Friday, September 26, 2014

Back Down the Rabbit Hole.... :)

Good Friday Evening!

Hope everyone is well!

I wanted to share a few things...

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Last week I got a sweet surprise...

My friend in Tennessee sent me a little "Alice" inspiration...

The prettiest cookies ever!

They are from the lovely Tiffany at Stone House Oven...

(click on the name to be magically transported to her Etsy shop)!

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"Nooooo, Leo!!"

It's okay, though, he only wanted to lick the plastic...

silly boy!

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Aren't they pretty?

And such a lovely presentation!

(And they tasted as good as they looked...a rich, buttery shortbread...Ummm...

Thank you!)

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I couldn't resist taking pictures!

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Look how well this color matches Grandma Launius's

pretty iridescent tea cup!

She would love it.

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So now, I have to shamelessly show you my finished Alice-themed gourds...

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I had such fun with these!

More Alice to come, too. 

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Another in the works...the White Queen.

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And, it's that time in Sikeston, Missouri again...cotton harvest!

The Cotton Carnival is going full-tilt right now.

A fall tradition... no little ones to take on the Merry-Go-Round

now, though... kind of sad.

We could go out just to have "fair food", but will probably pass. ;)


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My little garden path...

I'm reminded that although the garden in general is winding down,

there are several plants that are relishing the cooler temperatures...

The coleus, lemon balm and petunias are loving it!

I'm just letting them grow wild right now...


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This is my "Fairy House" setting in the vintage kettle!

Lush Chocolate Mint, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Ferns, and Lotus Vine...

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The Moonflowers are still going strong...like some alien species!

The stems are the diameter of wooden pencils...or larger...

and they can trip you! ~

I wish they actually had fragrance, but they provided a great shelter

for the Turtle Doves...

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The gourd vines...

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Tiny gourds all over!

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So cute!!

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When the stem starts to dry,

the maximum size has been reached;

the gourds will over-winter outside and slowly cure...

to become next year's art projects.

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This is a Swamp Milkweed Beetle...

doesn't his pattern remind you of a Rorschach test??

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I guess I can share with the Cucumber Beetles...

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"Table for one?"

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"Hello, Skipper!"

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I've gone all these years and didn't know (until recently) that these little fellows...

"Skippers"... are a separate insect family...

not quite a butterfly, not quite a moth!

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Yes, he is a "stink bug"...

(He prefers the name "Shield Bug".)

Can't you just see him on the bow of a ship?

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Before I forget...

the annual Halloween Party hosted by Vanessa at

A Fanciful Twist will be on October 25th... and you're all invited!

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That's all for now!

Leo says "Happy Weekend"!

Love,

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8 comments:

  1. so sweettttttttttt
    happy weekend x

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  2. First off, your gourds are absolutely gorgeous! I just love that you are able to grow them yourself and then use them for artwork. Fantastic! Those cookies are fantastic and the tea party display so fun. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  3. The cookies look wonderful. Pretty setting with that tea cup. Leo just wanted to chew on the plastic. Cats just love plastic as I'm sure you know. Your Alice designs are lovely. Good job as usual. Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. Anne i actually saw your post earlier this morning but was so busy i didn't read it... I KNEW i didn't want to rush thru it........... So now after grocery shopping and a trip to Red Lobster for all u can eat shrimp and a buzz around Hobby Lobby i'am finally home and the groceries all put away and i sat down with a glass of diet MUG rootbeer and had a fantastic visit with you! Those cookies are fab! And that tea cup OH MY its a beauty! Your Alice gourds are just out of this world Anne. You are such an amazing painter! I too joined Ms V's tea party........ This will be my first and i'm trying not to fret about it.... I have been making the rounds visiting her tea partiers for years now and i know some people go all out and some don't and some fall somewhere in the middle so i'm just not gonna worry about it and just put some little something together... So wonderful to see you post my dear! Hugs! deb

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  5. From start to finish your post is beautiful and magical. I continue to be in awe of your amazing talent--The gourds are really lovely and perfect--As are the cookies at the start of your post, how kind and thoughtful!

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  6. I LOVE that teacup! That would be my favorite one! (I think I need to find one like that.) Those cookies are amazing, too!

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  7. Wow, colorful and beautiful post....love the painted gourds...your artistic ability is fabtastic....The cookies are amazing....even the bugs made me go wow. The photo of Leo is my favorite...♥

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  8. Anne - As always your post blows me away. Your Alice Gourds are just the best. I have never been able to grow those beautiful moon flowers. Have morning glories running wild but no luck with moon flowers. Maybe you will share your secret. I am stopping over to for tea and some of those gorgeous shortbread cookies. Leo move over - if you are really nice to me I will share a bite of my cookie with you!! Have a wonderful day my friend - hugs

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