Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day


"A whole lot of tomorrows were sacrificed 
so we could enjoy today"

Grand Avenue  May 27, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ferns and Flowers and More

Rain At Last!

Darkening sky - early afternoon
Recently had a week of rainy days, or afternoons, after many months of drought - oh, so welcome! 

Raindrops on thirsty leaves and ferns

Another attempt to capture the welcome wetness
The ferns on this little overhang were totally dried-out and looked dead before the rains.  Now  a week or so later without any rain, they're totally dried-out again.

The rain and cooler weather that came with it inspired me to buy some flowering plants.

I bought the coleus because it reminds me of my mother. I purposely bought one with that big side piece hanging over so I could cut it off to root.  She always had coleus "rooting" in the house - just a piece of the plant stuck in a jar of water on the kitchen windowsill.

And I bought the red geranium because it reminds me of my Virginia grandmother who always had them on the doorstep or back porch. Every time I smell a geranium I think of her - and also of a friend who had left instructions to use geraniums at her funeral service.  She had loved the book, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy, by Barbara Johnson. They had hundreds of little geraniums all over and encouraged everyone present to take one home to remind them of her lovely spirit during her courageous battle against cancer.

My flower pot doesn't look quite so pretty today because some wormy creatures have snapped off the zinnias! But it still adds a bit of color to all the green around here.

One of our cute but pesky raccoons came out looking for something to eat. Don't be misled by that cute face - they are wild animals and can be quite fierce! I was almost afraid to get so close to snap the photo! They shouldn't even be out in the daytime.

Hoping for some more rain soon, but not too much, of course!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bonjour! "April in Paris" Mail!


Kimberly's package with the April in Paris ATCs came a few days ago! She always includes something fun, like this super sweet tag!


All  six of the  beauties I received!

Danielle (

Kelly (

Laurel (

Marlene (

Sherry (

Sylvia (

I forgot to take a photo of these little things I sent Kimberly to thank her for hosting another lovely swap. Luckily for me, she posted this photo! Hope you don't mind that I "borrowed" it, Kimberly! My father had brought the Folies-Bergere fan back in the late '60s or maybe early '70s, and of course we can all use a few pages of old French text and a 1970's National Geographic "Traveller's Map of France", can't we?!!

These swaps are so much fun because everyone interprets the theme differently and we receive all these unique little works of art.
Thank you all for these lovely ATCs, and many thanks to our swap hostess, Kimberly! 

Looking forward to the next swap, "Sew Many Flowers"! It's not too late to join, but don't wait too long.  Lots of fun!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mothers' Day!

Happy Mothers' Day to all!

Every woman may not have children of her own 

Large teacup arrangement, from our son and daughter-in-law

but everyone has or has had a mother 

My Mother - late 1930s or early 1940s

My Mother-in-Law - early 1940s

Oh, the memories!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

April in Paris - and in Jacksonville too!

April in Paris ATC Swap

Kimberly's swaps are always so much fun, and this was no exception.  With a theme like "April in Paris", who wouldn't have fun?

The first one I made - I always end up changing them a little 
or a lot!

They're pretty much the same, except for the bottom trim and the larger flowers. Also used a pearl to dot the 'i' in Paris instead of the tiny gemstones. I liked the girl's pose. She looked like she was dreaming  about something - Paris?  

Slightly larger view of one.  

and April in Jacksonville .....

At the time I was making these, or thinking about them, we visited one of the local museums, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, to see the exhibit of Impressionist Art on loan from the High Museum in Atlanta as part of Jacksonville's celebration of our French Heritage.  Wonderful exhibit! No photos of the artworks, but a few from the gardens.

The azaleas and camellias had finished 

but some other flowers were blooming the day we visited

One of the huge old oaks leaning down into another part 
of the gardens. Perhaps  this ancient Live Oak was just a tiny seedling 450 years ago when Jean Ribault landed and claimed what became Florida for France. The settlements he left here were soon destroyed by the later-arriving Spanish, but there are still quite a few place names left from the French era.

A glimpse of one of the bridges going across the St. John's 

 This special exhibit of  the Impressionists - French and a few  American - must've inpired me to make my "Dreaming of Paris" ATCs! It's been a long time - maybe time to go to Paris (again)?!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Already?!

May Day

May already! With a couple weeks of various computer problems along with lots of "this and that", I've sadly neglected this poor little blog.  I believe I'm a better Follower than Poster -- no question about that!  

Kimberly's Celebrate Spring ATC Swap was lots of fun! 

Last time I posted my ATCs.  Now here are the beauties I received:

Individual views

Debbie Kayner - no blog

Aren't they all lovely!  It's always such fun to see the many different interpretations of  the theme and all the different techniques and materials used by our fellow swappers.  Do go visit to see what else they're doing!

Lots of beautiful packaging and extra 'goodies' came too!

Celebrate Spring indeed! 

Thank you, Kimberly, for this lovely swap! And thank you all, Ladies, for your beautiful work! Can hardly wait for the next one!