Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall foliage, part 2

Here are some more shots from my fall colors photo shoot last week. Enjoy!











Which are your favorites - the reds or the golds?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rainbow did it again!

Yep, Rainbow had another litter, this time NOT in the garage, thank goodness. I think she had them during the night last Wednesday night, or she probably would've tried for the garage again. I'm kind of surprised she didn't bring them to the door the next morning.

I didn't know where they were, and I figured if they were outside they were probably doomed this late in the year. Out of curiosity, though, I watched to see where Rainbow went on Saturday evening, and I found the babies hidden in a somewhat sheltered spot in the ditch on the far side of our driveway. Four little beauties!


There are 3 females and a male (the orange one). It's really hard to hold them and take a picture at the same time. :)


I put them back and Rainbow quickly snuggled them up again. She's such a good mother.


Yesterday Courtney was here after school, and we were just going out to check on the babies when her mom drove in, so she came along and helped with our photo shoot. Isn't this an adorable little face?!


Two more adorable faces. :)


And another.


The babies are pretty good sized... a nice little handful.


Did you notice that cute little white paw? :)


They've been lucky that we're having above normal temperatures this week, so they're surviving okay. However, there's a chance of rain for tomorrow, so I must move them somewhere today. NOT into the garage, however. There really isn't a good place for them in the machine shed, and since Rainbow doesn't get along with the other adult cats, either, I guess I'll move them into an old hog barn that hasn't been used for years and is somewhat dilapidated. We'll see how that goes... and if Rainbow will leave them there. They still don't really stand much of a chance, being born this late, but we'll see how it goes. I hate to get too attached to them... but it's hard not to. But they are NOT coming into the garage!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another fun package!

I got another package in the mail last week! Here's what was in it. Can you guess what it is?


Jess had gotten an offer from LabelsandRibbon.com to try out their custom-made woven labels, and they sent a complimentary order made from our design. Since I do the sewing, I got the labels! Aren't they lovely?


The ones we ordered are about this size:


I didn't have them in time for my photo shoot of Jess's tote with Courtney (they came the next day), but I added one later and Courtney helped me with a picture when she was here on Friday. See how nice it looks?


I'd thought many times of buying labels or making my own to put on all the bags, etc., that I sew, but I never got around to it. Woven ones are the best, but I'd heard that they are all made overseas and take 6-8 weeks to arrive. So I continued to procrastinate on my decision.

This offer was very timely for adding a label to the tote for Quilt Market! We were told that they would ship in 2-3 weeks, and I had them exactly 3 weeks from the day they were ordered! Jess did the designing (consulting with me) and the ordering. About the ordering process she said, "I was super happy with the website. Ordering was easy and fun, and there’s an amazing range of colors to choose from."

We are both very pleased with the labels and highly recommend LabelsandRibbon.com. We'd order from them again. That is, if I ever sew enough to use up the 300 we got! Ha!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall foliage, part 1

Here are 3 more shots from my fall colors photo shoot Wednesday morning. I'm sewing a project with a tight deadline, so have to be quick here.




Such amazing colors! And it was a good thing I took the pics when I did. The winds we had yesterday surely sent the leaves flying!

To be continued.....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

If a snake could be cute....

Okay, for any of you who don't like creepy-crawly things, that title should have forewarned you, so don't blame me....

Now, why would I say this snake is cute???


Because it's just a tiny baby, all coiled up! Look how little it is, compared with a leaf:


It was on the cement just outside our back garage door last evening. When I looked out again later, it had moved slightly....


But when I nudged it with the stem of that leaf, it stayed stiffly coiled up and just slid along. The cement was quite cold, so it must not have been able to move very easily. It was gone when I looked out again much later, though, so apparently it 'could' move. Or a cat got it.

Speaking of cats, Annabelle and Josie were in the window above, watching me take pics of the snake. I don't think they were too impressed.


All right, since I may have creeped you out by the photos above, here's something a little easier on the eyes. I spent some time in town yesterday morning taking pics of the fall foliage. The reds have just outdone themselves this year!


Aren't they gorgeous? I have many more photos, so I'll take you on a little tour next week. I'll spare you and won't show you all 86 that I took, though. :)