Christmas already?

Yes, I know it is only Halloween.
The kids can't wait to go out trick or treating!
This isn't about the  holiday items already filling store shelves
or that this past Friday was dubbed the "New Black Friday."

We have a bit of Christmas in our home already!
A few weeks ago I moved all our plants back in
from the porch,  including multiple Christmas cacti plants.
And just look at them bloom!!!

I thought maybe they were budding so well because
I separated them into new pots back in spring.
They've never looked this good all at once.
In fact, the red ones were my great aunt's
that have looked pretty raggedy since I inherited them.

Turns out all it took was bringing them inside that did it.
Cooler temperatures, plus less light exposure here
in my office made them think it was winter already.

If you are looking to time yours for the holidays,
here are some tips.
As for me, I'm just happy they are blooming at all.
Maybe next year I will try to get them to come out later.


Needle felted sheep and lambs

My last post was about the real things and this one is about
the wee sheep and lambs they inspired me to create.

A step up from felting acorns but still pretty easy to accomplish.
And adorably cute!

Pipe cleaner skeletons are covered in wool roving
and take only a little bit of felting with a needle
to mesh the loose fibers together.

They were sturdy enough for my little guy to handle
but they are definitely decorations and not toys.
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Warm woolies

Up close and personal with the warm woolies
at NYS Sheep and Wool Family Festival
in Rhinebeck, NY last weekend.


Fall in love with color

Want proof that I live in the most beautiful
part of the country, at least when it is autumn?
Look no further than these photographs,
taken over the last few weeks in northeastern
New York (plus a bit of Vermont).