Thursday, June 16, 2016

Beautiful friends ~ I've had you all on my mind!
I thought I'd share a few pics of my garden ~ its been exploding with blooms.

Am I the only one that forgets the names of just about every flower! For all the hours I spend working in my garden, I could never become a gardening  "miss know-it-all" for that very reason.

Impatiens are one of my favorite fill in's for areas that need a burst of color all season. Here is Conn. they stay pretty well into October usually. I always plant two plants per hole and they seem to fill in so quickly!

The most heavenly ~ I just want to dive inside these fluffy blooms. Nothing is quite as exciting as that special moment in May when the Peony's are ready to bloom!

                          Look at the sweet little bleeding hearts blooming right in the bird bath!

I found this beautiful book "Roses and Lilies" by Longfellow at a book sale. I could hardly believe the amazing condition it was in for being 118 years old!!!
It is 30 days of wisdom and encouragement and just as relevant today as it was then.

I made a felted book envelope to slip it into for storage. There are three hearts hidden in the silk flowers ~ I thought it would be a lovely "I love you" gift to a friend or spouse.

                                          My etsy shop where you will find " Roses and Lilies" 

I made these little felt shoes for my new granddaughter Gia ~ pics coming soon!

More peony's from my garden ~ the colors remind me of peppermint salt water taffy!

I made this bridal bouquet wrap for a friends daughter out of her grandmothers wedding dress.

                         On the inside I did machine embroidery in blue for her "something blue."

                I presented it in a crazy quilted cigar box with vintage sheet music on the inside.

                             This is the front of the cigar box ~ aren't they a gorgeous couple!

                                                                          Cara and Kyle

I'm wishing you a happy spring! Remember that you are LOVED. I have so much more to share ~ I'll be back very soon!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hi there Friends!
With over a foot of snow on the ground here in Connecticut ~ I'm dreaming of Spring!!!
I spent the day making these kits for my my etsy shop ~ silk flowers are the next best thing to the real thing and set your mind to dreaming of the garden, the moist spring soil and the warm sunshine.
I'm down to just a tiny bit more of my hand dyed ribbon ~ I was saving these for my own stash but offering them in my shop will force me to plan a silk ribbon dyeing day soon!
They are all priced under $9.00 so they won't break the budget.
I created this little scene on a muslin outline of my hand for my dear pal Pat.
We spent some wonderful days a couple years ago at my parents condo in the Charleston, SC area and I found we both loved ponds and the creatures they hold like frogs, dragonflies etc.
In the tiny space of my hand print, I tried to recreate the sea, pond and flowers we enjoyed together.

I had purchased tiny bits of antique lace from Maureen Greeson and cut the little outlined bits out to create the look of sea life.
I just love using the lace in that way even though it "hurts' cutting into antique lace!

Have you seen the Spring issue of  Crazy Quilt Quarterly?
Check it out on the above link to get your copy for how to's, eye candy and everything stitching and crazy quilting!

I was honored that Pam Kellogg included some of my work in this issue!

As is the case with many of you ~ life has been a bit over bearing lately.
Last night I sat in my sewing room stitching and watching the Saturday Night Live Special.
I laughed for hours watching and remembering my teen years and the friend's who shared so many Sat nights watching Mr Bill, Mom jeans, Waynes World and on and on.
This morning I woke up with all the same issues but feeling such a skip ion my step.
I'm sure it was from all the laughing!

I love what the Bible says about Laughing ~

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. Proverbs 31:25
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting. Job 8:21

                                   So LAUGH my friends!
                                                       (if Jayke can do it so can you ;)