Happy New Year!

Dec. 31, 2014

Wishing you and your family a New Year
 filled with Good Health and Much Happiness.
Happy New Year!
xoxo Louise

Merry Christmas!

Dec. 24, 2014

Christmas comes with joys abounding,
Happiest, best of Days,
May it fill your home with gladness,
And your heart with praise.
                   A. G. Fisher

Merry Christmas!
xoxo Louise

Christmas decorating

Dec. 10, 2014

Our Christmas tree is up and for the first time I added some colored lights and tinsel!
I think my grandson is going to love it!
Still lots to do but each year less comes out.

This year for Christmas my very best friend Carole O'Neill gave me this Santa dummy board. 
Isn't he wonderful, I love him! 

Have a great evening!
xoxo Louise

Larry made this hanging cupboard from our old barn wood to hide the TV.
He did a great job!

Lars was not happy with Santa this year!!
He's getting to be such a big boy!!

Pumpkin Rolls

Nov. 25, 2014

I'd like to share an easy recipe for fresh baked rolls that I came across on Pinterest.
I will be serving them with my Thanksgiving dinner.
Aren't they the sweetest!!

Snow is in the forecast for Wednesday! 

Stay cozy and warm!
xoxo Louise

Pumpkin Rolls

(I used frozen rolls from the freezer section (so much easier)
(Don’t tell the turkeys, but these deserve a starring role in your next Thanksgiving production)

Pumpkin Rolls
 Step 1:  Purchase a bag of Rhodes Bake ‘n Serve Dinner Rolls
Coat pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Place rolls on pan and cover with plastic wrap.
Let rolls rise for two hours.

Pumpkin Rolls

2:  Slice edges of dinner rolls
Uncover plastic wrap from rolls.
Using a sharp knife, slice seven to eight sections of roll, leaving the center intact.

Pumpkin Rolls

Step 3:  Press hole in the center of roll
This is where you will insert your stem.
Re-cover with plastic wrap.
Let rise for an additional one to two hours.
Check to make sure your holes are still indented.  If needed, press again.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Egg Wash

Step 4:  Coat rolls with egg wash
This gives your pumpkin a nice shiny coat.
Then bake rolls for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.


Step 5:  Cut whole pecans into thirds
Insert a third into the center of each pumpkin roll as your stem.

This & That

Nov. 3, 2014

Hi everyone,
Wanted to share yet another wonderful punch needle pattern
Turkey and Tallow berries by NotForgotten farm.
I just love Lori's patterns!!

Our Brandywine Guild Hook-in was a big success!
We all had so much fun shopping, hooking and chatting!
I got to meet some of my cyber friends too!
I'm so glad I took pictures of all our vendors before the doors opened
because I was too busy during the day to.
I bought a few patterns, rug tape and waxed sewing threads for binding my rugs.
The patterns I bought are by guess who??
I thought Daisy was just too cute and also couldn't resist
The Reverend a great Halloween/Fall pattern.
We had so many great vendors there!
Can you believe I didn't buy any wool???
I can't!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
xoxo Louise

Turkey and Tallow berries

Remember this rug?
Since I couldn't find a foot stool to fit it,
 I made it into a pillow.

Vendors at the hook-in.

Spruce Ridge Studios

The Old Tattered Flag

The Wool Studio


The Wool'n Gardener

Fluff &Peachy Bean Designs


The Wool Farm

Diane Pearce Baskets

The Brandywine members Boutique

Pets for Vets donation table.
Made possible by Mary Lynne Naples.
Raffle tickets were sold to benefit this worthwhile charity.

Merrie Bells

Oct. 23, 2014
Hi everyone,
I wanted to share my sweet hooked mat, 
"Merrie Bells"
Designed by Felicia Martin.
It will soon be turned into a little pillow.

You can find the pattern here

Our hook-in is this Saturday so I will be sure to take lots of pictures to share!!
"The Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild"
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo Louise

Merrie Bells 

End of Tour

Oct.13, 2014

This photo was taken the night of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof.
Played by New York actors and staged on an actual porch here at this beautiful 
historic home in our neck of the woods.
Larry and I were so excited to attend!

The original section of this home dates to 1835 with later additions in 1920, 1940 and 1996.
 The barn dates back to 1804 and has been restored into living quarters.

The back area of the house.


Their Barn.

Gardens by the barn.

The original log house on the property was replaced about 1800 
with this plaster over stone house.
It was built in three stages on a prosperous dairy farm.

Their beautiful stone barn and horses.

This photo was taken near the end of our tour 
while driving through Historic Yellow Springs Village.

The End.
xoxo Louise

Tour Part 2

Oct. 7, 2014 
Historic House Tour Part 2.

The original section of this home was built in 1750
with a later addition in the 1890's and 1960's.

Steps to terrace.

One of the sitting areas on the terrace.

Steps to the pool.

This 230 year old farmhouse and barn was once a summer camp.
Sorry I took such a far away picture of the house.

The view from the upper area of the barn was spectacular!

The upper area of the barn was a game and movie room for their children.
Below were the horses.

This grand Victorian home and barn were once part of 144 acre farm. 
The original stone home on the property was built in 1764 and the largest part 
was built in 1839 by the homeowners ancestors. 
The farm was sold out of the family's hands in 1926,
 but found and purchased by current homeowner in 1989, 
making him the fifth generation owner.

One last group of photos to come!