Sunday, June 9, 2013



My gardens are at their finest.. They are all a delight to visit everyday and they really make me smile..  This year is the very Best My Gardens have ever looked.. We've had lots of rain and the temps have been on the coolish side. I am so Pleased.  vbg

Please have a look..

My Re-blooming Josee Lilac bush.  I have three of these beauties.. They bloom again in September. 

Our Good Friends from Germany came to visit..Ulla and Harry were my kind and friendly neighbors ( off base) when I was a Nurse on a American Military Base in Germany. We have keep in touch for a long time.

 We all had such a very special and great time together.
Thanks Ulla and Harry from coming all the way from Germany to visit us.

Ulla gifted me with some very lovely cotton yarn made in Croatia in my very favorite colors. I love cotton yarn. Thank you My Friend. The yarn is greatly appreciated.

My Sweetie received a very neat Bavaria German Mug.  The words say, "Pick Your Rose, Before it Withers"!! My DH really likes it allot.. A very special Mug indeed.  My Sweetie will treasure it always.

I made Ulla a "By The Lake Crocheted Bowl" in the colors of our sandy beaches.  The wee beads are the color of our Lovely Blue Lake Michigan. I also made a wee crochet Doily to match.

 Ulla's daughter and I chatted back and forth and she told me Ulla's living room colors and told me the Beige background had white flower in it.

 I stiffen the bowl with a mixture of Epsom Salts and water.. After the solution came to a boil I let it set until it cooled a bit and then put the whole crocheted bowl in the solution.  I squeezed out the excess water and then placed it over a hard plastic bowl and let it dry for 24 hours. The Epsom Salts give the crocheted Bowl a  Sparkle Look and I really love Sparkle.  I then added the wee pretty white flowers..

  What do you think??

My Sweetie and I went searching for Sea Glass along the Lake Michigan shoreline.. Look what we found.. Yup My Very First Pieces of Sea Glass. I was so excited.
 Aren't they really pretty pieces??

We have been away for just about 2 weeks and along the way I found this really "Old" Antique Wooden Primitive Spool.  This is the third one to add to my collection and this one is the biggest.  I plan to wrap wool roving around it..

I was thinking of spray painting it. What do you think??  Should I leave it the old battered look or paint it???

My Snowball Bush is all it Glory. It is growing outside my sewing room window and OH, how I love seeing its blooms.

My Rhodie Blooms.

My Clematis Bush and its beautiful purple blooms.

Chloe My Dear Grand Daughter just turned 7 Years old.  Chloe has the white tee shirt on. This year her Birthday Party was celebrated on a camping weekend with friends and family.

They just bought a new camper seen in the background.  They love the great out-of-doors.

Chloe's Birthday Cake.  Pretty neat hey?? Everything on the cake was eatable.  Some of the kids wanted to eat the stones, others the pieces of wood and some the trees. Such wonderful fun was had..

I recently gave Chloe a book I bought many years ago for her. She immediately open it up and started reading it. I can not tell you how much I smile while listening to her read.

 It is called the "Quiltmakers Gift".. 

 This charming fable for our times celebrates the joy of giving.

A generous quiltmaker, with magic in her fingers, sews the most beautiful quilts in the world, then gives them away. A greedy king, his storehouse stuffed with treasures, yearns for something that will make him happy. Will the quiltmaker sew a quilt for the king? Will the king ever learn to share? Can the quiltmaker teach the king to be happy? What will the king do with all his splendid things? Look for clues to the story in the quilts!

Has anyone else read this lovely book??

Click Here to read about the "Stash-Buster Challenge" and  the

Thanks to Linda and Ana for this wonderful idea. Greatly appreciated.

I am also Linking Up with
Mosaic Monday..
Pink Saturday.

I would like to thank ALL My Followers for Visiting my Blog and taking the time to leave your Lovely Comments for me to read..  They all make me smile and warms My Heart. 

Hugs Judy 

I just received this "Beauty Bush" from My Dear Gardening Friend Jan. I just planted it on May 29th. and at this time it had a few buds...

 When I came home from our trip I immediately had to check my gardens to see what new was blooming. 

To My Great Surprise this newly planted Beauty Bush had heaps of buds blooming.  I Love it. Huge Very Big Smile. Thanks Jan.


Jennifer said...

