Library Books

These are my library books :) So far, I've read...

Dearly Beloved - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Belles on their Toes - Frank Gilbreth Jr, Ernestine Carey
Goody Hall - Natalie Babbitt
Collected Stories: Flappers and Philosophers/Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I've also read halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I've started Airman. In addition to that, I'm reading a non-library book called Hansi: Captive of the Swastika. I kind of have problems with reading more than one book at the same time. =)


Yellow flower ring

     Twenty-five cents just got turned into a beautiful ring. =) This was one of my garage-sale finds. All I had to do was bend the wire back and use a little super-glue. It was very easy, and it turned out lovely. =)

Happily busy, or maybe busily happy...

     Today we went garage-saling, and found the most awesome garage sale/flea market ever. I got a lot of amazing stuff that will keep me busy for a looong time. I'm going to try dyeing the buttons with my little powdered packets of Rit dye. I found an article about it right here . =) The beads will turn into earrings, and the old brooches will turn into rings. I'm going to wrap the blue bracelet in fabric, and I found the stuff I need to make my cloth button earrings! =) And this is my idea for the wooden spools of thread...
photo credit goes to this website...
     I got the idea off of Pinterest, but the original article comes from this website. And as for the very interesting parrot/macaw fellow? I have no clue what I'm doing with him. He is very interesting though, don't you think?

P.S. I'm definitely not done with my map fad, and I just finished painting my yellow bed! Also I'm going to make more minis for my other blog, so I am rather busy and happy right now. =)

P.P.S. I forgot! I think I'm going to make a quilt for my yellow bed. It will be the first quilt I've done, so I'm thinking I'll go with something simple. Or should I say, Mom is thinking something simple? Lol. It will probably end up looking something like this...



     Today I turned maps into pinwheels =)
     It took a while to attach them to the stick, but I managed to do it, and they whirl around quite nicely when you spin in circles. :)
     Yeah.. this one isn't a map. It's a world atlas index. Lol!
=) I like them. =)


Happy Shoes

     These are my new shoes. They're kind of frivolous, but they make me so ridiculously happy. =) I got them at K-mart for two dollars, which makes me even happier. =)

     While we're on the subject of happy things, here's some more stuff that I really love right now...
 Happy Thing #1 
 I just found this link on pinterest for a diy on fabric button earrings. I want to make some so bad!

Happy Thing #2
We went on a library trip yesterday, and I found the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen (a definite family favorite) I went all the way to the fourth floor and looked through the genealogy shelves to find it. Last night I accidentally stayed up until eleven reading it. Oops!

Happy Thing #3
Old music. Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie... =)

Happy Thing #4
Dollhouse miniature printies. I recently found several very good websites for free miniature printables, like the book shown above. There's a link to that website here, and another good printables website can be found here http://www.printmini.com/printables/

P.S. Visit me at http://sixinchestall.blogspot.com/! =)


Favorite Fall Food

So I'm thinking about fall... and fall food... and this is my favorite fall food list :)

Apple cider! (hot and cold)
Caramel apples
Pie (apple, cherry, pecan, etc. etc.)
Banana bread
Potato Soup
Fresh, homemade bread

Sound good? Yeah. Really good. :) Now I really badly want a glass of apple cider.


Smoky Mountains Camping Trip

     We left for the Smoky Mountains on Thursday afternoon, after Sam and I got out of our classes. It was a long drive, and it was dark by the time we reached all the beautiful scenery. Mom had ordered a Gilligan's Island DVD from Netflix for the trip, and we watched almost ten episodes. Cheesy, yes, but it helped to pass the time. :) It was ten when we reached the campground, eleven when you count the time change. We got the tent up quick, and popped straight into bed. Mom and Dad slept in the van (the back seat folds into a bed) and all four of us kids slept in the tent. Benjamin is a very nice person to sleep next to when it's cold. He's warm. :)

