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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sisal Pumpkin Mini’s . . .

I few weeks ago I saw something on a friends blog post.
I went searching for twine pumpkins.
(on Pinterest of course)
To see if I could figure out how to make one of these gems.

Lo and Behold . . . I found something and it was about Sisal twine, cord . . .
Found some pictures . . . off to the Dollar Store, JoAnn’s . . . no luck finding Sisal twine.
BINGO . . . Hobby Lobby . . . this is not a promotion for HL, in fact I seldom go there . . .
But that is a “let’s not go there story” . . . for another day . . . MAYBE!
SISAL cord . . . I found TWINE too . . . and purchased some of each.

Let me tell you, if you want to make these, get the SISAL.
It is thinner, stiff, holds its shape . . .
I like to mix up the Sisal with the Twine . . . creates a fun look . . .
So . . . I have made a bunch of these little babies!
Broke up some sticks, (we have plenty around here) and I use these for the stem.
Each evening, I have been “unwinding”by “winding” Sisal into pumpkin shapes.
I have used different methods.


This has worked the best for me . . .
I wind the Sisal around my left hand, four fingers, twelve times,
not real tight, not too loose.
Contain the bunch with a bit of light weight wire, set it aside.
For one pumpkin, I use 3-5 bunches.
This is an “eyeball thing” . . . you can’t go wrong, play with the sisal and create!
Have the glue gun plugged in . . .

Dot some glue near the wire, add another bunch, 2-5 and you have a pumpkin.
Tweak a bit to get the shape you want. And do some trim on the wire, sisal ends.

I found after making several and as I was coming to the end of the sisal roll . . .
that it was difficult to keep the sisal from curling.
Problem solved when I purchased another fresh roll . . .

I knew I was in Sisal Mania when Mister Irish said . . .
“I love seeing you create . . . these pumpkins are a blast!”

So what do I do with all these little pumpkins . . .
Friends and Family . . . guess what . . .

And in between pumpkin making . . .
Mister Irish, Snickers and I enjoyed a drive north to see some color on our anniversary day.
Breakfast out . . . a “no yard, rake leaves, cut back plants day” . . . just us . . .
It was a mighty fine day indeed . . .

that is my frst and prob my only tutorial . . .

’til next time . . .
love
lynne

The trees are in their autumn beauty, the woodland paths are dry,
under the October twilight . . . the water mirrors a still sky.

William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Anniversary . . .

(a day early, tomorrow is ours)

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I met my “Mister Irish” late June of 1997.
We were married October 18, 1997.
There were many who were happy for me.
There were many who said, “not so fast!”
For sure, there were “skeptics!”
I was older, he was younger . . .
An old friend once said to me,
“when you know, you know” . . .
We knew . . .

Best of all we have love, trust, respect, laughter.
And some days we drive each other crazy too!

We have really loved/enjoyed our travels . . .
Especially Ireland.

Happy Anniversary “My Jack Kennedy”
I love you . . .
yours
lynne


PICTURES:
Top left: My favorite picture, color trip north, 1998.
Top right: Love this smile/face!
Mid left: Ireland-Stone Circles
Mid right: Cathedral steps, Washington DC
Bottom left: Married, Hilt Building, Muskegon
Bottom right: Home, 2015, with Snickers.

’till next time . . .
love
lynne

Thursday, October 11, 2018

REMEMBERING . . .

in this rainy, yellow, gold changing fallish, melancholy time . . . I have collected a bunch of pictures
from our albums. I know many of you don’t even know who this “Gary Chap” is/was . . .

Gary is my late husband, and “dad” to our children, Scott Gordon and Sue Guinon. After my most recent post, some of you sent me questions asking about Gary. I realized then, that I have met some new friends since I had posted about him previously.

Yes , it was so sad, shocking, devastating . . . to say the very least. Gary was out with friends for a jog run and collapsed at the end of the run of a massive coronary. He was 41 and so was I. He had had no heart problems to our knowledge. Healthy, athletic, active, much loved man.
love
lynne

Gary Kay Gordon
February 13, 1939 - October 14, 1980

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sorry for this mix match picture collection . . .
we loved boating, sailing, skiing, camping . . .
we loved life, our family, our friends . . .
Update : I have had to delete a few pics . . . posting way too large.