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It’s been a dozen days of no crochet!

The US Capitol

I’ve been a-travelin’.

Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks for lunch, yum!

I joined our local school and took a little trip to our nation’s capitol for spring break. You haven’t lived until you’ve taken a seventeen-hour bus ride with a class full of eighth-graders…

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My daughter and I had a wonderful time.

Gettysburg, PA

The weather was chilly some days, but the crisp blue skies made for great pictures. And we had one nice day in there, too.

The Liberty Bell

The history was so meaningful. The last time I visited, I was thirteen myself! So it was fun to go with my daughter at the same age.

Smithsonian Air and Space

Now I am back, recovered, and caught up on household things…On to finishing my chromium star project for a friend! I just love how it is working up.

MLK Memorial

Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Cherry blossoms

Chromium Star 

Three colors to go! I better get crackin’.

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Happy hooking!

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Fantasy Flora

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Hello and Happy Thursday!

It s the last week of school, here. My nieces and nephew are already out and have arrived for the summer. The school year babies are still here, as their parents are finishing up in the classroom– it makes for a busy week!

My spring pretties are at their peak in our various gardens, making this the week of my obligatory annual Look at My Pretty Flowersย  post. I don’t have much in the wayย  of summer or fall flowers, but oh, I have them in the spring!

Beats me what this one is called, but it grows in all my gardens. If I liked yellow better, I’d be happier about it…

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Here is my favorite, the classic purple iris; a little insider secret, these are scented! Part of the reason they are my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daughter #2 is garden-master this year, as I have not had a spare moment. Remember the seed starter kit? She planted them in the ground faithfully and has even weeded, once! Here is her squash.

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My wisteria bush is one of the joys of my existence. Oh, how I love this color.

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These beautiful two-toned ladies were a surprise…brand new this year and oh, so pretty! They must have been in that packet of bulbs from the school fundraiser. Gorgeous, gorgeous irises!

 

 

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It is the simple things in life. I love my yarrow, I love how it grows against the rock in an otherwise weed-free lawn, just brushing the road. It probably isn’t pretty to anyone else, but it is to me. โค Give me wildflowers over overdone hothouse bouquets, any day.

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And my young bridal veil bush…still small, but gaining ground and blooming away…

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More irises…my gorgeous burgundy ones…

 

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And last, but not least, the peonies are out! My white ones, anyway. The dark pink are still a day or two away from bloom.

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Not just flowers, but friends…many were gifts from friends…cuttings from other gardens, gifts to mark an occasion…

My yard is full of blooms from my childhood, and many happy memories.

Happy Thursday! We resume our regularly scheduled crochet posts next week. ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s Lambing at Woolly Thyme!

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Hello and happy Tuesday!

I have new crochet projects that I cannot show you! O.o

I am waiting on the post to deliver one as a gift…
And the other is waiting for models. ๐Ÿ™‚ The babies are napping and I simply must include them in the photos, so, perhaps next week.

Here is a sneak peek at their birthday gifts:
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I have sooo enjoyed that project. I look forward to the big reveal!

In the meantime, we had a very special outing this past Thursday, visiting a college friend of my brother’s…taking his kids, and my kids, and grandma, and meeting their kids and well, …it was just a lot of kids! We had pizza and brownies and the very nicest time anyone could ask for.

First was pizza in the barn! The haybale doubled quite nicely as a serving table …and even a chair.
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Checking out the cows…
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Then onto the sheep!
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And the baby lambs…the children got to hold them!
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While the adults were fed, we got to see the babies run and play! They only do that at feeding time, he said, since there is so much more room with the adults out of the way.
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They were so sweet, jumping and skipping about!
Then we toured the pens with the day-old lambs…and the bottle-fed babies.
Of course we wanted to help. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The smart ones that didn’t need hand-feeding had this handy bucket contraption for dinner time:

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Even grandma held one! And my brother joined us after his work.

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We also met a handsome llama, and a horse named Mikey.
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I think we had eleven children, between the three of us! The more the merrier. โค
Such precious moments.
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We had the best time.

I love the simple things: friends, family, and aa roomful of kids that adore animals. What a perfect time to visit a lamb farm, too, just before Easter weekend.

He is risen! Indeed.

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Their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyThymeFarm

Happy spring!

EGG-Straordinary Salt-Dough Bush

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Spring has been so long in coming! We have milder weather this week, but next week’s temperatures are forecast to plummet, again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Still in just two weeks, Easter will be here! It’s such a pleasure to decorate for spring after the long, gloomy winter. And of course I love the cheery colors that come with spring!

I saw these on Pinterest a bit ago and had to try it out. I’ve been making my own playdough for years, but salt dough? And acrylics…this I had to see for myself.

So with a little help…
http://m.designmom.com/2013/03/diy-salt-dough-eggs/
We made our very first salt-dough Easter tree ornaments.

First, a batch of dough!
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And the clean-up, sigh…the floor did need mopping, anyway…really.
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We had to wait for a fine day to paint, as I wanted to try the spray colors I had bought.
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Then, on yet another cold and rainy day, some hand-painting.
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And finally, this afternoon, it was warm enough to hang some! We gave a few to grandmas, etc, and will send some home with the short peeps, as well.

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A marvelous recipe and lots of crafty fun!

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