Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Lil' Bit O' Fall Magic....

Long time, no post, hey?

Sorry....(Or, should I say "you're welcome"?  Guess it just depends on your point of view....)

Things have been a wee bit kwazy...and promise to get even more so, so I thought I would check in while the "checking" is good.

If you know me at all, you know I love Fall....and Halloween.  There is just something magical about this time of year that stirs my soul as surely as the Nod winds stir the mosaic of leaves on the trees and ground.

The magic has begun in very special style this year.
The amazingly talented Kelley from With Hook and Needle has a crazy kind of gift with needle, punch, and hook....(besides, she loves cats - so what's not to love??)
When she recently started hooking a bee skep rug, I was more than a little intrigued...because I have a "thing" for bee skeps.
But, the bee skep turned into something I love even more....
Pumpkins...and CROWS!!
And generous Kelley actually gave this wonderful rug away....
(Did I say she was generous...and maybe a wee bit crazy???)
Holy cats!!! And YIPPEEE, it was ME she gave it to!!! JOY I tell ya, pure JOY!

Arghh....I LOVE how she does crows!
Thank you ever so much Kelley!! I treasure this more than you will ever know.  I have been struggling with my own hook these days, and while you may not know it, you were one of my very first inspirations when I started hooking years ago.  I am hoping to tap into the magic your gift has given me.

  Another magical thing about Fall for me is the vibrant and bejeweled way the leaves dress themselves for their last days. How glorious it would be to leave the earth as they do...resplendently dressed and dancing!  I am sharing a few "views" from this past week as a small tribute to Fall's glory.  It wasn't quite as colorful this year with the drought, and what there was won't last long given that it's been snowing (did I just SAY that??) off and on all day today.....but magic nonetheless...

The view down our road: 


The view out our front door:


The view out our back door:

Our side yard:

  A crow's eye view of the Wisconsin River that runs nearby:

Lastly, Lil' Crow and I will once again be traveling down this road come Monday:

Hoping (and praying) for a little Fall magic along the way.

(PS - Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends North of Nod!!)


Angela said...

Robin, Love the rug and it made its home with one so deserving. Hoping it lifted your spirits my friend. Oh, such beautiful scenery you have there in Nod. I would trade with you and would absolutely love the bitter cold and snow that will follow after those beautiful leaves have flown away. Wishing you and little crow much luck on yet another trip. You will be in my prayers.
Hugs, and blessings

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Robin, what a sweet rug, pumpkins and crows how prim perfect, love it. The Fall trees look so pretty, you really have beautiful scenery out your doors and windows, breathtaking. Thanks for wishing us Canadian folks a Happy Thanksgiving, your so kind. Will say a prayer for you and yours on your journey once again. Blessings Francine.

Denise * KKL Primitives said...

Thank you for sharing such gorgeous Fall scenery!
Congrats on your beautiful rug win!

annie said...

I just love your rug, who can resist crows?? love the fall photos, that's a beautiful view! Hugs and hopes for the outward journeys!

Raggedy Creations said...

Wow you're surrounded by autumn, lucky you. Pretty pics. Thanks for sharing.


Raymond Homestead said...

Lucky you Robin, to receive such a generous gift, what a neat rug! Beautiful photos of the wonderful colors of autumn!

basketsnprims said...

Robin, I've been MIA as well, I think much longer than you but finally posted. The colors here in Mi. are gorgeous this year too but you are right, they never last long enough.
I love your rug and you are so deserving of it. Perfect for the land of Nod.
Best wishes and prayers for you and little crow as you fly down the highway. I pray someone can work their magic and fix him up once and for all.

marly said...

Wow. What beautiful vistas! Looks like you don't have to worry about neighbors and have amazing privacy. I the header's broom women and kudos to you for being able to post it! Wishing all goes well and a safe trip Monday.

Kim said...

That little rug is soooo you. So happy you won it. Your fall colors are beautiful. Maybe this weekend I will get an hour to take a drive and see how ours are turning.
I'm wishing you great luck on your next trip down the yellow brick road.

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Love the rug Robin! Thanks for sharing the beautiful views. Our leaves are falling like s@#$. I can't even type the word yet! I hope the Wizard has good news for you Monday. ~*~Lisa

HomeSpunPrims said...

Ah yes, Kelley's creations are the best and I am blessed to have several. This one is special indeed. I know you will treasure it forever. You are surrounded by beautiful trees! You and little crow travel safe tomorrow. I will keep you both in my prayers and pray this time will be the charm for little crow. The biggest of hugs, Lori

Nancy said...

Hello my sweet friend! Such a wonderful gift. I love crows too. She did a great job, lucky you!
Your photos got me home sick a bit for WI. It is very colorful here for the first time in 9 years. It's usually brown leaves but many colors now. I hope things get better for you. I wonder about you and how you are doing. So if you hear ringing in yer's me thinking of you. Now pick up the phone LOL!

~Sara said...

Beautiful photos!!Thinking
of you. Blessings~Sara

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Hi Robin!! just got caught up on your posts, they don't come up on my sidebar like sooooo many other blogs I follow?? I truly love to read your posts, they always make me smile and usually laugh....nice to know there is a like minded woman like me out there!! Getting back to the flow of blogland with this "new" life of mine. Sorting, learning, crying and somedays crawling along. I always love to visit with you, make me feel happy inside with your posts!! ~Kriss~

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Truly pictures of God's mastery. It does not get any more beautiful. Love this time of year and all the others too. That little rug is wonderful ... LUCKY you.
It's always a delight to visit your blog.
Have a Blessed Day, Barb

Robyn ♥ said...

Way to go! What a wonderful giveaway!!
Oh my...that scenery out your windows is just freaking gorgeous!! That can be the cover of your children's book! The life of lil crow during the fall! I'm not going to give up on coaxing you to do one!! SERIOUSLY!! It doesn't have to be long! OK, I'll drop it...for now. ;)

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

That crow hook run is adorable, you are blessed to have received it! I was awe struck at the beauty in the views right out your front door WOW ....just gorgeous!! Love the new blog header too..


Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
Gorgeous photos! I am surprised how good the color is this season after the drought.
Best of luck to all the crows from Nod come Monday.
Great little mat from Kelley!
Hugs :)

Barb said...

Hi Robin,
That rug is fabulous! So happy you have it complete with crows!
Love all your photos of the fall foliage...just beautiful!
Enjoy the colors,

Carol Stuck said...

Ah...beautiful fall scenery!! And the rug is perfect!

hugs and thanks for the pics!

Christine said...

Gorgeous rug and gorgeous views from Nod! I love the trees.
Hope the road ahead is smoother for you both.

Trace4J said...

Good Morning
What a very wonderful gift.
You are live in a beautiful beautiful place. I loved every photo you shared.
How great is our creator!
Praying for you and Lil Crow on your journey.
Blessings Friend

Mugwump Woolies said...

Dear Feathered Friend,
Your little rug is just the best! I do enjoy a crow or two...just not to eat! Thank you for the beautiful foliage...I so miss the changing of the colors! Hope, on a soon to be trip northward, we encounter at least a few.
You and yours are in my thoughts all day...for as long as it takes,

Beckyjean said...

Good Morning Robin~

Beautiful pics!! Love the rug!! What a wonderful gift.

Enjoy your day~Becky

Prims By The Water said...

Love this rug Robin! Thanks for sharing these Autumn pics. Saying a little prayer for little crow. Take care, Janice

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Karen said...

Congratulations on winning the beautiful hooked rug and so perfect for you too....she knew!!!!!
I'm at a standstill with my hooking - too many other things that are 'first' but it will get going again. But I will never achieve the perfect rugs like those I see on the blogs.

Your Fall photos of your home area are fantastic. We noticed the colors are more vibrant this year and they turned fast too! (and falling just as quickly)


lilraggedyangie said...

Nod ...always cold and windy or not is GORGEOUS and as are your views ahhhhhhhhhhhh