The Earth is the Lord's........... and the fullness thereof!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lovely Day

Blessings of God in a world oft filled with tragedy

Monday, July 6, 2015

Teaching Teen Age Girls..... Sewing "A Brand New Bag"

Working with a dear friend... Annette Kirk Burleigh.... I've signed up for 5-6 Summer week sessions of quiltin and sewin... and they girls requested embroidery!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's Never too late..... to be happy

It is never too late to be happy;
It is never too late to smile;
It is never too late to extend a hand;
With a cheering word once in a while.

For there is never a sorrow or worry
In all this green-covered earth
But is followed soon by a gladsome joy
And a generous measure of mirth.

Jeanette H. Carey

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"B" is for Me !

Luvin Life.... Luv the Lord !

Be Blessed today ! ! !

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Plant labels for my Iris plants! So neat!

Terracotta/Clay Pots & China – sometimes pots and crockery break … relabel the broken shards or whole plates/pots. Here are some creative ways to use them.

Broken pot markers | The Micro Gardener
Made by gluing metal wire 'stakes' to the back. Then painted with acrylic outdoor paint & some rub on letters added & finally adhesive spray for staying power.

Broken terracotta pot markers | The Micro Gardener
Simple & eco-friendly. With a marker, stencils or vinyl sticky letters just add the name of the plant on the broken pot piece & pop in the ground!

Stepping into my Blooming Years ~ The Iris

Irises are a large family of flowering perennials grown from underground bulbs with dozens of species and varietals, many of which are variant shades of the color purple. Iris bulbs are planted in fall or early spring and produce blooms on tall, slim stalks in late spring and summer. Most iris varieties are hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9 and thrive in full sun.

Step 1
Prepare a planting bed for your iris in a location that receives full sun throughout the day and only an hour of two of shade at a maximum. In zones where iris are winter hardy, plant your bulbs in the fall at least six weeks before the ground freezes. In cooler climates plant your iris bulbs in the spring when the ground has warmed enough so that the soil can easily be dug and worked.
Step 2
Till the planting soil well to a depth of at least 8 in. and settle the churned soil with your hand or a tool to level it. Bury your iris bulbs 6 inches down in the soil at intervals of 4 to 6 inches apart. Water lightly after planting. To keep track of what you planted, use stakes or markers to note the planting spot and label the varietal.

Step 3
Watch the soil moisture around your iris bulbs throughout the seasons so that the soil surrounding them is never completely dry. In the spring begin maintenance watering to keep the soil evenly moist through the summer and early fall. Mulching with soil around the bulbs and growing plants will help to prevent water being lost to the atmosphere and will help nourish the soil. Consider using cocoa hulls, shredded bark, compost or leaf mold as your mulch material.

Step 4
Feed your iris bulbs and plants each year in early spring when green shoots being to emerge from the soil. Apply a granular or water-soluble dissolved crystal bulb fertilizer according to the package directions and always err on the side of underfeeding rather than overfeeding to prevent leggy growth and the build-up of mineral salts in the soil. Apply a second dose of bulb fertilizer in the summer after flowers being to fade to prepare the bulbs for dormancy and next year's bloom.

Step 5
Harvest fresh iris blooms for cut flower arrangements. Deadhead fading or spent flowers by cutting the stem off at its base. Allow the foliage to yellow and die back in the fall and winter, which will allow the nutrients in the foliage to help recharge the bulb for next season's bloom.

Thanks to

New Blooms in my life..

Lord Willing...... a change is in progress.   I'm learning a bit more each beautiful year about the flowers that bloom in my back yard.....   the Iris flower is named for the Greek goddess who was commonly called the Messenger of Love,   So graceful, fragile....but to the touch -- the petals stand silky and firm...fragile strength.  This beautiful... short blooming flower is considered the symbol of communication and messages.

Deep Seas 
A purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. This is the first of 10 years that I've decided to cut the Iris and make a table centerpiece!

I'm amused at the naming of these Iris flowers...... 

Lavendar of Love
 A Grape Fit and Sun Power!
A yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Luv The Linky ~ Tea Cup Exchange...... Lovely

I was so pleased to give and receive in the Feb-March Tea Cup Exchange hosted by Stephanie @ The Enchanted Rose......

Please visit and enjoy!

