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Goings On

Happy Friday to everyone!  The calendar says spring has arrived even if the weather is not acting accordingly.

My husband and I strolled though the Chicago Botanic Gardens this past week.  There’s not too much growing, but a lot of work was being done on the gardens.  The snowdrops are blooming on many hillsides, and I saw some tiny purple scilla here and there.

All around was peace and promises of what is to come.  These botanic gardens have always fed my soul, and even at this time of year was no exception.

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Two weekends ago we attended the orchid show at the gardens.  The greenhouses were adorned with orchids!  There was beauty everywhere, however, when I saw these giant parasols hanging from the ceiling my heart skipped a beat.  The colors of these giant beauties against the blue sky… simply amazing.

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I completed three more dresses for my Operation Christmas Child 2018 shoeboxes this week.  I now have a total of eight!  I made these three dresses in tandem, so the steps were batched.  I think they got more quickly, but it seemed like more “work” as I tended to get tired of doing one thing three times, or six times as in the case of armholes or straps.

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The middle dress is made with blue oxford cloth and a yellow gingham pocket.  The dress on the right has teeny tiny salmon colored stars printed on ivory with the bottom fabric in reverse.

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Alice, my beautiful Little Darling painted by Nelly Valentino, keeps me company while I sew in my studio.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, and maybe some springlike weather where you live.  Thanks for visiting with me, my friends.

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This and That for Saturday!

Hi all!  Did you have a nice Groundhog Day?  Yep, he saw his shadow—another 6 weeks of winter.  I’m betting winter will extend past that 6 week mark, maybe 10 weeks!  What do you think?

My husband and I spent yesterday evening watching the movie “Groundhog Day”.  It was filmed in a nearby town that we frequently visit.  We had fun trying to pick out the filming spots and what is there now.  The filming probably took place in 1992, so things have changed.  My husband is really good at spotting the areas, not me so much.  The bed and breakfast that  Bill Murray stayed in was recently sold.  In case you are curious as to what it looks like you can see that here.  I don’t believe they filmed inside, but definitely outside.  I think it operated as a bed and breakfast for a while, but not sure what it is currently being used for.

This little orchid blossom is just opening this very morning!  She’s itty bitty, and is one of three buds on a short stem.  This is my last remaining phalaenopsis orchid plant. 😦  I must say that that’s a very good reason to visit a somewhat local orchid greenhouse.  It’s huge (4 acres!) and makes you feel as if you’re on a tropical vacation.

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My stack of cowls is growing.  I just finished the white one.  My next cowl will be the Bobble Cowl by Joji Locatelli.  It is much longer than these three, so will be on my needles for awhile.  I want to dye a skein of fingering weight merino single ply in a very light tonal or barely there gradient.  Sorry dollies, I know this skein was meant for you.

As for dolly stuff, I will be embroidering today.  See, I’m all set up and ready to go.  Once I get started I will be fine—no more procrastinating.

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Oh, one more thing… I didn’t start out collecting doll books, but as you can see it is turning into that.  I don’t think I can pass up a book with the word “doll” in the title or a doll illustration on the cover.  “House of Dolls” just arrived last week, and is my tiniest book yet.  A few of these books have been recommended by some of you.  Thank you!  I’ve enjoyed them all very much and reread them often.  Any more suggestions? 🙂

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I still have to share my heart sachets with you.  Tomorrow, I will try.  This post is already all over the place.

Wishing you all a great Saturday!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. ❤

How’s Your May Progressing?

Believe it or not, we are already into the second half of May.  How did that happen?  I love this time of year though, when summer is yet to come, and it feels that once it starts it will be never ending.  However, of course, it never is.

We spent this past Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  I took some photos of the gardens, not too many this year, but enough to show you what it looks like in May 2017.

We’ve been here in past years during mid May and have seen all of the cherry blossoms  in bloom.  Not so this year, only one tree left in bloom, and we found it in the Japanese Garden.

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I LOVE flowers and the endless colors they produce, but there is something about the Japanese Garden that appeals to me… a lot; its simplicity and calmness speak to me.  When I was younger, I never found this understated and mostly green garden very interesting at all.  But now, this is the place where I would sit and knit all day long; I love it that much.  If you’d like to read more about this garden here is the link to its page on their website.

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Azaleas, azaleas, azaleas!

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And here are a few photos from elsewhere at the Botanic Gardens.  Subtle shade difference in flowers get me every time.  These are lupines in a multitude of pinks.

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Be still my heart… lily-of-the-valley, love, love, love!  Oh how I wanted to pick one, but I resisted.  I did spend quite a while here repeatedly bending down to inhale their sweet scent though.  Anyone else have a lily-of-the-valley scented Little Kiddle doll?

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The English Oak Meadow hillside is awash with California poppies.

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We had a lovely (and sunny) Mother’s Day together.  In the afternoon we visited a local nursery and picked up a few hanging baskets for the front porch, then made dinner at home.  It was a wonderful weekend, indeed!

I hope yours was wonderful too!

A happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you moms. ❤