Thursday, November 24, 2011

This or That Thursday: 9 lives eDition

I took a basket weaving course last weekend with my mom and aunt, so as my mom and I went for a walk the next day searching for items for Christmas planters, we were immediately tuned into the weaving materials in our midst, such as this grapevine. Apparently grapevine isn't the easiest of plant material to work with but that's fine with me, I think I prefer to watch it as it wanders through the woods leaving a trail of goodies in its path; a treat for the birds who follow.

And while it was interesting to learn how a basket is put together and fun to make one, 
I'm not so sure I'm completely smitten with the whole ordeal. 
While I was there, I did, however, become very smitten with a certain kitten.
Meet Aubergine, one of the resident kittens of the farmhouse where the course took place. She begged to be let into the farmhouse kitchen while afternoon tea and treats were being served. She was banned due to her penchant for baked goods but her owner eventually caved and allowed her in. She behaved very well, until on my way out at the end of the day I watched as she lost her footing on one of the kitchen chairs which somehow caused her kitty lips to smack a few cookies on the way down. It happened really fast though, so I could be mistaken. Don't worry Billy Jean your secret is safe with me.

Speaking of penchants, I still have a thing for these red roses of mine. 
Despite layers of frost and more than a few freezing nights, 
they still seem to retain a certain stateliness around them. 
I think they may be more beautiful now than they are in August. 
One thing is for sure, they're determined to stick around as long as possible 
which is an endearing quality this time of year.

The fact that we've had a November that resembles October has probably helped their cause. 
I can't remember a November filled with so much sunshine. 

And sunshine my friends is what I wish for all of you celebrating Thanksgiving today.
Let the Egg Nog Season begin!

~Be Thankful Friends!~

and then, she {snapped}


Buttons Thoughts said...

I love your photos. Very pretty kitty.
Basket weaving that is very cool I would love to learn that.
Turkey day yes we should have another reason to have turkey. Let us join our friends to the south, shall we?
You always find the coolest places to photograph. Have a happy Thursday Andrea. B

Stacia said...

Oh, that sweet kitty! I couldn't have resisted giving her my cookies. =>

Sherrie said...

Love that kitty and the shot of the lake. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Food for Thought

Michelle said...

Great shot of the lake. Cute cat and I miss having one in the house! Have a great Thanksgiving day.

Seeing Each Day said...

See, it's exactly as i've said before, you click onto your blog and you're bound to be entertained every time! Particularly like your grape capture - and the rose one too, i totally agree with you about the beauty in its appearance still now. And envious in a nice way about your use of texture in your 4th shot, that really looks effective.

Unknown said...

EACH is a great photo!
And, I agree, please pass the eggnog.

Unknown said...

Love your texture!

Pat said...

The grapes, the cat, the rose, the lake - I love them all! Beautiful work!

tiarastantrums said...

sounds like such an interesting hobby!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Good morning! A beautiful day it is here in Mid-Missouri. It's suppose to be unseasonally warm today.

Peach pie is in the oven, Pumpkin mousse cheesecake is in the refrig and the turkey will go in at noon.

So would you share your basket weaving with us? After all I shared mine with you!

Oh and I have egg nog chillin' too!

TexWisGirl said...

thank you, dear andrea. :)

Deb said...

November has been a great month hasn't it.

Unknown said...

I love creating things like baskets - I'm wondering how yours turned out? Cute kitten!

Anonymous said...

Oh look at the kitty! =)

Faith said...

wishing you blessings and abundance on this day....baskets...wonderful....they are so pretty....

Ellie said...

That is strange you posting about basket weaving cause I just watched a program on telly about that last night.
I really like your pictures.

Jenni said...

I love your photos...the rose and lake are wonderful.
Hope to see the basket results one day...!

Unknown said...

Is that your pond in the photo? Love the papery texture of the roses and yes, the mornings are crisp but we have been blessed with some great weather so far.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh yes, now eggnog season officially begins. Fortunately it doesn't last too long:-)

Everything Changes said...

Great picures!

Linda said...

love your grapes in the top shot!! Mine never make it to that stage..... they are long gone!! Wonderful photos here!

Lisa Gordon said...

These are wonderful photographs Andrea!
I especially love the rose bud and the grapes.
So nicely done!

Thank you so much for sharing at The Creative Exchange this week.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Oh, that face!!!! I wouldn't have squealed on her either :)

I have been making grapevine wreaths for years. But, my trick is to cut the vine when it has been rained on! That way I twist and turn it the way I want, then I hang them to dry out and voila! Perfect!

Come by friend. My boots talked. Maybe only you will *get* it!
xo, misha

Anonymous said...

wouldn't those roses look lovely in a Victorian Christmas dried flower arrangement/wreath?