Sunday, November 13, 2011

What a surprise and some blooms too

Good morning everyone. It is Sunday, breezy, and partly cloudy. Another gorgeous day in so. FL. This weather is ‘why’ people move down here, or stay here for the next few months.

Below is the morning sky looking to the west with the moon.


Here is the sun coming up and shining on the clouds. Sorry about the power lines. The 5 lane road is to the right.


Yesterday morning I had a wonderful surprise when I started reading one of the blogs I follow. I had completely forgotten about the drawing she was having.

I found Nicki Lee’s RavioLee Dreams blog through Stitchin Fingers, which I am now a member of. There are so many wonderful stitchers in this group. Anyway, Nicki Lee hand dyes Venetian lace and sells them in lots. She also does beautiful crazy quilting pieces. Here is her Etsy shop link Raviolee Dreams. If any of you do crazy quilting or scrap booking or other projects that can use lovely bits like these, do give her a visit. She just might have what you are looking for.

My surprise was that I won the $30 gift certificate for her hand dyed laces. I was thrilled and yelled I won, and was laughing and almost crying I was so excited. DH had to come see what all the fuss was about. I was thrilled to say the least and he was happy for me.

She is sending them out to me tomorrow. I can hardly wait to see them and then start using them. I will post pics of my sweet little pretty pieces of Venetian lace after I get them.

This was started earlier ~ We decided to go to HD for a sheet of 11/32”x4’x8’ plywood for the caravan’s door, and two 3/4”x4’x8’ sheets of styrofoam, for insulation material. DH is making the door as we didn’t have one for the camper. The original door was a short one. He is using the lock and handle from original door though. He is making a window with panes, that will open out, to let in breezes.

Anyway, we stopped at a yard sale, something we haven’t done in ages. There wasn’t much there, but there was a small, narrow Christmas tree I was interested in, a CD of symphonies and DH was interested in a couple of small hand tools, both American made. We got all for $3. The tree even has little clear lights on it and I’m already thinking of how I want to decorate it. This is smaller than the other small tree we have, plus we have the humongous one. I did the huge one last year and didn’t feel like it this year. This little tree is just right. It’s about 3 1/2’ tall, including the plaster pot that it is in, which I will cover with something or other.


I didn’t have to work yesterday so I played outdoors. I gathered up bricks to use as a border for our little caravan patio. I placed them, but still have to dig out dirt to make them level with the rest of patio. I’ve got to add some rocks into cracks between stones, then DH is going to mix up cement to fill in spaces on top of the rocks.

The rusty cast iron piece between two chairs is an old wringer washing machine base, found of course. I will probably leave it rusty, just clean it up a bit we don’t mind rust.


I brought an ‘old’ cement donkey and cart that someone gave us many years ago when we helped her have a big estate sale before she moved, to beside the caravan. I’ve still got some tweaking to do of this area, it all takes time. I’m not going to leave that greenish pot there, it doesn’t go at all.



Now for some blooms from this morning.

The first two pictures are of Chrysler Imperial. These two blooms were filling the whole area with their wonderful old rose scent.


I looked a little while ago and this bud was fully open.


Pink Pet or Caldwell’s Pink.




I loved the salvia color against the new growth on Chrysler Imperial.


The next two pictures are of South African foxgloves. This was a volunteer.



Next we have a ‘weed’, a native though, called Spanish needles. The seeds are these little long things that stick to you and that’s how they spread. The plants are tough and hard to pull up, and butterflies love them. I try to pull up most of them though, because they are a pain.


I guess that’s it for now. Oh yea, I did buy two bags of potting soil at HD for growing seeds and cuttings in. Hope to work with that this week before heading back to work Thurs-Sat.

Hope you all are having a lovely day and also have a great week.



Gayle said...

I love the patio rocks. Looks like a very nice sitting area. I'm going to try and take cuttings from my geraniums. I've not done cuttings before. Maybe I can double the plants and sell them in the Spring?

Anonymous said...

I like the little donkey and cart. When I lived in S. Fl. I always planted red and white impatiens this time of year for Christmas, so I think that would look nice in your little cart. Phil/Minnesota

Sissy said...

How awesome that you won!! I cannot express enough how I envy your finds! The picket fence and now that awesome tree!?
I never ever see good things at sales in the yard or the garage! Old Books and stained clothes!
I already am jealous of your winter and it's only autumn..

Deb said...

I just love your sitting area, the "rusty" table is a fantastic idea and the donkey cart is lovely. Your flowers are stunning.

Darla said...

You and your husband are always busy. Congrats on your win!! You could just paint that green container and leave it there....

gld said...

I will be looking for Chrysler Imperial again next spring.

Every time I see the caravan area, I think of how much fun my grands would have sleeping in it.

The rock patio is looking wonderful.

Morning's Minion said...

You and your husband are so creative with your finds--an inspiration.
Flowering plants are done here for the season, a few leathery buds still on the double Knock-Out roses; they may--or may not--open.

L. D. Burgus said...

The patio just keeps getting better. I am thinking some about Christmas trees as I saw an old photo of my ornaments and that got me started. I sold a painting on Saturday to a couple who will be hanging it in their Naples, Florida condo.
Your flowers look great.

Karen said...

Fantastic news on your win! If anyone could put those gorgeous laces to good use, it would be you.

The caravan is coming along so well and I love all the decorating you have been doing.

I also have to tell you that we started watching Larkrise to Candleford last week (we finally figured out a way to view it online) and we're loving it! I remember you mentioning the series and I knew if it was a favorite of yours it would not disappoint. The only problem is, we sit up way too late watching!

Marti said...

Congratulations! How fun to win something so neat. I'll check out that website.

I love your wringer washer table. It's a perfect fit right there.

Sunray Gardens said...

Such lovely blooms to be looking at this late at night.
Cher Sunray Gardens

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Love all you create.
You find the neatest things - I like the little tree :)
Have a good day...

Southern Lady said...

So happy that you won! Let us know what you get. Carla

Skeeter said...

Congrats on your win! I had to smile when reading how excited you became over the gift...

The caravan area is looking really nice. I love that little donkey and cart! And I see those legs of the wringer washing machine every time I look into my back yard as I have the entire machine sitting out there. A nice beverage cooler in the summer months when entertaining around the grill area. I agree with keeping the rusty look. Adds interest for sure...

tina said...

Good deal on the Christmas tree! I adore yard sales but hardly ever stop. Mainly because I always find something I just can't live without. Your weather is looking great. While my uncle visited us from Florida he surely could not wait to go back to the sunshine state as it was just too cold in Tennessee. Lovely Chrysler!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Congratulations on your win of the lovely lace creations.

I haven't been going to many garage sales, either. I like your little tree. Your washer base table is cute.

I'm glad you are enjoying some nice days. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.