Pieced Pastimes: September 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 134

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 134!

Another Saturday, another party! It's always such a treat to see your newest projects and recipes. I never know what I will see, but I know that it will be inspiring in so many different ways.

 "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
~ Stanley Horowitz

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 133.



Neutral Fall Mantel at Dandelion Patina. Michelle returned to her neutral comfort zone to create her gorgeous Fall Mantel. I am so loving the fresh, clean and inviting feel of this!



Simple Fall Mantel at Our Gilded Abode. Carolyn shows us how her 'balanced approach' won out once more in her decor choices with her lovely Fall mantel.



Welcome Fall With A Hand Painted Window at Artsy Vava. Artsy Vava shows us how she transformed an old window with some paint and vinyl letters to welcome the new season.



Pottery Barn Pumpkin Pillow Knock Off at Seeking Lavender Lane. Deb shows us how she took a store bought canvas pillow form and transformed it into a wonderful fall pillow.



Reupholstering Cane Barrel Chairs-Phase 4 at Mr. Wilson and Me. Ally is sharing a great tutorial showing how she took some Craigslist chairs and gave them a new life.



Painted Furniture Project and Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grader? at Thistlewood Farms. Karianne knows that math is not her thing but give her a piece of furniture and some paint and you've got a whole different story and this lovely bed is a shining example.



DIY No-Sew Pumpkin Pillow at Little Bits of Home. Samantha shows us how she created these fun 'No-Sew Pumpkin Pillows'.


Spinach Artichoke Dip {Vegan} at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina and her family share a love of food and sports. In this post, she shares a lightened (but equally delicious) version of a family favorite that has the added bonus of being vegan.


Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail at Honey and Birch. Jenny is sharing the perfect Fall drink to share with your adult friends.



Farmers Market Minestrone at Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn is celebrating the flavors of the season with this comforting recipe for 'Farmers Market Minestrone'.



From Harvest to Table-Basil and Garlic Tomato Sauce at Pure Bliss. Mei Ann shares some tips on how to ripen tomatoes on the vine and a delicious 'tomato sauce' recipe.


Cinnamon Apple Muffins at Seasonal Family Fun. Joanne has us covered for apple season with a tasty 'Cinnamon Apple Muffin' recipe that sounds amazing.



{The Most Refreshing} 5 Ingredient Ice Cream Cake at T-shirt & Jeans. Nicki shares a family favorite recipe for a simple and refreshing 'Ice Cream Cake'.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies at One Little Project. Debbie says these cookies make your home smell amazing and are a perfect Fall treat.

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 133

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 133!

Fall is in the air and apparently on the minds of many people. Blogland is filled with all things Autumn and I am loving it! There's something about the changing of the seasons that lifts the spirit and renews the soul.

 "Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
~ William Cullen Bryant

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 132.



Pure Elegance at Penny's Vintage Home. A recent drive found Penny snapping pictures of this beautiful home that shined 'Pure Elegance'.



Buffet Makeover How to Make Existing Furniture Work in Your Home at Seeking Lavender Lane. Deb explains how she made this lovely french provincial buffet work for her after some long contemplation and a makeover.



Decorating the Fireplace Mantel for Fall at CD's Country Living. CD shows us her pretty Fall mantel using natural elements that celebrate the season.



Fall Hydrangea Cork Wreath at One More Time Events. Tammy shows us how to recreate this lovely fall wreath using cork ribbon and discs with dried hydrangeas - so pretty!



My Obligatory Post in Praise of Autumn at In the Boondocks. Mary joins so many other bloggers sharing the colors of Autumn with  some wonderful photos she took in New York last year.



The Art & Science of Leaf Rubbings at Edventures with Kids. Jacquie shows a fun activity doing leaf rubbings and explains how it can also be a good teaching moment with kids.



Wish Upon a Star - Nursery Printable at Designs by Miss Mandee. Mandee is offering a free printable  of a favorite nursery rhyme that would be a lovely addition to any child's room.



DIY Pencil Case using Cereal Box at Vikalpah. Sahana shares a fabulous tutorial showing how to make a pencil box with a cereal box and fabric.



Mango Oatmeal Bread at Treat and Trick. Nora is sharing a quick bread recipe that she says is hard to resist.


