Sunday, November 6, 2011

An extra hour....

We had an extra hour this weekend.... for us, an extra cold hour too.   We got up at the "new" 7:00 am to find a chilly 27 degrees.  Perhaps to some, this may not seem that cold.... for Washington in November we usually see rain, wind and grey skies... and not quite so cold.  However, on the bright side, the chilly temperature meant sunny skies.

I spent my weekend.... starting a new paper wreath for a gift....

Putting "Halloween away" and pulling out a turkey or two.

I made the easiest fall project ever.  A few more of my book pages, some leaves I pressed a couple of weeks ago, string and in place of the bulldog clips that I couldn't find.... I improvised with clips meant for name badges.

All put together to create a new garland for my mirror.  So very simple.  I like the way it turned out and I needed to replace the Halloween garland that I packed away for next year's decorating.  I may have been slow to jump on the whole book page/sheet music thing but I'm really along for the ride now.  I even have a few Christmas projects planned for some of my remaining Reader Digest pages... I may even throw caution to the wind and buy ANOTHER .10 cent book!

During my Halloween purge, I decided to keep the mercury glass pumpkins out for now...  I may be moving on to Christmas already, but of course I can't totally pass by the Thanksgiving holiday.

After all Thanksgiving gives us the best holiday month of them all... November.  What more can you ask for in a month... a weekend with an extra hour and THREE holidays, well three if you get Veteran's Day, and I do!  So with all this extra time off on my hands I'm working on projects from my list as well as projects for the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Here's a sneak peek at my first attempt at painting a real piece of furniture with chalk paint....  I'll have to let you know how it turns out.

As for the chilly weather, I think I'll be putting another blanket on the bed tonight...

How did you spend your extra hour?


  1. I love this time of year, although up here the time for turkeys etc is past and we're looking ahead at Christmas. Your garland is very pretty.

  2. I love your garland Chris! I spent my extra hour catching up on the blog world. Happy painting!

  3. The time change here has thrown us off lol. We had our turkey here in October. All your decore looks wonderful. Papa here has been busy with his wood working projects in his shop. Have a wonderful day !

  4. That hour messed me up!! I was up at 6:00 am and then after an hour of just sitting there I went to the grocery store! :) I love your new garland, how clever and your furniture piece looks fabulous so far!!
    I hope you enjoy the week and stay warm! We had a fire in the fireplace last night! I love November. :)

  5. I spent mine out shopping...Love the leaves with the pages. Very nice!

  6. I forgot about the extra hour, and I couldn't sleep anyway! Love your new garland, and the last picture of the mums with the smattering of snow is gorgeous.

  7. Love your decorations. I like that you did something new and different with the sheet music and the turned out great. xo

  8. I really like that garland! It's so simple but so pretty.
    I didn't do much with my extra hour. We were visiting my parents, so I made muffins for breakfast.

  9. Great ideas. Love the leaf idea. You have such great imagination for projects. Love it.

  10. I love the photos of the frost on the flowers!
    What a unique way to display leaves too.

  11. I slept my extra hour away. And another non-extra hour too!
    I LOVE that garland! It's beautiful. I always intend to press some leaves, but never get around to it.
    Story of my life!
    Enjoy your holiday filled November, Chris!

  12. I'm just dropping by new blogs today and i thought id stop by and say hello on yours. Greetings everyone from the Amish settlement of Lebanon Pennsylvania. Richard from Amish Stories.

  13. That garland is genius Chris! Simple and beautiful...just what I love.

  14. Hey! We felt that cold down here in California too! Was trying to hold off on turning on the heat, but alas, 60 degrees in the house is just too cold for me. You took some gorgeous pictures! Enjoy your extra "time" this month. (Drat, I have to hand write report cards this weekend, so no projects yet. But I get the entire Thanksgiving week off, so if the weather is good.....I hope to be a painting fool!)

  15. Its been awhile since I spent the day reading blogs I have followed. I really enjoyed catching up with yours..The cranberry pie I will make *thanks for posting the recipe* and I love the wreath garland too.


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