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My Favorite Season

Spring Magic
by Cicely Mary Barker

The World is very old;
    But year by year
It groweth new again
    When buds appear.
The World is very old;
    And sometimes sad;
But when the daisies come
    The World is glad.
The World is very old;
    But every Spring
It growth your again,
    And fairies sing.

Happy Spring to all those with me in the northern hemisphere. Happy Autumn to my other friends.

We have a day fit to honor this new season. It couldn’t be more beautiful–sunny and warm for March.

This past week was a slow week for me working on dolly things. I’m not sure why, just one of those things, I guess. I have a daffodil themed ensemble in the works for the Little Darlings. The dress is sewn and the cardigan’s embroidery is almost complete. After a few false starts embroidering the daffodils I decided to go with the style of daffodil embroidery that I did for Sugar many years ago. Here is a photo of one of those dresses. I loved these dresses for Sugar!

My Spring Garden in Mint for PukiPuki

I hope you get to enjoy each and every day of this new season. It is filled with wonderment and possibilities.

Hugs and ūüíē til next time, my friends! ūüĆ∑

June is… Here!

Yay it’s June!!!

Hello to you all!

These past weeks I’ve been enjoying spring time here in northern Illinois. ¬†That is, weather permitting. ¬†We had a most dreary and rainy May, but that didn’t stop me from finding those rare days and to enjoy the blossoms growing around me and at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Hutch of grape hyacinths, English Walled Garden

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Lily-of-the-valley, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Lily-of-the-valley, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Apple blossoms, my yard

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Lilac blossoms, my yard

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Phlox in full bloom, my yard

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Forget-me-nots, my yard

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My planters and Kitty

I’ve also been doing a little knitting, and I mean a little, sorry nothing more to show. ¬†I am finding it hard getting my knitting and ‘making’ mojo back after my hiatus. ¬†My mind wants to create, create, create, but my body is still slow. ¬†By the way, I thank you all for being patient with me. ¬†There is so much I want to do… ¬†I have faith things will improve albeit rather slowly.

Here is something I managed to accomplish. ¬†I won’t mention how long this took to knit…

Off my knitting needles and currently blocking is a sweater dress for the Little Darlings.  When picking out a color for this project, sunny yellow seemed the perfect color to knit with during our dreary spring weather.

The sweater dress is knit with Aunt Lydia’s bamboo thread. ¬†It’s comparable to #10 cotton crochet thread, but has lots more drape. ¬†I love this thread, and was very disappointed when it was discontinued by Red Heart. ¬†I’ve also used this bamboo thread interchangeably with fingering weight yarn. ¬†The stitch gauge is pretty much the same (maybe a tad smaller, but needs no adjustment). ¬†However, garments knit up shorter, which can easily be adjusted by adding some additional rows.

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I’ve previously made three sweater dresses for the Little Darlings out of this thread (see photos below). ¬†I think embroidery really looks delicate and beautiful on these dresses. ¬†I look forward to picking out colors and getting started!

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“So Pretty in Pink”, May 2015

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“My Favorite Roses”, April 2016

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“Summer Blooms”, July 2015

Wishing you all a beautiful day and evening, and sending you a dolly hug from my Little Darlings to you!

Thank you for stopping by, my friends.

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The Last Couple of Weeks

Hello, my friends!  How are you?

We’ve just wrapped up a beautiful springlike week. ¬†We also had a gorgeous Easter weekend; it was just perfect weather. ¬†After weather like that and a glance at the calendar I thought spring was here to stay. ¬†But, Mother Nature is at it again, just started to snow on this April 27th morning! ¬†They are predicting over 8″. ¬†Yikes! ¬†Not again! ¬†Another snowman? ¬†Maybe a snow girl this time? ¬†BTW, that last snowman my husband and daughter built didn’t even last 24 hours. ¬†Poor thing! ¬†In case you missed seeing our snowman…

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Our pink magnolia tree is in full bloom.  I love these colors and it makes a pretty backdrop for photos.  Patience had her photo taken here in 2015.  Her photos are some of my favorites.

Gina, my Little Darling, is wearing an ensemble that is all rosy and lilac, the perfect colors to use in front of this magnolia tree. ¬†I took her out during yesterday’s evening golden hour and quickly snapped a few photos of my gorgeous Gina.

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The day before Easter (Holy Saturday) my husband, daughter, and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens. ¬†Yes, again; we love it her so much–we have a membership. ¬†This is my happy place. ¬†When I am here I feel at peace. ¬†Seriously, if given the opportunity I would move just to be as close as possible to the gardens. ¬†Walking distance would be nice!

Unlike when we last visited the daffodils and magnolia trees were in full bloom.

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The tulips looked like they were almost ready (next time), although we did find a few in bloom.  I thought these pots of tulips/crocuses at the entrance to the English Walled Garden arranged on risers was nice.

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A garden that we’ve recently started visiting is the Enabling Garden. It is a¬†hands-on teaching garden that encourages gardening for people of all ages and abilities. ¬†Some of the beds were raised at the perfect level for a wheel chair to slide underneath. ¬†I wish I had gotten a photo of these. ¬†I thought that were genius. ¬†I think the Enabling Garden is situated away from the natural flow of foot traffic, so is often very quiet and peaceful which I love.

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I have never seen a pansy like this before! ¬†Isn’t is wonderful!

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My own pot of pansies has been brought into the sun porch so the poor things don’t get snowed on. ¬†It’s still snowing, but not yet sticking to the grass or pavement; it won’t be long. ¬†*ugh*

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend filled with sunshine and warm breezes.

Thanks for visiting with me today, my friends. ‚̧ ¬†Drop me a comment if you wish; I’d love to hear what you are up to.