Monday, February 11, 2013

A Hint of Spring

 
Although our temperatures have been unseasonably cool with some freezing nights, I can start to see that spring is coming to the yard. 

Busy bees!!!

Peach tree in bloom

Pear trees in full bloom too

The kids were all over this weekend helping to reduce the abundant supply of citrus that is currently ripe in the orchard.  Thank heavens for the help!  At the moment we are loaded with tangerines, Meyer lemons, naval and Blood oranges as well as grapefruit. 

Tangerines


Blood oranges

Lemons
I even put up some preserved lemons this year.  I recently attended a cooking class and they used the preserved lemons in a salmon dish.  It was heavenly!  They will be ready to use in a month.



Those of you who follow my blog know that spring is also the time when I make a doll's uniform for the grandchildren's school auction.  That was my project for the weekend. 



I also finished up the last of the stars for my Starburst QAL.  Now to assemble it!



Saturday I received a wonderful box of fabrics in the mail from Jacquelynne Steves of The Noble Wife.  She is a new sponsor to my blog and her fabrics are beautiful and fun.  I am really looking forward to playing with them over the next few weeks.  Oh....the ideas I have for this line are numerous!!  The line is called "Happy Town" and it certainly lives up to it's name.  As I said in my last post, the royalties from the fabric sales are donated to Quilts for Kids - such a great cause.  Be sure to check out my sidebar for a link to the contest using the fabrics. 


We enjoyed celebrating another birthday in the family over the weekend.  Why do they grow up so quickly?  The years are just flying these days.


Cousin love


I had to waste time this morning canceling my credit card.  Someone decided to use my numbers to book tickets on Exped*ia and Or*bitz.  Grrrrr.  Need I say more?

37 comments:

Fiesta said...

Your starburst quilt is coming along nicely. I wish my sponsors sent me fabrics. Lol.
You can tell spring is definetly your way.

Hilachas said...

Wow, Mary, so much is going on in your life. I'm ready for spring too but I see no sign of it around here yet. Oh, you can send some of that citrus to me. It looks wonderful and I'll bet it tastes wonderful as well. Your starburst is going to be lovely and I need to click on your link to see what the deal is on the fabric you're showing. I can feel your pain over the credit card. We just had to cancel ours because someone bought two bull dozers with ours :( The fraud department says not to worry...

Live a Colorful Life said...

Oh how I love living in CA when the trees burst into bloom! And your starburst quilt is simply lovely!

Shanna said...

Whoa that is so strange, I just had a phone call from my credit card, someone tried to buy artwork in New York off my card!

I love how your starburst block as turned out! Nice Quilt!!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness...you have been busy!

I hope you can get the credit card mess taken care of without too much hassle.

Terry said...

Oh how wonderful to see signs of spring! We've got at least another month until we'll see spring around here.

Patchmaker said...

That pear tree is gorgeous! Hope you get your credit cards straightened out okay!

sunny said...

I'd like to see some signs of Spring! Please feel free to ship a box of citrus to my address if you have too much. That little doll uniform is so adorable.

Teresa in Music City said...

Thanks for sharing the "spring" pictures! I am SO ready for warm weather! Your Starburst blocks are wonderful!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

We won't see any of this for a couple of months, but I do look forward to it.

Nedra said...

Many of our citrus trees are still filled with fruit, and I look forward to seeing blossoms coming out hopefully soon. fun things going on in your neck of the woods.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Wow the weather looks lovely there! I sure am ready for Spring here. How do you preserve the lemons? I would love to have your Salmon dish recipe if you are willing to share it. Love your finishes and that lovely bundle of fabric! I see one grandson there that wants to trade in his sister! LOL....

wackywoman said...

Oh dear what a pain with credit card trouble. Did the credit card company alert you? Love those blocks!

Lynne said...

So sorry to read of the theft of your credit card numbers. The doll's school uniform looks amazing. Happy birthday to your grandson. The starburst blocks are so lovely and make a wonderful secondary pattern when put together. And yes, it looks like spring is arriving for you which makes me sad because summer is leaving us!

Carla said...

Beautiful starburst blocks! Hurray for spring ; )

Inch Worm Fabrics said...

