Monday, February 25, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 8/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happy for the past week.

Our earliest-flowering plants have flowered! I have also recently learned their name - winter jasmine. That seems like a very apt name. We have three of these plants in the front yard. Every year, beginning in early February, I check them every day for flowers. I was rewarded on Wednesday.

The GB presented me with this "stew" she made from things she found around the backyard. It's in an old sherbet tub which is usually used to store sidewalk chalk for drawing on the concrete patio. She said this was "candy apple-turkey stew." It contains clippings from a juniper bush, last season's fallen apples and dried mint leaves down at the bottom. I love this girl's imagination.

Tiny green shoots! I was so excited to see these in the courtyard at the LB's school last week. So excited, in fact, that I brought my camera with me when I went back that day to pick him up. There were actually two groups of shoots that I could see. The part of the courtyard they were in has eastern/southern exposure and seems to be the first area to put up shoots. I remember from last year that these shoots belong to bright red tulips and that they will most likely be in bloom when the children return to school after their spring break in mid-March.

I treated myself to a few small cuts of designer fabric from an Etsy shop I really like, Lily Rose Quilts. This shop has a great selection of fabrics at good prices. The shop's owner, Regina, is very helpful and it's a pleasure to do business with her. She made up a reserved listing for me within minutes of when I convo'd her. I especially love the foxes (the pattern is A Walk in the Woods - Foxlets in Icing, by Aneela Hoey for Moda); they have very interesting faces, almost human-like.


I just wanted to say hello and welcome to my new readers. I didn't expect to have so many people actually reading what I write. I love to talk but wasn't sure I had anything important to say. Thank you for visiting my blog. And thank you to those who follow my blog and comment on my posts. You have been so encouraging and supportive and I am thankful to have you.


  1. Oh it would be so nice to walk out and see flowers right about now. Thanks for sharing those photos. The yellow flowers are so pretty. Aneela Honey does have cute patterns on her fabric. Your daughter's stew brought back memories of making "soup" when I was a kid. Mine mostly contained hosta leaves, grass, mud, and twigs. GB's definitely looks better, lol. That is a great way to have hours of fun. Have Happy Monday. :)

  2. Those fabrics are great. especially the foxy one indeed :) I have been developing a love for foxes recently, so that one is right up my street.

  3. I love stopping by your blog! I suspect your life it a lot like mine, and it's nice to think you can be friends with someone thousands of miles away through the wonder of the internet.

    I am desperate for signs of spring in my garden. It's lovely when the tulips come up. Lovely selection of fabrics, and I like the way you displayed and photographed them too.

    Gillian x

    1. Thanks, Gillian! I think we do have very similar lives. I read your blog for awhile before I ever commented and I always thought to myself that we'd probably get along great. :) Thank you for the compliment on my fabric photo; I'm working on my photography (and Picasa) skills. There's so much to learn.


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