I found a new blog I wanted to share with you. It's a wedding blog called Glamour and Grace. All kinds of dreamy photos to browse through. I have my first wedding of the summer tomorrow so I'm off to the farm this morning. Blessings!
I took a step out into the garden this morning to take stock of what transpired during the night. The garden in spring is just filled with surprise.
This Clemantis is always a show stopper. This is it's third year in bloom and it is heavey laden with blossoms this year.
There is a Mama Cardinal sitting on a nest just above this birdbath. She has found a place in the red climbing rose that grows next to the Clemantis. I will try to get a picture once the baby is born. She's not happy with my presence, to say the least.
This ladder will soon be covered with Sweet Pea vine which is about a foot off the ground today. The plant comes back every year with the most beautiful pink flowers. In the meantime, I can enjoy the Foxglove in all it's glory.
My friend, Debbie gave me this lamb for my birthday a couple of years ago and I just love it. It always makes me stop and think of the Lamb of God. It greets me going in and coming out of the garden, an ever present reminder of the One who created it all. Blessings!
When I was little I liked to go into the woods by my house. I would sit on the moss and imagine that there were fairies in the woods. I called it my secret place. A place where I could dream of the magical fairy lands that I read about in books.
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My Mom is an avid gardener and she has many little fairy touches in her gardens. By our tree in the backyard is an opening where you can step out into the field to reach the woods. I was there not long ago and stood in that opening, remembering.
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I'm certain that all the pretend and make-believe shaped me into the creative soul I am today. I'm very glad I had those woods back then, my secret place and my fairy dreams.
I want to share with you the beautiful wreath that my friend, Chelsea, made for me. It's formed out of cupcake liners. I love it! It's so romantic looking.
If I remember correctly, I believe Chelsea told me that it takes 350 liners to make one wreath. It looks like ruffles of frosting!
It looks great in the pretty room on my shelf made from an old door. I wish the lighting had been better today, but the rain and grey skies are here for a few more days. Today is Shann's birthday over at Daisy's Are My Favorite Flower. Be sure to stop by with some well wishes. She's such a sweet lady!
I love getting a call from Mary, my quilter. She does such beautiful work and it's always so much fun to see what fabulous stitching she has done. I knew the May Flowers quilt would be spectacular, and it is!
I find it so fitting that the quilt is completed just when the flowers in the garden are beginning to make their debut. I love Foxglove. To me, it's fairytale, secret garden and romance all rolled into one.
Recently I was asked if I do my own quilting. I usually don't quilt anything myself that is larger than a baby quilt. Because of the volume of custom orders I do this time of year, it would be impossible to have the quilts out in a timely manner.
For me, piecing and quilting come from different parts of my brain. I can follow a pattern and after all these years of quilting am finally feeling like I can be confident in my color choices and don't have to use a kit. That took me quite a while.
The quilting, however, is an art form that I'm not skilled in. Mary can look at a quilt and see things that I don't see. She looks at the design and knows how to enhance it. When I take her a quilt she will ask me what I was thinking about for the quilting. Ninety-Nine percent of the time it's her call. I trust her completely as an artist.
I have a growing interest in handquilting due to Mary at Molly Flanders. I can't imagine adding that to my list of things to learn right now, but her techniques are wonderul as are her quilts. I love how God gives all of us different gifts and each of them produce something beautiful. Blessings!