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Saturday, March 3, 2018

On the Verge of Spring in the Foothills

Hello from the foothills where the bluebirds are already house hunting in earnest and thoughtfully waiting for the winter to pass.

A couple of posts back I had mentioned that our Budding Herbalist had been down for a visit, but I failed to mention that she was spreading her wings as a sewist and had made this lovely laundry bag.

She's all about details and likes whatever she does to be a step away from the norm.

She was back this week and this time wanted to try watercolor painting.

Her first attempt fairly burs-ted with color.

 Meanwhile I busied myself finishing this spring-y crochet scarf/shawl.  It's called the Midsummer Garden Shawlette by Kristin Omdahl.  The video instructions and chart information is here, and there is another video therefor lefties to make the same shawl.  I think it's perfect for filling in those much too low necklines that dress designers are so fond of these days.  I'll just go ahead and say I don't care to see anyone's anything that ought to be covered up.  I'm just old enough to be over it and don't mind saying so.  ;)

I thought I had dug up all the daffodils that were in the pasture several years ago, but we have a bumper crop of them out there this year.  I'm calling 2018 the Year of the Daffodils.

One of our ever-present grumpy looking, yet beautiful Cardinals.

Happily my begonia cuttings made it through the winter and will be potted soon, Lord willin'.

More dyed sheep from the Scottish Highlands.

This photo is too pretty for words, but I think someone has doctored it a little bit.  Have a lovely week y'all.

Shared at Saturday's  Critters

15 comments:

  1. Hello, the dyed sheep look almost fake. They are so cute. I love your Bluebird and pretty Cardinals. Your scarf is beautiful, love the laundry bag! Pretty begonia. Due to a wind storm, our power went out yesterday morning and is not back on yet. Thankfully hubby got our generator working long enough for me to make a few comments. I will catch up on all links and blog comments asap. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. Sorry to hear you had no power for a while, but glad you have a generator. I hope yours is quieter than ours. It's so loud I'd rather do without power and just cook on the grill.

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  2. Finally spring ! I love the laundry bag !

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    1. Yes, we're ready for more flowers and hopefully a small garden. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  3. Dyed sheep? Well...I never! Amazing! Love seeing your signs of Spring! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane. I'm as shocked as you over the sheep, but they are a pretty sight.

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  4. The bluebird photo is truly a beauty, Toni. Good job! I love the shawlette and absolutely say "Amen" to the sentiments you expressed. The laundry bag is charming, and the detail on the ties really sets it apart. Beautiful spring flowers. Makes me want to visit the Smokies soon. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Would you believe there has been only one time that we drove into the park when the rhododendrons were in bloom? They're always blooming when I'm busy trying to squeeze a few homegrown vegetables out of our horrid clay soil. I do love seeing them in bloom though.

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  5. How lovely!! Your neck of the woods is on my travel bucket list!! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  6. The 'rookie' painting is lovely!

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    1. Thank you, she's ready tho trade her other paints for watercolors.

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  7. Your Budding Herbalist is quite talented, I must say. That laundry bag is very beautiful, and her painting creative and promising. That dripping watermelon is making my mouth water!
    I love your shawlette and must confess I agree with you even if I'm regarded young enough to show my anythings, which I usually cover up. ;-)
    Enjoy the daffodils (my favourite flower!) and bird-sighting, spring is just around the corner.

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    1. Alhana, I'll tell our granddaughter what you said about her painting. She will bee encouraged. We love watermelons and eat our weight in them every summer. I wish i could pass you a bouquet of daffodils. Now, trees are blooming so the allergy season begins...

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  8. Oh my word, I love that shawl. So beautiful! Your granddaughter has got some natural talent.

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