Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pretty perennial

   It is always a nice surprise when a perennial that you planted the year before survives the winter and is just so delightful!

 Facts:Verbascum phoeniceum (also called purple mullein)

Short lived herbaceous perennial grown for spires
of flowers in pink, purple and white.
Good for mixed borders and wildlife gardens


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our first Piebald fawn!

My hubby raises deer, this is our first piebald fawn.... isn't she adorable.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Visit Melissa at Creating from the heart!

I have followed Melissa's blog for some time... she is having a great give away! Check it out.

Paper Craft Pleasures

 Visit Jan, she has a wonderful blog and has a very sweet give away. It will be worth your visit. See her link on my sidebar. Have a great day! Blessings~Barb

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Get well card

 Made a get well card for a friend from church. He had surgery and was told he may not be comfortable sitting  for a week.... could stand or lay down. I bet any chair would look good to you after a week of that.

I have had this chair stamp for years. I just purchased the die cut that matches it. I am having so much fun with my Big Shot Sizzix.

Mini Album

  This is entered for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes!

 Plus, Srapbook.com was having a challenge, this is the first I have done there.
  You were to make a mini album about yourself.
 In gathering the garbage to take out,I came upon the potato chip box and that was the inspiration.

 I decided I would make a little album of tags, using my Sizzix to cut the tags from the potato chip box... It was fun.
I have both the big sides of the box for more die cutting.

Look at the change in one week!

It turned from cold and dreary to hot and humid! We'll for a little while that was, now it is rainy and 45. This picture was taken on Thursday May 12th. I can't believe how everything grew so much in a few days! Just compare this to my last post of the Memory Shade Garden. Last week you couldn't even tell there are ferns!

I took a close up of the tulip. I just love seeing the inside of them....didn't even notice the bee until I loaded the pics on my computer.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Memory Shade Garden

 My Mom was a Master Gardener. When she passed away some of my friends I worked with gave me a gift certificate to a nursery and told me to buy something for myself. I purchased this garden statue.
In this shade garden is a Double Bloodroot that one of my sisters recieved from my Mom and my Sis was told they were rare. She dug part of hers and gave it to me.

American native double form that was discovered in Michigan and some people believe it to be the most beautiful of all wildflowers.

Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’

I also have a single Bloodroot that I moved from our woods to another of my shade gardens... they are one of the first things to come up in the spring. The  blossom doesn't last long but their beautiful leaves do.

Sanguinaria canadensis


Thursday, May 5, 2011

To Nola

 Hi Nola,
 My Artsy ~ Etsy ~  friend with a wonderful imagination.
Here is your one flower in a vase.
 Just sending you a smile!
  I don't collect angels, I just have this grouping of three...
I just couldn't leave the aligator one in the store!

 Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May feels like March

Its cold here in Southeastern Minnesota! I have been waiting for some tulips to come up, but none yet. I am so anxious to pick some.

My first flowers of the season, I put in a vase for my in-laws wedding aniversary.

I just love to pick flowers and give them to others.

6 am Easter Sunrise

We have a cross at church for Easter, that on Good Friday is draped in black. The cross was made from the trunk of one of the large trees we had donated from a members property years ago.
Years ago a family would have a Florist shop do fresh flowers,  in memory of there parents, for Easter Sunrise. When that came to an end, the cross seemed so bare at our Sunrise service I decided I would give it a try. Very few people in our church knows who has done this. I don't care to have credit in the bulletin.
My dear hubby helped figure out how to attach it to the cross. I was concerned about the cost of the flowers but a friend and fellow member wanted to donate towards the flowers. I had run into her at one of many supermarkets in a large town 30 miles from where we live. We chatted at the market last year, I told her I was going to try to put fresh flowers on the cross and was checking out the floral shops. 
 This year when I talked with my hubby about doing the flowers again, he said not to ask my friend to donate...... but our Lord must have had other plans because mid week before Easter I was in a different supermarket in the city and who do you think I found when shopping! Yes the same friend and the first thing she said was can I give you money to help with the flowers. What a blessing!

This picture is on Easter.
  This picture is the next Sunday, which was  our Confirmation sevice.  Last year they lasted three Sundays.

Erosion Art Bundle 2011

 Yes I took my bundle down on my birthday, April 29th. This was the first bundle I have done.... Was a little disappointed, think I may have wrapped things too tight. The coffee grounds I sprinkled on did not seem to run and stain like I thought they would. I will keep what I like and make a   Erosion work of Art to show
in August... wish me luck.