Saturday, August 31, 2019

Life with Lilli

I've been working with some rulers that Paula loaned me.  I used them to roughly copy a pattern from a class that she took from Margaret Solomon Gunn, an award winning quilter and wonderful teacher that happens to live in Gorham, ME!

First, I used the template rulers to draw my pattern on paper.
Next, I used Frixion pens to draw the pattern on my practice fabric.  It came out a little different than the paper one, but that's just how it happened.

From here, I attempt to use the templates to "draw on the lines" with thread.  It's a damn lot more difficult than I anticipated, partly because of my tendency to be a perfectionist.  However, this project is helping me let that least a little.  Otherwise I would be ripping out every.single.stitch!  I have to constantly remind myself...this is practice.
August 3, 2019
Close up of the center
After almost a month, I made it back to the cellar to work a little more.
August 31, 2019
Now...everyone that knows me, knows I'm my own worst critic, never happy with anything I do.  However, I have to say...although this is far from great, it's not terrible either.  

Once the stitching is completed and I bury all the ends, I'll iron it and Voila, the pink marks will should disappear.  I think I might make a wall hanging so I can compare my first piece with the ones that follow.

Thank you Paula for loaning me all of the templates I needed and for not needing them back in any kind of timely manner.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Flowers in the Garden

The butterfly weed is doing very well and has even spread.
Love these seed pods and I'm not going to deadhead them.

The coneflowers are the best they've ever been!
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Happy Anniversary to Us

While neither of us can actually remember the date we had our first "date", we know it was the beginning of August, 2002.  I say it was the 1st and Bill says it was the 2nd.  Whatever...

I don't think either of us remembered this year until we got a nice card from our friends.  While I'm a slacker and didn't get Bill anything, not even a card (sigh), he was nice enough to surprise me with a card AND flowers.  
I'm such a loser!  I'm going to put it in my calendar, with a reminder, for next year.

Thank you Bill, you never disappoint.  

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dog Watching is Hard Work

but somebody's gotta do it.

Wendy and Dan are sweating their butts off at the Yarmouth Clam Festival and I'm giving the dogs some potty and play time.  They were out with me for awhile, then decided to lay in the house by the fan; I'm chillaxin' in the pool.
Nice and comfortable in the shade
Hope they don't work me this hard again next year ;o)

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Happy Birthday to Me, Me, Meeeee

Quite a milestone birthday...SEVENTY FREAKIN' YEARS!  Holy crap, how did that happen?!

It's true that in the past, I didn't look upon getting another year older with great affection.  However, at this point, I have come to the conclusion that getting older is considerably better than the alternative.  So...let's celebrate!

I received a package from Greg a couple of days ago but waited until today to open it.  It's a very cute garden stake!  Now I just need to find the perfect spot for it ;o)
Wendy and Dan met us for breakfast at Keeping' It Local, in Shapleigh, which was a special treat.  They gave me a really nice Acadia poster, a special place for all of us and a place where they have agreed to spread my ashes, when the time comes.
Bill gave me this super cool garden cart!
It came in a box and I had absolutely no idea what it was, even as I started pulling pieces out of the box.  Only when I came upon the instructions, did I figure it out.  Not only did Bill pick it out but he also had to put it together.  Now, instead of carrying a stool and a bucket with all my tools around as I work in the garden, I can put the tools under the seat, sit and wheel myself along.  So.much.easier on my back and legs. 

Each one was the perfect gift!  

The afternoon was spent finishing up cleaning the house for the dog sitter and a 3 hour trip to Middletown, RI for Bill's sister's 50th wedding anniversary party.  It was a nice party, attended by family and friends.  I was very surprised when Bill's sister's children presented me with a piece of cake, topped with a birthday candle and a group rendition of Happy Birthday.  It WAS a surprise and it was very thoughtful of them.

We spent the night in Mansfield, MA and headed home the next day, after a visit to IKEA.

All in all, not a bad birthday.  Let's all do it again next year...okay?

