Tag Archives: spring

Tulip Placemats

While internet surfing, I came across a cute tulip tutorial by Kristina at Center Street Quilts.

Tulip Placemats

If I sewed three tulip blocks to make one placemat, the size would be 15″ x 18″…exactly the size of my accent tables (I have two of them…his and her’s you know)!

I wanted to get this made last month, to replace the Valentine placemats that are still on my tables.

Tulip Placemats

I don’t have to decorate ‘in season’, do I?

Tulip Placemats

One day, I might have enough seasonal table toppers/placemats to decorate in a timely manner.

Tulip Placemats

That’s the goal.

Tulip Placemats

Quilt On!

Birdhouse UFO Finished!

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

It feels great to have another UFO completed! The birdhouse was begun in 1995 (you can read about it here and here), and I lost interest.

I set a goal in 2017 to do something with this project, and I lost interest.

In 2020, I actually worked on it (I shared here). Life happened. My sewing machine needed a new part, and the part sat off the coast in a cargo ship for months (Thank you, Covid).

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

My sewing machine is repaired, and I chose this month to push through! I am done with it cluttering up my mind and taking space in the sewing studio!

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Funny thing…

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

I lost interest because I didn’t like it. Once I came up with a plan…well…

I like it!

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

It needs a name.

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Hubby suggested ‘Spring Song’.

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Do you have a suggestion?

Birdhouse Wall Hanging
Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Quilt On!

Visiting My Daughter-Day One

Hubby and I took a much needed vacation (I was becoming really, really whiny) and visited our daughter and her family. What a joy to take a road trip and be blessed to see family!

Rhododendron

Our daughter loves photography, so she and I just hung out and practiced together. Enjoy the stroll in her little garden!

Rhododendron
Rhododendron

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Snail
Laura

Yes, folks, this is me…not ashamed to look silly. Ha, ha! Oh, yes…I do wear that hat in public!

Daisy

And this is the result of my efforts!

Daisy
Snail
Blueberry
Blueberry
Lavender

It was breezy and I had such a tough time getting a photo of the bee on the lavender!

Lavender

Don’t forget to get outside and see the little things!

Stay safe!

A Stroll in the Garden

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

Balsam Arrowroot

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

Balsam Arrowroot

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

Balsam Arrowroot

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

Balsam Arrowroot

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

Crown Imperial

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

Crown Imperial

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

Crown Imperial

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

Rusted Wheel

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Daffodil

From Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Hyacinth

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

A Stroll in the Garden

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”
 — Algernon Charles Swinburne

 

I am not having a vegetable garden this year, as my Hubby is creating a new one with easier access and easier to water, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to see!

I live in the north, so my season is a bit behind other bloggers.  

So enjoy this little garden stroll with me!

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

I almost missed the Crown Imperials; they bloomed while I was away on vacation.

Crown Imperial

I find it interesting that, in my garden at least, the tulips seem to bloom by color division, rather than color explosion.

The pink ones generally bloom first.

Tulips

Tulips

Then the red ones spring forth!

Tulips

Tulips

Last, but not least, the yellow tulips are just now beginning to flower.

Tulips

Tulips

The rock cress is wonderful!

Rock Cress

While the grape hyacinth (and the giant ones, too) are nearly finished with their display.

Grape Hyacinth

While the hyacinths and daffodils fade, the narcissus is just beginning a happy show!

Narcissus

Narcissus

And the magnificent crabapple is teasing us!

Crabapple