"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The wind is blowing hard and knocking on the house,

yet, I still venture outside to water the new growth that is spouting 
in the flower beds .  
and after I am finished, I come in with my hair looking 
just like this! Although it is only February, we have not had much of 
a winter and not much rain.  So I water these plants that are starting to bloom.

This seems to be the month of purple.   As  you remember from my last 
posts, the yellow jasmine shows up in January. 
This is stock flower.........it always shows up and has the most wonderful fragrance
in February.

The large patch of Vinca also shows off it's light purple blossoms.

Out in my "woods garden"  the wild conifer bushes
are starting to bud.

from a distance they look as if they have been embellished with
tiny french knots.

Up close they look like very tiny pine cones.  They are an
evergreen bush.....much like a pine tree, except they do not grow tall
like a tree, but spread out across the ground.  They do not 
have pine cones.  The deer love to eat on these.  They grow
abundantly in the woods here.

The pink primrose garden has spread out farther and looking
healthy. It will bloom a little later. 

The primrose leaves are so pretty at this time of year.........
they make me want to copy them onto fabric to work in
embroidery stitches. 

Speaking of embroidery.........most of you know I have an embroidery blog, 
Yesteryear Embroideries  at this link
but for those of you who do not know, I wanted to share my latest project I have been working on for the past 5 months. 
You can read about  where the inspiration came for this piece on my embroidery blog.
It is a small quilt made with  tiny triangles and embellished with my embroidery, all by hand.
All together there are 3,200 triangles
which ,when sewn together make 1600 squares that
are 3/4 ".
the quilt, at the moment measures 28" X 22"
It will be a wall hanging.
I now need to place the batting and the back fabric on ,
and then hand quilt it all together.
I have titled this piece " My Summer Basket"
As you can tell from the wood garden photo in this post, it is 
dry and clear here in Texas.........
but for many of you there might be a blanket of ice or snow? Maybe even a frozen river
as is the case of one dear friend in New Hampshire.
And for some of you .....such as my dear friend in Arkansas......
you may have a back yard full of daffodils of all kinds! 
Where ever your backyard is and whatever your weather may be,
I hope this finds you happy and warm!