Downtime

Hello Friends,

I am taking a couple of days to work on other things before getting back into the thick of the battle quilty scene.  We took Miss Baby out for a spring photo shoot yesterday, and had a great time.  Here it is a photo of a tulip at the American Horticulture Society Headquarters at River Farm.  You can see how BIG the blossom is compared to a regular daffodil:

Have a lovely day, you all!  Come back tomorrow to have a look at Miss Baby’s Easter dress — boy, do I have a story to tell you about that dress!

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Chasing after a bumblebee…

… is a lot like chasing after Miss Baby! When we were outside earlier today, we were greeted with some freshly opened up blossoms! Many a bumblebee were buzzing around. I decided to have one of the bumblebees pose for pictures. These were what I ended up capturing initially…


Almost, but not quite…


Ahhhh, finally!


My little photography session taught me that Miss Baby’s attention span is MUCH longer than that of the bumblebee – for which I am supremely thankful and heartened. :) Have a great Independence weekend, Everyone. Will be back Monday!

p.s. My stitching update – I was able to squeeze in a record of 21 stitches this morning at the playground. No sneaky ploy was employed. Go figure! Haha.

Prickly Beauty

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At first glance, it looks prickly and unyieldingly unfriendly among the other more graceful and amiable blossoms in the nursery. But after walking past it several times, I began to find it rather beautiful in its own way.

“The cardoon (artichoke thistle) was popular in Greek and Roman cuisine. Cardoons remained popular in medieval and early modern Europe, and were common in the vegetable gardens of colonial America” (www.wikipedia.org).

How about some nutritional facts to go along with this prickly post per 100g?

Carbohydrates 4.07 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 0.7 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.02 mg 2%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.03 mg 2%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.3 mg 2%
Pantothenic acid (B5)  0.338 mg 7%
Vitamin B6 0.116 mg 9%
Folate (Vit. B9)  68 μg 17%
Vitamin C 2 mg 3%
Calcium 70 mg 7%
Iron 0.7 mg 6%
Magnesium 42 mg 11%
Phosphorus 23 mg 3%
Potassium 400 mg 9%
Zinc 0.17 mg 2%

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I would love to know what you think of this seemingly forgotten gem if you have had a chance to taste it.

I would be most likely working on my Sunbonnet Sue quilt when you read this post.  I hope to have some pictures for you before the week is over.  Have a lovely day, everyone.

Thyme is a-creeping!

I have quilt deadlines to meet. I have samplers to stitch. I really need to work on some smocked dresses. I have a house to clean with knick knacks to dust. I have a pile of correspondence I need to attend to. I have desserts to make to sweeten up my husband. I have…. I have…. I have…. my to-do list is never a short list. And where is the time I need to get all these things done? I say all that to set the stage for my creeping thyme that is finally blooming!

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It is a wonderful groundcover that requires minimal care, and their little blossoms are just darling. Not to mention the subtle reminder to me that time doesn’t wait for me to get things done. I have to make time for those things I mentioned I have to do.

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Thanks for popping by, everyone. I wish you a productive day. My big thing today is to get all my “Victorian Courtship” fabrics cut and ready to go! Will have pictures for you later!

Beauty Unraveling

My Jude is reveling in the cool early June weather we have had. I happened to stumble upon a few rose blossoms that were in the process of stretching their petals and unraveling their beauty:

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Pretty soon, my Jude will not enjoy the warmer weather that keeps on getting warmer as much. The blooms will be smaller, and won’t look as perky. So, I am glad I was able to capture the shots I just showed you.

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I hope your day goes well for you. I should have some quilting pictures to show you tomorrow. Meanwhile, today is the last day for you to help me name this quilt. These are what I have so far to give away to the one who came up with the “winning”name. I am sure I will have a couple more things to add to the stash:

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Covering the Ground with Blue

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I spent a little bit of time in the yard this morning, and am delighted that my groundcovers are gaining ground this year!  I have a tendency to pick groundcovers with blue-hued blossoms:

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I hope you have enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend.   Enjoy the rest of your day, and I will catch up with you tomorrow!

Blooms and Blocks!

Thank you for your kind comments on my Jude the Obscure blooms in yesterday’s post. I brought the cut roses to present to my dear friend, and I was very happy that she found the roses delightful! Here are a few more shots for the weekend:

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I agree with Raeann – my Jude the Obscure is anything but obscure!

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Meanwhile, I have also been making these blocks for my next quilt. They were so much fun, and quick too. I was thinking as I was making them that I might even be early for my deadline this time. Now, that would be a much welcomed change from my usual style of running behind.

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That’s all for now, my dear bloggy friends. I wish you a restful weekend. See you next week!

First Blooms

I showed you my Jude the Obscure “bud-dies” a couple of weeks ago:

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This week, many of the buddies have turned into full-fledged blossoms. I am prodigiously excited:

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Since I only have this one English Rose bush, I left most of the blooms on the bush except for a few for a friend later today:

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The blooms are fragrant. Somehow the fragrance is more subtle than heady, as compared to last year (maybe we’ve been getting too much rain? I don’t know). But combined with the fragrance of these Cath Kidston bath melts my cousin has gifted me, the smell is simply…. heavenly!

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As always, thank you for stopping by.  I know many of you are getting ready for the weekend.  I wish you a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

“Experience…

… the flowers as you work with them. Take notice of their exquisite color, texture, and smells, for they are truly one of God’s most enjoyable gifts.” (Mrs. Dunwoody)

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It’s been rainy and gloomy over at my little part of the world. But I think the plants are really liking the rain. Other than that, I have been working on my magazine projects. I was going to show you my Christmas quilt, but I think I am going to wait till all the basting pins are out before I do so… gotta run for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will catch up with you next week.

Happy Mother’s Day

I dedicate this post to all mothers — those who faithfully raise their own children, and those who lovingly reach out to others and adopt them to love in their hearts as their own . Happy Mother’s Day – may you mothers be exceedingly blessed this weekend!

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“But grow…

… in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

(2 Peter 3:18)

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I took this picture when I finally had a chance to work in my pitiful looking flower bed. I had feared that the ice storm we experienced earlier this year had killed my Jude the Obscure (my one and only David Austtin), but to my absolute delight, it is growing quite well and budding profusely:

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I hope these babies continue to grow, and will give me some of these in a few weeks:

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Then, I will be a very happy girl!  Have a marvelous weekend, everyone.  I am always glad you choose to stop by.  Do drop me a line so that I can visit you back.