The Colors of Spring

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What could be better than this beautiful time of year, on the cusp of summer, with everything so lush and green and bursting with color. I really do enjoy each and every season, but right now I’m soaking up the sun on these 80 degree days, and finding joy in potting up some beautifully colored plants, reading on the deck with a delicious glass of iced tea, and even something as simple as a walk through the neighborhood.

After a bit of a health scare over the winter, I’ve learned to truly appreciate every moment of every day. It feels like the beauty of the season is a gift to be savored and appreciated, and I do. I look forward to days at the pool and beach with my husband and family, the bounty the farmer’s markets have to offer this time of year and spending time indoors in the cool ac on the days when the heat and humidity becomes unbearable. I can always find another book to read or something to sew or crochet.

Speaking of the farmer’s market, I bought the most delicious fresh spinach that turned into a great salad. There’s also a young man there that makes the best pesto I’ve ever tasted. We enjoyed that on slices of toasted baguette with a bit of homemade mozzarella. I can see we’ll be eating very well this summer.

Are you enjoying this time of year as much as I am? I truly hope so. Have a wonderful weekend.

Susan
XOXO

Country Living Fair 2016

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It was hot, humid, crowded and IT WAS FABULOUS! The 2016 Country Living Fair did not disappoint from the minute we arrived to the very last spoonful of ice cream we enjoyed right before we left. As always, there was so much to see – quilts, vintage linens, fabulous prints, beautiful handmade aprons and so much more.

I loved poking into one  booth after the other, never ceasing to be amazed at how all these vendors managed to turn these stalls into beautifully decorated little country stores.  So much thought and effort must go into all these displays which are so inspiring. I found myself snapping picture after picture so I could savor all of this country goodness again when I got home.   There were so many things made by hand – pillows, tote bags, clothing, quilts, painted cowboy boots.  What a great way to get your creative juices flowing.

Well, I really can’t think of a better way to spend the day – laughing, eating ice cream and sharing all things beautiful with two good friends, Chris and Judy.  I’m already thinking ahead to the next two shows  I’ll be attending in this venue – a fabulous craft show and the wool festival.  So much  to look forward to.

Wishing you all a beautiful week .

Susan  xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Days

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Today is day three of six days of rain. Sigh. Now, I can really enjoy a rainy day – hunkering down, putting on a pot of soup, sipping tea, reading. But, I must confess to a major case of ants in my pants! I have pots waiting to be scrubbed and filled with colorful flowers, patio furniture waiting to be uncovered and decked out with cushions and pillows. Yet, here I sit with visions of warm, sunny days dancing in my head. I guess I’ll just have to be patient.

I’m finding that being stuck inside also has some benefits. I’ve been spending time getting my guest room/office a bit more organized. I’m waiting for a console to be delivered to put my tv on and then all I’ll have to do is hang a few pictures, add some colorful pillows and a throw to the couch, and that room will be done. Yay!

I’m looking forward to this weekend when the sun is once again expected to make an appearance. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the pretty yellow roses on my dining room table, the green house plants and some quiet time to read a good book.

Wishing you all a beautiful week.

Susan
XOXO

Starting From Scratch

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I have always loved embroidery, but I haven’t done much at all in the last several years. Since I love the meditative quality of hand stitching, I thought I’d start back at square one with some running stitches, back stitches, blanket stitches and couching. I was inspired by Rebecca Ringquit’s book, Embroidery Workshops. I’m moving on to Kazuko Aoki’s book, The Embroidered Garden. It’s a tutorial on embroidering delicate, beautiful flowers, butterflies and bees and I’m looking forward to trying my hand at this.

I always used the standard DMC #25 thread, using all 6 strands at once. I’ve learned that you can use this (without using all strands at the same time) and also #5 and #8, different yarns and metallic threads depending on what you’d like to accomplish. Ooooh, it’s going to be a fun couple of months experimenting with all of this.

The last picture I posted is a piece I started many years ago. I can’t believe how thick the stems on those flowers are. What was I thinking? Both of these books have been very inspiring and I’m loving every minute of moving my needle in and out of the fabric, calmly envisioning the possibilities of creative projects to come. The perfect way to spend a Spring afternoon.

Busy, Busy

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March is just flying by! I spent some time at the flower show with dear friends this month and was really bitten by the gardening bug. It’s still a bit too chilly to do much in the garden, but it won’t be too long now. Visions of pots overflowing with colorful blooms are filling my head these days.

I also spent a wonderful day with my daughter and granddaughters at the Bronx Zoo. I haven’t been there in years and found myself filled with wonder and awe as we went from one exhibit to the next gazing at all of these incredible animals. I can’t wait to go back again – we weren’t able to see everything in just one visit. As much as I enjoyed the zoo, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for these beautiful creatures being held in captivity.

I’m also in the middle of re-doing my office/guest room. We replaced the carpet with hardwood floors and as you can see, there’s stuff piled up everywhere. The guest room bathroom even has a tub filled with my stash of fabric! I’m going out tomorrow to hunt for some shelving and a console to put the TV on. Then it’s time to get everything organized. I can’t wait to have it finished. The contents of this room has overflowed to our bedroom so I’m really looking forward to having everything in its place again.

And what have you been up to? Are the temps in your area allowing you start planting yet? Are you also in the midst of a big project at home? Whatever it is that you’re filling your days with, I hope it brings you joy.

Have a wonderful day!

Susan
XOXO

Happy Easter

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Hello, dear friends. I just wanted to wish you all a Happy, Blessed Easter! Whether you’re spending the day alone or with family and friends, I hope you have a wonderful day! I’ll talk to you again soon!

With love,
Susan XOXO