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Flowers on Friday

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Harper is the most adorable child, I agree.  I can not believe how fearless she appears in any pictures I’ve seen.  (Especially considering that the water in the ocean is probably only slightly above freezing!)  Will Chet be able to fit on the long board with Sebastian and Harper?

My flowers on Friday are of the cloth variety.

Can you tell I like big, bright blossoms?  Have a great weekend, give Shannon, Harper, Sebastian, et al a big hug and kiss from me!

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June 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Posted in Flowers, Quilts

Holy Cuteness

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I know we usually feature flowers on Friday but I did that on Wednesday so today is all about cuteness.

First off, my little niece Harper who is visiting from AK (can’t wait to see her tomorrow!).  Here are some pictures from her trip out East.

This is a picture of her on the paddle board with Sebastian in Jamestown.

Trying out the swimming pool slide in Worcester.

And showing off her new wetsuit.

Last, but not least is a video of your granddog.  I bought him a new puzzle toy the other day – for when Kate drops him off after his afternoon walk (we still use the PB kong for the AM).  We hid treats under each of the little circles and he has figured out how to slide them and get the treat.  Such a smart little guy! (BTW – he did get all of the others, the entire video was too long for emailing.)

Happy Friday!!!

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June 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

Posted in Dara's Tid Bits

Emily’s Appliqued quilt is finished

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I delivered Miss Emily’s finished quilt to her today.  It is the quilt I showed on my quilter last week.  I fall in love with every quilt I work on, but I really loved this one.  Emily told me she made these blocks when she was just starting to applique,  she is very, very talented. She always wanted to hand quilt it, but asked me to quilt instead.

The quilt was large, so it was tough to take a picture of the whole piece, so I have to show it in sections.

This is the side border-recognize the style of quilting?  Beadboard!

 I crosshatched the sashing (the red strips between the blocks)

This is the top with pillows:

Such a pretty quilt on a bed, isn’t it?

I’m so glad you are enjoying your deck.  It appears that Mike cooked every type of meat he could find!



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June 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Quilts

Third Wednesday in a Row

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Yesterday was the third Wednesday in a row that I was out (well, in this case in) doing something fun (I usually don’t go out on “school nights”).  Last night Mike and I hosted a potluck dinner party on our deck.

It was a BEAUTIFUL night – perfect weather.  Everyone brough the most amazing food.  We had a cold rice salad, caprese salad, mac and cheese, chips with guac and mango salsa, cruditee . . . and lots of vino!

Mike grilled up some spicy BBQ chicken, steak and pork ribs. (see how big the elephant ears are getting?)

I made my favorite Pina Colada Cupcakes from Skinny Taste for dessert.

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June 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

Posted in Dara's Tid Bits, Food

Horsing around

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The weekend garden is absolutely GORGEOUS, however…there is NO way that one person maintains it on the weekend.   I think I should visit for a few weeks to prove my point.

Dear Jane Kathy made another quilt for a niece for high school graduation.

The quilting I did was all about texture.

The fabric featured horses by Laurel Burch.  I tried to quilt a few horses in Laurel’s style.

This is the whole quilt:

(Somehow a small UFO appeared in the photo.)

After giving it some thought, I might have to spend at least a month in the weekend garden.  I hope he has mint growing, I’m on a mojito kick.


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June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Posted in Quilts

Weekend Country Garden

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Yes, you read that correctly.  This is a WEEKEND country (VT) garden which was created by and is being maintained by a man!   I came across this article in July’s edition of Martha Stewart Living magazine and had to share.

The tall Poplar trees remind me of Tuscany. 
This guy may have your dream job – he’s the director of preservation for the Garden Conservancy.  So he pretty much flies around all over the country and does garden tours.  Hey, I’m not super into gardening but SIGN ME UP!!
Weekend Country Garden
Martha Stewart Living, July 2012
An experienced gardener in Vermont uses a few time-honored design techniques to create a country garden with a simple layout and diverse plantings. The result is a garden that thrives during his days away and gives him hours of pleasure on the weekends.
Weekend gardens are notoriously difficult to manage. While homeowners are busy doing everything but gardening Monday through Friday, weeds grow into bushes, deer chomp prized flowers, and sudden storms can flatten a flower bed in minutes. It’s a problem that Bill Noble knows too well. As director of preservation for the Garden Conservancy, a national organization that preserves America’s gardens, he divides his time between his work in Cold Spring, New York, and the home he bought in 1991 with his partner, Jim Tatum, in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont. In addition, his job frequently keeps him on the road visiting historical estates and gardens that are being reviewed for conservation.
Noble’s solution: to use planting techniques that allow room for a little imperfection. Aside from a rock garden and several shade borders, the main feature of his garden is a group of mixed borders of shrubs, perennials, annuals, and biennials. The plantings may look complex, but they’re actually a labor saver. “All the shrubs are good citizens,” Noble says, explaining that most need just a yearly pruning. At midsummer, the four beds overflow with classic characters of a New England flower garden: phlox, mallow, and monarda. Their bright pastels are set off by dark-leaved shrubs, such as Berberis ‘Royal Cloak’ (not invasive in his area, he says), purple-leaf sand cherry, and Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Ruby Lace.’ The sturdy branches not only give support to delicate flowers, which would otherwise need more staking than the minimal version he does each spring, but also nudge the proper shades toward a more daring palette. In less experienced hands, all the diverse color and leaf texture might look like what the English unappetizingly call “the dog’s breakfast,” with one of this and one of that competing for attention. But with his natural artistry, a planting plan that strives to be fairly low maintenance, and a few long weekends sneaked in during the season, Noble keeps things looking harmonious.
As the sun’s rays hit his jewel box of a garden, the setting is as idyllic and golden as the hilly Italian landscape that inspired the artists in neighboring Cornish. “Everyone loves a good view, but when you’re trying to create a garden space, that feeling of being on the edge of infinity can be a problem,” says Noble, who edged the planting with a row of poplars. The leafy screen does its job, generating a sense of peacefulness — and refuge from the demands of a long week.


Speaking of Martha and gardens . . . have you seen pictures of her herb garden?  (you must be the only weirdo that thinks boxwood smells like cat pee!)

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June 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

Posted in Flowers

Debby overstayed her welcome

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Oh, I so hated to be the one who moved that cute baby off the opening spot on our blog.  Dara, what a truly wonderful gift for Kim.

The dogs and I have cabin fever.  I can’t believe I’m already boring you with reports of bad weather in Florida.   Tropical storm Debby visited Tampa, and liked it so much that she stayed far too long.  I was thrilled with the rain, but heartsick about the devastation it caused.  Lots of people were evacuated from their homes due to flooding.  People in town were rescued by  AIRBOATS!!!  One of the problems we were warned about was to avoid walking in the water in the streets because of ALIGATORS!!! I guess it is going to be a long hurricane season.

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June 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Posted in Bev's Tid Bits