Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jax the Wonder Dog dresses up for Halloween with Sweet Bee Maulie

                         Lights Camera Action!

   Jaxs the Wonder Dog in his Harley Davidson outfit! Jax is ready for the camera.
Well it's Halloween time and all the dogs are ready for trick or treaters! I just had to wrap up my Halloween blog with this and that on Halloween week. I just love a little bit of scary music and a bowl of candy for kids.I do not know why we have to dress up our pets for  Halloween  but it's so funny to see how cute they look.Take a peak at Maulie's friends and their outfits. Jax is a natural.That's what makes Jax a Wonder dog!

                              O.K What's with the hat?                              
      Halle                                            Makenna
Angel a sweet little traveling companion of Jax. Angel a chihuahua travels well in her motor home. Angel also went toYellowstone this summer.


 Makenna without her Halloween Hat!  Makenna is the sweetest  Cocker Spaniel you could ever meet.
                          PetSmarts Halloween Dog Costume Event.

                                                                Jackson the bull dog

There had to be a 
 Halloween Cat somewhere. 

 Headless Horseman Mastiff

                                                             Our Local Postal Dog!


The biggest dog at the event.
Headless Horseman Mastiff!



Little Dog Big Buns 

This is one Friendly Police Dog

 Break in Maulie's shoot

 Little Bee Shitzu loves a good snack while posing for her closeup.

Little Bee Maulie

 Happy Halloween!

 the end.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dee's home and a Happy little Heart Rug

Take a glimpse back to Dee's home !

Dee’s home was one of my first stories in my blog and I just had to show more of her home. Dee as you recall had a beautiful home in Southern California filled with lots of wonderful antiques  Here are some more pictures of her home. I am sure you will all love seeing a  little more of her goodies.


                                       In this cosiest of rooms you sip with a friend your cup of tea.
                                     Dee's yarn winder is next to her large open fireplace.
                                       You can almost imagine seeing a  glimpse a woman in a different
                                        manor of clothing winding her wool.
                                      The worn bricks complete the look
                                        of  the cosiest of homes.  

Dee is a wood carver and she
shared with me a design that
 added a little bit of folk art
 to this little piece.

Dee joyfully displays antiques all over her home.
This is my favorite room in her beautiful home. 

This Primitive heart rug was given to Bev
another rug hooker friend from Dee .
 I appreciate the different colors.

This is one of Dee's early chickens.
The primitive Chicken is
hooked in light colors.
 Not every thing primitive
 has to be in dark
Dee also gave this to Bev.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Back Country Quilt Show In Ramona California


                            Ramona and the Back Country Quilt Show

                                  Betty's Quilts which were in the front of the 
                                  Quilt show on the church stage.
                                  I think she was a woman that was admired
                                  for her quilting but loved by her community
                                  and friends.

                    Some of Betty Adams Quilts  of honor on the stage.


 If  you  like a nice drive to the country and to see  a little of the back country of San Diego County California then take a drive to Ramona. 

Ramona is a town with a country feel and every year the women get together and hold a Great Quilt Show.Ramona has a great country feel and as you drive into town you see the main street full of shops.

The Back Country Quilt Show  is free and packed with  wonderful quilts.  If you like donations are accepted . It takes place at a local church in Ramona California . Linda and I love to hit the Quilt shows so this is a perfect one to go to. Ramona has a wide assortment of antique stores ,feed stores and one quilt store. One of the good things about Ramona it leads you into a lot of great areas of San Diego County. Leaving Ramona there is Santa Ysabel which has lots of antique stores and the famous  Dudley’s which is a great bakery that has the best JalapeƱo bread! Keep on driving and you hit Julian which is a well  known  town that tourist love to go to in the fall.          It’s a easy get away for a weekend. Linda and I went on Friday to the quilt show since we both had a ton of things to do this weekend. There is a cute Quilt shop in Ramona called Crazy Nine Patch  which has a bright selection of cute quilt fabrics and all their ladies have cute pink shirts they wear.

What a talented quilter!

The stitching on this Holiday Quilt is precious.

 Interesting design

Fellow quilters are always eager to share . It's nice to see
young and old helping each other with a question or two.

 Ladies starting a yo yo group at their
shop.Crazy Nine Patch in Ramona.These ladies were so 
fun and seemed to be having a great time.

This is the story behind the 8,445 Hexagons!

 I bought a old small quilt for 20 dollars that needs work from this
vendor. She only goes to this show once a year.

I wonder whose quilt their looking at? The rows are packed with quilts.The good thing about coming to a quilt show on a weekday is less crowds. Plus it was a nice cloudy day. This quilt show has a room that has all sorts of used quilt fabrics books, magazines. I got a couple of old magazines with great vintage patterns.

Everyone is so busy looking and enjoying and visiting with friends.
I wonder what this man is thinking?

Linda and I stopped on the way home at the Crazy Nine patch Quilt Shop.Lots of nice ladies. If you like bright lively colors in your quilts this is the shop for you.They just relocated to their new spot in Ramona .


 Morris and Maulie the odd couple. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloween Decorating Dept 56 and a sweet gift of a log cabin dollhouse

    Halloween Memories         
 Many many many years ago I was in a drama
 class in high school and we put on Shakespeare's Macbeth.
 I played the part of the second witch and I still remember  my lines
 to this day . As we three witches stirred our cauldron
 (maybe that's why I like little witches) we chanted

Are you frightened?

I guess not.
                       Double, double toil and
              Fire burn and cauldron bubble!!!

Are you spooked yet?

I love this little witch
she is on her way to her first
Halloween .This is  my primitive rughooking of
a little Halloween witch walking down the hill.

It’s Fall and I am  bringing out the decorations. I love the seasons.
 There is something about
 having your husband
swinging down the wooden ladder to go up the stairs in the garage.   Then one after another
he is taking down the  Halloween plastic bins.
I don’t think most men are into the setting up of Halloween but that’s their loss.
 As the sweat pours off his head it’s usually the hottest day of the year
 to be up in the garage attic. Looks of homicide abound from my honey
but I am still so excited to look through my plastic bins. Sometimes you forget
what you have collected  it's been a year you know. I must admit for all
 my years I am somewhat childlike but I don’t care
I appreciate having simple things that can make me so very happy.
I decided to start
a new tradition of Dept 56 Halloween homes. I
I have always liked miniatures since I was first married and so
I just  thought  I'd  like to try this.
  So I was hooked.
I decided to decorate with some Dept 56 homes
 and my daughter would do the same with
  Dept 56 Christmas villages.
I bought a few homes and Halloween accessories and then I went to Michaels
 and bought a couple other items. I am not a purist
Dept 56 but I  think I  have more
 fun improvising the Halloween scenes..I wish you could hear the sounds they make.

My husband is great at making things and working with his hands.
  Jack saw how the Halloween layout was at City Lights in
San Diego was made. and so
  Jack started taking branches and painting them.( It was cheeper then buying plastic trees
and there is an endless supply of  branches)Jack  
 then  used Styrofoam and created a background to the Halloween houses.
 Every year we add  a new building or decoration. .
 The Dept 56 is a a small  part of my fall  decorations.
 I have quilts and a couple rug hookings I  have made.
 It’s taken me a week of moving things around til now I am satisfied.

           So enjoy my decorations and remember
 to enjoy every season of your life
                     by starting new  interests at every stage of your

A Cheri Payne quilt pattern that I made in Halloween
 colors . The little women all have different colors of
 dresses. I just  love dolls with no faces.

Don't forget to click to make this picture bigger.

                                  Dept 56 and  our Halloween layout.                      

Notice the big Halloween cat .He is a hoot!
I made him years ago in a  JoAnn Mullaly doll  class.
 The other JoAnn pattern  kitty is hanging from
the wall with his bag of candy.
If you ever get a chance
to take a doll class from Jo Ann
you'll have a  fun  time.

                                           This building makes all sorts of sounds.It lights up as the mine cars                                              zooms  around the mountain.

 Jack created this log cabin dollhouse for me. I love miniatures and Jack spent
     many hours in the garage with branches. I suggested making a little
    birdhouse. I think the roof is very unusual . There are so many pieces of wood
    in the roof. The hardest part was finding branches that were straight. 

                                               I love the way  Jack  made the windows.I bought that neat
                                               jug in Newport Beach years ago.  It's so small. I wonder
                                               who made it? I sure wish that shop was still there. Years ago
                                               it closed down.

                 Jack made the table and the cupboard.I am still

           Jack put a branch around the base
           of the log cabin dollhouse.       




 I have been playing with crayons.