It’s been a while since I’ve blogged – you may have noticed? – but to be perfectly honest, things have been fairly boring in our neck of the woods. 🙂 I haven’t been feeling 100% for several weeks now, and we’ve just sort of been getting on with the business of living day to day life. No day trips, no special meals, no pictures even!
But now it is October. The days have cooled significantly and the nights are darkening earlier. All my friends in the US seem to be going pumpkin crazy on Pinterest and Facebook while I’m checking the stores daily for the big crates of fresh pumpkins they only bring in right before Halloween. I didn’t have a garden this year, and I don’t know if pumpkins would have fared well anyway – the ones I grew last year rotted on the vine from all the rain. So I’m dreaming of all the pumpkiny things I might try in the upcoming weeks. I saw a recipe last night for pumpkin frozen yogurt made with Greek yogurt – maybe try?
I always get homesick for Indiana in Autumn. I miss the colours, the apple orchards, the lovely long drives to Brown County and Nashville, the bonfires and corn mazes and, of course, the Heartland Film Festival where I worked and made some of my best lifelong friendships.
Then, of course there’s everything that ensues after Halloween – a.k.a. the Christmas holidays. Because things are tight this year with our upcoming move in 2013, I really want to keep it lean and try to make more of my gifts. Trouble is, not everyone likes homemade stuff! Frank and I were just bemoaning this fact the other day – how many times have we made something special for a friend or family member, only to find it months later in the back of a garden shed or under a pile of magazines in the closet? It’s disheartening to say the least. Still… I think I will try a few things. Maybe you can “vote” and honestly tell me if these ideas sound like something you’d enjoy or if you, too would hide them in the attic?
1. Embellished T-shirt.
I made this shirt for my sister for her birthday. Well, I made the flowers on the shoulder. I liked it, it was a fun project, and my sister seemed to like it as well. (Word got back to me that my brothers-in-law, on the other hand, told her she looked like she’d been shot in the shoulder!)
2. Dolly Blanket & Pillow.
This one I’m pretty set on doing. Evelyn loves tucking her babies in to bed but she has no little bedding sets for them. I have lots of scrap fabric (including some really cute Raggedy Ann & Andy print) and while I don’t have a sewing machine, I think I could do up a little quilt and pillow pretty quickly. Maybe I can find a box or bin to work as a bed, too. If this isn’t too time consuming, I might try to do one for our niece, as well.
I have also commissioned my mom to make some doll clothes for Evey’s babies, but she does have a sewing machine! Can’t wait to see what she comes up with.
3. Fun Food.
I always think I’ll have more energy than I do before Christmas, so I won’t fool myself and plan on making 12 dozen cookies for all my friends. Instead I thought I might do some of those Jar Mixes, you know the ones, with everything you need for brownies or cookies or something, and the person only has to add an egg or whatever. My other, possibly better idea, is doing up a gift box of Ice Cream Sundae stuff – just add the ice cream, or Curry in a Box – just add the meat or veg. I’m never sure if people really use these or not, though… and does it seem chintzy?
4. Kids Stories.
A few years back, I wrote a special Christmas story for my nephew, Sammy, and Frank illustrated it. It was a lot of fun, and I know Sam and his sister, Ciara, still like to read the story, as do I! I’d love to do this again, and I’m planning to… I just have to get inspired, frankly. It may not take as much time as sewing a dolly quilt, but it takes a lot more brain power! I won’t write it unless I know it will be good.
So, what do you think? And do you have any other easy ideas to share?
Hope you are all keeping well. xxx