You've been so busy, Judy! All of your flowers are looking gorgeous. How nice to have a visit from your friends in Germany, it looks like you have each other beautiful gifts. The birthday celebration is lovely too. Chloe looks like a very sweet girl and I am sure she will treasure that book. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Judy and Welcome Back!!!! I have missed you --but knew that you had company.. Sounds like Spring at your home has been wonderful. We have had a great Spring here also--with lots of blooms too--similar to yours.

The sea glass is great and I love your huge spool. Neat!!!! If it were me (and it's not), I would not paint it.

Nice gifts you have received --and I'm sure your German friends enjoyed visiting you.

Happy Birthday to your adorable granddaughter... That quilt book looks like a great gift for her --from her grandmother!!!!


umintsuru said...

Hi Judy, What a lovely post. You must have enjoyed your trip and the visit from friends. The crocheted bowl looks lovely. Your garden is blooming pretty and Chloe's birthday looks fun for the family. This reminds me about the seaglass. I will look for them soon.

by Teresa said...

Wow, fun post with lots of things to share! *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your granddaughter! I have a Beauty Bush too and love it! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane Galley said...

Looks like you've had a lovely time with your visitors. Love that crocheted bowl, I may have to try that sometime

Linda said...

Glad you had a lovely trip and found some pretty and interesting items to remember your time away. Personally, I would leave the spool as it is as I love seeing the original state of an old wooden item. Your grand daughter looks as if she had a great birthday and you must have been pleased that she was happy with her story book. Your garden is beautiful. Much to give you joy; flowers, friendship and family.

margaret said...

what an informative blog form you today. Your garden is certainly looking good and so colourful.What a good tip, epsom salts for stiffening will remember that in case I need to stiffen some time.

Edda Soffía said...

Hey Judy
What a great gift this bowl was. That is so wonderful and I am sure your freand loves it.
Your granddaughter is so cute, just adorable and my oh my your garden is stunning.
Good to see you back
Hugs Edda Soffia

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Wow, such a lot going on, how lovely! The bowl looks brilliant and I'm going to try this tip when I do some stars for the christmas tree. Thanks for sharing that one! x

Elisabeth said...

Hi Judy!
What a lovely post :) Thank you for stopping by my blog, I'm now your follower here too.
All of your flowers are beautiful! I really like the Lilac.
And the gifts you got from your friend are wonderful! The yarn is so pretty and in my favorite colors! Your gift to your friend is lovely and thank you for the tip about the Epsom salts. I've been trying different ways to stiffen crochet recently but I'd not heard about Epsom will be the next thing I try! Have a wonderful day, Elisabeth xoxo

Solstitches said...

Hello Judy,
Another lovely post. I hardly know where to start but before I forget I vote no to spray painting the antique spool. I like the prim look. It will look really special once you get your wool roving on it.
Lucky you to find the sea glass. Now, what do you plan to do with it?
Your garden is a riot of blooms - so very pretty.
You've put a whole new spin on Epsom Salts LOL. The bowl is beautiful and how wonderful that you had friends to stay all the way from Germany.
Chole's cake is cute and she looks so sweet :)

Sue said...

Your gardens really do look lovely. Ours are looking great here too and I do think the cooler temps have been helpful. We are getting a nice summer rain here today which is rather pleasant.

I love those old wooden spools and have quite a collection of them. They are so nice in the craft room.

Happy summer!

Joy said...

Hello Judy - thank you so much for finding my blog and becoming my follower - I am now following you also for I am so taken with your oh so interesting and fun blog! There's so much I want to comment on - the snowball tree ( such sweet memories, my parents had one in Scotland many years ago); the beautiful clematis - (how do you get all those blooms!!); your ever so pretty little grand-daughter: your fab sparkly crocheted bowl - AND your fave colours are also mine. What can I say - wonderful blog and thank you so much for sharing all your lovely news Judy.
I'm looking forward to browsing through more of your posts very soon, but right now it's past my bedtime and beauty sleep is imperative these days!!!
Joy x

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy! I had no idea there were lilacs that bloomed twice per year. I'm going to have to look into that - it's beautiful.
What a nice visit you had with your friends. The bowl you made is just beautiful. And I love the sea glass. You were so lucky finding it.
Would you believe I've never owned a snowball bush? Yours really looks great!
Hope you have a wonderful week!

Hilde said...