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Naples Botanical Gardens

Apparently, each year, the Gardens has some kind of artistic display among the plants and flowers. When we went two years ago, it was a display of origami sculpture.  You can read about that visit here, here and here.  We didn't go last year when the display included dinosaurs.

This year, the display featured glasswork by Hans Godo Fräbel.  I really enjoyed the different, fragile pieces throughout the Gardens, beginning as soon as you enter the Entry Pavilion and Kathryn's Garden.
"Cavorting Clown Fountain"
"Jesters On Branch"
We have started skipping the Children's Garden, mostly because it's full of kids.  AND, there weren't any glass displays in there anyway.  Go figure...

Our next stop is one of my favorites - the Brazilian Garden.  Walking along the path, one of the overlook areas is covered in this plant with the beautiful blossoms, which grows naturally from Venezuela to Bolivia.
Scarlet Passion Flower
This overlooks the pool at the top of the garden, where "Longfellow Gravity" currently resides.
"Longfellow Gravity"
The path winds upward, bringing you to the upper edge of the pool, where you get a closer look at the "Longfellows".
I really loved these tall, thin fellows.
I can't imagine how carefully these pieces need to be packaged in order to travel safely.

My favorite part of the Brazilian Garden is this colorful mosaic wall.
This is just a section of the wall because someone was sitting in front of it.  I probably said this before but I think this would make an awesome quilt!  There are many different lilies in the pool.
There is a lower pool with more glass to enjoy.
I think the view from up here, looking toward the Performance Lawn, is very pretty.  My kind of colors, I guess.
I thought this was interesting information...
From here we wandered over to the Performance Lawn, which we completely missed the last time we were here.  This sculpture, statue, called "Circle of Friends" by Gary Lee Price and is on permanent loan.
It's larger than it looks and is very detailed.  Notice the baby Joey in the kangaroo's pouch and the bird, perched on the turtle's shell.

Across the lawn is the aptly named Water Garden, with a glass display called "Balancing Act".
The glass balls look very much like balloons.  I love the reflection!  There were also more lilies.
This is one tree, called a Screw Pine, native to Madagascar, Mauriius and Seychelles.
Looking past the Water Garden toward the Asian Garden.
That's the way we headed.  I don't know what this vine is called but I liked the heart shaped "leaves".
This one is called "light bulbs" and is native to Thailand.
These "Wavy Bowls" are made of glass!  The work appears to be  incredibly delicate. 
I love the reflection.
The Longfellows are here in the Asian Garden, too.  These are called "Longfellow Fountain" but I don't know why...
These are just called Longfellows.  They are smaller than some of the others.  I like the way they are crossing the water, very whimsical.
Of course, there has to be a pagoda in the Asian Garden.
Another one I don't know the name of, but I like it!
The Succulent Garden is the home of this sculpture called "Blue Calla Flare".  It stands about 12' tall.
Moving the Florida Garden, home of the "Large Cube with Imploding Glass Spheres".  
Can you imagine packing this and moving it from one display location to another?  

This section of the gardens overlooks Lake Tupke.  Pretty sure there's alligators in there...
We walked back through the Idea Garden where we came across this African Milk Tree.
Bill had one of these, once upon a time...right up until I killed it ;o(

We made our way back to the beginning, crossed the River of Grass and came upon this!
"Queen's Wreath"
I don't even remember this from the last time we were here.  Maybe it wasn't blowing then.

We made our way back through the Caribbean Garden, to the Orchid Garden.  This is always one of my favorite stops and I take too many pictures, but I can't help myself...
These "Abstract Butterflies" were found in the Reflecting Pool.
This sculpture was in a display case near the garden shop.
I always like looking through the shop but I never buy anything.  

On our way out we saw these "Fantasy Flowers" and "Fantasy Flower Goblets".
It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the glass exhibit, a lot.  I think we will come back with Wendy and Dan but I won't take as many pictures...maybe.

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