Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Spooky Hallowe'en

Wishing you all a very Happy Hallowe'en 
and a Blessed Samhain.
May many little ghosts, goblins, and witches grace your doorway with shouts of "Trick or Treat" and Happy Hallowe'en.
 



Unfortunately we don't get any little ghosts and witches here at the cabin, the last time we bought candy and left the porch light on we got one little imp shouting "Trick or Treat" and none the next year so we just quit buying candy. 
I still stitch for Hallowe'en and Autumn/Fall and decorate the inside of the house with fabric pumpkins, ghosts and bats. 
Autumn and it's holidays, after all, will always be my favorite with Winter/Christmas decorating as my second, even though I hate the snow.  

Hugs, Sandy

Friday, October 26, 2018

October 2018 Smalls SAL

Hello Friends, Hope you are all doing well. 

It's time once again for the Smalls SAL, and here is what I've been stitching.

 I stitched this little magnet using DMC's Coloris threads on 28 evenweave and used one coordinating thread from each one to make the cording. No chart for this one just stitched hearts.
 
"Samhain" by The Primitive Hare  
I finished as an ornament and added a cording of jute twine couched in place with a with the same DMC Color Variations thread that I used for the pumpkin. I wanted it to have a more primitive look.
 
Here is a shot of the back. I found this cute pumpkin fat quarter at Walmart for .97 cents.

I've been doing a lot of 'free hand" needlework since I don't have a printer yet and came up with this fall inspired piece with a little help from Lizzie Kate leaflet #543 "Gather a Harvest".

 I fell in love with the pumpkin on the end with the curly stem and fat black birdie, so I added one on each end of a scrap of 18 count rustic Aida then added a tall pumpkin in the middle using the same leaves then a couple of gourds in between with curly stems and baby black birdies. I added a saying that popped into my head while stitching with the help of an alphabet leaflet, then hand stitched the piece onto a some of the pumpkin fabric I bought, frayed the edges and added a bow. I backed it with a piece of yellow fabric I had in my stash.

This piece was stitched with my own hand-dyed threads and one DMC Color Variations.

That's it for now, so until next time.......

Take Care Everyone &
Have A Great Weekend
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, October 22, 2018

Cedarvale Ranch in Hillsboro, Montana

Hello Everyone, here is the final addition to our last camping trip of 2018.
Our campground was in Wyoming but only a short 30-45 minute drive to Montana where the remnants of the Cedarvale Ranch still stand.
Be fore warned that there are a lot of pictures for this one.

They let you know the length of your hike.
It's funny, because it was a harder hike going down to the town than it was going back to the truck on the same trail. I had to stop a couple of times on the way down and none on the way back.

On the way down to Cedarvale Ranch.
Each one of the signs has a bench to relax on if you don't want to take the full hike.
This is one of the old corral and stable areas.
 
A rustic hand made bench almost half way down to Hillsboro.
 

A couple of deer hiding in the tall grass just outside the town.
 

The start of the small community of Hillsboro, Montana.

The Hillsboro Post Office.

The Large Chicken Coop.

Eddy Hulbert's House and a small coop.

The Milk House

A bridge over the creek and the Root Cellar.
We couldn't get a good picture of the inside of the root cellar but had a place to hang thing, and lots of bins and a few shelves left over.
 
The Dude Cabin and the Blacksmiths Shop.
The Dude Cabin/Bunkhouse
 
The Blacksmiths Shop
You can see where the forge once sat in the corner.
 
 This bench is where Eddy Hulbert was said to do his silver work.

This is where the Barry's home once stood. It burned down during the winter of 1947-48.


There are a couple of picnic tables and this double sided bench that tells of the Cedarvale Ranch on one side and has a map of the ranch on the other side.


It's neat place to visit if your into old towns and ranches like we are.
Well that's it for this post, so until next time.......
 
Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Bighorn Canyon & Ewing-Snell Historic Ranch

I'm back with the second post from our camping trip.
On Sunday Sept. 29th the second day of our camping trip we took a drive to the Bighorn Canyon.


Then we drove over to the Ewing-Snell Historic Ranch in Montana.

There wasn't a whole lot of things to see, but it is always amazing to see old historic places.
 
We also saw the group of does and fawns.
 
That's it for today, so until next time.......

 
Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Horseshoe Bend Campground

Hello Friends, Hope all is well with you.
 
That snow on October 13, if I recall right in the 25 years that we have lived here, is the earliest we have gotten snow. It dropped 3" worth, but only lasted two days after it was done. 
Usually it doesn't snow until around Halloween.

Here is our last camping trip on Sept. 28-30, 2018

We went back down to Wyoming and stayed at the Horseshoe Bend Campground 20 miles outside of Lovell, WY. This was a first as the campground had electrical hookups, but the water was shut off at the beginning of September thru May. It was $25 a night for the electric sites and $10 a night for no hookups. They also have a dump station and water fill up, but they close those Sept. - May also.


If you open the picture you can see our white 5th wheel, It's the ONLY one in the whole campground. That's right we had the whole place to ourselves and only had two other campers (a pop-up and a motor home) stop overnight the first day. They were both gone before noon.


There were lot's of beautiful views and even though it was chilly we walked around the campground, my hubs taking campsite pictures for his camping blog and later me getting the scenery shots.


We were treated to another beautiful Wyoming sunset on our first night.


When I was out walking around the rocks and juniper bushes I found plenty of these spiny guys just waiting to stab you.
 
Look at the spines on those suckers, some were close to 2" long. 

Glad we didn't have dogs, I'm sure I would have had to pull a few from their feet.


That's it for the campground pictures, we drove around on Sunday to a couple of historic ranch sites and to the Bighorn Canyon, I'll post about them on another day since it will be another picture heavy post.


Well, it seems that the 2018 camping season has come to a close for the hubs and I here in South Central Montana. 
All the freezable items have been removed, the tanks and water heater have been drained, the water lines blown out, and RV antifreeze has been added to the vacation home. 
We still need to remove the batteries and put them in the basement, the hubs isn't looking forward to that since those 12 volt batteries are big and heavy and there are 4 of them. 

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy