I would recommend a visit to this post to see some GORGEOUS photos of Snake Creek in Florida.
Enjoy this day!
I do apologize for not checking in like I said I would do. It has been quite a busy week! Lots of driving this week! I have also spent quite a bit of time working on my Etsy shop. Not a lot to see in the shop yet, but there will be if all goes as planned.
I find that the shoulder bags are popular. I am thankful for that because I love making them. I have had queries about them when I am out carrying them, which I will take as a good omen. So I have pulled out my extra sewing machine. I love my old Singer, but there are some things that I think my Baby Lock will come in handy for.
I have done lots of thrift shopping and “outfitting” lately, and it’s been fun taking pictures for the dress blog. It has also been fun wearing the clothes!
This dress just looked like a fairytale to me!! You know me and ruffles and any kind of Victorian overboardness.
The garden grows!
Who doesn’t need a soft, creamy white maxi dress for summer?
And one can never have too many cool skirts and summery tees. Sorry for the huge blast of ME ME ME and outfits, but I know we don’t all have time to visit every blog, including the dress blog! Seems like I go through seasons of finding nothing when I go out thrifting, and then I will find everything all at once! I have found many useful items lately.
Let’s talk gardening and home, shall we? I used to think when I was about 10 years old that people who were 50 were ready to curl up and die. They seemed SO old! But now I realize that it’s a time of life when dreams surface more real than ever. It’s a time when life has a meaning that is often lost on the inexperience of youth. Life is busy at 50. The days are not long enough. I have to remind myself throughout the day not to get too taken up with things, for this life won’t last forever, and I have to remind myself to do one. thing. at. a. time. It’s hard.
The roses are beautiful. Amazing actually!
Everything is blooming in a mad profusion right now. I have things potted up in the little greenhouse that dry out desperately each day in the oncoming summer heat. I simply HAVE to get these little living green things into real ground!
Even tonight I am up late working. Typing. Dreaming of the next skirt or bag. I think this skirt is going to be FUN! You will see it fully later. It has lots more personality to gain yet.
So much ephemera, so little time.
I am outta here. I will try to get my mind wrapped around daily blogging again! I miss you!
My Dear Friends,
It is late. It’s been a very long day. I had to travel some today for work. Thank goodness the Mister is so kind. I was able to come home, prop up my feet, let my eyes rest on pretty much nothing for awhile, and then melt into I-can’t-do-anything-else-today.
Before I hit the hay, I did want to show you a new little video of Izzy and me. It’s just some pictures layered together to make a really cute GIF. Give it time to load.
I LOVE the black and white and the twirly skirt!
Sleep well. I will check in tomorrow.
The Mister and I are heading out. I never thought I’d feel this way, but how nice to have adult sons and daughters to “hold the fort down” while we are gone! And how sweet to pack lightly for two, thinking only of the bare minimum!
I will have more to share on return. Lots going on lately that I have not had time to write about, including the thistle, below, growing close to the house. I will also take lots of pictures while I am gone and I will send them to my instagram. Feel free to follow:
Will see you all when I return!
What a day. It has been so very rainy today! Rain, rain, rain! I think I nearly hydroplaned twice on the road and I had to take my umbrella to the garden center this morning. You will remember a post about a year ago regarding Dale’s Greenhouse, a garden center I was looking forward to frequenting. Well, it’s closing up. Yes. Hang my head and cry. The liquidation sale has been going on for a couple of weeks already, so lots of stuff already sold by the time I heard of it. I went there this morning but didn’t really accomplish much in the rain other than to make a mental note of some things I might be interested in.
In the meantime, my own garden here continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Well, by inches, anyway.
A lovely iris blooming; it’s a gift from my mother from her yard!
The plant that the Mister declared was a weed when I first moved in is blooming. Again. It’s a rhododendron.
And now he thinks it’s funny to call anything purple that blooms, wisteria. Yes. The things I tolerate.
The rhododendron needs something. It doesn’t seem to be the healthiest plant on the planet, though it is better since I have removed the dead branches and added some compost and mulch. I think it needs some food. I will have to look into what they need.
A very, VERY bright azalea in bloom! And I think the boxwoods might have to go. Not sure yet. Landscaping takes time, you know!
In other news, I continue to work on the shop, A Bit of Birdsong, and I continue to make things to put therein.
Another Alice brooch went in today, as well as another large shoulder bag, and this one is my favorite so far!
Into the shop it goes!
How has your day been? Did you get a lot done? We had spaghetti for supper. Isabella and Annie chased each other around, trying to take toys from each other. The Mister sat and dozed while I typed at my transcription job. It’s a beautiful life.
My Dear Friends,
I wanted to pop in yesterday and say hello, but the day rushed away from me! I have been doing so much lately, preparing for a guest post on another site, putting things in the shop, working on more sewing. I love it! It has been gray and rainy here. While that always makes me feel a bit blue, I have tried to use the time wisely by getting INSIDE work done!
I did get the chance in between rain showers to catch a really lovely picture of one of the poppies in bloom in a little garden plot in the backyard. Isn’t she lovely!
I also promised a few days back that I’d share some information about another eastern bird. This is the rufous-sided towhee, or the eastern towhee. We saw this particular bird the day that we were at the Sandhills Community College garden. It’s a bird that one might glance at and think, “Why does that robin look so different?” Well, it’s because it’s not a robin. The bright reddish patch fools our eyes. This bird has red eyes in the area of North Carolina but has white eyes farther south on the Atlantic coast and in Florida. They are cute little birds!
Now, I will share a few items that went into the shop this week:
And more going in over the next 24 hours.
I better run. So much to do! I am also working on the plant marker tutorial, just so you know I have not forgotten. It’s spread out on the desk even now!
Happy Tuesday! I have so much to share today. The past week or so has just been a whirlwind of activity! Enjoying the garden. Making things for the store. Taking items to a local store. Cooking and coupon shopping. Whew. But it’s time to have a seat, catch my breath, and take stock of what’s been done and what is yet to be done.
First I want to share some more pictures of the lovely garden at Sandhills Community College. Would you be interested to know that the Mister and I were both students there years ago? Yep! In 1985. We actually took classes together there and went on the same honors trip to New York, with two of my favorite teachers ever!
Sandhills has a great horticultural program and the gardens have changed tremendously since I was a student there!
Pretty! I love the way the rocks are done. I love the Japanese feel.
The bridges and pathways were excellent for walking on. Everything was so well maintained but the setting still felt very woodsy and natural.
There was enchanting statuary throughout the gardens.
Which way would you go?
I will share the garden pictures little by little, as I took a ton of pictures and just don’t have time to edit them all at once!
In other news, I made a really cool bag — more altered couture, and I wanted to show you!
It’s another one of my denim-skirt-turned-handbag creations. I have another one already in progress that will go into the shop.
There’s more on this at my dress blog: Dylan’s Dress. They are super fun to make, and I love being able to make something exactly like I want it!
Stay tuned for some info on another eastern bird.
At least I think so, dear readers.
Most recent wreath, ready for the store.
I would love to hang around and talk. Yessiree. But I have to get back to my work desk. It’s just a break. My to-do list is about 10 miles long. Did you know my son John graduates this year? Yeah. Imagine that. Where did the years go? But more on that later. I also need to update my sidebar and add my daughter Meghan and also the Mister. Life is busy.
So how is your day?
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