{ Wordless Wednesday } Felicity the Cat

Felicity & I had fun fixing up this costume with a black tulle tutu, leggings & shirt from Wal mart, and a fur collar and tail made from a marabou feather boa.

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Straw, Lace & a Banner

In my last post about my roadside gathering of wild flowers and weeds I showed a picture of what I did with this straw from a field.

I had an e-mail asking me to show exactly how I put it together to make it stand on it's own so here it is.....

I took a handful of straw and knocked it on the table until all the bottoms feel down where they all touched the table. 

Then I held it tightly about 1/3 of the way down.  Gripping it tightly higher up makes the bottom sprawl out.

I had my husband tightly tie the lace around it while I held it.

The straw is strong enough it will then hold itself up on a level surface.

After that I also made a little festive autumn banner for the mantle......

..... the new kitten was so happy I got all that stuff out for him to play with  =)

I'm sad to report that the orange kitten died this week.  He had health issues and we did everything we could to care for him for the two weeks we had him.  After our second visit to the veterinarian last week he appeared to be a lot better, but then he died during the night.

The black kitty is healthy as can be though.  Felicity is already trying to teach him to climb trees, it's so cute, I need to get some pics.

She still looks for the orange kitty though, which is sad, but at two there isn't any way to really explain to her what has happened so I just hope she will forget about it soon  =(

Bringing the Outdoors in......

Gathering little pieces of nature from the outdoors to bring inside is something I love.

I know you can buy lots of beautiful fresh flowers in the store, but that just isn't as fun to me as picking wildflowers from the fields and gathering acorns and pecans from the trees myself.

I've been anxiously awaiting the bounty of pecans from our trees. 


The squirrels have already been swiping them, but there are plenty so I'm happy to share.

Some have already begun to fall but they are not ready to eat yet, although they do look cute in little dishes on the mantle.

Am I the only person that stops my car on the side of the road to pick flowers & weeds?

Lots and lots of beautiful Solidago is growing along the fence lines down the road.  About once a week I stop and cut a bunch to bring home.

The road sides and fields are also full of straw and dainty white flowers that I bring home when I can.

It all looks wonderful and "Fallish" (probably not a real word) in vases and jars together.

My sister and I were driving down the road yesterday when I spotted gigantic horse apples in the ditch. 

I hollered STOP!

I got out to gather some to bring home for the mantle while my sister sat in the car shaking her head at me telling me to hurry up before someone saw us.  

Unfortunately the horse apples were all rotten on the bottom.  So I managed to talk my sister who is taller than me to help get some from the tree.  She did it under protest.  

She thinks I'm crazy and doesn't share my love of roadside gathering.

We managed to get a couple.

They look cute in the house.

I stuck one on my living room chest next to the little thing I fixed up with some lace and some straw I gathered from the roadside last week.

In addition to our pecan trees, we have a large tree that's been dropping acorns.  Felicity loves going out and helping search for the ones that still have their cute tops on them.

 We filled up this cute crystal glass this week.  Now we will have to find another place to start putting them.

I just got all my Fall decorating done today and am hoping to get pictures edited and post them all later in the week.

We also added a couple new hair bows to the shop.

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{ Wordless Wednesday } Outdoor Exploring

While Mommy tries to take product pictures of what's on her head, 
Felicity always enjoys investigating the outdoors!

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