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First Bloom

First flower after pruning

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New Beginnings

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  We are blessed in our community to have a seed exchange hosted by one of the vendors at our local Farmer’s Market.  She and her family have been hosting the event for the last 5 years.  Every Spring we gather for a potluck, fellowship, gardening stories and tables set up in their garage with a wide array of seeds everyone has brought to share,

This year we brought several varieties of native plant seeds gathered form our own plants and the area.  In addition to the wealth of seeds there were cabbage starts and onion sets that someone brought as well as raspberry canes.

After a sun-drenched afternoon we hurried home.  David went staright out into the back yard to put his newly acquired seedlings into one of the raised beds.  I watched from the window of my studio as I cut out fabric for 2 new quilting projects I have in process.

Life is truly a blessed event.

Christmas Gifts

A rhododendron blooming out of season

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A creek running through fern-lined banks

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Chickens foraging in the sunshine

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And enough roast beef to share with the doggies.  Who could ask for more?  Merry Christmas!!

Between Storms

They say the storm coming in tomorrow will be the “storm of the decade”.  It may bring 5-8 inches of rain.  We have been getting a steady series of storms since September.  But there are also beautiful days in between and even some dewy blooms hanging on.

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Creative Process

Today I scrapped a fabric project I worked on quite a bit last week.  I tried to like the color combinations.  I really did.  I mixed and matched and finally today I stopped trying to bond with the project and cut my losses.  I did start a similar project with different fabric.  Maybe those results will make photo status soon.  But meanwhile my photo offering for the day is a throwback to our Spring bloom to warm these cooler winter days.

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Autumn Glory

I love autumn.  I am blissfully taking in the smells and colors and that feeling in the air.  Here is some Fall color compliments of our backyard Fremontia bush.

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Grace of Matilija Poppy

Matilija poppies are magical.  I love the way light and shadow plays off the parchment-like petals.Image

As if that is not enough they literally dance in the slightest breeze.

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Their scent is one of the sweetest and most delicate you can imagine.

Many people here know them as ‘fried egg plants’.  Even if that is what they resemble, to me that is a misnomer and an indignity to this graceful, elegant member of the floral kingdom.

In the Pink Part 2

Here is my eye candy for today: the plied yarn I posted as spun singles awhile back along with 2 other colors I also have finished. ImageI have a total of 600 yds with the hank on the right being about 400 yds.  Am thinking of knitting this yarn up as a lacy vest I found on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-vest.  I own the Luisa Harding book and am thinking a pink/fuchsia vest body with the other 2 variations graduating to the lavender as I knit toward the scoop neck might work.

I have been diverted by other things and have been absent from the blogosphere.  Sometimes life takes over.  But I always have to make room for craft therapy.

Our Farmers Market started last weekend and my husband sells native plants there every Saturday.  I usually hang out but get kinda antsy over the course of 5 hours.  The weather has been nice enough these first 2 Saturdays to take my spinning wheel and set it up outdoors to spin while the patrons browse through the market.  It has been fun to pass some of the market time spinning and it has been even more fun talking to the people who stop to watch and ask questions or share stories.  I think as artisans part of our work is in doing stewardship to keep interest and information about our crafts.

One more piece of eye candy to wrap up the theme for today.

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In the Pink

There is an abundance of pink in my life right now.  My latest spinning project is another step in the quest to clean up my small lots of fiber.  This fiber has been in my bins for years and as of this week is getting spun into singles so far.

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Some of the other pinks come from the numerous rhododendrons that abound this year both on our property and all over town and in the woods.  This particular rhodie once lived at my sister’s home in northern Oregon.  It was unhappy shoved in a corner of the house and they had no other home for it.  So it bravely made a 300 mile trip in the open back of a pickup truck to northern California.  Poor plant took a couple of years to recover from being wind-whipped but here she is 7 feet tall and thriving!

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And here is one of my favorites……..

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