Monday, September 28, 2009

A Sweet Surprise

~ Welcome ~
Come on into my blog home & let's get caught up on our weekends.

I hope your first official weekend of Fall 2009 was a good one.
I started mine off by purchasing a new wreath for the front door. I have been looking for one for awhile now and ended up finding this one at Tuesday Morning. I haven't been there in a long time, but after seeing it mentioned in a few blogs I decided to pay them a visit. It turned out to be a good move :-)

When I was outside hanging the wreath, I noticed a box on the front porch. Inside the box was this beautiful afghan. Recently I received an e-mail with the title "A surprise for you". It was from Karen at Life is Good
She wrote to tell me that she had made me an afghan as a surprise and if I would provide my address she would send it to me. This was such a sweet surprise and it has touched me so much to think she would do this for me.

Knitting is a skill that I do not possess, so I really admire people who do have those talents ~ like Karen. As you can see I spent some of my weekend moving the afghan around my family room. I can't believe how perfectly it matches my home decor. I am already getting excited to think how well it will go with the blue and white Christmas theme I use in my family room. Why I can hardly wait until I can make a mug of hot chocolate, put on a good Christmas movie and snuggle up under this gorgeous afghan. I might never get out from under it as it is so soft. Thank you so much, Karen. I sincerely appreciate your kindness.

Well, it was hard to have anything but a good weekend after receiving such a wonderful surprise. Even though it rained all day Saturday and the sun never came out, I was happy to stay indoors and put a few fall touches in the kitchen.

I have an apple pie recipe that I am anxious to try. I think I will have to put that on my to do list for the near future.

The gloomy weather put me in the mood for soup. I couldn't make any on Saturday as we were invited to a neighborhood Oktoberfest party. It was put on by a German neighbor. He planned very well and had many tents put up outside. A very good thing as it rained the entire time. This was the first time I have been to Oktoberfest and it was a lot of fun despite the rain.

I recently found these salt & pepper shakers at the thrift shop. I thought they went well with Susan Branch's Autumn book. I have noticed that this book is a popular one among the bloggers.

I bought this jar at my favorite little shop in Blowing Rock, NC several years ago. I enjoy changing it out for the seasons. Here some small gourds and a cranberry candle make it a nice centerpiece for the kitchen table.

Well, that's a little glimpse into my weekend. Now, let me hear about yours.


  1. Cute, Cute...and I adore the Fall wreath, it's really pretty!!!!

    Thanks for letting us see how your first Fall weekend went ;-)

  2. Kim, everything looks just right! Your afghan is amazing and that was so incredibly sweet of Karen to send it to you. Enjoy it. :)

  3. I love all your pictures -I wouldn't know where to start if I were to choose a favourite.
    My weelend included a birthday party, a visit to my dad (check my blog a few hours later for pictures) and a Christening. Lots of school work, too.

  4. "Kindness gives birth to kindness", a quote I saw come true again on this visit to your blog today. How very sweet of Karen to create this beautiful blue masterpiece for you. You are right, it does look so nice in your home. Speaking of looking nice, your Fall touches are so pretty and so tastefully done. The wreath makes me want to visit the "Tuesday Morning" store again. The towels on your stove give your kitchen a real look of Fall. Visiting your blog today was a wonderful way to start my week.

  5. The afghan is so pretty . Karen is great.

  6. Hi Kim
    What a wonderful gift to receive! That afghan goes perfectly with your home.
    Hope you enjoy this beautiful fall day!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  7. Good morning Kim,

    I love your new front door wreath, your front door is beautiful too.

    Surprises are so wonderful, and how sweet of Karen to knit an afghan for you.

    Everything looks beautiful!

  8. I'm so happy that you like the afghan Kim. You are so welcome.
    I love the wreath and all your pictures.

  9. Everything is beautiful, Kim! Your home looks so comfortable but elegant, too. The wreath is perfect! I think I will display a cookbook that way and see how it looks. Happy Monday!

  10. Ok Everything looks so cute! Love that wreath...and how sweet to receive the afghan...have a great week as well!

  11. You have such a pretty home! The wreath is gorgeous.

    I love the beautiful quilt that Karen made for you as a surprise..the colors so perfect for you! That was so kind of her.

    I enjoy Susan Branch's books --I have this one!

  12. Who needs sunshine when you've got a pretty afghan and an Oktoberfest? Sounds like an excellent weekend to me. (I worked. End of story.)

  13. Kim, that afghan is so perfect! What a lovely gesture! I don't knit either (although I've tried to teach myself many times). I tried crochet last summer and I'm happy to report that I can do that! Your kitchen looks lovely and that's a great fall wreath! I haven't been to Tuesday Morning in about a year and I have one just 15 min away from me!


  14. Hi Kim, lovely pictures....everything just says Happy Fall!

    Barb ♥

  15. The afghan Karen made for you is so beautiful! What a sweet friend! I love soup this time of year and the Oktoberfest sounds like fun too. Have a wonderful week! Twyla

  16. Soups on...afghans ready...and it's looking mighty cozy over there! How sweet of Karen to send you one of her creations. I saw on her blog that she had completed the afghan she was sending to a blogger...and never realized you were the recipient. That is special!

  17. Hi Kim,
    All your Fall decor looks so inviting. Love the wreath and I like going to Tuesday morning, too.
    I will be in Blowing Rock next Thurs. Love that little town. Are you far from there?

  18. I loved the wreath and all the wonderful pictures. I had a wonderful weekend away with my husband~I am getting ready to head home!

  19. Love the wreath & love your blog! I would love to learn how to knit like that....I always get tied up in knots when I try (well, my hands get tied up in knots!!!)

    Take care!


  20. Your new wreath on the front door looks beautiful.

    What a terrific afghan to receive from a friend! It looks perfect in your room.

    Thanks for stopping by my site for a visit.


  21. Hi Kim,

    Oh my - what a lovely gift from Karen. Your afghan is beautiful and looks lovely in your home - she is very talented. Your fall wreath is great - just perfect.
    Have a wonderful week.

  22. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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