Monday, November 19, 2012

November musings

It's damp and foggy and gray. It's been several days since the sun peeked out. Can you believe November is already more than half over? 
I have some autumn flowers and evergreens in my window boxes.
I think it is always so endearing to see a familiar kitty face looking in from the outside in the window! This is about as close as Shadow and Spooky will get together, Spooky is not at all amused by Shadow. We are having some relationship issues regarding who is the alpha cat in our house these days...
We planted an apple tree last Sunday. The weather is pretty mild but most people are wearing sweaters, scarves and jackets. My son just doesn't want to accept that summer is over! Don't worry, this boy has a great immune system.
Until there are snowflakes, he'll be out there blowing bubbles!
My daughter made another one of her amazing vegan apple pies! I love it when she bakes. The whole house is fragrant with a warm wave of apples, cinnamon, and spices!
We've been taking turns making the house smell delicious. I made a batch of pumpkin-apple spice jam. The orange color really brightens up these dark days! I added nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves and the jam is super yummy!
For the most part this month I've been very busy sewing away for a stand I'm doing at a local Christmas market in a few weeks. I don't know if I have enough items, or too many, and what will be in store for me. So many unknowns. Very scary! So I am just trying to channel that energy into creating the best things I can make. I don't think the Christmas market will have too much of a response as it is a rather small town. I am just looking forward to the new challenge and experience. I am a shy, introverted person and this is pretty new terrain. You can keep your fingers crossed for me!
I am "just a tiny bit!" in the mood to decorate for Christmas already! I think that is a result of working on my Christmas market project. I can not wait to dress this twig wreath up with red and white loveliness. To keep my mind on the season we're in, my kids and I collected the prettiest leaves we could find and pressed them.  My son picked out this bronze colored candle (I would have never bought it but it is quite nice for autumn). So we do have a pretty centerpiece to enjoy on the table until Advent begins. 
I have also decided it is time for another big sale at my etsy shop so please pop over to see!
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day". - Alexander Woolcott

Wishing you a wonderful day! 


greenrabbitdesigns said...

The year has flown by, I'm with your son, in my head it's still July!!!
Your daughter's pie looks wonderful as does your jam. :) What a beautiful centre piece too!
I'm sure your beautiful makes will be a bit hit at the market!!!
Happy new week Karen,
Vivienne x

nest full of eggs said...

I can't believe you still have flowers growing, everything outside here is dead as we've already had freezing temps.
All the best to you at the Christmas market ~ you'll have to take photos & let us know how it went :)

rahel said...

Looks like I need to make some jam and apple pie on the weekend... your pictures got me into the mood of heavenly autumn-cooking :o)
Have a wonderful day!

Madhu said...

Do! Do! Decorate for Christmas...why not start the fun early! :-)

Monica said...

You have been busy! Temperatures here are significantly lowe, it barely gets past 4 degrees! So you are having your first Christmas fair experience! So am I! I signed up for a fair rganized by my son's daycare. It's nereveracking I know. Maybe we can compare notes. I am still trying to figure out display and quantities. Though if it's not done by now, it's too late anyway. Best of luck!