Corn Maze

In a couple of days we are going to our favorite corn maze. Here in Wisconsin it is pretty easy to find a corn maze to visit this time of year. The one we visit year after year is called Treinen Farm.

http://treinenfarm.com/

This year their maze is a giant owl and the goddess Athena. Not only do they have a corn maze but they have hayrides, pumpkins, food, and animals. It is best to go at night but it can be fun during the day.

Here are some links to other corn mazes in the area you can visit:

http://www.pickyourown.org/PYO.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.creekbedcountryfarmacy.com

http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/Pumpkin.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frenchcreekfarms.com

http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/Pumpkin.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lapaceksorchard.com

Do you have corn mazes where you live? Have you been to one recently?

D

xoxo

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Be Patient With Yourself

I have a couple of loved ones in my life who I care for deeply. They are in the midst of struggling through some stuff. When I talk with them about their struggles I hear a lot of “I should” statements being made. If I could get them to understand one thing it would be to be patient with themselves. Life hands us some pretty tough situations sometimes. Then you mix that in with things like depression and it only gets harder. Both of these individuals are young adults and they are still trying to find their way through that.

When you’re in the dumps people seem to come out of the woodwork to tell you what you should do. So now you are struggling and feeling awful because you have all of these things that you should be doing. Maybe some of those pieces of advice are valid and some are not. Either way my piece of advice would be to just be patient with yourself. Give yourself time to unravel the puzzle of whatever your struggle is. Surround yourself with supportive people who can be patient with you as you work through things.  Give yourself time to mature. You don’t have to have it all figured out by age 18.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You don’t drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor’s yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Patience is not passive waiting. Patience is active acceptance of the process required to obtain your goals and dreams.”
― Ray Davis

D

xoxo

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Pumpkin Carving

I am buying my pumpkins today!  I love carving pumpkins. It is one of those things that remind my of my childhood. I thought I would share some links on carving and making your pumpkins last.

http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/carvedpumpkins.php

http://www.myscienceproject.org/pumpkin.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-a-Carved-Pumpkin

Here are some carving tips:

http://www.extremepumpkins.com/howtotips.html

http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/pumpkincarving.htm

http://wls.wwco.com/garden/pumpkin.html

I really enjoy carving intricate pumpkins. I usually have to clear several hours to get it just right. I like to put on a scary movie and dive in. Here are some free patterns on the internet:

http://www.zombiepumpkins.com/patterns

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/mpatterns.htm

http://redtri.com/pumpkin-design-templates/

I will post pics of our creations. Do you still enjoy carving pumpkins? Have you ever carved a white pumpkin?

D

xoxo

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More Delights Of The Season

I have had a wonderful week. There has been time for crafting and time for movies, two things I really enjoy. Last night we watched “Nightmares In Red White And Blue.” This documentary came out in 2009. I caught it by accident on television last October. It is excellent and I was so excited to watch it again. If you are interested in the history of horror films you will enjoy this treat. It is streaming on Netflix right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S2k_FpDhk8

Besides that I also caught “The Birds”, “The Omen” (the old version), Thinner, and Alien. I’m not much into the gore fests that are so common these days. I prefer the classics. A couple of weeks ago we caught “Rosemary’s Baby.” Each time I watch it I notice the cinematography and how pretty the architecture of the old buildings are. I don’t watch scary movies much the rest of the year. It is more of a tradition that I save for this time of the year. I am hoping to catch “Poltergeist” before the month is over.

Do you have a favorite scary movie? Do you like the new films or do you prefer the classics?

D

xoxo

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Doing The Hard Work

I am in the process of creating an Etsy store. I am so excited to get this project up and running. The thing is I am not much of a business woman. I like the creative part of it , but not the setting up policies part of it. I like the knitting and making jewelry part because I enjoy working with my hands, but the shipping part is not my cup of tea. I am going to make myself sit down this weekend and read some articles about setting up my shop. Hopefully I can plow through it all. If I can just get past the initial set up I think it will be easier. It feels like I huge job but I know if I just push through it I will be ok. What I need is a partner that would love to do the part I hate, oh well.

Have any of you ever set up an online shop?

D

xoxo

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Bracelets

If you are a regular reader you know that I have been working to learn how to make chainmaille bracelets. Here are a couple I made this week:

New Bracelet

New Bracelet

The bracelet above is the first one I made. I just copied a bracelet that my sweetheart bought for me.

Flower Bracelet

Flower Bracelet

I like this one because it looks like little rosettes with green stems!

Byzantine Chainmaille

Byzantine Chainmaille

This one was the hardest and the most satisfying to create. The pattern is so pretty!.

I have started my Etsy store but it only has one item in it. I am planning to add things slowly. Once I have more stock on the site I will post the name and link here.

D

xoxo

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Soak In The Moment

I just came inside after taking Maverick out. What I experienced outside was one of those perfect moments. I am so glad I was present for it. We walked to the back of the yard and the leaves were falling all around us. The wind was lightly blowing and the sun was peeking through the tree tops. I felt like I was in an autumn snow globe with leaves sailing down from the sky. As the leaves fell they looked like dancing fairies, it really was beautiful. As we stood there I felt so much gratitude. Gratitude for the time to be there and witness the beauty of nature. I took a deep breath and thought about how often I have rushed through my day and not stopped to see all the wonder of the natural world. In that moment I wished I had my phone or camera to document what I was experiencing. Without any technology to save the moment for me I took another deep breath and tried to take it all in. I have done this often with my kids. I will breathe deeply and just soak in the moment hoping that some small fragment of it will stick in my brain and heart so I can remember it later. It is so good to start your day with gratitude. Gratitude will color your whole day and get you off to a positive start.

D

xoxo

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