I love spring and those blossoms are lovely and the citrus. I am green or should I say orange with envy. I love that starbusrt quilt you finished. It is terrible that they grow up so quickly. I love them when they are little, they are so much fun. Have a great week.

Nat Palaskas said...

Lovely to see spring blossoms in your garden. I love them, they reminds me of Japan. Your new fabric is awesome. Happy Birthday to your grandson - hugs Nat

Stephanie said...

Oh how I miss the scent of citrus blossoms. Heavenly! Those preserved lemons look refreshing and tasty. Such cute doll clothes.

andsewon said...

Loveliness all around you! Sure the fruits are delish! We have some buds on trees and the jonquils are blooming! That doll outfit is adorable! I hear ya on the CC stuff. Had a couple our cards compromised. I have made many quilts for the Quilts for Kids program. It sure has grown. So many sweet birthdays to share with all your grands! Cuties all!

Denise :) said...

Wow ... you've really got some serious signs of spring happening out there!! And I thought our few little daffodils was a big deal. LOL! Your preserved lemons look lovely!! And you Starburst blocks are awesome! I just saw a set of these on Sharon's blog, too. I love this block pattern!! Nice haul on the Happy Town fabric -- what fun!! :)

Cindy said...

Thank you for the hint of "spring is in the air". Not having any buds yet, your pictures make me realize it's right around the corner.

Oh, how darned cute that uniform is.

You've been a busy lady!

lindsey said...

You have been busy and I love the idea of preserving lemons. Your spring photo's are lovely. I though spring was arriving here in the uk...but sadly not, the snow came again :(

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Thanks for sharing your sights of spring ... it'll be a good 2+ months before we'll see any signs here.

That doll uniform is adorable!

I love the Starburst blocks ... I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Jessie Pope said...

Those pear blossom trees are all over the neighborhoods around here. They are just so beautiful I keep marveling.

Myra said...

Wow! Awesome trees/fruit!! An orchard... Wow! I learn something new about you and your family all the time!! LOL!!

Darling doll outfit. What a wonderful thing to make for the auction, and darling grandchildren...

Love your Starburst blocks! I had to check out the SB QAL as I need a very large block for the start of a group project. A medallion block. This might just work... Hmmmm...?

Oh my! Credit Card issues! You not need say more. Terrible...

Char said...

I just bought blood oranges last week.
I really love that school uniform you made.
I had some one in New Delhi try to buy airline tickets with my card just last month. What a pain!
By the way, have you found the owner of the dog?

Jacquelynne Steves said...

We are still waiting for a bit of spring here where I am....
Your starburst quilt is so pretty! Love it!

John'aLee said...

Awww...you make me miss those sunny early Spring days!

Michele said...

Hi! Your citrus crop looks wonderful! Amazing :-D Love the doll uniform and the Sunburst blocks. Happy Birthday to the Birthday boy :-) I agree time sure does fly! I was just thinking this morning, only about three months of school left this year? How could that be? It seems like they just started! Oh my!

Wendy said...

your starburst quilt is beautiful! Sorry to hear about your cards being cloned, it is a real pain.

Jodi said...

love your starburst blocks, and your citrus trees - beautiful. Your grands are so cute, too! Wondering if you found the owner to that husky dog? Hope so!

Kay Lynne said...

I'm wishing for spring here in Ohio--it has been cold! You look very busy! Love your quilt blocks!

Kerrie said...

Everything is absolutely beautiful! Love the pics of the kids, too! Have a most wonderful day! ♥ K

nancygrayce said...

The peach and pear tree buds are gorgeous.....and your fruit trees! I hope we can grow some fruit trees in the future but we don't have the climate for some of those.

That doll outfit is so cute and should bring in a lot of money.

Sigh......grands grow up so quickly, but how wonderful to be near to celebrate with them.

deb said...

those lemons look so yummy!!!!! Im still freezing here in So cal..I cannot rememeber it being this cold this long EVER!!!!!

Barbara said...

The dolls uniform is adorable.

How lovely to have such blossom so early in the year and tangerines, oranges and lemons straight from the tree I want to come and live in California!!

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