Gardening and My craft basket

Memorial Day weekend was a bit of mixed bag as far as the weather was concerned.   It was definitely too chilly to head to the beach for the Air Show so we opted to stay home and plant, mow, trim etc.  Made some good progress and we are almost at the point of just needing to “maintain”.   Hubby doesn’t necessarily believe that I am finished buying new plants yet though.  🙂

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But I think we are almost there…..  until it’s time to think about adding stuff for the fall.  A few more plants left to get into the ground once it gets to be a little nicer again out there.

So Saturday and Sunday was spent outside and then Monday I was able to spend some time in my sewing room.   And here is what is in my Craft Basket this week:

20170529_140859  It being Memorial Day and all, I decided to take out this American Flag wall hanging kit that I bought a couple years ago.   I am no Betsy Ross, but I am going to try and get a good start on this by 4th of July.  Dare I hope to finish it?  We’ll see.    I have something else in my Craft Basket that I will be working on this week too.   20170529_141202

I will be making a small quilt with these solids and the stripe material.  Loved the bright colors in the stripes and so I just pulled the solids to go along with it and started cutting this morning.    I think it will make a very happy little quilt.  I’ll post some pics when it’s done.  Well, actually after it is delivered to it’s destination.  Wouldn’t want to give it away before it arrives at it’s new home.

Hope you had a good weekend.   See you soon.

Ginny

 

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First blooms

Summer stopped by for a quick visit a couple of days last week which was a nice change from the damp, rainy spring days.  Then today, poof — summer retreated and we were back to a wet rainy spring day.   I know that we need both those rains and the bright, sunny days to bring us the beauty of flowers.   That was proven to me on Sunday morning as I was taking a walk around the yard with my visiting Grandog.  He stopped to check something out on the ground and my eye caught something bright in the rosebush we were standing by.  Lo and behold there it was!   My first rose of the season.20170521_100801.jpg

I was so happy so see it.  Roses make me happy.   But so do the rest of what is now blooming in my gardens.    I have some beautiful irises making an appearance

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With the annuals we’ve added this week, it’s beginning to be quite a colorful landscape out there.

Some of my favorites:

20170519_190730   Geraniums always remind me of my paternal grandparents.  My grandfather had a garden in the yard of their Brooklyn apartment.  There were many things in his garden but I remember how I loved the scent and the slightly fuzzy feel of the leaves on the geraniums .  My grandmother had a window box full of them by the window where we would sit and look out on the backyard.   My gardens wouldn’t be complete without them now.

20170519_190722.jpg   The smell of my petunias in the evening as we sit outside on the front porch or out in our backyard is such a welcome reminder that summer is here.

20170519_190744   And the marigolds have such an earthy smell and I can count on them to be brightening the landscape well into the fall.

So that’s what I am seeing as I look out my windows into my gardens or walk around along with some still blooming Azaleas as well as some mystery spring-blooming purple flowers that I never planted but they show up every year.  They could be a weed for all I know but they are pretty and so they are staying.   The Rhododendron bloomed  a couple of days ago and I went around and checked all the Chrysanthemums and most of them made it through the winter and are sprouting their new green leaves.  More promises of fall color.   And the Tiger Lillies are going to put on a beautiful show for us down the road.

I will be adding more marigolds and geraniums for sure and there will be Sunpatiens added to the backyard and some black-eyed Susan’s need to be replaced up front.  I want to add some Dusty Miller around the border of a flowerbed at the edge of the driveway where the Tiger Lillies are.

I hope you are enjoying your gardens as much as I am enjoying mine this year.  Any guesses on whether or not I find some different type of plant I’d like to take home the next time we make a trip to the nursery?  If I was the betting sort, I’d say yes.

Have a good week.  See you soon.

Ginny

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May is here

“Back in the day” as they say, May used to be ushered in with May baskets hung on doors.  I had been wanting to make one of these cone-shaped wall sconces for a while so I decided to make one for myself for May Day but I made it from red, white and blue fabric so I can use it through the whole summer. 20170507_180148  I think I am going to make a smaller version of it to take to my office too .   It makes me smile.

And speaking of smiling,  I found a picture of the blocks I made for my grandson with my embroidery machine.   Somehow I lost the picture that I had taken of them but thanks to my sweet daughter-in-law,  I’ve got one now.

Stuffed Blocks for EJ

And I finally finished the quilt with the Chenille-it.   It fluffed up nicely.  20170511_200943

I would definitely make something with the Chenille-It again.

That’s what I’ve been up to the last few weeks.  I’m starting some new projects and also starting some Christmas presents. Christmas tree clip art       It’s never too early to get started.

Have a good weekend everyone.  See you soon.

Ginny

 

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A day outdoors!