Hi Judy :) Your gardens look wonderful, so colourful and filled with flowers. I love the beauty bush, I have one too in my garden and it will soon start to bloom.
What lovely gifts you received from your friends, can't wait to see what you make with the yarn. And your crochet bowl looks great, I guess your friend was thrilled.
Happy birthday to your sweet granddaughter, looks like she had a fun birthday :)

Suztats said...

Lovely post! Your gardens are gorgeous! Loved your crochet ball.

Anita said...

Hi Judy,
Your garden is beautiful, what lovely colours
are blooming there. Love the beer mugs and I'm
very likcing your yarn. Lovely photo's.
Cheers, Anita.

Heather said...

Wow Judy....your garden is looking lovely! What a special to treat to have your friends from Germany come visit! I am glad to hear you are enjoying your gardens and spring/summer! Hugs.

Faye said...

I'm glad your summer is starting off so well with visits from long time friends who share your interests. And then what could be better than a summer birthday. I'm sure you grand daughter will appreciate her book and learn a lot from the story. It was a pleasure to see all the lovely garden blooms--hope they look great all summer.

linda said...

Hi Judy your garden is beautiful! what a lovely gift from your friend, I love those colours too. I'm sure she will treasure your gift to her you can see a lot of thought and love has gone into it. Happy Birthday to Chloe I can see she had a great day! Thanks for linking. :)

Astri said...

Once again your post is full of so many, granddaughter's birthday, cake, friends, crochet and a book to boot. Lovely post Judy!

Mereknits said...

Hi Judy, wow your garden looks so beautiful. Happy Birthday to your Granddaughter. So glad you had a nice visit with your friends. I love the bowl you made, I made several last year but I could not get them to stiffen the right way, I'll have to try your brew next time.
Hugs to you,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! You've packed a lot into the past week or so! I love that big crochet bowl! What a pretty creation...I know your friend loves it! And look at that sea glass! It's such a rare treasure to find here. Love the cute cake and your pretty flowers! Sweet hugs my friend!

Anonymous said...

Hello Judy as usual your blog is like candy for the eyes, so much to see and say Ooooo at, such a beautiful bowl Ulla is holding what a lovely surprise, the sea glass is soft and gentle in colour (is it lemon) the beer Stein is great, your cotton spool is divine I would leave it as the marks are its history and the story of the spool. My mother has a snow ball bush and every year I take the grandchildren down when it is near its end of blossom, they stand under it and we pretend it is snowing, they just love the fun of the moment, now last but not least Chloe's birthday how much fun, and the book of course fabulous. I'm sure I have left some treasure out but again thank you for your inspirational blog.

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

A lovely look into your Garden,sounds like it is all going so well. Great to have your friends come and to exchange such wonderful caring gifts. Your Grand daughters cake is so appropriate, looks too good to eat.

Happy days.

Down by the sea said...

Your garden flowers look so lovely and healthy. It must have been good to see your dear friends from Germany. I like the traditional German mug too.
Belated birthday wishes to your grand daughter's,the cake looks marvellous.
Sarah x

serendipity said...

You've had a busy week. Your garden is looking lovely. Glad you enjoyed the visit from your German friends. xx

Ann said...

Every bloom is your garden is so beautiful. Here in Kansas my lilacs have bloomed and gone, I planted a hibiscus this year and I'm hoping it will take off. The snowball tree reminds me of my childhood, my Mom had several in her garden. What a unique birthday cake--so fun. Your granddaughter is lovely and this sounds like a wonderful book with lots of life lessons and enjoyable reading.

Tricia said...

Such beautiful flowers and beautiful friends. I live in MI too and think this is one of our best years for flowers as well. God bless and happy PS.

bj said...

Your grand is a little beauty. Our 10 range in age from 11 to 28....:)
with a little GREAT grand thrown in for good measure...she just turned 4.

Your garden is just beautiful...
Thanks for coming by to see me. I struggle at simple crocheting...I just never learned more than a double crochet....*heavy sigh....I surely hope my scarf will turn out nice enuf to give to a lady...if not, I'll purchase one. :)
I'm going back thru your post and see if I can find the one you made....

Lilac Haven said...

You have the neatest stuff- all of it. Love your flowers in your yard. Looooove the birthday cake. I want that for my birthday!! I would leave the spool as is. I have a bunch of old battered spools that I have left as is.

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