Here's my picture that I've been anxious to share.... I've been sipping every day.... I'm a working OLD GAL..... preparing for retirement in 14-18 months (Lord Willing!)

The gorgeous flowers inside the cup....   My little box was filled with tea,,, pretty red paper !!  so thoughtful....
 This is my desk setting..... clothing/colors don't quite off-set the beauty of my teacup!

 I was so inspired and pleased to receive the Royal Albert Dogwood Blossoms = Flora....

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sassy Ladies.....

 Looks like they have somewhere... to go....!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lovely Ann Lowe ~ My Black Star & Extraordinary Seamstress

Shall I label Ann Lowe as simple, petite, classy lady born in Alabama..... a skilled fabric artist/fashion designer who later lived in Tampa Florida.

Her eyes were on the prize of the Big City lights of New York!  Ann Lowe delighted in couture quality gowns that rivaled the best French designers.  Her works of art - her gowns reside in the Museum @ Fashion Institute of technology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.... and I'd like to venture back to the Smithsonian National museum of African American History and Culture to the the famous Jackie Kennedy gown.

I googled around and round the sweet --- engaging picture of a black seamstress.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why Quilt ~ It's A Stress burner!

 Hello friends and fellow quilters - sewists - crafters!    There is a little shop in OKC... and I snapped the lovely Thread Dome.  Resisted the urge to buy.   DIY... and I don't have a really large room!

A few more thoughts on why quiltin' is good for you... and me!  

In my sewing room last night.... I began a new clutter space..... or in reality... it is a creative space.  A bit of batting on the wall... and wa-la-la.... a design wall!  The bright colors used in quilt blocks can elevate our moods.... and still relax the mind... and push stress-filled  thoughts to the back-burner!

Then... take a few minutes to calculate, exact our cutting methods..... and we are in the flow.  A mild high... and a I'm ready for a good nights sleep.   I stand back and look at the finished flying geese block!  And to know that we are working on a tangible end... a finished-snuggly quilt to keep or give away.... is satisfaction supreme.

Below is a borrowed image..... my basic like for a traditional colorful quilt!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Quiltin is Meaningful Work ~ ~ It does a body good ! ! !

Just casually reading an article....   the statements and view were not brand new to me.... but somehow quite encouraging and refreshing.

Pronto - - - I'll run back to my sewing room tonight.... my haven of peace!

Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D. quoted the findings from the University of Glasgow that studied a local quilting group and found that "Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity."   Article Source:

Still browsing and Pinteresting.... yesterday.... this color scheme was outstanding to me.... my sense of color!  I always say.... wow this would look good in fabric/art quilt!

The article I was reading further stated that "When you're happy and doing something you love, your brain gets saturated with dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as happy chemicals-especially when you're doing "meaningful work" using your hands. According to Kelly Lambert, PhD and a member of the neuroscience department at Randolph-Macon College, quilting complements these conditions perfectly.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Izzy and ~ The Bliss and Enchantment of a Rose !

I'm inspired... on another Tuesday Tea-drinkers Day...

 My local credit union.... had a dozen pink roses.... on a Saturday drop in...   I asked, and awed.. and Guy said they are for our customers!

I browsed the LINKY PARTY @ The Enchanted Rose today..... please click the link and drop by... Oh such fun!
 It was such a delicate, large pink rose that I literally sunk my whole face into it.  No Thorns.
 About the same time in life... I'm working on a scap quilt!
 I couldn't help but stop a few minutes and share with IZZY....  love this movie (especially boiling in the black pot @ the restaurant)
And finally.... Jesus does indeed love the litle children of the world!  A gift from my kids!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Timeless Thursday ~ a quiltin'

 Hello world of fellow quilters.....  Thought I might share some finished treasures from 2012-2013-2014...   my the years do fly.  Since my blog has been around since 2009-I think.... this might be a bit of reposting.

I think I'll let the quilted images speak for themselves for today.
This quilted treasure is in the book!

 This is in the making....... I feel like savoring... and saving it for someday....only when I say so!

 This is a daughters quilt project.... that I simply have to applique the berries only the log cabin blocks.
 Finished product... to be...

 Japanese folded flowers.....  a show-off quilt....YEP in bright green!
 Forever cathedral windows!   My love, pride and joy!
 Did I say anything about this lovely grandson!!!


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