My very first quilt. I have always been in awe of this traditional Hawaiian technique: two color, repetitive pattern and quilted in an echo pattern. I made this as a welcome banner for my new home in 2001. Now I am packing up this home and planning on moving to another. In addition my "messy room" is getting cleaned up and organized this week. I hope I don't have to change my blog name.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The other day I was on my way home from my Yoga class in Laguna Beach when I saw these stunning white flowers with huge yellow centers blowing in the breeze along the road. I thought they were poppies but I hadn't seen them before....especially this size....about 6" across! I just had to drive home, get my garden clippers and return to "prune" these roadside "weeds". The are called Matilija poppies. There are 6 petals that are so sheer that you can see through them. They kind of look like a big fried egg from the front. I hope I can get a seed pod to open on its own so I can give it a try but if not I have located a nursery where they have cutting plants. Footnote: after poaching these flowers I returned home to find my hands were covered with black soot. Then when I placed the flowers in a vase with water the water turned black resulting in ugly sediment. Beautiful flowers; not such beautiful air along the road side.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
My great friend, Marjorie, is having a birthday this week. She has a blog of her life in Maine called Cappuccino Thyme. Needless to say she loves cappuccinos so I painted this lovely cupcake (calorie-free) for her. I hope you have a fabulous birthday with lots of happiness and joy in your coming year, my friend. Have a glass of wine for me on your birthday and enjoy your calorie-free cupcake
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
These were cut all from the same rose bush. There is such a variety of colors in just one rose. Each time a rose bush is in full bloom I decide that it is my favorite of all of my roses. Today Paul Bocuse is my favorite.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Climbing Eden rose. The bud starts out a greenish white and just the tips of the leaves are hot hot pink. There must be a million petals. This bush is growing next to my apple tree. Unfortunately there is only a faint fragrance
Sunday, May 17, 2009
A spray of hundreds of roses on my arbor. The predominant rose is the apricot pink Paul Bocuse. It is very fragrant. "Sombreuil" is on the upper left and climbing "Eden" is on the very top. The small pink roses in the front on the left are "Mdme Cecile Brunner" There is also pink jasmine and star jasmine blooming on the other side. Yes it is really fragrant in the late afternoon and evening. A heavenly spot in the garden.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Second bloom. At least a year ago, maybe even two. I set an amaryllis bloom out in the garden to let nature take its course. i did leave it in its terra cotta pot. Much to my delight it has completed another tour of duty and while a bit beyond Christmas has bloomed again. I wish I was this trusting and patient with other aspects of my life. This bloom will at its peak be pure white but it starts out an electric light green.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Today was a great day spent with Whitney, Ryan, Ella and Kate. We played at home, went to the pool and had a delicious dinner at home that Ryan cooked to perfection. My mother's day gift was new charms for my Pandora bracelet. They are really pretty. We added a green glass swirl, a blue on blue glass charm and a new elephant design. Brad, Amber and Reina sent pink calla lilies through the mail and they arrived as fresh as if picked the same day. I was feeling a little in a turquoise mood so pulled out my beaded bracelet and my hand carved turquoise feather earrings. I wish I could wear these earrings more often. They are really lovely pieces of art. Also from Whitney's family a beautiful "white" bouquet of flowers. it was a great mother's day
Saturday, May 9, 2009
French lace, Three days after the bud, the subtle color is fading. The petals are "ruffled" like the skirt of a special dress as are the leaves....just a little ruffle in them
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
French Lace....one day past a bud for one of my favorite "white" roses. My roses grow beautifully in Southern California but I am hoping I can take some of my favorites to zone 5 (Denver)