Meat & Greet: The Full Spread at Everyday Living. Pam shows us her no fail plan for entertaining guests with a wonderful no-cook spread.



Frito Chili Salad at Two Chicks and a Mom. We all have those nights where we need a quick and easy idea for dinner. In this post, Donna shares a favorite family meal that fits the bill nicely.


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread at My Sweet Mission. Heather is sharing a delicious recipe for a Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips that she describes as 'bursting with moistness'.


And finally, a recap of my share from the party: Scenes from the Road 11 - Stepping Back in Time. In this post, I share another installment to my 'Scenes from the Road' series with a view of some lovely New Hampshire properties that take us back in time.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Scenes from the Road 11 - Stepping Back In Time


 We are blessed to have many antique homes here in New England. They capture a stillness that existed once long ago and give you a sense of stepping back in time.



On a recent drive, we drove past this wonderful old place. The house and barn were lovingly reconstructed on this property in the 80's from several different antique buildings.


It looked to have an original cape with an ell off the back, which was common with the old farmhouses. A traditional stone wall with granite posts frame the entrance into the property.



The barn fits the plot perfectly with its large sliding doors, crowning cupola and cobblestone driveway. 


This beauty was just past the first farm. It is currently listed for sale here. It is known as the 'Farley Garrison House - Circa 1665'.  According to the listing, the house came from Billerica, Massachusetts and was carefully dismantled and reconstructed on this parcel of land in New Hampshire.


Several other buildings were also moved and rebuilt on the property including this pole barn and corn crib.


The traditional saltbox home is surrounded by rock walls and fields a plenty.  The large center chimney was a common feature in these old homes.


The back yard touts another special piece of architecture.



This amazing water tower!


As if the home, barn and water tower weren't enough, they also rebuilt a one room schoolhouse from the 1700's on the parcel.


While the buildings on both these properties are not original to the land, there reconstruction was done so meticulously that you would never know that to be the case. They have become part of the land they stand on - solidly built with a rich history and a story to tell for future generations.



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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 132

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 132!

I am so happy to say that it's time for this weeks party. Another week to show us what has kept you busy and what has stirred your creative side.

 "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"
~ Henry David Thoreau
 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 131.



Decorating with Vintage Electric Insulators at Scrapality. Andrea shares a creative idea using old ceramic insulators.



Hand Painted Pumpkin at The Crafty Blog Stalker. Katie is sharing a fabulous video tutorial showing how to make a 'Hand Painted Pumpkin'.



Glamour Girl at Ivy and Elephants. Patti's wait is over as she finally found a 'florentine chest' that she had long been searching for.



Penelope's Clubfoot Relapse at Review, Chews & How-To's. Jackie gives an update on her sweet baby's 'Clubfoot Journey'. Please head over and lift them up in prayer.



How To Create The Perfect Wedding Menu at A Bride On A Budget. Lisa shares her best tips on creating a perfect wedding menu.



Focus Friday: Stages at Paper Seedlings. Linda shares her lovely photo showing different stages of the flowers and compares it to life.



Our Water Tower at Making Our Sustainable Life. Vickie gives us the ins and outs of how and why they built their water tower.



Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins at One Little Project. Debbie is sharing a cool weather comfort food using a favorite fall fruit.



Apple Crisp Recipe at All She Cooks. Jessica is sharing a simple recipe for a favorite fall dessert that's sure to please everyone.



Rotisserie Blackened Chicken Parmesan Pasta in Under 30 Minutes at Major Hoff Takes A Wife. We all have those busy days that find us looking for quick ways to get dinner on the table and Mrs. Major Hoff shares a recipe using store bought rotisserie chicken that fits the bill nicely.


Crock Pot Apple Butter at Kleinworth & Co. - Like so many of us, Gina is enjoying apple season and in this post shares a favorite recipe for 'Crock Pot Apple Butter'.


Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bars at To Simply Inspire. Sherri shares an all natural healthy snack recipe with no refined sugars.


Apple Tart with Nuts and Date-Syrup at Something Sweet. Winnie is tempting us with this delicious Apple Tart recipe.


And finally, a recap of my share from the party - White Pizza with Garlic Coconut Sauce and Sundried Tomatoes {Vegan}. In this post, I share an amazing recipe for a uniquely flavored White Pizza that is simply scrumptious!

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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