We were awakened early this morning by very loud thunder.  But a couple hours later, the sun was there to greet us.   Finally,  a beautiful, warm, sunny day.   I stepped outside after breakfast and was amazed at how wonderful it smelled.  What could it be?  The only thing that was blooming in the back were the azaleas we were putting in.  20170429_184659It took me a little bit to realize that my lilac tree on the side of the house was in full bloom and filling the yard with a wonderfully sweet smell.20170429_184637

Earlier this week some more of my tulips bloomed.  The name of these is Wine and Cheese   20170429_184439-EFFECTS  Love the combination of the yellow and deep red.

20170429_184428  Of course, these deep, burgundy tulips are awesome too.

So, it seems that we have turned the corner and it is  definitely the time of year to start spending more of our days outdoors.   I was so happy to be outside for the majority of the day today.  Lots of clean up done, azaleas and forsythia planted, pots are ready for the annuals to arrive.   I love seeing all of my hostas unfurling their leaves.

Tomorrow will be cooler but we will still spend a good amount of time outside.  Our attention will be focused on the lawns and also the vegetable beds.  I will probably also get my herbs planted.

Summer is coming and I am looking forward to many lazy days lounging outside enjoying the fruit of all of the labor we are putting in now.

Have a great week all.

Ginny

 

 

 

 

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What’s in my craft basket?

I’ve been spending a lot more time with my embroidery machine the last couple of weeks and since it is springtime (although not quite feeling like it today), what else would I have in my basket but………

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  ….. a bunch of bunnies!

It’s been a lot of fun making the stuffie bunnies.   Next I will be attempting to embroider names onto the ears of the larger bunnies.   Wish me luck.

This is also in my basket:

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I will be adding the Chenille-It this week.   I was hoping to have it done already but things just kept pushing it to the back of my list.

So, that’s a couple things I’ll be up to.   What things are  in your craft baskets?

Have a good weekend.  See you soon.

Ginny

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Welcome Spring

Well spring has arrived.   Just a week ago we were awaiting a major snowstorm.  We didn’t get as much as expected here     wp-1490029178563.jpg      but it was real nasty with sleet and freezing rain in the mix.  Very heavy to shovel but luckily, we have some very  helpful boys in the neighborhood who are there shoveling every storm.  We are very thankful for them.

However, up where my sons live a bit further up north in NY, they got 22″.   We were up there visiting this weekend and got to enjoy the beautiful peacefulness of a walk in the woods.

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Today the sun is shining brightly and what snow we still have left here by us is melting away.  Our thoughts are turning to our flower and vegetable gardens and I am envisioning a very colorful landscape.  We are planning on putting in a few more forsythia bushes and maybe trying some new plants.  I think there will be a new fence put up on one side of our property too.  We have been talking with the neighbors about getting one up since the one that is there (or what’s left of it) is in very bad shape.

So Spring has arrived.  Let’s look forward to what that will bring while looking fondly back on the season that has just passed with the delicious soups,  hot chocolate, cozy nights by the fire reading a book, snuggling under a quilt while watching a favorite tv show or movie. All seasons have something special about them.  We are about to emerge from our season of “hibernation” and become more active.  Welcome Spring.  I am ready for you.

Have a good day all.   See you soon.

Ginny

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I think I’m ready for spring

Those of you who know me know that I love snow.  Yes, most of my friends and family think I’m a little weird but I just think it’s beautiful.  And I also love having to stay home and sew or watch a movie, read and maybe even cook.  Having said that, I think I am ready for Spring to arrive.   After the last snow that we had melted away I took a walk around the front and back yards  and lo and behold, there were daffodils and tiger lilies popping up! daffodils

It’s still too cold and damp to go out and do much in the flower beds, etc. but it got me to thinking about flowers and veggies and just being outdoors and enjoying the dirt.  Some of my friends and family think I’m a little weird about enjoying dirt too.  🙂    It’s almost time to go out and trim back the Knock Out Roses and, of course, seedlings can be started indoors.  I will get a taste of spring next weekend when we go to the Spring Flower & Garden Show at Hicks Nursery.    Love the smell of all the flowers, the beautiful colors, the ideas and inspiration I get and yes, even the warm humid feel there (yes, again, maybe a little weird).

In the meantime, I have been keeping myself busy by having new floors put in two rooms and rearranging another room.  I haven’t done too much sewing or embroidering but I did recover my sister’s vanity bench seat while she was away on vacation.  It is actually from one of our aunts and we aren’t quite sure how old the set  is but it seemed to me that Downton Abbey fabric would fit the period quite well.  I chose this one from the Lady Mary line

vanity-bench     My sis was very happy with it when she came home and saw it.

I am finished with the projects around the house for while so I will be making my sewing machines and embroidery machine hum again this week.  I even have a space to use my Featherweight in my living room now so I can do some straight stitching projects while spending time with the hubster and watching tv with him.   So, stay tuned for some pictures of maybe a quick St. Patrick’s day project and some Easter things for sure.  I am hoping to try to embroider some names on some bunny ears.  Seems to be a very popular item and I’m going to try my hand at them.

