Monday, September 2, 2013

Poems That Mean Alot--in September

I have poems here.
 I have poems there.
 I have poems memorized in my heart.
I have poems in scribbly writings tucked in books.
I have poems on wall plaques at the homestead.
Sometimes, season changes reminds me of favorite ones and for September this is one of my favorites. I don't know why I always loved September but I think it's because of it's new start. A new school year. New weather. New year for birthdays for my son and me.
This favorite poem is from a book I have in my personal library called "Poems That Live Forever" a collection of poems selected by Hazel Felleman. I pick up this book which has several of my favorites and read them over and over. I thought I would share. I can truly say there is always a day in September that I will never forget.

The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
It's hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook side
Make asters in the brook.
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With Summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.
But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air;
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.
'Tis, a thing which I remember;
'To name it thrills me yet;
One day of one September
I never can forget.
~~~~~~~~~~Helen Hunt Jackson
Welcome, September 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

For Sale: Homemade Americana Primitive Candle Mats and Progress

I took a good bit of a break this week but intermittently did knit up some things and this special is first come first serve basis for 2 Primitive Americana Candle Mats.

Small candle mat~~~

This one measures 6 in x 6.5 inches and is knitted and primmed by myself this week. Coffee stained and oven baked at low temp to make a perfect Americana Prim set for you.

 A small candle or picture would be very pretty over this mat. 100% cotton hand made. The little silhouette black pic of the sweet girl with flowers was found vintage at an antique store. It's needlepoint actually and will in the future be reproduced for a cross stitch pattern. Stay tuned. I've got major printer issues right now and hope to get that fixed soon.

The second mat is the large mat. The measurement is 8.5 in x 11.5 approximately

This one is nice for the pantry with a wrought iron large candle holder (not included with order). Both are great primitive additions to your country homestead and they were made with lots of love.

Pick one or a set as you choose!

Large Primitive Americana Candle Mat is $10.00
Small Primitive Americana Candle Mat is $6.00

If bought as a set  $15.00

no international shipping at this time.
shipping within US add 2.00, only once.
Pay pal only.
First come, first serve basis HERE on THIS blog OR Feathers in the Nest FB page or at the email address on the Feathers in the Nest Facebook page.

This item is not in the Etsy shop.

These are made with 100% natural organic cotton and primmed naturally.

I hope you enjoy. I will be making more in the future. Christmas thinking and planning are already beginning at the homestead here in the North Georgia Mountains.

I've also been up to starting a new small lace scarf that has my second favorite color, dark teal in it.
Colorway is Fall Herbs.
Company is Crystal Palace

using free pattern  from Ravelry One Row Lace by Turvid.

Definitely will have to be stretched out and blocked to see the details after I finish knitting. This yarn is Bamboo, Cotton, and nylon. VERY soft but substantial and a nice stretch while knitting.

Interestingly, in the yarn store, the dark teal with the camel color drew my attention. The plum color in it also was a striking contrast; however, I've found while knitting in the car (as a passenger!), knitting in the outside daylight, knitting at home in different rooms, the teal can almost look hunter green of which I didn't want as an effect.
When blocking this scarf will easily stretch 2 additional inches each way and then you will be able to see the lace. I plan to make this a small length and use vintage buttons on the side.

I LOVE TEAL! Teal and plum colors are going to be very much in fashion this Fall and Winter as well.

Yup, all those itty, bitty holes will stretch a least 1 in out and look totally different after blocking.

Yummy Fall colors.
I'm envisioning this with a pair of dark teal skinny jeans and a light soft camel sweater.
Whatever you are up to today, I hope that you are at peace, safe, and enjoying a great Labor Day weekend!!
from the homesteaders at Fox Mountain, Sautee, GA.


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