Sunday, April 19, 2009


I am happy to introduce you to my first ever quilt "Traveling Bunnies."
Aren't they adorable?
(These pictures do not do it justice.)

I can take very little credit for the finished product. And all the OOZZEE and AAWWH"S go to my sister Angela.

Angela sent me the fabric with this handy dandy chart that she put together to make it as easy as possible for me.

Even then, there were phone calls to her with questions like:
Q: Me,
How do I use the wonder Under?

A: Angela,
-Rough side of Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric.
-Iron on "Cotton setting" 5 to 6 seconds per area.
-"Warning"! Do not drag the iron across the fabric, pick it up and set it down on the fabric.
Etc. Etc. Etc.

After a few phone calls, (some loooong phone calls) and working on them for about a month I had my bunnies put together on their background fabric awaiting the journey to my sister's home. The day finally arrived and the Bunnies and I boarded the plane. When we got to her home my sister went to work--it was wonderful watching her weave her magic freehand style with her long arm quilting machine as I sat surrounded by colorful fabrics and beautiful quilts that she had created and displayed on the walls all around the room---soooo cozy!
I flew home a week later with my first quilt, ready to enjoy. It was my birthday present from her. Great present huh?

Here is a few close-ups of a couple of the bunnies.

The book we got the bunny template from is "Another nice mix" by Gerry Kimmel.
Its actually called "Walking Rabbit"

Until next time:-)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


People could add joy and meaning to their lives if they took time to observe their surroundings.
Helen Keller

I have had this precious Gardener's Journal by Mary Engelbreit for about twelve years (It is now sadly out of print) and I have never used it. I decided that this would be the year. It has a place to draw in your property boundaries and then grids for drawing to scale, porches, sheds, walkways, garden areas, trees, etc.. It also has a month to month summary area to write in what you have done each month in your yard. It has a place to write about your future plans and also an area to put before and after photos.

And now, (drum roll please), a preview of the beginnings of our garden.

A tender Lettuce plant

A brave Radish plant has pushed itself through the soil.

Helen Keller said:

...Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind.
Here the music of voices, the song of a bird, the mighty strains
of an orchestra as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow.
Touch each object you want to touch as if tomorrow your
tactile sense would fail.

And now, last but defiantly not least, an update on our egg number 3.
1)Clean back porch.
2) Plant flowers in containers on front porch.

A friend and I went to pick my Mother up to spend Easter week with us, while I was gone Morgyman cleaned the back porch:). And for the containers on the porch? I'm going to go with my Mom this week to the nursery to pick out flowers to plant in them. With the Holiday we are one week behind on our eggs, sooo egg number 4 will be opened this Sunday.

UPDATE: While I was writing this post I let the dog outside and surprise.!!! is snowing, the ground is covered in beautiful white, along with my peas, lettuce's, beets, and radishes. Sigh...

as Tasha Tudor quotes "Take Joy"
Bye for now:-)

Monday, April 13, 2009

There Is Beauty All Around

A lovely tree in bloom in my front yard.

Mt. Timpanogos
The Legend of The Sleeping Princess Silver Moon
(Sorry! I could not make it a direct link-it would not work, so it will be "cut and paste")

I Love this majestic and inspiring mountain that I look at everyday right outside my window. I love it most with blue sky and snow still atop its peaks.

Here is a picture of the first full moon on April 9th (after the Vernal Equinox), which then determines that Easter will be the first Sunday after this moon. I love its misty appearance.
While I was taking the picture the song "I Only Have Eyes For You" came into my mind.

My love must be a kind of blind love
I can't see anyone but you

Are the stars out tonight?
I don't know if it's cloudy or bright
I only have eyes for you, dear

The moon may be high
But I can't see a thing in the sky
Cause I only have eyes for you

I don't know if we're in a garden
Or on a crowded avenue
You are here, so am I

Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you

Until next post:-)