Monday, May 2, 2016

The Lusty Month of May

 My favorite of all time, the musical Camelot, has a song, The Lusty Month of May.
" Tra la, it's May the lusty month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray..."
 We had a cloudy and cold weekend, but this morning IT'S MAY!
 No gray skies...
 No shivering tulips...
Glorious sunshine, the little leaves are happy. (See that patch of purple?  We stopped using any chemicals on the lawn as soon as Penny was born.  Now we have a meadow.  These tiny purple flowers cover a large portion of lawn and the bees are loving it.  A quarter acre of paradise.)
 Just glowing in the sun.
 As John Denver once sang, "Everything that's cold and gray is gone!"
 This might be a great year for roses They have buds and leaves to the very ends of the canes.
 The hosta seem to have no ill effects from the late cold temps.
 The white lilacs are putting on a show.
 Just dripping in beauty.
 From the tiniest little violet and dandelion,
 To the apple tree next door...
It's May and I am twitterpated.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful day.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekend Update

 Some lovely tulips from a lovely young lady.
An embossed aluminum tray with tulips.  A thrift store find, perfect for Spring.
 We've had our share of cloudy days, but when the sun comes, out it's warming the soil.
 The hostas have popped.
 Live. Love. Grow.  Good advice for anytime.
 Pushing the season, I found these perfect peonies at the thrift.
 They look so real they fooled my SIL who is flower crazy.
 Looking through the trees won't be possible after a few more warm days and some gentle rain showers.
 The Queen Anne's Lace I had let go to seed out front might take over this year.  I really love having it in my garden, and nothing else seems to want to grow under the canopy of our blood red maple.
 Thrilled by a hosta... I know how my Mom felt years and years ago when she came home with a grocery bag of hosta transplants from a neighbor.  Mom planted them all around the tiny front yard of our home in the city, and was so proud each year when they popped.  I wonder if they are still there?
Trees are leafing out all over.
 A colony of ants has taken up residence in my planter out front.  Yikes!

 Does anyone else look at their home and love it with all it's imperfections?  To know how blessed we are to have a home, filled with Love and kids and messes and's something I never take for granted.

 The beauty all around us...
...for no day is promised, every one a gift!

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy this beautiful day.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Lake

 In the landscape of love
 The Lake is a serene presence
 Where two hearts enjoy the recess
 Diving to the depths of happiness
 And soak up the warmth of love.  Amitav Radiance
 Another mini vacation.  A day when the sun was warm and the Lake was misty. Our hearts full.
 I heard a whippoorwill for the very first time.
 The song was very loud and the bird very small.  We only caught sight of him on the wing.
Oh to have a home right here, with beautiful Lake Michigan as your back yard.

We had a great week, a happy weekend, and now, a full week ahead.  Thanks for stopping by and for your kindness.  Enjoy this beautiful day.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

It's in the Bag!

 I finished my summer market bags I made from Ikea rugs.  What's in the bag is winter, in the form of hats and scarfs I stuffed inside to plump up the empty bags. I added the faux roses, a pretty pink shawl and 3D glasses, since I didn't have a pair of sunglasses handy.  Funny the things that end up in the junk drawer.;-)

 This bag is for my darling daughter and is lined in Tim Holtz fabric.  Tim Holtz is a artist and designer that works primarily in paper crafts, and now is designing fabric.  This fabric called my name...and Kristen's too.
 The shawl was a birthday gift from dear Jane.  I decorated the hat for a tea party at my cousin Di's home, maybe ten years ago.  I made all the ribbon flowers during my ribbon flower period.  My creativity does come and go in periods...When I have some time I should list them...I've tried most everything from ceramics and basket weaving to quilting and silk screening..

It was a cloudy afternoon, not much natural light.
 My 3D glasses.  Ha!  Matthew Mead and Fifi  O'Neill would never let that happen in a vignette.
 Any way,  I am pleased with how the bags turned out.  My fabric lining is from the thrift.  It looks a little like bark cloth, but it s upholstery fabric.
 I look forward to attending a few sales and markets this spring and summer, and will enjoy stuffing the things I find in my groovy new bag. I know that Kristen will enjoy her bag too.
 Some details...
 Pockets inside for your "3D glasses"...
wallet and such.

Truth in blogging.  All is stuff was on the coat rack, because, as of yesterday, it's still winter here!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful day.