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Autumn leaves  are now putting on their show. It’s time for them to display their golden or amber hues.

This is my favorite tree, and I’m thinking you figured that out since I’ve shown pictures of it in the spring, and it’s a beautiful sight at that time.

Because leaves are so pretty this time of year,  I decided to go with leaf place cards for our Thanksgiving dinner.

There are 12 of us at Thanksgiving and a lot of confusion goes on as  to where we will sit, so the grandkids usually put the place cards on the table, and sometimes the adults have to rearrange the names.

Last year I used leaves also, but these are so much easier.



I bought a package of artificial leaves. Then I applied glue around the edges, and then dusted with gold glitter.





Make sure to shake and tap the excess glitter off when the glue dries.

Once the leaves are completely dry, you can write the names of your family.  This would be a great project for the older kids, but you might have the younger ones write their own names on the leaves to get them involved.

We never have a real fancy table, but adding a special touch is always nice.

The only thing I would change is the kind of pen that I used.  I used a gold sharpie, but it really doesn’t show up like I wanted it to.♥♥♥♥




Despite our triple digit temperatures, I know that fall is not too far away, especially when you walk into a craft store or fabric store.

They are displaying all things fall with different shades of orange, along with some great ideas for sewing and decorating your home.

The color orange is my theme today.

My orange  marigold had a strange visitor, a white spider.  It’s a little creepy.

Even my tropical canna is wearing orange.


So of course I bought some orange fabric.  A table runner is what I’m thinking of making.


I then cut some strips and  sewed them together.

Some pumpkin shapes will be cut out to sew onto the runner fabric.

I’d better get started so that I can use it this year!♥♥♥♥


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I try to get a flag for each season or holiday.


My little ranchito is now wearing  it’s fall attire, all done up in yellows, browns, reds and oranges.  The last tree  is a Pecan tree, but we never get to eat a single one, because the squirrels take all of them.

The weather is getting cooler and I can smell the smoke from fireplaces.  Time for hot chocolate!

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The other day, as I was showing my garden to my sister-in-law we saw something very strange. A humongous orange, at least I think it’s an orange.  This is how it looks next to one of our regular sized oranges. My husband thinks that the tree has been grafted, because some of the branches have leaves that are different from the others.  But it is strange looking!

DSCN2213    Yes, this is the humongous orange.  I’m anxious to cut it open, but I don’t think it will be edible.

Now, on to my project for this week, along with 3 others that I’m working on, is to make some place cards for our Thanksgiving dinner.  I printed out some free leaf patterns and cut  them out from felt.  I stitched two pieces together with a button hole stitch and then machine embroidered the name and year.

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I bought some felt stickers so the grandkids could have some fun putting them on the place cards.  Ok, 4 done, 8 more to sew!

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