Friday, October 29, 2010


I had good intentions of shooting pictures at some of the older churches, houses and grave yards this week but just never found the time. I love old grave stones and have rubbings from some that date back to the early 1800's from family graves in Maine.

Anyway, Dorie, Althea and Becki and I were on the way home this past Monday when we had to make a diaper changing stop and I pulled onto the shoulder of the road next to this old building.

After altering it to make it black and white and blurring the edges I felt it looked a little spooky and a little sad.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Patterns Around My Town

Well I finally left home today to take a few shots for this weeks My Town Shootout. Hope you all enjoy!

A selection of quilts made by the Mennonites in Barnwell County.
As you can see there are various patterns for quilts.

A close up of the fabric pattern and the quilting pattern (lines of hand stitching) that was used in a quilt.

Rows of homemade jams form a pattern on the shelf.

A closeup of the pattern used to form my wicker love seat.

Bottled sodas line up in pattern in a game of ring toss.

Pam chose a wonderful patterned fabric and pattern to make Althea's Halloween dress.

Dorie and Berley Linder became friends when she was just 1 year old; his kindness and generosity have followed a wonderful pattern through the years and Dorie can't go to town without stopping by to see him.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chair, Chair, Everywhere A Chair

I have always been a collector of old chairs from the first chair my grandfather gave me long ago... A beautiful Windsor chair that in my younger days I had to sell to make ends meet. I have never forgotten that chair and have longed to own another.

When Frank and I were married we were given a wonderful gift of a old rocking chair his grandfather had made. Years of wear and tear had taken its toll and the rawhide seat was ripped and one of the rockers was broken. It took us years to finally restore it and we added a new leather seat and rockers but left the finish as is. It proudly sits on my porch greeting us when we come and go.

One of my favorite chairs is one I found at a local thrift store. It became the inspiration for my bedroom and bath redo. I was excited because it had a slipcover and when I lifted it up to see its "bones" I was even more excited as it wore a beautiful undercoat of Coral fabric that looked brand new.

I have chairs in my garden too, one hold a pot of herbs and a hand painted sign by one of my neighbors and another hold a burlap bag and whatever flowers are in season.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Pumpkin Patch in Georgia Mountains

I have looked everywhere this week (well the 3 stores in town) for a Mrs. Smith's Pumpkin Pie. I have been under the weather and one of the things I can eat is Pumpkin but alas Peter must have eaten all the pies as I have not been able to find one.

I have had offers of Apple Pie (which I love) and Pumpkin Cheesecake (which I am sure I would love) but alas no offers of a fresh baked Pumpkin Pie.... my mother always made the best she added extra spices and they were so yummy!

Beth once made a sugar free Pumpkin Pie for her daddy when we first found out he had diabetes. He ate a piece, told her thank you and to never make it again. At least he ate his 'cause none of the rest of the family could do that.

Right about now I would settle for a Pumpkin doughnut from Dunkin's but we don't have one of those either. Maybe I can sweet talk Frank into bringing me home a doughnut from Anderson or better yet maybe THEY have pumpkin pies!