Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
You've come at the perfect time. It's just a little past 4 o'clock here. Time for tea. Come and have a cup of tea with me and I'll show you what I've been up to. I've brought out my dainty blue tea set. Let's sit in the living room where I have been doing " a little freshening up".At this time of year everything is so fresh and clean outside and my living room was looking tired and in need of a makeover. So I took out everything that wasn't blue white or yellow.
The curtains that were in my studio fit these windows perfectly. A round piece of plywood which I'd stored in the basement came out of hiding and was put on top of a side table. I covered it with a pale yellow matelasse bedspread that I got at a yard sale a few years ago. Then I took our two wing chairs and placed them on either side. It makes a wonderful conversation area. This is another corner of the room. Remember when I had all those projects on the go. Well the two blue and white pillows are some of those projects. The other pillows I made 5 or 6 years ago . You may think a white couch is totally impractical but it's a slipcover. It comes off and goes in the washer and dryer and can even be bleached if necessary. We bought the couch from a sweet old couple when we were first married and they had bought it when they were first married, so I figure it has to be around 90 years old and it's still in good shape!
I replaced the quilt on the wall with my blue and white one, which hung in my studio. This is a view of the room from the front hall.
It's fun putting little collections of things together.
Another collection on the round table.
So that's my freshened up living room, now let's enjoy that tea.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I like blue. I like blue.
Do you like it too? Do you like it too?
Blue is the color of oceans and skies,
Brand-new jeans and my grandmother's eyes
Did you ever see such a color so true
As blue, blue, blue?
It won't take you very long visiting me to know that I love blue. These are from my garden..
I think that blue might be God's favorite color too because he used a lot of it when he created the sky and the seas.
I met a new blogger named Cindy. She has a favorite color too which you'll see if you visit her. Try stop by and make her feel welcome.
You don't want to miss the fabulous quilt giveaway Camille is having. Make sure you tell her I sent you.
I am working at the Wing Haven sale again, surrounded by the beauty of flowers. I hope that you will find some beauty in your day today too.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My hubby had a colonoscopy yesterday and everything looked great. They removed one very tiny polyp which the doctor assured us was absolutely normal looking and no cause for concern. So I am thankful that he has been cancer free now for 6 years!
What are you thankful for today?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This week I am involved in helping at the annual spring plant sale at Wing Haven. This is one of the fundraisers to help support the garden. I really enjoy doing it because of the beautiful and cheerful environment. Everyone who comes to the sale is happy. The people who come to our sale all love to garden so they are all having a great time choosing more plants for their well loved gardens. Next time you go to your favorite garden center take a look at the people buying plants and you'll see lots of happy people!
The collage is some pictures I took yesterday at the sale.
As most of you know I love blue and the combination of blue & white. Each year they seem to be coming out with more plants with blue flowers. So when I saw these I had to buy them! The plant is Lithodora. It will spread out and stay quite short.
Aren't the colors great? I love them!! I'd like to try painting them. One of them is going in the garden at my back door so I can see it every time I come in and out. Not sure where I'll put the other one yet.
If you're one who loves to putter around in the garden I hope you get to do that today. That's what I plan to do this afternoon.
Whatever your plans are for today I hope that some joy comes your way.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Can you hear the sound of birds outside your window in the mornings? They always sound so happy and full of joy, especially at this time of year.
The birds seem to be joyful just because it's a new day. I am going to do that too. I have a sweet little book by Thomas Kincaide and I love what he says:
Decide that joy is the hue you want your heart to be . Then start making the little and large choices that over time will paint your heart happy.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This quilt top is finished. I made it out of men's shirts I bought at Goodwill. So I have to pick fabric for the back, pin the top and batting and back together and it's ready for me to quilt.
I have all these colors picked out ready for a new quilt, not sure what type of pattern to do, but I just love the wild color combination! So it's sits out where I can see it waiting for me to get some inspiration.
I found this bit of embroidery at a yard sale for 50 cents so I plan to incorporate it into a pillow too.
So that's five sewing projects on the go! Why do I do this to myself? I tell myself it's because I'm creative :) Is there a solution or am I just a hopeless case?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
What are you thankful for today?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Hope you have joy filled day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I can't get enough of the colors of the garden this time of year. Every time I go outside there is something in bloom saying "take a picture of me". So this is what I took shots of today.
We live in a very basic 1960's brick ranch. But it has a nice front porch which makes it look inviting. Right now the dogwood out front is in full bloom and the Japanese maple is in full leaf. I mentioned in an older post that I wanted to name our home Rest and Be Thankful and when I drive up the driveway that's how I feel. I just want to rest and be thankful. One of these days I hope to make a sign.We have huge banks of azaleas which are so beatiful especially against the green of the woods behind.
And the dogwood in the woods are beautiful too.
This is the garden by our side door where we usually come in. Right now it is filled with Columbine. I just let them go to seed every year so there are always lots of them. I love the variety of colors they produce and the delicateness of the flowers. That is a magnolia tree against the wall which a previous owner espaliered against the wall and there are knockout roses against the brick also.
Some close ups of the columbine. I love them!
This is the native columbine "aquilegia canadensis. It can sometimes be found growing wild.
Here is a little information on the columbine which I thought was interesting. I always wonder where the name came from.
The Columbine is a favourite old-fashioned garden-flower, being mentioned by Tusser (1580) among a list of flowers suitable 'for windows and pots', Parkinson, in 1629, speaks of the many varieties grown in gardens.
Monday, April 14, 2008
This past weekend my quilt guild had their annual show and I won a second place ribbon in the large pieced category! Usually I like to design my own quilts, but this Karen Stone pattern was so great I just had to make it. It is paper pieced, and machine quilted. For those of you non quilters, paper piecing is a way to make the points very accurate in an easy way. I named this quilt Star in a Midnight Sky and it measures 60" x60". I couldn't get the right light to show it off as well as I'd like, so this is the best photo I could get. The color looks a bit paler than the real thing.