So much fun!
Anyway, we were wandering around in a shop that was kind of half thrift store, half vintage junk, and off in the corner of a small room, I spied with my little eye, this weathered old vintage tin picnic basket.
My heart skipped a beat, and then I looked a bit closer and thought maybe...just maybe, it was too weathered for my cottage.
(What was I thinking?!)
I walked away from it and meandered through the rest of the shop. Something kept bringing my mind back to the picnic tin though, and as I was about to head over to my friends to leave the shop, I scampered back to the corner of the small room and grabbed it.
As I loaded it into the trunk of the car, I thought of half a dozen uses for it and I knew I had scored the treasure of the weekend right there.
Pretty sweet, huh?
New Year's Eve is three and a half months away.
But, I'm working on adding some items to my easy shop, and now is the time to be planning ahead if you're wanting printables for the holidays, and since I am going to add some ready-made items as well, i need to do them now.
I got so excited in planning out the New Year's items that I am now thinking I just might throw a New Years shindig myself.
The question is, do I want to do a New Year's Eve gathering, (Maybe an all-girls supper with resolution sharing?) or a New Year's Day brunch (with two or three couples?) or possibly an afternoon Open House for friends to come and go?
The challenge is that I can't decide which one sounds more fun. What are your thoughts on this?
I mean, why decorate when everything looks so weathered and sad out there?
When I would have to move the bales of straw out of the way along with an un-Godly number of real and faux pumpkins? (Bales of straw that have been multi-purposed from the back of my truck for car shows, to Camp Cupcake for seating at the table, and finally to the front entrance to my cottage, to add to my fall decorating touches.)
(Because, I am a more is more girl in the pumpkin arena, and probably need a twelve step program for over-the-top seasonal decorating issues.)
Yes, it would be best to wait.
But then, it happened. This week, the weather here in the fantastic Pacific Northwest turned to fall in an overnight kind of way, and all deals with myself were off.
I scampered to WalMart after work last night and filled my cart with four of the biggest pumpkins I could find.
(This involved moving several medium-ish pumpkins to the watermelon display while I dug around, and then had to move them back to the pumpkin bin when I was finished.)
I loaded the great pumpkins into my car and happily drove them home, where I then positioned them on my newly-relocated-near-the-front-door bales of straw.
I replaced the straw basket of spring looking tulips on the front door with a black umbrella full of sunflowers.
(Yes, I know I'm getting a new front door hung in the next three weeks, but until then, the umbrella will be happy here on the very old door.)
As if that were not enough, I headed out to my new-but-not-yet-painted gate and hung another basket of sunflowers there to welcome anyone who might look my way.
(This is the very reason I longed for a picket fence with a gate!)
Autumn is my most favorite of the seasons and I am not going to miss enjoying a minute of it just because I am waiting on a crew of house painters.
My cottage is waiting patiently for it's paint job, which has now been pushed back to the first week in October (I am praying for good weather for my painter-guys.) and in the last week I got my picket fence installed.
Since so many of the houses in my neighborhood have picket fences, or hedges around them, I wanted to do a picket fence that was different than the rest. I chose to use the lap eared fence boards left over from the privacy fence, and do a high-low look.
(Remember my cottage without the picket fence?)
Of course, having the picket fence painted will add further instant gratification, but for now, the definition and charm it adds to my cottage is beyond anything I could have possibly imagined.
Can you see the improvement?
Can you envision it painted a crisp white?
With flowers and shrubs planted in front of it?
And a clever sign hanging on the gate?
And it is a thing of beauty.
First, I gathered some logs from my own firewood pile, and secured it with a big bow made from a remnant of the fabric we used to make my laundry room sink skirt.
Then I took an old thrifted metal bucket and filled it with pinecones from my yard, homemade fire starters, and a little bundle of twigs for kindling, which I tied with a bow and a handmade tag.
(At this point I realized that I was out of boxed matches, so she will have to use her own, dang it.)
I was happy with my efforts, ad I think she was too.
So, after lunch, it was time to create our peanut butter and birdseed bird feeders.
Some of us were eating more peanut butter than putting it on our pinecones.
Everyone wanted prime placement on the only tree with branches that would work for the bird feeders....
Camping Bingo was another huge hit.
(Goldfish crackers make great Bingo markers)
Suppertime at Camp Cupcake arrived, and we all helped to build the campfire.
Everyone grilled their own wiener to perfection.
We then made s'mores.
...and then we made some more s'mores.
My Rock n' Roll bUddy did a few Beatles tunes, because it turns out we all like rock n' roll, and some of us love to dance.
Badges were awarded for various challenges, (I found mine on ebay) and everyone went home with a pennant that will continue to be filled with badges year after year.
All the campers were tucked in their sleeping bags (All five of them insisted on sharing the quest room at my cottage.) and were fast asleep before 9:00 and then up with the sun on Sunday morning, ready for pancakes.
Best. Time. Ever.
Everyone checked out their goodie bags...(and made sure their flashlights worked...)
We headed over to the big part of the yard for some fun. We began by gathering pinecones for a project later in the day...(Notice the boys were a bit more interested in their snakes than pinecone gathering....)
....and then took some pictures under our Camp Cupcake Banner...
followed by some pretty intense burlap sack races...
..and then lunch.
(Some of use used our magnifying glasses to get a closer look at our our lunch.)
Lunch was followed by dirt pudding with gummy worms.
Then, we heeded out on a full fledged scavenger hunt.
It turns out that butterfly nets have many uses.
Can you see how much fun we had???? There is so much more to share...next post will be about the rest of our day!
I thought I'd begin at the beginning, as I share the details of the first annual Camp Cupcake with my Grands.
A Smokey The Bear sign greeted the campers on the front of the gate.
We used my side patio, as I call it (A used-to-be-carport now fenced in my back yard, with gates to be able rouse it as a carport if ever needed!) for our main eating and crafting area. It worked out perfectly, as it rained on and off all day, and Camp Cupcake was unaffected!
I created a just the right height for little guys table from an old door on top of my patio coffee table, covered in a painter's drop cloth. Seating was created by using bales of straw covered with scraps of plaid and solid wool.
Two vintage wooden folding rockers off to the side for the Camp Counselors (My yard-sale find about three summers ago, to use for sitting in at Classic Car shows when I take my old Blue truck) looked perfectly imperfect in the background...
...and my old enamel top table (which has made the rounds for parties at both of my daughters homes) housed bottled waters, craft supplies and all the needed items for the day.
My firewood stacked along the side there made for the perfect campsite-craft-area wall, wit my geraniums hanging above to complete the look. (Sorry, you can't really see the geraniums, I know. Just imagine them there.)
Details on the table included everyone's goodie bags, which were filled with a flashlight, trail snack mix, a magnifying glass, and the big hit of the day, a rubber snake.
I borrowed a friend's fire pit and staged my Farm-Chick's purchased camp stools around it in the area sandwiched between my back patio and the car-port-turned-patio area, and it felt like the space was always meant-to-be there.
(I love it when stuff like that happens!)
The bigger backyard area greater campers with a second banner, and was ready and waiting for the games I had planned; burlap sack races, and ring toss.
Next post I will share the fun...!