"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

-Hans Christian Andersen

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Weaving, Peonies, and Daisies

Do you have multiple projects?  I certainly do.  It seems that this is the time of year when my creative mojo kicks into over-drive.  The good thing about this is that I finally finish projects that have been lingering.  The motivation usually comes from my wanting to start something new and feeling a bit guilty about the projects that are unfinished.  Like these bath towels.

I've had this warp on my loom for months.  So satisfying to enjoy my tea and cookie while weaving off  these two very large bath towels.  Can't wait to use them.

Weave structure is Turned Spot Bronson - Organic Cotton Warp

This is the second towel in progress.  It only took a couple of hours to weave the first one...This weave structure moves along quickly.  I don't know why I let this sit unwoven for so long...Well, that's not exactly true, I do know why -- I've been distracted by other projects.

When these are taken off the loom and washed, the lacey spots that you see will close up and the towels will have a nice nubby texture to them.  The magic happens in the water.

I've also been spending time in my garden.  My peonies are blooming and I have lots of daisies.

I love these. I'm trying to decide if I want to plant them out in the garden or leave them in pots.  I'm leaning toward potting them all, that way I can keep them tidy and enjoy them on the deck.

I hope you're also having a creative and enjoyable week. Thanks for visiting me today.  Many blessings to you for the days ahead.

Linking to:
Wow Us Wednesday
All Things Inspired
Teatime Tuesday

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Time in the Garden

Do you see the rhododendron through my living room window?  It's beckoning for me to come outside to see what the warm sunshine has awakened in my garden today.

I see you're demanding more and more space each year...My, my what a pushy plant you are.

But you're beautiful and I adore you.

I see you have friend here who likes to wander too.  But she likes to climb, keeping her face turned toward the sun while her roots keep cool in the shade.  So particular you are Ms. Nelly Moser.

I suppose that's why you are so close to Jacobs Ladder.

Now that I'm in the garden, I must get to work.  I think this flower bed needs two more hostas.

The ornamental grasses are emerging and there's much weeding to be done.

I didn't even notice hubby already hard at work pulling up those pesky weeds.  Do you see him over there? He blended in with the plantings.  The stealth weeder.

Looks like these areas are ready for their thick cover of mulch.  I must admit, this is my least favorite chore in the garden but it helps keep the weeds at bay and gives us a great work out.

We spent the entire weekend in the garden.  I am amazed at how fast things green up and grow up.

How lush everything has become since just last week.

The day lilies will be showing their colours soon.

Love the plum tree.  It was supposed to be a dwarf ornamental...oops.

There's a Sand Cherry next to it.  They were supposed to grow up together.  I guess the plum tree didn't realize it was supposed to be miniature.

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day weekend.  I wish for you happiness, health, and many blissful hours enjoyiong your garden.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Linking to:  Show Off Your Cottage Monday Please visit Cielo's blog for more cottage goodness.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Looking Through The Window

Looking through my sun room window I see that the creek has overflowed a bit.  You can see the shimmer of the water in the sunlight.

It reminds me of how nature can alter things, change the landscape, change lives.  The tornadoes that ripped through the South left so many people devastated; my heart and prayers go out to them.  looking at this little overflow of water, I realize that it could be so much more than that, but as you can see in the photos below, Thistle Creek returned to normal without any help from anyone.

 Each day the trees get fuller and the woodland plantings that were so tiny when we installed them, they sprawl and thrive with very little care.  They provide a home for the birds and visual enjoyment for us.

I carried that viburnum in one hand when I brought it home.  I think it likes it here.

There are two extremely large butterfly bushes on each side of the virburnum.  I look forward to their blossoms.  They attract humming birds, and of course, butterflies.  I'm just about finished with my tea and it's time for me to get back to working on my slipcovers.  I hope to be able to show them to you soon.  They are turning out to be more work than I thought but that's ok, I'm enjoying the journey.

Have a great week.  Thanks so much for sharing tea with me today.

This post is linked to:
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Tea Time Tueday
Wow us Wednesday
Open House Party Thursday
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