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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Embroidered Gecko Pillowcase




Stitched up this little pillowcase for my youngest. He loves it.  He named the stitched gecko "Lucky".  But, I know that I am the lucky one.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bounty





We are quite literally enjoying the fruits of summer.  I think I may have mentioned in my last post that that tomato plant popped up in a flower pot in the back yard and I transplanted it into this big one, and now look at those little baby tomatoes!! Every single time that happens, it always feels like a miracle.  The blueberries are from the bushes planted by previous owners of this property many years ago, and the blackberries are wild.  My youngest son and I had such fun picking them this afternoon - he got so excited every time he found a big juicy fat one! Oh, how I hope and pray that excitement and pleasure sinks way down deep into his soul.  I hope he never loses that sense of joy and amazement at finding gorgeous food growing in the wild or in our own backyard.

Life is good, and my heart is full.  Here's wishing you all a happy Independence Day and may you also enjoy the fruits of summer.  Blessings to you and yours!


Monday, June 16, 2014

The Alabama Nature Center at Historic Lanark












The Boys and I had a fun day out last weekend at the Alabama Nature Center located at historic Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama.  We attended Hydrangea Fest where we were taken on a guided tour of the gardens surrounding the lovely old antebellum house.  There is a formal garden, a potager, and literally miles of walking trails through the surrounding forest.  They have a huge collection of both French and native hydrangeas surrounding the ponds near the house and we learned all about how to grow them successfully, how to propagate them, and even how to dry the flowers for use in crafts and floral displays.

The boys enjoyed the cool, shady, wooded trails that wound along the banks of creeks and through swampy cypress bogs; while I preferred the landscaped gardens around the house.  I've really been bitten by the gardening bug this year, and it was great fun for me to gather ideas about plantings and designs to take back to our garden at home.

It's too hot now to do much of anything except watering, but as I'm watering,  I'm planning a perennial border here, a shade garden there, a cutting garden down near the meadow, a vegetable patch...............you know how it goes ;)

What's blooming in your garden?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June








: Mushroom cap the size of a saucer! : blowing bubbles (through the front porch screen door) : gorgeous native oak leaf hydrangea : diy tomato trellis in the afternoon light : faux fossil clay pendants : pillowcase for the Little Boy (the one blowing the bubbles above :)

So much has happened in the last few weeks here.  School is out - for a very long time - as we have made the decision to homeschool our boys next year.  I am both looking forward to it and terrified at the same time.  When not Googling everything I can find about homeschooling, I am spending every available second outside.  The tomato plant in that pot sprouted in a flower pot in the back yard! So we went down to the woods, gathered up a wheelbarrow load of beautiful, black composted topsoil and filled up that huge pot with it.  Then we cut down some silver maple saplings (they grow like weeds here) and cut some long honeysuckle vines to secure it with - boom! diy tomato trellis. And finally, happily, I am making things again.  The stress of the past few months (jobs, finances, school) have melted away with the long summer afternoons.  I think I must be part plant.  I can feel myself unfurling.  Stretching.  Relaxing. Soaking up the sun.  Growing.

Love you guys. Thanks for stickin' with me.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Where the Wild Fern Grows


                                                           My favorite ferny glade.

                           
                               Christmas ferns, so called because they are evergreen here.
               
                             
                                I love the baby ones.

                             
                                These are my favorites - some type of broad leaf fern (possibly
                                sensitive fern, but I'm not sure)


                            

Here is the only mushroom I have seen thus far, and even he is hiding.


And finally, God has reminded me how adversity only makes us more beautiful and more interesting sometimes.  If we persevere.

Blessings, friends.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April Showers Brought May Flowers









Spring is such a period of transition, and I am feeling it inside and out.  Change is a constant in this life, but it's something I can never seem to get quite comfortable with. So much in our lives is in a state of flux at the moment.  I am trying to learn to face change and uncertainty with hopeful anticipation rather than fear and dread.  Change can be a good thing - as is evidenced by these wonderful wildflowers.  Perhaps we are just entering another season in our lives, and every season has its delights.

Yes. This is how I will think about this.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Small Offering


To honor Spring. I haven't been up to much of anything but work over the past few weeks, but I find that I must have a little something to stitch on to keep my sanity.  It's just that simple for me. Stitching makes me happy! and this little bon bon makes me happy. It's a teeny one - less than 3 in. across and this time embellished with a few beads. It is dense and compact and I like the weight of it in my hand. I think I may have to make some more of these. What do you think?