Saturday, May 30, 2009

pineapple Hawaiian quilt

pineapple Hawaiian quilt, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Matilija Poppies, more

Matilija, 2, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

More Matilija poppies, oops on the yellow paint!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Matilija poppies

Matilija poppies, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Happy Birthday, Marjorie!!!!!!!

Cappuccino dream cupcake, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day was beautiful here.....lots of sunshine to play outdoors.  Whitney and her family came over in the afternoon and all the little girls were so happy playing together.  Kate is 2 years, 2 months; Miley is 2 years, 4 months.  Who would have thought two year olds could rid scooters.  Each girl has her own technique.  Kate puts one foot up and goes.  Miley leans way back and really pushes hard with her left foot.  Notice, too these girls are stylin': the outfit...a cute little dress with a sweatshirt over.  This was too much fun to watch.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Paul Bocuse rose

Paul Bocuse rose, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

climbing Eden bud

climbing Eden bud, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

An isolated bud from my 9 year old rose bush that is draped with blooms. They are so heavy they hang below their branches

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Roses! and more roses

Paul Bocuse rose, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

A cluster of apricot blooms of my Paul Bocuse rose. They form a colorful arch on the arbor

climbing Eden and apples

climbing Eden and apples, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Eden Roses

Eden Roses, originally uploaded by persephones_pictures.

This is another's photo of her Eden roses. I just could not bring myself to cut all of my blooms but the are fabulous arranged like this

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Roses in my garden

Paul Bocuse Rose, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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


amaryllis, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Cottage Rose quilt

lattice quilt, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

Strawberry and mint green with some pink fabrics in a design from Britain. My first consigned quilt. Made in 2004

lattice quilt block detail

lattice quilt block detail, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

detail of blocks, rose pattern quilting

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Joy

mother's day, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Happy Mother's day to all of you wonderful moms

French lace, day 3, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

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

Hardy: zones 5-10

French Lace, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

French 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)