Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Decor

As You all know we are in the process of  trying to acquire a piece of land we found .
Our family was in great turmoil the last few days .
 However our hearts are peace now , we still are in the process of not knowing yet our outcome and I shall  write more about the whole experience later and why in the end it is not about money or possessing material things when we truly follow and are listening to the calling of our Creator ☺
 But for now I thought I'd post some wonderful pics .. My friends also know I am visual lol so of course I wish to share all I see ☺

this is my door decoration I made with my gal pals the other evening .Of course the herbal brooms I saw online were made of stalks of lavender but hey reality is in MB. we cannot grow lavender in lush bunches so my decoration or herbal broom has local items picked in my garden , in local parks & our in the woods .
  sage, tall grasses , sweet grass, wormwood, rose hips & even flowers dumped by the city

my step always starts off kind of plain

a few corn dollies and witches too

 I thought I'd add variety in the hair tone ☺
here we have red



ok I even tried an attempt at a scarecrow but he seems more a Robin hood ☺

as the days went by more colour was added

these marigolds were at the top of the dump site the last time I went to the dog park !
I thought of You Leila ☺

marigolds have the most intoxicating scent

they are so soft a fluffy ☺

I thought this brings much peace ☺

I always decorate our front gate with a string of corn dollies

the out of doors is always a natural decoration and where I get my inspiration .

Virginia creeper at sunset

 these flowers are out at my mother's place I just love their faces

of course spiritual times for us almost always include a fire

this is our mixing pot I let the kids put it on the fire too and mix their own potions , mud slurpees what ever ☺

and as always jack & lizzie are a part of everything ☺
don't you love those fluffy husky tails !

I must say I neglected this statue this summer but it is beautiful now with all the autumn colours

and my niche looks so nice with the virginia creeper , I had to bring in all the flowers now from the plant shelf

isn't this so warm !

Adventure Boy really is the giver of joy in our family . He just lights us all up ☺

come have a seat

and she is the perfect Autumn decoration , with all her oranges , yellows , browns she is
Sharon the magic cat ☺

Friday, September 24, 2010

Equinox Celebration

Well things do not always take shape the way we envision them do they ☺
Yesterday I knew by the sore scratchy feeling in my throat I was coming down with the cold ds9 has .
 After day upon day of cold rain it was to stop and clear & I was to have a fire with my girly friends .
 Nope ! rain cold cold .
 However I decided to continue on popping vit C planning the food etc.
 Well I went to write down the recipe for Mabon cake from Jaz
I discovered as I rolled down the post I forgot to buy the canned milk ! I'd bought the sugar and totally forgot the milk ! So my apple muffins had to do .
 I'd also planned to make  Scots pies and only got far as making veggies stew & while peeling off the hard skin of the squash the knife slipped and I cut my finger !
dh arrived home just then and helped me finish & <3☺
 dh said the stew was awesome with a blob of butter & sour cream
 I even forgot to soak the corn husks ! However I did remember to do so at 12pm so they did have enough time .
Then we also had a call from the realtor saying the farm we are looking at tomorrow and hoping to put an offer in on has another person interested and they may put an offer in as well ! We are not in the position to be in a bidding war .

 So from all this the ups and downs the real life not the dream life I had the call from my friend who was going to share some ritual saying she could not attend !
I just kept going , thinking in my heart what is the Mabon celebration about anyway ? Make this my focus , what my goals should be . Letting even the hard stuff come & then pass by , celebrate that which is given and I saw how truly we are blessed by the gift of each other ☺
 Thru all the days hardships what kept me going was the hope that soon I would be in the good company of beautiful soulful people ☺
 I feel this with my bloggy friends too. Has the Creator not led us to some beautiful soul friends ? Some I've known close to 14 yrs now .
 Is that not what we are here for as gifts for each other .
So despite my horrid head cold , issues that may lead to worry there appeared at the door my beautiful sil Summer & my other 2 gal pals Jacqui & Susan .
There were great goodies & even an autumn gift  !

below are my pics to share with You .

First I had to finally get dressed lol
 do you like my groovie granny pants ?
 I found my purple pants at the thrift for $2.50 ! I saved them specially for the Equinox

Adventure Boy & Lizzie agreed the place was ready for guests ☺
lol I also discovered once again I had oil smudged on the camera lens
often the outcome of photographing cooking shots or on the beach .

I did manage to get some autumn items on this altar and I lit all the lamps & candles

Jack & Lizzie agree there will be a comfy

cozy spot for all

I did manage to make herbed pita chips
 Is the dutch oven not the perfect autumn cooking tool
so what is inside ?

veggie stew !

I just could not resit taking a pic of this German ivy & spinning wheel. I've had to bring in all the plants that cannot over winter here .

Autumn foods , apple crisp & I picked some of the last nasturtiums
my sil Summer also brought hummus which her recipe is just awesome !

sweet gals Summer

and Jacqui

We had a nice  selection of autumn herbs to choose from

We gabbed and worked on some really beautiful autumn arrangements

These gals & I have been best chums for 25 yrs !

well of course Summer & I met when I first dated my dh Bob her amazing & only brother ( hehe he didn't stand a chance having 4 sisters )

these took me awhile to remember how to make but in the end turned out just right ☺

I love how these worked out as well !

I do wish the camera was not so bright as the pic does not look near as gorgeous as the real thing .

To my surprise my friend Susan brought along this beautiful gift for me ☺
it is a birch bark container

I have only seen the baskets my gramma owned but this is so unique and she told me usually a blanket is included but I received a lovely culinary sage bundle ☺
 Thanks to all my beautiful friends I treasure & keep close to my heart the gifts that You are
Blessed Be