Thursday 25 September 2014

Autumn Pursuits

The temperatures dropped yesterday and both my husband and I felt quite cold so we lit the stove for the first time this season.   Autumn is here and the wonderful pursuits that go with it. It is such an uplifting thing to do, the joy that we both get from watching the dancing flames and the heat our little stove belts out makes it an all round enjoyable experience.  We love putting the kettle on the stove and making tea, there is nothing nicer  than afternoon tea in front of the fire and sharing it with loved ones.

There is always a down side to anything wonderful.  The downside to a wonderful fire is that it needs cleaning out the next morning, thank goodness I didn't have to do it.
I have been working away today on a secret mission for the wedding that I cannot share yet.  I have also been working on some napkin rings for some little gifts. 

I covered the ring with some green fabric and then using the glue gun, glued leaves/poinsettias/Christmas roses onto the ring.

Quite a simple but overall effective napkin ring.  To finish using jute twine I have tied them in twos to be given as gifts.
A very productive morning, even if I do say so myself. 
The garden is slowly been cleared, bed by bed, pot by pot in readiness for its deep sleep over the autumn and winter months.  The falling leaves are already causing a problem on the patio, once they are wet it is very slippery and can be quite dangerous.   Another job that never seems to end, clearing the leaves but one that brings back lots of lovely memories of leaf printing with my daughters making wreaths and such in readiness for Christmas.  I must remember to do that with my beautiful Grandchildren.
All in all a good day, hope yours was too.
See you soon.


  1. Funny you mention leaf painting mama, Lily and Daisy have been busy collecting leaves to do just that those weekend. Xxx

  2. We were obviously inspired by the same thing for our blog posts today! I have to confess I'm a bit (well, okay, more than a bit) jealous of your wood stove. It is the one thing this cottage is missing. Our gas fireplace just doesn't compare to wood heat.

  3. I'm looking forward to lighting our first fire of the season. I don't think it will be long now.

  4. That fire looks so inviting, love all the creativity around you.

  5. Hi Lorraine! I love all this activity going on, every time I look it is something new! It's truly amazing! :)
    That fire looks cozy, we had a burner like that when we lived in Wales!
    Happy crafting!
    Ingrid xx

  6. What a fantastic stove you have!! It must be lovely to sit beside in the evenings and keep warm and toasty. xx

  7. Oooh....a chilly day and a wood stove sound wonderful! Looks like you're having a lot of creative fun and productivity too. :-D

  8. Oh look at your lovely stove, I think I shall get the chimney in my sitting room checked, I really want one now! Those napkin rings are just divine, I love the poinsettia ones, I shall have a dabble for Christmas day. I'm going to bookmark your post now!

  9. A brilliant stove, I can feel the heat here. It must be so cosy and warm, sitting beside it with a lovely hot cuppa.


  10. Lovely napkin rings !!!!
    My wood stove will wait...we still have 24ºc...
    Have a cozy weekend !

  11. Wow it seems unreal that it could be cold somewhere. Here in Orlando we are still in the upper 80's every day. I am sure it is a lovely change. I can't wait to see your surprise....
    Amy Jo

  12. That lovely fire looks so inviting - the cold is defintely creeping in here too at night and early in the mornings, although the days have been lovely. Your makes look fab, you have been busy!
    Happy weekend,

  13. It is amazing how much you accomplish every day. I love the little stove. My dream is to have a little wood stove on our front porch.

  14. Oooo... you are putting me in a Christmas mood! I love the cool autumn weather. :)

  15. Your stove is beautiful, a calming warm delight. Mine is lit too tonight,a treat to mark the end of a long week.

  16. That fire looks so wonderful and cozy!! We're expecting a weekend of warm temperatures here in New York. Some friends of mine are even talking about going to the beach. The water might be a bit cold at this point but the sand and sun would still be lovely. I want the chilly days like you're having!!!! : ) Have a beautiful weekend!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy

  17. I so enjoyed your blog post. It is getting chillier here, finally, and I was looking longingly at our woodstove this morning. I miss having our fires. I did have a cup of tea this afternoon.
    Thanks for visiting.

  18. Here too, the sky is blue but it's colder and colder... soon fire too in the house. It's time to be more creative... you do it right ! So have a nice week end !

  19. I'm a little behind in my blog reading, I see you've several posts I've missed! I love, love, love our wood burning insert, and happily sit in front of it for hours in the colder months. Nothing like tea and a fire and a good book. I like the napkin rings you've made, esp. those rose ones; very pretty!