The manly way to carve a pumpkin.
We had the kids draw the face they wanted and then Nick carved it out with his little power saw.
We took a fun family and friends trip last Sunday to a Airlie Hills Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch.
This was the patch of super large pumpkins.
We took the classic haybale tracter ride.
They had fun activities like the potato sack slide.
Max is sitting at the bottom of the hay bale pyramid that has a fast slide from the top to the bottom.
Max found his perfect pumpkin.
It was a good day except for the “Dark Maze” that was a hay bale maze made in a green house and had dark plastic over the top so that it was very very dark and hot. The kids convinced me to go in with them after they had already been in by themselves earlier. I had a full on panic attack when it was completely dark and I couldn’t find our way out and then I banged my nose into Henry’s head. 2 days later and my nose is still sore. Luckily a kind older child sensed my panic -perhaps it was my shrill yelling- and led us out of that hell hole maze. Totally embarrassing…
This time of year our sales for the “Menornament” start to pick up.
This morning we got a request from a customer to see if we could make one extra big to hang on a wall or over a door.
This was the biggest I could make it and not have it too flimsy.
For a size reference I had the kids hold it.
With both kids in school all day for the first time ever and a little slow down in Etsy sales I had time to get a few ideas made into new products in our shop.
This is my new Celtic Embraced Heart design as an aluminum ornament.
As a brass pendant…
I had been wanting to make this Madonna Swirl design as an ornament and jewelry for a long time.
and Aluminum pendant
And now we have the dragonfly design in a brass pendant.
Almost forgot the sterling silver Madonna Swirl Pendant
I also had time to take some new improved pictures of some of the things that just weren’t looking good enough like these:
Yesterday I went with Henry’s class and one other 3rd grade class on the big trip to the Newport Aquarium.We had lots of room on the bus.Henry and Ethan sat together.
Emmit was used as volunteer to show the features of the Oystercatcher bird.
They had fun goofing around in the tank that you get to crawl under and into.
Goofy pictures of Henry's class
The day went well. I was able to be fully caffeinated thanks to the Aquarium coffee shop and the best part- I got to take a nap on the way back on the bus. Any day with a nap is a good day.
These are the fruits of my non labor. We have 2 different types of delicious seedless grapes that grow on my makeshift trellis’ without any help from me. No watering or pruning.
Blackberries are everywhere in Western Oregon. We have one particularly delicious wild variety that grows on my sad butterfly bush. This year the berries came on late. They were delicious today but all the heavy rain will probably make them moldy and yucky in a day or 2.
The property came with an old lovely King apple tree. It really could use some love and care. But with no help from me we get some great big apples.
The gratuitous cute kitty picture. Mrs.CuteKitty sleeping on our porch.