Friday, November 02, 2007

Fall, scrapbooking & etc.

I've been lamenting the lack of color this fall, but boy did that change in a hurry once the weather got chilly. Everything just burst into color, it's so great! I really need to keep my camera with me, I saw the most beautiful red tree today and could have kicked myself for not being able to get a pic of it. I was driving along a pretty road and thinking how when God makes you smile (by creating all this beauty) it's really the best, right then I drove by a church yard and right there was the brightest red tree I've seen so far this fall. Hopefully I'll get a pic of it before it fades.
The pic to the above doesn't show the colors well, but I liked the look of the road meandering into the distance. I haven't had much luck getting any good pics of the colors so far, nothing beats seeing it in person.





The lighthouse pic is from South Haven, MI. My daughter and I went there a couple of days ago, it was so windy that we were getting sand blasted. Nobody was on the pier that day, but there were a couple of guys wind surfing, brrrrrrrr! It was a fun day, we visited the shops and found a couple of Christmas presents. That's good for me, I'm usually the person that's trying to get all that done at the last minute.

The Courthouse Steps quilt is all done! That's what's been keeping me so busy lately. I hand quilted it, for the center it's quilted in-the-ditch, and for the border I was going to just go around the flowers but it didn't look right, so I did some pretty heavy stitching that filled up the border & am really pleased with it. It feels great to get a UFO done, this one has been around for a while. Now to decided which one to finish up next. I won't feel guilty about starting a Christmas quilt now that I got an old project out of the way. I'm still quilting on the baby quilt, too, but I have until the beginning of February to get it done so it shouldn't be a problem.

Unfortunately, I've become addicted to scrapbooking as well. I was resisting it for a long time, then at my aunt's 90th birthday party a cousin brought a family book she'd done up, and it's awesome! I decided to do 3 books on my Carr family, one for each of my kids (I've done a lot of work on the family history). I've made visits to my Dad's sister & brother and they're giving me the family pics they have to make copies, and I've made pretty good progress on one book. It's really time consuming, but the worst thing is that they have the coolest papers, stickers, do-dads to cut the papers & neat markers and ARGHHHH! I knew this would be bad news for me. It's a good thing to go through the family pics with the relatives, though. People don't tend to put names to the pics, they just don't think about it usually, since they know who it is. It's a good idea to make a point of labeling all pictures and especially to sit down with older relatives and make notes of who is who. Taking along a tape recorder is a really good idea, too, when people get looking at old pictures they tend to come up with some great stories and memories and getting that on tape is a wonderful thing to do for future generations.