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September 23, 2009


baby quilt, originally uploaded by Melanie O.

Fall color week on elsie marley

September 22, 2009

Burnt Sienna

Fall color week on Elsie Marley. Pretty sure there's some Burnt Sienna in all the reddish-brownish-orangey goodness of this flower.

French Marigold

September 21, 2009

Brick Red

Brick Red for Fall Color Week on Elsie Marley. This is a Doily Stretcher I picked up for $3 at a garage sale in Shawano, Wisconsin. I have no idea how it was used, but I love it's graphic beauty.

Pinabord Doily Stretcher

September 16, 2009

Odd Fall Blooms

Not what I usually see in the garden in mid-September:

A single orange rose. I bought this vine in May and didn't expect any blooms this year. And the package said pink. However, orange is my favorite color (okay, tied with green) so I love it. Except it's in the "cool" garden with purples, blues and pinks. I do love contrast, though ...

Unknown purple flowers growing in the lawn. I think they're wild geraniums. Pleasant surprise because I usually only see flowers in the lawn in spring (other than dandelions, of course)

Pincushions, usually only seen in spring.

Forget-me-nots, planted in the vegetable garden two years ago, keep popping up.

JalapeƱo plant appears to want to provide one more harvest - let's hope the frost stays away long enough!

Could it be ... sunflowers!?! In mid-September? Oh, I hope, I hope they bloom before it gets too cold!!

August 29, 2009

Late Summer Garden

Tomatos, Tomatillos, Jalapenos, oh my!

And, I'm back! I hope to come back to this space a couple times a week now that I have my other blog moving along nicely.

Late summer harvest from the garden - gazillions of tomatoes this year (yay!!), tomatillos (which grow like weeds in my yard and garden) and jalapeƱos. Will be making salsa shortly. And bruschetta (with store-bought basil, as both garden shops I went to were sold out by the time I planted last spring).

Ladybug in kid-made habitat

Ladybug found in garden and put in an unenclosed "kid-made" habitat. Ladybug has since moved on to other habitats :)

Pumpkin, still maturing

Growing pumpkin.

White pumpkin, still maturing

White pumpkin! Still growing. We picked a white pumpkin from a pumpkin farm and saved the seeds. We planted the seeds in spring and here we have our first home-grown white pumpkin! Didn't work with the blue Belgian pumpkin, but there's always next year!

May 1, 2009

Musical Park in Milwaukee

I had driven past this park many times, not knowing that it was even a park. I thought that it was some sort of promotional display for one of the museums in the area. Well, one day we happened to park across the street from it during a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum. We decided to stop and explore... and we were pleasantly surprised!

The flags (?) make a rustling noise in the wind, like leaves on tall trees in a very large forest. They sparkle and wink in the sunlight and you can turn them with wheels at the bottom of the poles.

We were really surprised to find that the benches had drumsticks tied to them! They are musical benches!

And the "sculpture" in the middle has a sign on it to drop in pebbles. The pebbles make music on their way down.

Probably one of the coolest parks we've ever visited!

March 21, 2009

Charity Block - Aqua & Red for Project Improv

To be mailed next week! The wonderful fabric selection is thanks to Cynthia at fabricworm. I told her I was making a block for the aqua/red charity quilt group and asked her to pick some fabrics that would look good together. I'm very pleased with what she sent me! I worked the block from Jacquie's Wonky Log Cabin tutorial and it was so much fun! Off to Kansas City it goes!