All Things Vintage #12

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since our country faced one of the most difficult times we have ever faced. Let’s remember those who sacrificed so much as they tried to save the ones in the debris of the Towers, those at the Pentagon, and the ones who tried to the very end to help others on Flight 93.

Let’s remember those who died and the families, wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, and friends who were left behind to mourn their loss.

May we never forget. May we never take another breath for granted. May we never become complacent. May we never see another fireman, police officer, emergency personnel without deep gratitude for all that they do for us each day.

One of the things I remember that President Bush said during the days following, was that if we stop living out our freedom here in this country, the terrorists have won.

He encouraged us to continue living our lives, going to work, visiting family, going out to dinner with friends. Even though it felt so strange to do so, we did and it helped us to heal collectively.

So today, I carry on with the things I share here on my blog. Blessings to you.

How are things going for you? Are the temps dropping where you live?

They are here. In fact, we had dinner on the back patio last night and it was chilly!

Soon, we will be lighting the outdoor fireplace and I can’t wait!

look at those edible berries!

Speaking of the end of summer, have you ever seen these on a Kousa Dogwood Tree? Ours is full of them! I showed them in my good morning stories on Instagram this week and several of my followers told me that they are edible!!

You can even make jellies and jams from them! I’ll be doing that this Sunday so you might be seeing a recipe soon!

on the blog

The last couple of weeks on the blog have been busy.

We taught you How to Apply Milk Paint on an adorable vintage washstand.

close up shot of antique tear drop drawer pull

My hubby bought me an Instant Pot and I used it to make homemade Spaghetti Sauce. I’m sold on the Instant Pot! It cooks so fast! The spaghetti sauce usually takes about 6 hours in the crockpot but it only took 30 minutes in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot spagehetti sauce still in the Instant Pot with wooden spoon for stirring

Here is the one I purchased. Feel free to order one for yourself. You’ll thank me later!

I also shared a tutorial for a fall wreath that is super cheap and super cute! The tutorial includes a video if you would rather watch it. You are going to love this wreath. My followers over on Instagram are enjoying it and I know you will too!

Let me know if you make one. Tag me in a picture of the one you make over on Instagram – I would love to see your version of it 🙂

wool plaid wreath with many pieces of wool scrapes attached to straw wreath

on the web this week

This week on the web, I found some of the cutest projects. Here they are so you can enjoy them too!

Did you know you can bleach pine cones?? They look amazing!

I started using a sourdough starter for some of the recipes I make including homemade pizza. Here is a great way to get started with sourdough starters.

Have you ever tried to make pumpkin stems from polymer clay?? Here is a great tutorial!

If you are starting to think about a fall tablescape for the upcoming holidays, here is one you will love!

last but not least

And just so you don’t miss the easiest wreath you will ever make, check out this post!

lady cutting squares of wool fabric for cheap wreaths for fall blog post tutorial

Until next time…

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  1. Those are dogwood trees? 😍 I would love to see a full view of them. We have dogwoods too but nothing like that. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Can you believe those berries?? The tree is called a Kousa Dogwood – it’s definitely a specialty type of dogwood. The blooms in the spring are amazing!

  2. Beautifully said, I will never forget. It was a long hard day.

    Waiting to hear from my husband. Not knowing if he was safe. I couldn’t wait for him to get home. The waiting was terrible.

    We are fortunate he was safe and got home.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I’m sure the waiting must have been so hard. So glad he was ok and that you had many more years with him 🙂

  3. We have a Kousa dogwood. Some times I don’t know if it is a blessing or a curse! It is beautiful when it is covered in blooms and the leaves turn a beautiful colors in the fall. The blue jays, mockingbirds and squirrels like the berries, too. I have read the the berries are edible and will be looking forward to the recipe!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I must admit, the berries all over the ground are a bit messy – they are squishy when you step on them! I wanted to make the jam with the berries over the weekend, but time got away from me! I have a few berries left and I am going to try to squeeze the recipe into the week!

  4. Happy Saturday, my friend! What a wonderful post. You are one amazing lady. Thank you so much for featuring each one of us-that is so generous. Sadly, my link isn’t working. I’m trying to figure it out. I hate being a week link. Hugs to you.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Hi Renae! So sorry the link didn’t work! I just checked and all is working now :). Blessings to you!

  5. Cindy –
    You are one busy lady. Your blog is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing my sourdough bread starter post.

    Your tribute to 9/11 is so touching. It is crazy that 20 years later we all remember exactly what we were doing.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Isn’t it hard to believe that it has been 20 years? The pain is still there and our country continues to heal. Thanks for stopping by my friend!

  6. Thank you so much for these encouraging words….The last few weeks I have felt such a heavyness that has almost paralyzed me….I am going to move forward and try to bless someone else like you have blessed me….thank you!!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      So sorry for your heaviness Shirley. It can be so difficult to keep moving forward but I encourage you to continue on. One thing that I started doing each morning, within the first hour of waking up, is to go outside (year-round) and take a quick phone photo of something of beauty in my yard or on my morning walk. Some days, I have to search hard for something of beauty. But it is always there if I look hard enough. Doing this simple practice helps to lift my spirits. I share my photo on Instagram in my stories if you would ever like to see the thing of beauty that I find. Thanks so much for stopping by and blessing me 🙂