Thursday, September 16, 2010

A PERFECT TEN

Today was a day I would classify as a perfect ten, Robin's egg blue sky with cool temperatures. A good day to begin some outside chores. There was work to be done in the perennial bed, transplanting, dead heading and weeding. Shrubs to be pruned, a hen house to clean and more acorns to rake. Mrs. Turkey was also taking advantage of the day and brought her little one's out for a stroll. My girl's were close at hand watching all the activity going on in the front field.
It was also a good day to do some crafting. I crafted these wooden pumpkins fifteen years ago ( how time flies) the pumpkins were what I would refer to as "finished in a country style". Now that I have grown to appreciate the primitive look, I opted to give these pumpkins a face lift. I found my can of BriWax ( a primitive crafters favorite tool for wood finishing.)
First, I removed the raffia and gave the pumpkins a fine sanding. I applied a new coat of orange paint, lightly sanded once again and then applied the BriWax.
End result - the primitive look I was striving for.
Now that our evenings here in Maine have become somewhat chilly, ( but still to warm for a wood stove fire) I decided I needed a quilt to cozy up in. Now, I realize most of you ladies out in blog land quilt. I do not. Never have and probably never will. Oh, let me retract that statement, my first year of marriage my mother in-law suggested we take a quilting course together. I flunked out, I'm being honest. I do however appreciate all the time and effort that goes into a homemade quilt. When I happened to spy this Halloween quilt I knew it needed to come home with me.

It is a very festive reversible quilt....certainly not hand pieced, but machine made....I love it regardless.

Now these nuts, these acorns. I have raked an abundance of acorns in these last few days. The acorns pictured are not real, whatever possessed me to purchase them is beyond me, but knew they too needed to come home with me. My motto is.... you can never have to many nuts living under one roof... with that good night!

19 comments:

Rural Revival said...

I LOVE that quilt! I would have taken it home too. I'm not a quilter either and probably never will be. I'm counting on my mom instead! : )

~Andrea~

Pondside said...

Real or not, those acorns say 'autumn'.

Verde Farm said...

So cute! Love your decorations and the pumpkins look really great! Those little acorns are perfect :)
Amy

Holly Hills Primitives said...

It certainly is looking like fall in Maine! Love what you did with your pumpkins and that quilt is so festive. Have fun decorating, Dawn

Rowan said...

What a great quilt, I really like that. You've done a great job with the wooden pumpkins too.

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Hi Julie.
I just love the make over you did on your pumpkins.
Great Halloween quilt too.
Hope you are enjoying the great weather.
Janet

henbogle said...

Love the pumpkins... Did you know chickens love acorns? You have to crush them up for them, but they are a big treat! So fun to see your girls out and about, I hope the fox stays away!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Great pumpkins!!Your whole area looks lovely. My home is surrounded my oak trees and I too bought fake acorns at Pottery Barn. Once a nut always a nut. Enjoyed my visit.

Rural Rambler said...

Julie I think we are going to have a Perfect 10 day today! Your pumpkins turned out perfectly primitive :) Hope Mrs. Turkey keeps and eye on her little feathery ones. And we have a couple million acorns too! Hope your weather today is gorgeous at Dog Trot!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Your farm is certainly taking on the look and feel of Autumn. Loved seeing all your pumpkins in the previous post...makes me want to be surrounded by lots of pumpkins in all sizes, shapes, and colors!

DayPhoto said...

I just LOVE fall and your decorations!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Kim said...

Your pumpkin makeover is awesome. And that Halloween quilt is to cute. I wish I could quilt - I want to quilt - but I'm never gonna get to it!

Dog Trot Farm said...

I am so happy the cool Autumn weather has arrived. I realize we here in Maine may have a few warm days yet, but the hot humid weather is over. I don't know how you lovely ladies of the South handle it. A good Southern Lady I would not make. I am envious of women who quit, it requires a lot of patience, dedication and artistic talent. Pumpkins, I too love the colors of all pumpkins, those photographed are all real. Gotta love those warts!

rockriverstitches said...

Love what you did with your pumpkins! And that quilt is beautiful! Like your little acorns, they do look real.

Tammy

Jorgelina said...

Love your decorations -!So cute!

Farm Girl said...

Lovely stuff, I love your wooden pumpkins. I love working with wood like that because it always make more sense to me than sewing.
I do love your quilt, that is pretty.
Every thing looks like fall and now you can sit back and enjoy it.
Have a great weekend.

the primitive country bug said...

What a beautiful quilt that is!
I'm sorry to say that I'm not a very good quilter either. I would flunk out of quilting class as well. My mom, on the other hand is incredibly talented when it comes to quilting. Guess I rolled out of the quilting gene line.

We had a gathering of turkeys in our yard this morning as well! I just love to watch them bob their little heads as they walk along.
Too cute!
Hugs to you~ Birgit

Eve said...

Sadly my first comment did not go through Julie...but I said something to the effect that I am so wishing we lived next to each other...I'd asked you to move to Alabama and told you I would ban all spiders and scorpions from the state!

Rusty said...

Ahhh, I agree. Cooler weather and no mosquitos! Here come the cool weather birds too. Our crazy pumpkin patch grew wellthis year - with only ONE small pumpkin. Lots of frustrated (?) male blooms throughout the season though. Oh well, next year perhaps. ATB!