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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Pretty Yellow Bird And A Useful Blue Rug


Goldfinches always add such a bright spot when they visit our feeder and birdbath.


Its springtime plumage wasn’t quite in when I took this picture.


As you can see better in this photo.

His little black cap is really more of a fascinator than a cap. ;)

In gardening news the strawberries in our raised beds are starting to ripen. I’ll have more on that soon as we had to do emergency prevention a few days ago in order to have a harvest.

The broccoli plants are are doing great. I’ve been feeding them a sprinkle of coffee grounds now and then.

I finished crocheting this rug recently to use in my kitchen.
I was hoping to have a tutorial up for it by now, but I’ve just been too busy with all the springtime chores. Click anywhere in this sentence to find free crochet rug patterns. 

What’s for dinner … homemade  Red Lobster Clam Chowder with cheese toast. That was good.

Peter Rabbit munching the springtime flora.
Oh yes, we have uninvited company for dinner quite often, lol.
Have a great week, Y’all!
Shared at The Art of Home-Making Mondays, Roses of Inspiration


  1. Hello from Michigan.. I absolutely love reading your postings.. Makes me want to come and live in the Mts. vbg The Finches are so very pretty.. I absolutely LOVE your Blue Rug.. LOVE it.. and I also love your uninvited guest Mr. Peter Rabbit.. LOL Hugs judy

  2. Found you via Kay at Quiltedtime. Your blog is lovely-we have a savior in common although it looks like you already reside in heaven:) blessings to you-hope the picture issue works out.

  3. Hi Elaine,
    Thanks for visiting here! Kay told me about Windows Live Writer which I didn't have on my pc, but I downloaded it and was able to post through that program. Yay.

  4. Yay! It looks like all of my friends are showing up in the Great Smoky Mountains. I am glad that the Windows Live Writer is working for you, Toni. It is so user friendly.

  5. Hi Kay! I'm so glad you told me about the writer as I had no idea you could post through it. It IS user friendly. Thanks again!

  6. the rug is bright and pretty! love your bunny and your sweet goldfinch. we get to see them in their travel khakis only.

  7. Hi, Tony, goldfinches are my favorite! Your strawberry plants look great! We are anxiously awaiting ours. Your rug turned out great! Have a great evening.


  8. Good afternoon :) I am so glad to see that bit of 'greenish' tinge on the goldfinch. I had never been able to catch that before. How wonderful yellow and the rich blue of the rug are together, and you are finished already! Wondering what you had to do to those strawberries to save them? I have not been able to grow broccoli with great success before...the heads were so small. I'll remember coffee grounds. Mr. Rabbit better watch out for Mr. MacGregor!! Have a beautiful rest of the week, Toni. God bless you!

  9. Such a cheerful little bird!I love that colorful rug! You did such a beautiful job! Soup looks yummy!

  10. hello,
    found you via vicki.
    lovely goldfinch.
    and your rug is absolutley a,love it.
    great blog!!!
    have a nice weekend,

  11. I love spring too and see the goldfinches come back is such a great sight! Love your blue rug's going to look great in your kitchen. :)

  12. It is always good to read your blog! Love the rug! I will have to post some of my finished projects soon!

  13. Toni,
    Do you ever see orioles? I am hoping to get a picture of one soon, but they are so elusive! Maybe you can capture a photo! Have a blessed day :)

  14. Jacqueline, I've never seen an oriole in our area, but they are beautiful. I hope you get a good picture and post it on your blog.

  15. Oh my goodness~ that soup looks awesome! And I LOVE the rug~ you did a fabulous job on it!
    We've been seeing a Goldfinch family for about two weeks now. Hope they stay around for a while this year.

  16. we are over run with rabbits this year ! They are eating everything !
    I planted some cushaw seeds in hopes that the rabbits will not like them.

  17. Great photos! Love your rug. The color is lovely. My Mom used to always have crocheted scatter rugs in our home. Have not thought of them until I saw your photo! Sorry I haven't been visiting. I know you understand how busy I've been with working 40 + hours a week. My blogging has suffered. No time ;)Miss it though...maybe one of these days I'll get back into it. Take care and happy crocheting :)

  18. Fun pictures.... and I love the rug.... seems like a project my daughter would like... we may have to try that. Thank you. :)

  19. The crocheted rug you made is beautiful and I love the color of the yarn you used too!

  20. I would love to have a garden again. Although we aren't too lucky with the cold weather plants here in Texas. I love your rug! I enjoyed my visit. Thanks for sharing.

  21. your floor rug looks great thanks for sharing

  22. My daughter has been wanting to make one of those rugs... I know it will brighten up your kitchen! You always have so many fun things going on and lots of pretty birds :) It is like sunshine to visit your blog.

  23. Wow! The rug is beautiful! I know you are proud of it and will enjoy it. I love blue! Hugs, Diane

  24. I love the sweet gold finches too...they sure do brighten up the landscape! I think I need to get a bird bath set up...haven't had one for years! The birds have plenty of food but nowhere to cleaned up for supper! :)

  25. They are such a pretty bird. We use to have them in Manitoba when I lived there. I haven't seen one here yet.

  26. We had a finch out in our garden the other day, so pretty to see something so colorful. Love your rug, so pretty, when out getting the garden ready for planting there was two baby bunnies hiding in the weeds that were out there, they were adorable!!

  27. Oh Toni, your rug is simply fabulous! The color is very bright and cheerful - I love it! And the yellow bird is precious. Oh, I love the sweet birds :)

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - you are a blessing! Hugs!


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