Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tatting needles came, little tree is up, more flower pics

Good morning Friends.

Here it is a week since I last posted, where has the time gone?  A blogging friend just posted saying she hoped I was ok. I am, thank you. If you could see my little space here, you would see some of what I’ve been doing, beading, embroidering and crocheting.  I crocheted a sweet little needle book and someone already let me know she wants to buy it, before I even got it into my Etsy shop.  I crocheted another one and decided to keep it for my own needles.  Yesterday I bought some more thread, in ecru, burgundy and a sage green, and started crocheting after I put away groceries and cleaned up the kitchen.  Here’s the one I made that is sold. This took a few hours to do, but I really enjoyed making it. I used an antique button, and one of the laces I got recently.



Yesterday we did our errands, one stop was Walmart to pick up my tatting needles ordered last week.  I barely looked at them just to see that they were what I ordered, then wrapped the pkg. and put it under our little tree.  We don’t really ‘do’ Christmas these days. We have what we need and get things we want during the year. DH suggested I put these under the tree. SmileThis year we are counting the restoration of the caravan as a Christmas gift.  DH is doing most of the work, I am his helper, and it is coming right along. Anyway, I won’t be trying my tatting needles until after Christmas.

I had a Walmart gift card and a little $ tucked away, so while at Walmart, I looked to see if they had crochet thread in the size I wanted, they did, plus some sewing needles and straight pins. Then I wanted to see what they had in Christmas lights. Our lights have all finally croaked, either whole strings, or parts of the strings.  We can’t even remember the last time we had to buy lights, eons ago it seems and were a bit surprised at the prices, and they don’t have the old ones, they are all LED’s, which are energy efficient these days.  I bought a small 50 lite strand, multi colored and it was just right for our little tree.  I’ll take pictures later as I’m still decorating the tree. A tree comes to life once the lights are on and lit, and only gets better with the decorations.  Yesterday I saw a beautiful huge decorated tree at one of the local large Hispanic grocery stores that we go to, and some of the multi lights were purple.  Oh boy, would I love to have that, they might have had orange in the mix too.  Really pretty and different. The colors of ours are red, blue, green and gold.  The blue and green being the more vibrant colors.  I love the blue.

Since we don’t shop retail all that much, seeing the prices of things is a shock.  Holy cow. We really don’t need to add more ‘stuff’ to our over stuffed little cottage, and we don’t use our credit cards to purchase things just because we want them. That’s how so many end up in debt that they have a hard time paying off.   I am thankful for all that we already have and for the good deals that come our way, whether sale items, curbside shopped, or gifts given. I am thankful I can take cuttings from plants and sometimes have them become rooted plants. I am thankful for seeds that sometimes grow too.

The past few nights the scent of Dracena fragrans has been filling the air.  It is too much for DH, and I wouldn’t want to stay outside and smell it for very long either, but from a distance it is tolerable.

These are the blooms before they open. This plant is on the back side of my shed, probably at least 10’ tall.  There are roses, a hamelia paten, and bougainvillea all growing up and over my shed.  I loved these blooms with the roses.






Now for some other blooms around here.

Blanket flowers with Mexican tarragon blooms.


Copperleaf shrub..


Once again, I have forgotten the name of this hibiscus.  I need to make a tag for it to help me remember.


This is sweet Kathleen, with a hint of poinsettia behind.


La Marne roses.




Sweet Maggie.


Mm. Laurette Messimy



Old Blush.





I bought this many years ago, and have since lost the tag and don’t have a clue as to what it is. I am in s.e. FL


This is an unknown orchid, given to me by a friend many years ago.


This is Vincent Godsiff.



That’s it from Plum Cottage. I do hope you all are enjoying the Christmas season.



Let us all remember ~


How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!

how great is the sum of them!

If I should count them,

they are more in number than the sand

Psalms 139



Sunray Gardens said...

What beautiful blooms to have going on now.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Freda Cameron said...

You have such beautiful and exotic blooms in your zone, especially for those of us missing bright colors in our gardens for the winter.

You are so talented! I love seeing your crafts.

Jeri Landers said...

Like you and your husband, we do not exchange gifts. We usually just do something special for the house or grounds and that is our gift to each other, as is your caravan.
I love the little needle pouch. I learnt crochet at age 13, and have since forgotten much, but I remember it to be so relaxing.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

This is lovely!! As are your crocheted pieces.

When do you sleep dear Flower Lady????

Sending love across the miles,


L. D. Burgus said...

Your plants look so great. It must be fun to grow tropical and roses and have them stay so healthy. It almost looks like that could be your spring weather you are in right now. beautiful orchid.

Sandy said...

Really enjoyed your flowers today. So very beautiful and relaxing just to look at all of them.
The little needle holder is so pretty. I need one of those. I need to get back to learning to crochet too.
Have a lovely week.

L. D. Burgus said...

Your plants look so great. It must be fun to grow tropical and roses and have them stay so healthy. It almost looks like that could be your spring weather you are in right now. beautiful orchid.

Karen said...

Oh, look at those flowers, would you? Just amazingly gorgeous!

Love the needle case, you are so talented, dear lady. We feel the same way about Christmas, no need to go all out and buy things we don't need. This year it will be the tree grates as our gift to each other.

My little tree is sitting here wondering when I will decorate it, too. I have to get at it today. Hugs to you!

HolleyGarden said...

Your blooms are all so pretty, especially the Dracena!!! Wow! I'm impressed that WalMart had tatting needles! I would have thought that was a lost art.

lemonverbenalady said...

Now since our flowers are gone, FL, I'll stop by more often to see yours!

gld said...

I believe the dracena is the most exotic looking yet at least to my uneducated eye!

The needle bag is sweet.

We don't do wrapped gifts either. We decided the carpet was our year's gift (and maybe longer) to each other!

shirley said...

As always your garden photos are wonderful. I just love you little crochet needlebooks they are lovely.

Am off on hols (yes again), tomorrow, so will take the opportunity to wish you and your family a merry xmas and will be in touch when I get back.

Bernie said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a Draceana fragrans with so many blooms on it! I can imagine the perfume would be overwhelming!

Lovely Orchid and Roses! The Hibiscus is just beautiful too!

Mick and I don't really do Christmas either. We spend our money buying presents for our grandchildren and get a little something for our sons and our daughter-in-law, but they are the only presents we do buy.

Everyone else in our families decided long ago that they didn't need presents at Christmas. We just get together and share a meal and have a great time in each other's company. That's all that's needed really for us to enjoy the Christmas season.

I just love your needle book! It is so pretty. Oh how I wish I could do things like that!

Darcie said...

Your purple flowers are absolutely gorgeous!! Your crochet work is lovely, and I think your idea of just getting each other what you need through out the year is so smart.

mohd hafifi said...

i'm so glad...

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

Love your hand work and your beautiful pictures. Nothing blooming here by the woods. Rain and cold at the moment.
Thank you for letting me visit you this early morning...

Morning's Minion said...

Oh--your lovely flowers! Blooming plants in KY have,of course, gone to sleep for the winter.
I have visited FL at different times of the year and never felt it would be a place I'd choose to live permanently--but looking at your plants definitely has me envious at this time of year.
Your big Christmas tree is proof that a small house can accomodate decorating for the season--and your cat must be well behaved and respectful of the breakables!