Good morning Folks ~ Hope you here in the states had a nice long weekend, and also thought about our military, those who have lost their lives, and those who have served or are serving now. Many thanks to all, and their families too. I’m also thankful that my husband did his tour of duty for the US Navy 69-73.
I did nothing special, mostly worked on my first patchwork piece, all done by hand. It’s been an experience, and practice will make it easier with each time I try this. I’ve got stitches to learn too. I’ve seen real beauties out in blogland, and I’m a real newbie to this skill. I’ve much to learn with this art form yet. I want to thank Lisa of Ivory Blush Roses and Susan of Plays with Needles for their inspiration. They both do exquisite work, very talented ladies.
I wanted to make a creamy heart, because I was going to attempt a tiny bird nest. My inspiration came from Di van Niekerk’s website page How to make a little nest.
Here’s the heart as it is right this minute. I’ve got to sew on the beaded crocheted trim I made yesterday. It’s just pinned on right now.
I used antique lace, new lace bits, silk ribbon, seed and bugle beads and fresh water pearls are the eggs in the little nest. I didn’t have real raffia, but used another material (paper I think) that worked without me having to go out to spend more $.
In this photo you can see the bits of feather I used with the nest too.
This will be going in my Etsy shop, soon I hope. (I’m such a procrastinator.)
Now, here are some blooms from Plum Cottage gardens.
This first little flower is from the plant ‘gray leaf’ or Melochia tomentosa. I bought it from a nursery that sells butterfly plants. (I may be working for this lady come Sept. in her nursery when it’s cooler and she’ll be potting up plants for a show in November.)
These next two plants were from her also, first a beautiful plumeria. I have a pink one I got as cuttings many years ago. This one has a lovely perfume.
And this is another reed orchid. What a beautiful color. The ones that grow like crazy in my gardens are orange. I divided this plant into three different ones.
This is an angel trumpet, grown from a stick of a cutting that I got in the mail last year. I have two of this color growing. I had one like this that was a huge plant, but lost it a few years back. The blooms are huge and have a delightful scent.
The back side is pretty too.
Here are blooms on the plant by the ‘dirty’ caravan. Sheesh, I need to give it a bath.
My sis-in-law (hubby’s older sister) was in town last Thursday and came over for a visit. She wanted to see things she’d seen online so we toured inside and out.
Hearing her comments made me appreciate this little place all the more and what DH and I have done with it through the years.
Sadly my heart garden area was a weedy mess, but the next morning I was inspired to get outside early to weed and bring some plants over to the area. I’ve still some tweaking to do in this area, but it looks much better than it did. I made this heart shape soon after losing my DH. In the middle are two cement pieces with his hand print and our old blue tick hounds’ paw print.
I need to fill in more with the smoothed pebbles. I have a broken bag of them in another area.
Now for some roses in bloom at this time. This one is an unknown with small but beautiful blooms.
This is ‘Granada’. I loved how the morning sunlight was hitting the back rose.
This is a rose called ‘Picnic’.
This is the ‘Paul McCartney’ rose, with a delicious scent that fills the air.
That’s it for now.
May your days be filled with love, peace and joy ~ FlowerLady