Hubby’s Walk in the Garden

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
–  John Galsworthy

Hubby took his little pocket camera out to the garden and I thought I would share a few of his finds with you.

Toad

This little fella was very willing to pose.

Toad

He is only about 2 inches in size, and oh, so cute!

Toad

Lots of his friends and relatives live here, and I am happy to see them!

Toad

These photos are all of the same little guy; I just couldn’t decide which pose to share, so I’m sharing several.

Toad

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

The next photo looks like Autumn, but it is indeed a red maple in spring.

Red Maple

The peonies are showing a gorgeous blush!

Peony

And the bees are happily buzzing and gathering around the allium.

Allium
 “An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
–  Susan J. Bissonette  

Allium

“Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes.  In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.”
–  Mary Webb

*Clicking on any photo will show an enlarged view.

One Little Word Vision Boards

Back in January,  I wrote about joining Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class.

I chose Joy for my word of the year.

One Little Word Vision Boards

February’s assignment was to create a vision board.  Yes folks, I completed February’s assignment in April, and am just now posting about it.

Better late than never!

One Little Word Vision Boards

This does not mean that I haven’t been learning about my chosen word, or applying what I have been learning to my life.

I’m just slow getting assignments done.  That’s all.

One Little Word Vision Boards

The assignment was to create one board, but I was having so much fun, I created two!  It has been a long, long time since I played with paper and glue.  I had forgotten how enjoyable it is.

I found the time that I spent cutting pictures and words from magazines, then gluing into a collage, creative and relaxing.

One Little Word Vision Boards

There is the emotional and spiritual aspects of such an assignment, and I take those seriously, but for the moment:

It is good just to be a kid again!

Sunday Picnic 2

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

 

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
― John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir

 

A chickadee was perched amongst the branches of the apple tree while I was snapping pictures of blossoms.

What’s he/she up to?

Chickadee

Aha!  There is a dead stump protruding from the side of the tree, and look what is deep in the hollow:

Chickadee Nest

Someone is preparing for a family!

The pines are growing:

Pine

For the curious, that is my home sweet home down there:

Home Sweet Home

Practicing the macro setting on the barbed wire:

Barbed Wire

The maple tree is budding out!

Maple

And the candytuft is blooming!

Candytuft

A beautiful crown imperial blossoming in the front garden:

Crown Imperial

The always lovely bleeding heart:

Bleeding Heart

Blossoms from the fabulous crabapple tree in the back yard:

Crabapple

I should have taken photos of the lilacs blooming.  Their fragrance greets me through every open window, and each day, when I come home from work.

Heavenly!

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”
― Neltje Blanchan

 

*I suggest clicking on the photos for a closer peek.

**Click the link for more photos from my previous post .

Sunday Picnic

“Do not let Sunday be taken from you.  If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Sunday was such a glorious spring day!

Hubby packed up a picnic lunch and we had a date!  We hiked up the hill behind the house, sat on the damp ground, and soaked up the sunshine.

Lunch was great, the view was great, and the company the best of all!

We took advantage of a gorgeous lazy Sunday afternoon, and practiced with our cameras.  I have a new pocket camera, and don’t know how to use it.

One of my first shots was this black and white of the Columbia River:

Columbia River

I have no idea how my camera was set on black and white display, but I like the results!

Another first shot was a photo of our feet; I thought I was turning the camera off, but pressed the wrong button.  I deleted that shot.

There is a lot of balsam arrowroot sharing their bright cheerful faces in my part of the woods.

Balsam Arrowroot

I don’t know the name of this delicate, tiny harbinger of spring:

Smallflower Woodland Star

*Update: The above is a Smallflower Woodland Star, or Prairie Star.  I found lots on Google; this link will get you started if you care to research it.

Continuing to practice the macro setting on the pear blossom:

Pear Blossom

And the apple blossom:

Apple Blossom

Love the moss living on the apple tree trunk!

Moss Living on the Apple Tree Trunk

I shall share more from this wondrous date when I have the opportunity. 

Relish the world around you!

*I suggest clicking on the photos for a closer peek.

I Won! Twice!

I am a very blessed girl indeed!

I have thanked the sponsors already, but I want to share their generosity publicly.

As some of you know already, I have been participating in QuiltShopGal’s 2015 Free Motion Pillow Challenge.  The challenge is not a contest; it is for education and fun.  However, there are generous sponsors, and winners are randomly selected using a random number generator.

I was randomly selected for prize #3 in March!

With my prize certificate, I received these fabrics from Fabrics N Quilts!

Chalk Line (RJR)

Chalk Line (RJR)

The day that I discovered Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals – Redbird Quilt Co. blog, she was hosting a giveaway, and I thought, why not?

Linda Hrcka, from The Quilted Pineapple, was generously offering a set of her QP Curved quilting templates.

The winner was also selected by random generator.

Look at what I won:

QP Curve Templates

I have not had time to play yet, but I am so looking forward to it!

Many, many thanks to Darlene, Fabrics N Quilts, Karen, and Linda!

I just might enter more giveaways.  How about you?

Initial Pillow No. 3

This month’s initial pillow is for my oldest granddaughter (who is not all that old).  I appliqued a pink letter A onto a patchwork background.

I am using 50 weight Aurifil in the bobbin.  I tried something new to me for my top thread…Wonderfil’s Konfetti, also 50 weight.  I had trouble with it fraying until I switched to a size 14 needle.  Then all was well!

Alyssa Pillow

I like Christina Cameli’s peapod free motion quilting design, so I used it here.  I stitched with a small scale, so didn’t really like how it turned out.  At first.  After I got the whole picture, I decided the texture was pretty cool.  However, I still think I’d like the peapod design stitched out on a larger scale better.

The peapod fmq design is alternated with Christina’s branching free motion quilting design.  I felt the same about the results of this stitching, as I did with the peapod stitching.

Here is how the completed quilting looks from the back (as a wholecloth project, I really like it…but no one will ever see the back):

Alyssa Pillow

A closer look:

Alyssa Pillow

The front of the pillow top before sewing into a pillow and washing:

Alyssa Pillow

The completed pillow (washed, so that I can admire the texture washing creates):

Alyssa Pillow

The back is made from a sweet plaid, and has a concealed zipper.

Alyssa Pillow

I chose option #4 from QuiltShopGal’s 2015 April Free Motion Quilting Challenge.  I am linking up here.

Check out Christina’s blog; she has many ideas and tips to help and inspire your free motion quilting!

Alyssa Pillow

Joy Pillow

Initial Pillow No. 1

Initial Pillow No. 2

The Professional Tote

I am joining the Slow Bloggers.  I like the Slow Blog Manifesto; it allows me to not take myself too seriously at a time in my life when I’d rather be blogging than working. I have, however, made the time to finish an old UFO. It is the Professional Tote; a great pattern by The Creative Thimble: Professional Tote The pieces for the Professional Tote have been cut out for what seems like forever.  It is a good thing that the pattern provides labels for all those pieces or I would’ve had a hard time sewing this together!  I would not have remembered what went where! Professional Tote I am so happy to have completed this bag!  It is a nice roomy bag; great for a day out with my quilting friends.  Professional Tote Shopping, lunch, quilt guild meeting, and more shopping!

I’m linking up with QuiltShopGal.  There is lots of Creative Goodness going on over there!