Ben and Jason
     On Friday, we had cold bagels and cream cheese for breakfast, and got our camp set up. Aunt Shayna didn't arrive until five, so we went out looking for fun places to stop. :) We went to the visitor's center, where they had re-created a log cabin farm, and we went to an old mill by a stream.
Mingus Mill
I loved the millstream, because of all the moss :)
     Dad found a windy road through the mountains that he wanted to follow. We had our picnic out there, and we stopped at a bridge, and hopped around on the rocks and skipped stones. The leaves weren't quite at their peak, but there was a lot of beautiful red that was just coming out.
     It took us about two hours to drive through the mountains. On the way back, we passed through the Cherokee Indian reservations, and bought some firewood. We were driving past the visitor's center, when Ben yelled that he'd seen a baby bear cub. We'd all kind of been hoping to see some bears, and we turned around to see if we could find it. When we reached where he'd saw it, someone was standing there with a camera, and it was gone.
     We ran across a couple whose car had broken down, and stopped to help them. Their water pump was out, or something like that. Anyhow, Dad knew how to fix it, and he dropped us off at the campground, and he and Sam went and helped them out.
     While we waited for Aunt Shayna to arrive, Ben and I walked around the campground. We ran across a nature trail, with three very cool bridges. They were made out of wide logs with railings. When we headed back towards the campground, we saw Aunt Shayna driving in! :) Sam and Dad got back not long after that.
      Aunt Shayna brought her eno, which is a sort of camping hammock. Ben and Jason wanted to sleep in it. :)
     Sam's birthday is on the 7th, and Jason's is on the 8th, so we had a birthday party for Sam.
Sam is now 14!
     When it got dark, we all went on a walk around the campground, and ended up hiking on the nature trail that Ben and I had found earlier that day. It was a lot of fun, but Jason was scared to death. I think he was afraid of bears. I don't blame him for being scared though. If I had to hike a trail by myself in the dark, I would die! We all made it through the hike safely, however. :)
     We sat up late, waiting for Brad to arrive, and then we all crawled into bed. It was really cold! :p
      On Saturday we went on a long hike in the mountains. It was very beautiful, and it was also very crowded. I was surprised at how many people there were in October. Maybe everyone wanted to see the pretty leaves. =)
Walking backwards on the trail...
     I was in charge of the camera, because Grandma W. had requested lots and lots of pictures, since she couldn't come herself. Jason was very impatient for his birthday to arrive. Aunt Shayna brought his cake, with lots of sprinkles...
Seven candles, and a LOT of sprinkles!

Happy with all of his presents. =)
     When it was dark, we had hobo dinners. Mom and Aunt Shayna chopped up carrots, potatoes and chicken. There was also corn, sausage, hamburger, peppers, and I don't know what else... We wrapped it all up in tin foil, and cooked it in the coals. Yummy!
     I was pretty sad to leave on Sunday. :(  I suppose all good things have to end, or they wouldn't be half so wonderful. On the way out, we hiked a trail to a waterfall. Someone told us they had seen a bear, but we didn't see it. We got to see all the scenery this time, since it wasn't dark. The drive home was really long, with more Gilligan's Island. Lol!


Blog News

     Well. The news is this. First of all, I have a new blog! It's a miniature blog called Six Inches Tall, and it's written from the perspective of two wooden dolls. It's a little cheesy, I know, and it's still in the beginning stages. So far it kinda sounds a bit awkward, but it looks pretty good, so we'll see where it goes. ;)
     Second of all, I won't be around on either blogs for a few days. We're going camping in the Smoky Mountains! My Aunt Shayna is coming from South Carolina, and her boyfriend Brad is coming from Alabama. It's going to be amazing fun! ^_^  My family is leaving on Thursday, and the others will get there on Friday. I promise to bring back a few pictures. =)


The Inheritance

     The Inheritance was written by Louisa May Alcott when she was seventeen, and is believed to be the first book she wrote. It was interesting to read the book in light of that, but if it had been anyone else's book, I probably wouldn't have read past the second page. It was overly sentimental, and you could always guess what was coming next. The heroine was the good and pious type that I can't stand. She also cried a lot. There's a reason the book wasn't ever published. Still, I'm glad that Louisa May Alcott persisted and wrote Little Women, Eight Cousins, and all my other favorites. :) Perhaps she realized that she wasn't a Jane Austen. She did much better with what she knew personally.