put your topiaries in those two bucket urn thingys or tall skinny evergreens. Sorry I digress. LOL Anyway, she got these for me...
$8.00 for this jug!!!!! Woohoo!!!!! My sister pointed out there was a chip in it. ummmm it is only from use. It is prim awesomeness.
Then this great candle holder for $2.50. This will be perfect for Christmas with my pewter wares already.
I even got my stitchery done. I coffee stained it a little and need to press it, but I can't wait to put it in a frame.
I had some awesome new ideas for Christmas ornaments that I want to try. I don't want to show or tell you until they are done. Just think Olde Fashioned Christmas. I need Steve's help for some of it though. Well, I just thought I'd stop in and show you how things came out. Thanks for asking Renee.
I owe a bunch of you apologies... Your comments went to my spam box in my email. I just now found them. I will try to answer your questions those of you who asked them. Oh and before I forget Carmen and Primcatshouse I have tried replying to your comments and they keep getting bounced back. I am not sure if you have received them or not or if this is an error. I do try to get with those who leave messages, but I am not able to get your email addresses from some of your comments. So I apologize for that. I will get back to you as soon as I can.