April 27, 2009

Sunday afternoon

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Record breaking heat yesterday at 92 degrees. We got out the wading pool and the hammock after the soccer game. End of the day came with sherbet on the patio. Nice.

April 25, 2009

Quilt to be auctioned for fellow blogger Bridget Zinn

auction baby quilt 7

auction baby quilt 6

auction baby quilt 5

100% cotton, machine pieced and machine quilted baby quilt. 32"x38".

I made this baby quilt for the online auction (May 1- 29) for blogger Bridget Zinn. Bridget is a young adult librarian and author. She was diagnosed with cancer this past winter and is undergoing aggressive and expensive treatment. The auction is to help her and her newlywed husband with the cost of treatment. Details are here at Deowriter, and here is Bridget's website.

April 24, 2009

Lilacs

December 21, 2008:

lilac buds in ice

March 29, 2009:

lilac buds

Three days ago:

lilacs

Yesterday:

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About seven years ago I took some small volunteer lilac sprouts from edge of my yard that had come under the fence from my neighbor's yard. I re-planted them on the sunny side of my house, envisioning a hedge that would burst into a purple cloud every spring. This year they are taller than my head and have many blooms opening. I LOVE lilacs. They are the scent of heaven. I wish I could send you some over the airwaves.

April 23, 2009

April golden, April cloudy,

pink tullip

baby leaves

...Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;
April soft in flowered languor,
April cold with sudden anger,...

Ogen Nash's full poem here.

There is a poetry round up every Friday for anyone who posts poetry. Today it is hosted at Lisa Chellman's blog. Enjoy!

April 15, 2009

Cherry trees in bloom

cherry blossoms

weeping cherry blossoms

These are the two cherry trees in my front yard. The pink one is a weeping cherry and the other one is an ornamental cherry. Here's a guide to types of Japanese cherry trees.

April 8, 2009

2 days, 2 quilts, 2 new babies

hearts baby quilt

circus baby quilt

blue bindings

folded quilts

I spent the last two days making quilts for teacher friends expecting babies. This is one of my favorite things to do.

April 7, 2009

Free Verse Project

Loveliest of trees the cherry now

This is my latest submission to the Poets.org Free Verse Project:

"Inspired by the 2009 National Poetry Month Poster design, the Academy of American Poets invites you to capture and share your own ephemeral bits of verse."

Anyone can join in! Put some poetry in a photo and submit it to the Flickr group by April 15 to participate. What's your favorite poem that you can illustrate?

Grape hyacinth and ivy

ivy and grape guys