June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

(image from free volusian graphics)

June 14, 2009

Red Amaryllis

Over the years at the holiday season I have received beautiful Red Amaryllis as gifts. All potted and ready to grow. They are fun to watch as they send their long green stalks upward. Sometime one, or more. Topped with gorgeous red buds that open gradually displaying large red flowers usually by Christmas day. The flowers are sometime four inches in diameter. A stunning display of color!

After the blooming is completed I have usually set the potted Amaryllis outside at the potting table, knowing I won't ever get the same results next year left to my own gardening skills. I've tried in the past. But the leaves just wither, and the bulbs appear to die back, never to bloom again. Usually I end up putting them in the trash, or set them down under the table and occasionlly look for signs of new growth which never happens.

This past winter I had three very dead looking leftover Amaryllis plants sitting under the potting table, so I decided to dig some space in one of the flower beds at the end of the house where the hydrangea and poor-man orchids are growing and see what happens come Spring. What did I have to lose?

This is the surprise results!

They seem quite content there showing off their beautiful large red flowers.

June 11, 2009

Playing "Pay It Forward"

Sunday was sure a fun day! Pam and her hubby Bill stopped by for a visit. They drove up from Hayward to see the local quilt show and stopped by afterwards so Pam could visit and also present me with her "Pay It Forward" surprise! It was so nice to finally meet Pam as we frequently email each other and comment on our blogs.

She made me this pretty tote bag with two of my favorite colors.

The little quilted tag hanging on the side has a cute Wedding Ring quilters pin on it that she picked up for me at the show. But, that's not all! She also made this cute Christmas wall hanging!

Pam really played it forward and beyond with me!--what wonderful surprises!

Now, it's my turn to "Pay It Forward". Here is how Pam explained it since I've never played here.

This is an exchange based on the concept of the movie "Pay It Forward" where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on.
Here are a few guidelines: I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this "Pay It Forward" exchange with me.

I do not know what that gift will be, but it will be sent within the next six months. What you need to do in return, then, is "Pay It Forward" by making the same commitment on your Blog. Please remember I will need an email address to correspond with you.

Thank you Pam for being such a wonderful Friend! Enjoy your upcoming retirement!

June 02, 2009

A Martha Quilt

Just off the frame---one of our donation "Martha Quilts" that the Remnants have been piecing. I quilted this one free hand. A sort of round flower with petals and swirls. This is just one of eight tops we recently completed.