Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring is in the air

Milder temperatures have me ordering seed catalogs, buying garden magazines and and jotting down garden plans. The snow is melting in the garden and I'm seeing all the work ahead of me. The storm last year that had broken several large old trees and scattered several limbs throughout the garden and side yard has made a lot of work for me but after the snowy winter I am finding myself ready to tackle it. I think it will be a major task but great therapy.

The wedding will be here before we know it. That is just about all I think of these days. I can't wait to see it all come together and my son happily married with the stress behind them both. After a meeting with the wedding coordinator a couple weeks ago we stopped to take a look at the band shell where the wedding will be held and looking down to where they will stand I could imagine the guests, the hydrangeas tied up with large bows, a soft breeze from the lake, sunshine and the view of the water and got a bit overwhelmed. It is going to be so romantic and a wedding I would have loved to have myself. I'm so excited that so many of my friends will be sharing this special time with me. It sounds selfish to need my friends there for me, but they share so much of my life and their support will be comforting because in my eyes and heart, they are my family.

Last week I had the opportunity to meet my friend Karen's granddaughter on her first birthday. Her name is Emma and she is as sweet as her name. As you can see, it was hard to not squeeze those little cheeks. She is already a model....
  I got to hold her and play a little and enjoy her little noises she makes that made us laugh. She has the cutest giggle and purrr that makes you stop mid sentence to listen to.
Happy first birthday Emma...

I hope Karen records that so she can remember always. There is so much we forget once they are grown, and they do grow up so quickly. Emma is a lucky little girl to have Karen for a grandma. I'm sure I will see the two of them out planting posies in a month or two. We have already discussed tea parties in the garden :-)

Today I took mom to lunch. She finally had her Red Lobster,LOL. I enjoyed the time we spent although we didn't do anything spectacular, its rewarding to know she enjoys it as much as I do, just hanging out. St. Joe is still on her mind so that will be our next adventure. That and dress shopping for the wedding :-)
 We didn't get out much this winter with all the snow. We will make up for it, no worries.
So a couple weeks ago I get this package in the mail, out of the blue. I recognize the name and open the package wondering what could be inside. To my surprise, a very sweet lady, friend who took a couple classes with me a few years ago, had been downsizing and sent me her grandmother's scrap book. It was filled with beautiful delicate yellowed pages of vintage scrap (Collections of scraps were pasted into special scrap albums and Victorians mixed calling cards, greeting cards and any pictures they liked and wanted to keep that were special to them. The Victorians were very romantic and loved sentimentality and keepsakes. ) from the 1800's, and I was overwhelmed needless to say. Large images, tiny images, flowers, children, etc....Here are a few scrap pieces. The original scrap has a beautiful glossy patina which I didn't capture in the photo. Vibrant colors and sweet subjects to work into my projects.
 I naturally cried a bit thinking how Donna entrusted me with this family treasure. I still can't get over such a gift but I know she knows it will remain safely in my possession. I immediately knew I wanted to choose an image and create her a little something so she still has a part of it. I made a little purse with a "D" image since her name is Donna plus it had violets which I love.
  (I did fix the bead attaching the clasp, whoops) Donna, if you are reading this, you know how special you made me feel and I thank you for this sweet treasure.

Shibori has always caught my attention because of the beautiful colors and sheen and although I would fondle the Shibori when I saw it at shows, I never actually tried working with it. That is until my bud Jilly reintroduced it to me as a beading base. (Blogged in Jan) Well, I am hooked. It is gorgeous stuff to work with and I've made another bracelet. The first one is a cuff I made for myself with Jilly during our play dates last month. The smaller one is a bracelet I made for a dear friend's birthday. I'm not a great beader but I love beads and welcome the chance to use them when I can, so Shibori is on my hot list now. It is a bit pricey but I think it is worth it for special projects. I've

I made Megan a Shibori purse for her birthday too. She loved it and I was so glad she enjoys the "crazy" side of her soon to be mother in law :-)
I'm currently working on a few special projects and wedding items that I can't share just yet. My fingers are keeping busy I can assure you that. I'm just awaiting warmer weather so I can enjoy the front porch swing again and stitch the mornings away as I am bathed in sunshine and bliss.

 Have a wonderful day tomorrow, or today for my friends across the pond :-)


  1. What a beautiful scrapbook! I've never seen anything like it before, thank you so much for sharing a picture of it.

  2. Sounds like things are going well for you and your Mom is looking good.

    The baby is darling. What a precious age.


  3. Pat, what a lovely book full of Victorian treasure! And how nice of your friend to entrust it to you. I know we'll be seeing loads of beautiful stitching inspired by all those bits of Victorian images.

    And as always, your stitching is just beautiful! I too love Shibori but have only used a little bit of it. I have way too many things that I enjoy doing and using in my projects. My mom gave me a Tambour hook for my birthday (back at Christmas) and I've yet to sit down and try it but it's on my list!

    Hugs, Pam

  4. Oh my what a wonderful post today, Your Mom and RL, Emma, your beautiful creations and the scrapbook. What a treasure that gift was. I loved reading all this today. Such a good feeling. Keep warm and the new snow you got was beautiful. We got West Texas Snow---aka red sand in the air. LOL hugs and hugs xxooxo YRoT

  5. So gorgeous, Pat! all of them! the ribbon is a great base, you are so creative!
    Hug your Mom for me, glad you get to be with her so much. I am missing mine today.

  6. AND love the new pictures on your header! and those scraps are fantastic! I have not seen some of those winter angels before! So wonderfully fun!

  7. Patsy Girl it was so fun catching up on your blog! How in the world did I miss is much!!! What an amazing gift.....just tugs at the heart strings! You mom is so adorable and wow, she ate every bite, lol! I'm. So excited for Jan! I can't believe that beautiful bracelet is sitting on my table right now<3 I can't help but hold it in the light every time I see it and watch the beautiful sparkle and feel the silk. The wedding will be here before you know it....it makes me so happy to think of you enjoying Ed and Megan's special day because it truly IS your special day too! I could smell spring in the air today even though it was cold....here's to dirt under our nails in the next week!!!!

  8. It has been way to long. I love this post and seeing all the beautiful things you have made. Your son is getting married to a wonderful girl. Your mom is doing well and looking younger everyday. Life is good for you Pat. Thanks for sharing. Always, Sharon


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