~a walk about~

I saw my first hummingbird on April 1oth.  I was so happy. I haven’t seen another one since, but it won’t be long until they are flitting about.

I found a bok choy. What?  I don’t know how it got in this pot, but whatever. I will use it in soup or stir fry.

Ok, the red salvia has turned white. I don’t know why. I think it’s time to cut it back and let it start over. It is pretty with the white rose.

This spring I have seen so many plants come up that I not only forgot about, but it’s been years since I have seen them. Like this clematis. Tucked in among Old Blush rose. Pretty.

This beautiful new butterfly landed right by my feet.  I love how perfect the wings are.

This wild rose was grown from a seed. I love this rose, so fragrant. I love it with this deutzia shrub. I love how the blooms combine.

Maggie an old garden rose.  Maybe a bourbon rose? Smells so good!

I found a little bee..

~Caldwell Pink~ an old garden rose.

It was a cold and gray day that ended with warm and beautiful sun.  I was so happy to be able to get out to walk about the garden.

~Baby Quilt done~

Yay, it is in the wash getting all snuggly and warm even as I type this.  I finished last weekend and had just the binding left to go. What a long week of work but I was able to finish it up yesterday evening. I am so glad to have this done. I miss making quilts.  It’s been a while and I really miss the process of making them, the end product is always so worth the time!

I have many ideas and plans to make more, but you know how that goes.

For this quilt I used the Lil Twister Pinwheel tool. It was fun! I have made a pinwheel quilt before but this tool makes it faster and worry free.  I really enjoyed the process. I had 2 Good Fortune charm pack’s from Pink Chalk Fabrics which comes with a coordinating stack of solids.  This is just enough fabric to make a baby quilt (along with extra yardage for piecing the front and back .)

I free motioned the baby’s name and birth date on the front for a fun alternative. Here it is pre-wash. I will be so anxious to see it once dried. I will post a picture of it when it’s done in the wash.

Ok, on to my next idea.. what will it be?

I really hope Mama likes it and baby spends many happy hours using this quilt.

~ Itchy hands and a restless mind~

do not make for a happy girl.

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I am caught between Spring Fever and some kind of limbo.

My hands want to knit and finish my quilt, and make a new doll. Yet I am drawn to the outdoors to garden, to  weed the garden, plant the garden, and to be in the garden. My mind however, is cluttered. I am itching to do so many things, but I am so distracted by… distractions. I can’t seem to find the balance. My work is icky right now, so I am spending too much time with worry and dread. Oh me, what is a girl to do?? Maybe I should just bake some bread??

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I will find a balance, I will find peace.

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~Reflections of Spring~

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I don’t know where March has gone.  Where did you go March? It must have been the warm rays of sun that brought on the onslaught of  fast and furious green growth.  I have been outside enjoying the warmth and light. I have sown seeds that make me very hopeful for a meager reward (if I am lucky.)

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Spring has come fast and hard this year. The world has many problems and  I feel a heaviness that is hard to turn away from. For this short period of beauty (called Spring.)  I turn my face to the sun and I pray for peace. Peace for all who suffer and an end to the sadness that is all around so many. Spring brings renewal and each day moves us closer to the sun, and perhaps closer to the realization that we all one.

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~Yarn Along~

Joining Ginny today…


I finished the Poppy Cardigan for my daughter’s doll. I love this pattern and I will certainly use it again. It is really quick and easy and very cute. I am loving the yarn that I used and I wish I could make myself the same sweater in a grown up size. It just feels so nice.

I found another really cute shoe pattern that I know I will use again. Talk about fast…and cute!

When I saw The Rosy Baby Booties pattern I knew this would be a perfect choice for a Mary Jane type shoe. I had hoped to make the covered buttons but the yarn I used to make it was too thick. Instead I went with a dark brown “leather-like” button and it worked quite well. I used Loft from Brooklyn Tweed for the main body of the pattern and Martha Stewart’s Merino for the contrast. I downsized the pattern and used a size 2 needle. I think it worked out well and really makes this school outfit complete, which is what my daughter requested.

She is sassy…

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is working on this week.. I need a new project!!

~Birthday Doll~

My littlest turned nine. I have no idea where these last nine years have gone. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home after an emergent c-section and here she is almost grown (so she thinks)!

My how these  years have flown. She asked for several different things this year for her birthday, however, the one I was most happy to hear was that she wanted a doll made by me, for her with red hair and green eyes. Just one week ago I had a head. That’s it. I worked a little each night putting her together. Friday I strung her together. Saturday was hair, Sunday more hair and a skirt and shirt. Monday was spent finishing up her sweater and making shoes. Tuesday Birthday Day DONE!

Yay. So happy.  If I can make something my daughter really wants, well, that makes me so happy.  These years may past so very fast, but she will always have a little piece of me with her, wherever she goes I will be with her.  It may be tangible or perhaps just a precious memory this small creation from wool, and cotton made today a special day for a mother and her daughter.  Happy Birthday Emma,  you make us all a little brighter by being in our lives.