handmade costumes for trunk or treat

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It's trunk or treat time and this past friday we participated in one for our church. I don't know who came up with that idea of a bunch of cars in one location being decorated and people giving out candy at each one, but what a great idea! 
We decided on a toy story theme and I made mr. and mrs. potato head costumes out of felt. Just two 72" pieces of felt cut below the knee,then a casing for elastic to draw it up at the bottom.Two armholes made by marking where to stop sewing and back stitch, and same for the opening at the head. I free handed on copy  paper the face pieces,cut them out and pinned to my felt to cut those. I hot glued them on and that all took about an hour and a half per costume. The kids loved us and numerous moms wanted our picture or for their kids to pose with us. We enjoyed every minute and plan to do it again next year. Maybe instead of bo peep madison will be jesse. We'll see.


I have no earthly idea what was going on in this one!
Chris and I have a new project we picked up Saturday in Lake City. 
Demo has already started. We have big plans for this little camper. It's going to be so cute and cozy and we can't wait to complete it and go away for a weekend of camping.
You can bet there will be a blog post all about it.
Be blessed, Gina

a trip to beautiful north georgia

Wednesday, October 12, 2016




It's October already! Can you believe it? For some that brings images of changing leaves,cooler temps,sweatshirts and getting to wear scarves and boots to the big pumpkin pickin' day. Here in Florida that's shortly after the beginning of hurricane season and as you probably know Matthew left his mark on us. It was because of the storm Chris got a four day weekend and planned a last minute trip to north Georgia where I had mentioned I'd love to go visit. I'm Georgia born and raised but haven't been in that northern part in a long time. I thought I'd share my favorite photos from the trip with you and hope you enjoy them.
  We did a self guided tour that took an entire day and saw some of the highlights of the Blue Ridge area. We visited a winery and got to see them in the process of making some. The property the winery is on belonged to his grandfather and it's just lovely.





 We drove out to the swinging bridge.It's a treacherous four mile drive down a dirt road to get there then a short hike. But what scenery!





 We drove through a few Gaps of one name or another. This one was Woody Gap. I think I could live in that house off in the distance.

 Then there was the fish hatchery. He said last year they released over a million trout into the rivers.



 We saw the historic Skeenah Mill and it was so beautiful. We just stood there listening to the sound of the water fall and it was so soothing.

 We saw several fun sights as we drove around the area, like this vintage fire truck parked in someones yard.


 We visited the town of Dohlonega. So postcard -ish and friendly.








 We loved Ellijay as much and agreed we'd move to either of those towns in a heartbeat.










 We hiked of course.


 We attended the apple festival in Ellijay. Loved the homemade root beer and hot hand held apple pies.


 Ate bbq from a local dive featured on food network.Now we know why!


 We went to Burts where they grow pumpkins so big they have wheelbarrows to push them around in. Seriously,I have never seen pumpkins that big.



 We ate dinner our last night there at the Taccoa River Restaurant. We both had trout and it was the best.Loved the wood building and all the wood and handmade touches that started on the outside and continued throughout.

I strongly suggest if you've never been to north Georgia, plan a trip there. You won't be disappointed. 
Be blessed!
Gina