Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Bit of This, a Bit of That

Today is my weigh-in day, so I'll have an update on that tomorrow.  In the meantime, I could not get going this morning.  I normally get up around 5, but just wasn't able to roll out of bed until about 6:30 this morning.  Wow!

A few weeks ago I went to the Missouri Fiber Retreat.  It was my second year teaching a sock knitting class, and I had a super class of students - they were just wonderful!!  The retreat itself is really an amazing time and I look forward to it every year.  I didn't take as many photos this year, but one of the classes I took was just outstanding:  Carol Hagan taught a class in silk ribbon embroidery.  I have a new obsession  :-D

Silk Embroidery

I made the black one on the left, and my friend, Marge, made the one on the right.  Aren't they beautiful?  Here's our class and the mess we made  :-D  That's Marge on the right, smiling at the camera, and that's my stuff there at the corner of the table.

Silk Embroidery Class

This is a class I could take again and again!

More recently, as mentioned in my last post, it's been all plants all the time around here since Saturday.  I finally finished everything on Sunday - here's a look at the guest room now:

Pre-Show 03

Yup - I had to go to TWO stands in the guest room, which leaves the sunroom a bit bereft, but I needed the space.  Even with the two, I might need to grab one more light for that bottom shelf.  If the standards grow as well as I'm hoping (with this warm weather), I will definitely need the space.  Having this many plants is a lot of work - good thing I love them  :-)  Still, I will be downsizing the collection after summer.  There are just too many to take care of well.  Unless of course I win the Lotto  ;-D

For the next few months, I will be following the guidance of one of my teachers, Dorothy K.  She taught me that "The difference between a good grower and a champion grower, is that the champion grower checks their plants every day."  I've already been in there this morning - and I'm sure I'll be checking again tonight, and hoping for some champion plants  :-)

Speaking of warm weather - it has been so beautiful here - in the 80's for days.  My magnolia tree is in full bloom - about a month early.  The viburnums are leafing out, as well as many of the trees in my neighborhood.  This early spring is such a gift!

4 comments:

Linda M (lulabellbird) said...

your plant work is very impressive! Congratulations on all your hard work. Our Japanese magnolias bloomed very early (in South Georgia) too. We lost the flowers in a cold weekend but everything is already leafing out fast. Each day gets greener and the pollen counts get higher. I love spring but it can be a bit challenging too.

Kristyn said...

The embroidery is beautiful. I wish I could do it but my eyesight is so bad that I really can't.

Fujiyamamama said...

I love the embroidery, it is just gorgeous!

A :-) said...

Thanks you guys! :-)