Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Inside and Outside

We have been enjoying such lovely spring weather and it has drawn me outside more and more.  The weeds are plentiful after all of our lovely rains this winter.  Sigh!  It seems like an endless job.

The amaryllis that live outside are all blooming now.  I do enjoy bringing them inside when they bloom so I grow them in pots.  These are a few of my favorite.





The Clivia are also in full bloom.





Of course, yard work does not come without heart attack risks when one comes across something like this.



Thankfully, it is a non poisonous gopher snake, but it is the biggest one that I have ever seen and hope to never see it again.

One other garden news is that my big prickly pear cactus has a cochineal infestation on it.  I am so excited about that as I am "dyeing" to try some eco-dyeing using them.  Yesterday I harvested some of the insects and although I have not yet ground them down, the water turned such a pretty color when I boiled them before setting them out to dry. 





There has been a bit of sewing going on too.  The Gridster Bee block for April is a patriotic one for Nancy at Patchwork Breeze.



My turn for being the bee queen is coming up in June so I have been thinking about what to do.  I played around a bit with this block.



Together they form stars in each corner.  It might take some organization, but I do like the way it is growing.  The pattern can be found HERE.



I am late in getting my BLooM block done this time, but done it is.  The next one is due this weekend.  Better get going on it.




Next Monday I will be participating in the Be a Diamond blog hop.  That project is finished and I am excited to see all of the upcoming diamond projects.



Look at these cute carrot cakes.  Wouldn't they be fun (and delicious) for a sewing party?



I hope all who celebrate have a blessed Easter.





Saturday, March 30, 2019

Up, Up and Away

We have a granddaughter who is studying in Florence, Italy this semester so we took advantage of that and went to visit her, taking her mom and dad along with us.  We had such a nice time and finished the trip off with a couple of days in Lucerne, Switzerland. 

Although we have visited Florence before, we never tire of the beautiful sights and food found there.

Ponte Vecchio bridge in center of photo.


View of the Ponte Vecchio

The Duomo in Florence






Italy has some gorgeous leather and there were so many beautiful and unique purses.  This one made me think of Soma who does such lovely photography and has a terrific Wandering Camera post on her blog HERE.




Some sights from the Mercato Centrale.








One of the days we traveled by train to Venice and spent time touring the city and enjoying the sights. 







Lucerne is another city that we have visited in the past.  It is such a gorgeous city and one of our favorite places.  The weather was incredible while we were there so we were able to enjoy walking the city and spending time sitting by the lake.  It's a bit early for the flowers on Chapel Bridge, but it is beautiful anyway.


The bridge was built in the 1300s.  Although there was a fire that destroyed 80+ of the 118 paintings on the inside of the bridge, the remaining paintings are beautifully maintained.


As are the paintings on the buildings throughout the Old Town. 


Lake Lucerne with the snowy Alps as a backdrop.

The Dying Lion Monument

These look like wild primrose growing in the lawns.

The top of Mt. Pilatus


While in Lucerne I had the best time meeting up and visiting with a long time blogging friend of mine.  Linds, of Rocking Chair Reflections blog and IG Linds56, happened to be visiting her sister in the area.  She lives in middle England and we have been blogging friends for over ten years.  We sat out by Lake Lucerne and chatted away, having the best time.  It was so nice to meet in real life.



Adjusting to the time since we returned home has allowed some VERY EARLY morning stitching.  What else does one do when they are up at 3 a.m.?  Thank goodness that the sewing studio is on the other side of the house.  More Bloom blocks can be seen on Cheryl's BLOG.  



Friday, March 15, 2019

Can it be Spring?







We've enjoyed a wee warm up for the last few days and I am actually believing that spring may finally be just around the corner for us.

As well as warmer weather, the Peeps are in the stores.  I don't know what happened to the rest of them.  lol



Spring, as usual, means the grandkid's school auction.  That means it was time to make a new 18" doll uniform.  This year I did the skort version instead of the jumper.  Most of the girls now wear the skorts.



We had four little ones while their parents were out of town so there was lots of creative time going on around here.  This little guy was fascinated with counted cross stitch.  He made a lovely tree ornament which I forgot to photograph before he took it home. 




There was make believe time too.  The sweet face of a princess....




I was hoping to get two flowers done this week for the Bloom SAL, but that did not happen.  One will have to do.  Five down and fifteen to go by September.  You can see more at Cheryll's blog HERE.




These fun bee blocks for our Gridster Bee are flying off to Marsha  (IG quilterinmotion).  I'm looking forward to seeing these come together in a quilt. 



These hanging kitchen towels are off to Arizona for Sara as a part of our Sewing with Friends group.  We are doing the hanging towels for each other this year. 



 I had to capture this picture of Rudy on this cushion as it reminded me of Toby doing the same thing when he was just a pup.