Have a good week everyone.  See you soon.

Ginny

 

 

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Snow Day = UFO Day

Yay!!!  A snow day!    This is what the view was from my sewing room window this morning. snow-day

So, I got to spend time inside in my sewing room.  I decided to make this a UFO day — UnFinished Object .   I went to the bin where I keep projects I have started but they aren’t yet completed.  Some have only been waiting for me to finish them for a short time and others, well, they have been waiting quite a while.    The first one I chose to work on was a Christmas Tree skirt that I made waaayyyy back in the ’90’s.  I came across it this last summer when we were going through things in the Brooklyn house before selling it.   I had made it out of 6 wedge pieces of material and I used it for a number of years but I never quilted it.   christmas-tree-skirt    I actually forgot that I had made a trim for it by braiding red and green ric rac together for around the edge.  braided-ric-rac   I decided to just use a serpentine stitch in rows on each wedge.  The batting inside had already begun to shift around but I figure maybe I can get a couple more years use from it with a bit of stitching.   I will now wash and dry it and pack it away for next Christmas.  I better put it someplace where I will remember that I have it so it doesn’t disappear for another decade.

Next I worked on a small quilt that I had begun a few months ago.  pink-green-charm-pack-quilt

I had sewn the charm squares into rows so I needed to sew the rows together.  Then I added my first border – pink.    I am going to add another border of green and I have some Chenille-It that I think I will add to it.  This isn’t going back into the UFO bin.  I’m keeping it out so that I will finish it.  I don’t have far to go.  I do have to pick my backing fabric for it yet though.

Lastly, since Valentine’s Day is only a few days away,  I pulled out a heart shaped potholder that I cut out about a year ago but never finished.                                                        heart-potholder     I just need to put the binding around the outside and the loop on and it is done!

All in all, a good day in the sewing room.   And I got to watch some old westerns on tv with hubby — Wyatt Earp and Wagon Train.  I enjoyed them even if they were in black and white. 🙂

We are very lucky to have some wonderful boys who live on our block that we call our Snow Elves.  They showed up when the snow flakes slowed down  and took care of the 11″ of snow that needed shoveling          snow-elves-gift

It snowed for a bit more after we went out to clear off our cars.  As soon as they saw us out there, they came back over and shoveled some more.   Great neighbors.

I will be finishing up the potholder and the quilt top this weekend and I also have rearranging the living room a bit on my To Do list.  I want to carve out a small space to set up my Featherweight down there so I can sometimes  do some stitching in the evenings while watching tv with the hubs.  Should be a fun weekend.  Wish me luck.

Have a good night all.  See you soon.

Ginny

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A Month into the New Year

It has been a very exciting year so far.  The most exciting thing is that I am now an “Oma”!  My grandson, Ezekiel John, made his appearance on Dec. 20 but I had to wait until Jan. 13 to head out to California to meet him. I got to spend 9 glorious days snuggling and cuddling and just loving him.  It was the most amazing feeling when my son put him in my arms.  It was wonderful visiting with my son and terrific daughter-in-law and, as a bonus, my youngest son came out to visit at the same time so I got to see him too!  We had a wonderful visit and I can’t wait to get out there again.

Our holidays were terrific.   robs-christmas-tree  Spent Christmas Eve with my two oldest sons and they had an awesome 11 ft. Christmas tree.

Had a nice walk on Christmas Eve down to the pond near their house. peaceful-pond

So peaceful.  I just love going up to visit them.

 

 

 

Only one snowstorm so far this year but it was so pretty.

 

 

Another exciting thing for 2017 is that I have my embroidery machine

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 I’ve been having a great time learning all about the things I can make with it.

 I made a set of soft blocks for EJ with some Disney characters  embroidered on them mickey    I’ve made some Easter things but can’t show pictures because they are going into some Easter baskets and want to keep them a secret for now.  And today I tried my hand at embroidering some kitchen towels for a couple of friends.  towelsI enjoyed making them and will be doing quite a few more of them.

So, all in all it has been quite an exciting year so far.  And just in case anyone was wondering ………………..  11-months-to-go   ……. 11 months to Christmas.

Hope you are having a good 2017.   Be well.  Stay safe and warm.

See you soon.

Ginny

 

 

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Autumn colors

Fall is making an appearance and while I do miss the warm, sunny days at the beach,  you really can’t beat those amazing fall colors.

mums   Burgundy and gold  mums     mums-flag

The happy, bright Montauk Daisies  look so cheerful even on a cloudy day

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And I love pulling into my driveway and being greeted by this mixture of autumnal beauty

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And sometimes as the day wanes,  we are treated to a purple and pink sunset

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So being inspired by all these colors, I think tomorrow I will bring out some decor to reflect what’s happening outside.

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Enjoy this colorful season.

Bye for now.

Ginny

 

 

 

 

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