Mysticwood CAC

Mysticwood CAC

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good Morning It's a Beautiful Day

 Wow, It has been a beautiful week! After another long stretch of heat indexes at 105 + it actually cooled down for a days. We are about to heat back up again but I'm making the  most of the cool sweet morning.
 I've just listed the tablecloth above in our Etsy shop. I'm working hard to get everything listed by Sept. 10 so I can start focusing on Christmas so look for more lavish linens and also this year some autumn and Halloween crafts.
 I'm busily getting my autumn and winter decorating out too. I love this little child's size wool quilt. I've had it for years and it's one of those comforting old friends that I love. The next picture is from the real Mystic Wood at the Tar River. This was carved by a local artist in the 1970's. It shows now as barely a shadow remaining on the tree.    Please keep us here in your prayers, it seems the developers are moving in fast now and it has been a very unpleasant experience. Since February I have lived in fear of losing my home and it has been so stress full.  
Enjoy each day and take care friends.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Happy August Wednesday

August just seems to be flying by way to fast. Don't get me wrong I am ready for autumn to arrive but I have so much to do and I also love to savor the last glorious days of summer in her fury and glory. It has cooled down just a bit here and I am grateful for that. It's still getting into the low to mid 90's but at least the heat index is not 112 this week.


                                                                          
I've been working busy as a bee on crafts for autumn and Halloween as well as making some changes here in the house. I could honestly work on Halloween and Christmas items all year long. It's one great joy and never seems like work at all. So you will be seeing additions to our Etsy shop for the holidays as well as lots of new linens that are ready to be listed.


I've also spent some time tweaking the ironstone collection. I never get tired of white ironstone.


  
My precious Belle Star sits by to oversee every change that is made. I will never understand just exactly how it is that I have a hound and a husky that are indoor gals all the time. They don't like the heat or the cold and my Husky named Snowball absolutely hates the snow! That just fine with me, they are wonderful girls and they take very good care of me and Rocky. 

There is so much I want to blog about today but I have to get busy. There are so many changes that I will tell you about at another time but for now I'll leave you with one more thought.

Sometimes I just like an old basket filled with random  prettiness.
Just a light touch for no reason other than to make me smile.  I hope you have lovely week and lots of smiles and laughter.

Blessed Be

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Moments in Time

It's been a humid, hot, time here in Eastern NC. Last time I checked the heat index was 108. I am a lover of nature and everyday I have to spend some time outside but believe me on days like this that time is limited. I thought I'd spend some time just going back through old times and old pictures. The old house always comes to mind at the top of my list. I dearly miss that house and there were so many memories made in that house. Even on days like this I could retreat to the porch and find a bit of breeze in the shade of the giant oaks. There were four amazing old oaks around that house and only one remains now. Hurricanes and time itself has claimed three of them. I loved working on that porch, sewing and painting and making notes on my next project. It was an inspiring place full of muse and mystery.
                                                                               
 I always have to think about Halloween and autumn, especially on days like this. It's always a pleasure  this time of year when I start working on Halloween art but it's very hard not to decorate the house as I go. I will be canning tomatoes this week not visiting the pumpkin farm! However; I can remember the Halloween Parties with Brother and my Grandson. I think we spent much of the year tossing around ideas for our Halloween celebrations.
                                                                           
In a few weeks the weather will begin to cool and I will become restless; no longer able to sit and reflect to much on times past. I will visit old houses and antiques shops. I will drive the countryside past long stretches of golden forests and marvel at the specter of ancient houses that appear from overgrown fields, visible only when the vines and brush withdraw for their winter rest.  If there is no traffic and I focus I can see a glimmer of an old headstone from a little grove in the middle of a field. As more and more land was cleared for farming old cemetery's were left in place and the fields were cleared around them.   Many of them have become abandoned and so they disappear all cloaked in a blanket of green during the summer.                                                                                  
 The butterfly bush has been a busy affair this summer, bees, humming birds, butterflies, moths and even tiny mason bees have kept her company. She enjoys their visits and is always ready to provide a meal of sweet nectar for their journey home.  
I can see that the sun has slipped behind a cloud and my fur kids are telling me this would be a good time to slip outside for a break. Off I go to move on with the days schedule and to reflect in the back of  my mind on how quickly the seasons change.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hydrangea


I have so many favorites when it comes to flowers. I guess it would be fair to say that I love all flowers but Hydrangeas have been my favorite this week. I just love them and unfortunately they seem to get a little faint when the heat index is is 100 + in the shade. The humidity has been awful so I decided to pluck a few flower heads to bring inside. They will dry in the cool dry air and I can enjoy them for quite a while.
                                                                               

       
They fit perfectly in one one of the old trenchers and I paired them with one of the covered iron stone bowls from my collection.  Miss Snowball watched from her favorite blanket and gave her approval on the arrangement.                                                  
                                                                       
 I hope everyone is staying cool and safe. We've had lots of storms and some flash flooding in the area in the last few days but we are safe and cool. Snowball and Rocky are always close by and ready to give their opinions on any changes that I make in the house. We've been discussing autumn as I work on dolls and pumpkins and they agree that the first cool crisp day fall will be very welcome here.                                                                              

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Comfort


It's about this time of the year that I like to post about things that I find comforting in my home and my daily life. There's been a rope bed in my home for many years. My grandson picked the first rope bed for his room in the old house over twenty years ago at an antique auction we went too. I love that it is outfitted with Grandmother Selma's linens that she made as a very young girl for her wedding chest. Brother's bear rests gently against an old feather bolster. I smile just thinking about all of the memories sweetly combined with the past life of an antique bed.
                                                                           
   I have quite a collection of Grandmother's needlework, I love the chore that goes into keeping them fresh and white. I love the creative energy that her talent brings to me and the desire for a peaceful quiet atmosphere in my home and with my family.                                                                                                      


  
I enjoy the soft scents of potpourri, and I especially love the ones I make myself.  The picture below is from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. I spent a pleasant afternoon walking through the woods gathering seed pods acorns and twigs blown from the storm. I was overcome with gratitude that we were able to weather the storm safely. I combined everything with spices and dried oranges and mosses and even now when I detect the soft scent I am overwhelmed with such a blessed feeling.                                                                                      

I wish each of you a comforting and special summer. I'm back to work now and feeling blessed and happy and looking forward to sweet Autumn.