“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley


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    Inside & Out

    Putting Our Plentiful Garden to Bed

    As thanksgiving approaches and the promise of colder days loom, our Midwest garden has finally been put to bed for the winter. Fortunately for us, our tomatoes were overachievers this year and we are still feasting on their fruits. Every time I found a nice-sized red tomato this fall, I thought, "This is the last of them," but I was proven wrong time and again.

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    Inside & Out

    Our New Farm-Inspired Slamming Screen Door

    I am so excited to share our latest home improvement project with all of you. While my husband may argue that it isn't really an improvement, I am simply in love with our new farm-inspired slamming screen door! I have had designs on this door for over eight years now and with the completion of several other porch projects, it was finally time to see (and hear) this baby do its thing. 

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    Cards & Crops

    Dash of Spring on a Gray Fall Day

    I need to get my card-making mojo back because this simple sketch took four tries to produce something that cut the mustard. Sometimes that happens when I have fewer constraints. Somehow it’s harder to focus on one idea when the sky is the limit. Still, I managed to create a cute little spring inspired card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch challenge, which helped ward off today’s gray sky blues. I used Simple Stories’ Vintage Bliss 6×6 paper stack for this card and flipped the sketch on its side. I used two different scallop punches for the accent pieces, tied ribbon along the top and, of course, inked all the…