Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's A Lovely Spring

This is the time of year when I'm thankful that I love to be outside to garden. 
Just seeing our plants coming up each year, 
year after year, is so rewarding. 

The other morning I was tying up the raspberries and blackberries and cutting old canes. 
We have 'Coho' red raspberries growing along with 'Indian summer' raspberries.  
The blackberries are 'Natchez' thornless blackberries along with 'Black Satin' thornless blackberries.
I really love the wooden supports that Marshall made as they make it so much easier to take care of the plants and to find the fruit when it's ripe!

Our climbing roses, 'Climbing Blaze' are quite happy this year 
after being cut back earlier in the spring. 
By the end of summer they will be past the top of the wooden obelisk 
that Marshall made, that we laughingly call the tower of power. 
Who knows why that started?

Our redosier dogwood bushes are starting to flower along the fence line, 
which adds a bright touch of ivory.

I finished the Starlight Express quilt yesterday (hip hip hooray!) 
and I pin basted it this morning. 
I'll start quilting this today and 
because this is an long overdue gift for someone, 
 I'll be rather glad to have it done
so that I can give it to them as they've been quite patient. 

Do you remember the Merino/nylon roving that I dyed a few months back? 
I've been happily spinning that each day. 
There's something quite satisfying about creating your own unique yarn
 and then using it in a knitting or weaving project.

Speaking of weaving, I've been visiting Ravelry and Weavolution,
 seeing what others are creating on their looms, 
and feeling rather guilty that my warp is just sitting there. 
Waiting for me to get with the program....
Okay, I will finish warping my loom! 
This week, for sure.

Yesterday I was out walking with my buddies,
Sam and Max,

and I realized what an awesome morning it was with the sun shining 
and the trees flowering all around me.
It was one of those days to count my blessings.
And there are so many.
Including the fact that it's motorcycling weather,
once again :-)

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Creative News From My House

Here in Boise the sun has been shining and we've had some lovely 
spring weather which has been perfect for gardening,
or simply sitting outside spinning.

My husband, Marshall, finished another unique birdhouse
with curved lines using the same
cove and flute techniques for the sides.
He added some milk paint on the front
for a dash of color.

For now it's hanging in front of our house, 
but eventually we'd like to hang it in the oak tree in our front yard.

I finished hand quilting the London square quilt!
It turned out just as I had hoped that it would....
I finished spinning the red, orange, and bright yellow
Merino/nylon roving that I dyed.
It was quite nice to spin and I love the bright colors.
I think it will make some snazzy socks :-)

I was walking a nature trail along the Boise River
the other day with my dogs 
and I was able to photograph a couple of birds that I saw
before they took flight.

Speaking of birds, my family and I were out riding
our dual sport motorcycles last Saturday
when I stopped to take photos of a
hillside where swallows have hollowed out homes.

We rode by a colorful orchard of fruit trees in bloom.

And we stopped for a picnic lunch along the Payette River where we 
were watching an osprey catch his fish lunch.

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric
or maybe just taking in the lovely spring views,