Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Wishes and a Wreath to Make ~



Happy Day after Thanksgiving!
I've been working on
our holiday decorations
over here!
;)



I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving day
celebrating with family and friends.
We started the day cooking
biscuits and gravy
in our little oven and stove in our trailer,
then Hubby cooked chicken sausage, some hamburger
for future tacos, and our turkey breast
out on the grill.

Everything turned out wonderfully!
We ate our turkey with candied yams (my favorite!), 
cranberry sauce, 
our daughter's wonderful mashed potatoes, 
and some mixed vegetables.



While walking around with Yoda yesterday, I saw...
Campers deep-frying their turkeys
and
many families bicycling around,
others were watching football games
or movies
on televisions set outside
their trailers.
During the evening, 
it seemed everyone had a blazing campfire to keep warm!
Thanksgiving was a cool one
this year!


It's really fun seeing how everyone camps!
At nighttime, 
families turn on their twinkle lights and party lights.
Some strings are multi-colored,
others are just orange, or red, or blue.
Some change colors.
Everyone is happy to be outside in the fresh air
enjoying just getting away from the 
hustle and bustle
and
coming out to get back to Nature!



Today I thought I'd share
a fun craft with you!


Holiday Head Wreaths
  1. Collect a bunch of pepper berries or any faux or real berries you may have in your yard or craft supplies.  (These I collected right outside our front door courtesy the local trees!)
  2. Take an old, wire coat hanger, unwind the hanger using a pair of pliers/wire cutters.
  3. Bend this wire into the shape of the head you want to decorate.  Either pre-measure your doll's head/child's head (definitely!), or just bend your wire and keep checking the wire frame you are creating against your intended "wearer."  I wrapped my wreaths only once for the big angel (should have done twice ~ was hard to glue only to one wire...), and twice around for our tall lady statue (will share her later).
  4. Using hot glue, glue on berries and their stems to the frame layering berries to cover all the way around the wire edging.  At first, I had a thin layer of berries, but then decided to make a thick wreath by adding berries to the "tops" and "bottoms" of each wreath.
  5. Place your wreath on your wearer and Enjoy!!!




Our little trailer
;)



These wreaths 
could easily translate over to large wreaths, too.
I thought about making 
a large wreath out of these luscious berries
(maybe finding the mostly light pink and white berries!!! Ooooh!)
to hang for the rest of winter.




Shabby pink and faded ~ perfection!




But...
For now, I created a Christmas Wreath
for over the front door
and
I will share that one with you soon!





Wishing you a 
Happy Holiday Season!
Barb
:)




Sharing with 
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
and
Creative Ways Link Party #87 ~ Posed Perfection
http://www.posedperfection.com/2015/12/creative-ways-link-party-87-and-features.html








Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A New Year ~ A New Home

The first cool Saturday morning we had in September, I set out to bake some of my banana chocolate chip muffins!


~A new year
for
French Ethereal~


Of course, 
as you know,
we are no longer living 
in our lovely home
in the town of Murrieta, California...


Our new home 
is 
approximately 27' in length and about 10' wide.
One tenth the size 
(basically!)
of the home we just vacated
as the sale 
 finally went through in August 2015.




Yoda enjoying one of his daily walks at beautiful Lake Skinner!  Yoda thinks all 14000 acres belong to him. 


Life full-time in a 27' trailer has its challenges, cooking being one of them! The extra-large cutting board provides
much needed counter space (of which in this trailer... There is NONE.) We use the stove to dry dishes
on their sides, and ALL dishes have to be washed after every meal.
;)


We ended up moving our trailer several times already
for various reasons.
One of which is...


We have become
"camp hosts"...
which means we are there to help folks who are camping
if they have a need or there is a problem
after hours.

So far, so good!
:)






Lovely little flower blooming in the wild grasses surrounding the campgrounds.

One of the many incredible sunsets over Lake Skinner.  Far in the distance,  you can just see the water treatment
plant on the far side of the lake.  This is campground B, mostly deserted during the week.  Weekends are usually really busy with folks happy to come and camp, breathe fresh air, see the many species of birds living around the lake,
and many folks come to fish.


Where one door closes...God opens another ~
I spent a lot of this year really stressed
 knowing we would have to leave
our home 
of 12 1/2 years.
We put
EVERYTHING
and I do mean everything in storage.


There were many tears, fits of anger, depression,
the works...

But,
we are on the other side now,
and
I think God was very loving, very gracious,
and 
very sure that He knew 
we would love being here 
in
a beautiful area with many species of birds,
raccoons, skunks, mule deer, 
bobcat, and coyotes
(Yoda loves sniffing for all of the new animals!).



I'll share the photos of the inside of our home
in another post soon,
but for now this will be all.
:)


I'll share some of the craziness of trying to make
good meals
while having to pull up every seat cushion
to get at the right pots and pans!
But, truly, this is a lovely place to be
and since 
French Ethereal rolls with the punches,
and I was once called
"RESILIENT"...


French Ethereal
will be evolving with the changes...


Just a quick post on this Tuesday evening
to let you know I miss visiting with you
and
I will be trying to post more
and share 
The New French Ethereal!!!

Blessings to you, always,
Barb
:)







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