Friday, July 13, 2018

Dishcloths...






I knitted some dishcloths...
It's a good way to learn some 
different stitches...
I like how they came out...


So cute!
I need to make some for myself.  
I gave 3 to my Mom...
And I have 4 to give to my Grandson 
and his bride to be...
I'm next!  haha
I also sewed 3 of the 
dresses for Africa today. 
 I had those left over from the last batch.

Always busy...  
Always something to do. 
 I am always learning something.  
Life is good and I am so thankful 
that I am able to do these things. 

 'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Flowers...







These first two pics are Queen Anne's Lace...
It grew here on it's own...
Very pretty,  but spreads very rapidly...
I will have to keep an eye on this one!






This one,  below, is Campanula,  "Lady Bells"...
Pretty,  but VERY invasive.
It's in every square inch of my borders...

I am constantly digging it out...

This is Verbena (annual).  I have this in a large barrel,
where the little bunnies cannot get to it!

They have eaten most of the annuals
that I planted this year!
They love my gardens!
 A smorgasbord for bunnies...  haha

My garden looks good so far this year, 
the perennials are pretty drought tolerant.
We are in a heat wave now,
and it is going to last for a while, 
as most of the country is...

Happy 4th of July!
How are you celebrating?

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean






Sunday, July 1, 2018

Poppy...

My latest little beauty...
Meet Poppy...
She is a mermaid...
She does have legs and feet under her costume...

She is 13" tall...

She has real eyelashes...

She is in her costume here...

Her gorgeous hair is so soft...

She came with this bathing suit and skirt...

I should have many hours of fun,
 making clothes for her and dressing her.

I feel like a little kid again!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Knitting...

I have renewed my interest in knitting...
I learned some basics about 40 or 50 (!) yrs ago...
I had not done anything since then...
My BFF was my inspiration 
when I saw the beautiful sweater 
that she is in the process of making!
Here is a link to her blog and that post...


I realize that I will never be as good 
as she is at knitting,  
but I am enjoying the learning process, 
and trying some new
 and challenging projects.  
These clothes are for my dolls that I collect.  
They are small items 
and go pretty fast when making them.  
I like that. 

I have other interests and need to divide my time 
so that I can work on all of them.
I am so happy to be retired 
so that I can do all these wonderful things... 


Here is a little hat. 
It will have a pompom on top
when I decide on an outfit
and the color to go with it.

I practiced this by making a swatch.

So I made it into a bag for one of the dolls.

I made this for the handle of the bag,
but it was too wide so I made it into a scarf...

This was a real challenge for me...

This is the back...
I'm not sure the skirt is right, 
but I think it looks OK.

I need more practice using double pointed needles...
The instructions said to give a tug
when switching needles.
 I did that, but I guess it was not hard enough.  haha
More practice needed on that part!
Never did that before...


Closeup of the lace down the front of the little dress...
I have been referring to YouTube a lot!
It has helped me tremendously! 
So,  everyone have a lovely day!
'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Everything is coming up pink...

Come see my pretty pink bloomers...


Nice clean bird bath...

Hey,  there's a dragonfly in my daisies...

Love this combo...

Foxgloves...

Old barrel hoops...

Thanks for coming by
to visit my garden today. 
Visitors are always welcome!
Wish you could all come by
and have a nice,  cold glass
of iced tea with me!
We could just sit, talk, and admire
the beauty of my garden!

'Til next time,  Love ya, Jean

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June flowers...

More flowers in my garden...

Another one of my favorites...

Love how the edges are colored
and some speckles on the rest of it...

Another bud...

This one is still going...

The pansies are looking good!

A staple in my garden...
the daisy...

Another staple... always reliable...
Silene...
The color is much more bold
than the photo shows...
 Just a few of what is blooming
in my garden now.
 More to come...
 Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Iris...

Is this amazing or what!


I love my Iris.  I have many 
more various colors and sizes.

This is a Siberian Iris...
Caesar's Brother,
(needs to be divided)

A reblooming Iris...

Old-fashioned purple, 
given to me by a neighbor 45 yrs ago...

I don't know where this came from, 
but it sure is beautiful!

Another old-fashioned yellow...
This purple one smells like grape Kool-Aid...

Another Siberian...

The only problem is...
I wish the flowers lasted all summer!

'Til next time, 
Love ya,  Jean