Friday, October 02, 2009

October? Already? Where did September go? Unpacking boxes is an ongoing process. It is starting to look more and more like a home and less like a storage facility with each day. I took a little detour and located the box with fall decorations. If I'm going to live in the land of fall, then I think my home should reflect just that - and the walls that have not yet received a coat of paint are screaming for some color.
Harper and I made a discovery out in the yard this week. One of our trees is a chestnut tree. Now each time we go outside I fill up my pocket with some fallen nuts. I'm going to try my hand at roasting them - not on an open fire, but in the oven.Yesterday's triumph was making my way to the local Target without the assistance of the GPS. Not a single wrong turn. As a reward I decided a Starbucks latte would be just right. The only Starbucks is in the Barnes and Noble. While waiting for my drink, I picked up a couple of quilting magazines. A double treat.
Now to get into some of those boxes with fabric. I've found a couple of patterns that I just HAVE to make right away.

28 comments:

Lori said...

Lookin' good! I love the little quilts laying across the short wall. It looks so cute!
I got my APQ in the mail yesterday and love the Partidge in a Pear Tree quilt. There's a few more I love but that one especially. I hope you find your fabric boxes soon!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

It sounds like you and Harper are starting to adjust just fine! Great find with the chestnuts. If nothing else, they make a great fall decoration. How about the cold, though? Are you getting used to the cooler temps?

Suzy said...

I love your cute little fall arrangement. Fall is my favorite time of year and I totally miss the trees and their beautiful changing colors now that we've moved to Florida. I don't miss the cold and snow, though. LOL!

Julia said...

Ah, Fall!!! It is the very best time of year! What a wonderful surprise to find a chestnut tree in your yard. Find that fabric and take a day to relax with your machine. Are you going to have your very own sewing room in your new home? How about a place for Cassi to be set up? :~)

Milah said...

I'm getting caught up on your blog and I have to say things are looking pretty good!!! I think you were destined to live on the east coast and experiencing fall like we do. Your quilts have that warm cozy feel to them, they will be a real blessing when the temperature drops.
Do you realize how lucky you are to have a chestnut tree? You can google chestnut blight and learn how chestnut trees almost became extinct...or perhaps you already knew about that.? Anyways, I think your new home fits you to a "T", and I can't wait to see it decked out for Christmas and Harper playing in the snow.

Beth said...

Your house is really starting to look like a nice warm and cozy home Libby! Good find on the chestnuts. I roasted some one time in the oven, it's not too hard, never did it again though. If my memory serves me, I didn't like the texture of them. Maybe I ought to give them another try. Autumn is trying really hard to get here in Southern California!

Sharon said...

It's starting to look like home for you. Both mags are full of great projects, APQ on pg 90 is my choice to make. But alas, I am moving this month too, so my quilting is also in boxes!

Judy said...

I bet you could roast them on a gas stone in an iron skillet. Aren't they supposed to pop when they start t9o get ready? I thought I hear that once.

I've always loved that little quilt under the chesnuts! Looks so halloweenie!

Screen Door said...

I can just hear the Christmas carols coming... You sound INCREDIBLY happy....Good for you. Won't be long and you'll be stitching again

Cathi said...

Oooh, roasted chestnuts!! There used to be a street vendor here who had roasted chestnuts starting around Hallowe'en and they were yummy! Perfect cold weather treat!

Lea said...

That sounds so good, a chestnuts tree in your back yard!? I love chestnuts, YUM!:-)
Love your Autumn quilts, very beautiful.
I can't wait to see my copy of APQ, I think we(CA) are the last ones to receive in the mail box.

Candace said...

Good that you have your priorities straight, Libby - LOL! Fall decorations are a must! I remember walking past fallen chestnuts on my way to school as a child - they're wonderful roasted!
Cheers!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love the photo of the chestnuts and apples...you have such a good eye for decorating!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh How Funny--I just today at Walmart picked up the same magazine--on the left Quilt Sampler--I especially liked the one on the cover--which one is your favorite??? Bet you find the fabric soon--home is looking real "homey" now--I have a chestnut tree down a couple blocks from here--but the squirrels get them all!!!! Hugs, Di

GARI said...

You are sounding more at home all the time: triumphs, self rewards, and quilting surprises. Way to go!!

Mimi said...

Can I move in? Your home is so home-y!!

AnnieO said...

Ah, fall decorating--I hope to get to it soon. It has just been to darn hot here in SoCalif, even you wouldn't have been tempted if you were still here! Those two mags you got are my favorites. There were a lot of wonderful shops in the Sampler.

Stephanie D. said...

Hot coffee, new quilt mags, faithful dog, fall decor--what more could a gal ask for?

Have you built any fires in that fireplace yet?

Kelly Ann said...

I planned my wedding date on when the leaves would be at their peak in New Hampshire. I spent most of my life in the South so when I got engaged to a man that lived in New England I was excited to set the wedding day based on when we could back in our new home in time to see the glorious leaves. This is the only time of the year that I miss living up there...

Sherry said...

Hi Libby! Things are looking good. I bought the Quilt Sampler magazine last week myself. So many projects! For sure I have quilters ADD as I am always starting new projects just to get to my new fabrics. I think it all started with those darn Moda precuts! ;) How great that you have a chestnut tree in your yard! We are going to the orchard tomorrow to the pumpkin patch & to build a scarecrow to take home. I love fall! :) Hope you and hubby are loving your new home. Have a great week-end!

Quilt Nut said...

great decorating. i love the scarecrow quilt

Karen said...

Chestnuts! Does that mean you will be doing a battle with squirrels again.
We had black walnut trees when we lived in South Carolina and had a ton of squirels scurrying about.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Very pretty! Everything looks so nice. I love your little quilts scattered around.

Stina said...

Oh... your home is starting to look like HOME now... some new quilts... and fantastic ones..
Hope you are setteling in and enjoy your time at the new place!
Have fall come a long way... still leaves on the trees here in sweden.. but oh we had cold temps today.. -7 (18F)... Brrrrrrr

dee said...

I just love the new house and it's beggining to look very very Libby.
The Quilt Sampler has that shop in Neddick Maine(Knight's)that is fabulous. You may not be that far away now. A little jiggy-jog through Portsmouth NH and you could be there in a couple of hours....
I am a very bad influence but that place has Libby written all over it.

Janet said...

Chestnuts take me back, my grand parents had an enormous tree, fun collecting them and fun cooking them too.

Wendy said...

It sure is getting cold around here, it seems like suddenly fall has hit us. I love this time of year and I can bring out all the fall deco.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Love he magazines...those nuts look a lot like buckeyes...which aren't edible...make sure to check for sure! Dianntha