Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Greetings Everyone,

I am so VERY Very Happy to be back to My Blog and back to visiting with My Dear Blogging Friends. I have "Missed" visiting you all. I will be catching up with you all very soon. 

The Summer has passed all to quickly.  I would like to share with you all some of My Summer Photos.

First, I purchased this very lovely Lacey Looking and Artistic Crocheted Rose Clock from Astri's etsy shop on her blog at
 "Apple Blossom Dreams".
  I have this very lovely clock in our Sun Room where we spend most of our time during the nice sunny and warm days of Summer.  I love it.. What do you all think??

This Summer we had an unexpected visitor to our front yard..  It was a real JOY for us to discover that Mommy Duck pick My Garden as a place for her nest.  Huge Smile.

  She hide her nest behind My Day Lilly and Under our Bay Window.. We live 2 blocks from their owner's place where he has a pond for them. It is mystery how they choose just the right place for nesting. Can you believe 15 eggs in all????

And of course while we were gone Mommy Duck's Sweet Ducklings hatched and we missed this wonderful event.  BUT we knew the person who owns the duck and he took photo for us while we were gone.  He told us 10 hatched and two were lost.  Mommy Duck has not come back to our yard to show us her ducklings yet. 

We truly enjoyed their visit to our yard this Summer.

My garden has had a bit of a challenge this Summer.  The ongoing saga of deer which have become so use to human in our community they come right into our yard and eat everything in site.  Only One pretty pink bloom from my Hydrangea Bush was saved.

A new back yarn fence is going up while I write. Huge Very Big Smile.......

My Lime Light Hydrangea Bush did well. Look at those impressive blooms.  I love them.

Because our Summer has been so hectic we decided to escape to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a week.  Up North it is so peaceful, relaxing and there is very little traffic to deal with. It is a very spare populated area so a very special place to visit.  We did wonder a bit into Northern Wisconsin too.

These lovely 'Murals" ( click on Mural and you will find many more) are in the town of Ashland, Wisconsin.  In the brochure about the Murals they say this town has the most Murals than any other town in the USA.   Every old historic building has a Mural and I only got a few photos of these beautiful pieces of art.
I really LOVE Murals.  What do you all think??? Any special Mural in your communities??

We also visited "Porcupine Mountains State Park" which is located in the far Western part of the UP. In the top left corner is a photo of the pristine and gorgeous  "Lake of the Clouds".

During our travels we visited 3 Fiber shops. Huge Very Big Smile.  

The first fiber shop we stopped at is in the very quaint  Marina town of Hessel.. It is on the Northern shores of Lake Huron in the UP.  
 "Woolderness Fiber Art Studio and Gallery" was "Heavenly" to visit.  The owner hand dyed and spun the loose fibers above for me.  Her website is very lovely please have a look I am sure you will enjoy it.

Knit-N-Purl is a very unique and lovely yarn shop in Marquette, Michigan.  No website.  The two balls of yarn was spun by the owner of a local sheep farm.  

While on vacation My Dear Friend Shirley from Toowoomba, Qld. Australia sent me some very lovely hand dyed curls. I plan to use them in a project soon. Shirley has a wonderful stitching blog called,
 "Stitches and Life".. 
Thanks Shirley you are very kind and generous.. 

The Yarn Holder and the very soft and beautiful "Baby Alpaca Grande Hues was from a very unique shop called,  "Dutch Oven Yarn Shop"  in Alanson Michigan.. She also has a very nice website so please have a look.

While Up North My Sweetie and me spent many relaxing and fun hours walking along the sandy and rocky shores of Lake Superior.  Every beach was unique with being either very rocky or very sandy.  

We were searching for Pretty Stones or Beach Glass.  We found both.  Not lots of Beach Glass but lots and lots of Pretty Stones.  My Sweetie has several artistic plans for them that I will reveal in the future..  vbg

This trip was a very Happy and Relaxing Trip for us that rejuvenated "Our Spirits" from the hectic pace of our lives. 

Thank you all for your continue support of My Blog and your very lovely comments... They are all greatly appreciated.  

I leave you with One Last Photo of My Wet Felting Soap Project.  I plan to do more "Wet Felting" in the near Future. 

My "SEVEN" year Blogging Anniversary is in September ...  I can hardly believe it has been this long. 

 I have truly enjoyed sharing all 'My Artistic Projects" with you all over the years.  I am planning a Nice Giveaway the middle of September sometime. I hope you all will come back for another visit.  Thanks

I am linking to
Pink Saturday.

Hugs Judy


Betsy said...

Such beautiful photos I'm not sure where to start but I think it will be the Mama and her ducklings So precious. It's too bad you missed the actual event but happily most survived and are growing! :-)

Love the clock and the soaps and the pictures of all of your adventures. I've missed your posts my friend.


Anonymous said...

I just adore the pictures of mummy duck and her babies. Your clock is so unique and very you. Sounds like a wonderful holiday away from the crowds. I am fascinated by the wet felting soap workshop and look forward to reading what it is all about.

Joy said...

I did enjoy browsing through your lovely summer adventures Judy and thank you for such a fab sharing time. Your pics are great and I love your clock, and then went all gooey over Mama Duck and her babies - I'm so happy that most of them survived - how sweet and beautiful they are - Mama obviously knew the best place in the area to have her little ones. I was sad to hear the deer had devoured your beautiful garden and relieved to know a new fence is now protecting your new blooms.
A very full and most interesting post portraying a very full and enjoyable summer for you and hubby, thank you!
Joy x

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

You are so lucky to have those baby ducks born in your yard, they are rather cute. Just love the clock you purchased, something lovely to look at in your room.
Your travels sound very relaxing, have fun with your yarn. It looks so soft.

Happy days.

magpieandbutton said...

Hello, what a wonderfully busy time you have had relaxing! Your adventures sound marvellous, your poor lovely garden is protected hurrah to grow more beautiful, mamma duck chose your home to have her babies - how special is that? Your blog is darling with lots of lovely things! Hope all your happy times continue! Thank you for the kind comment on my blog too x maggie x

West Michigan Quilter said...

Looks like you had a wonderful summer. I enjoyed the pictures.

Astri said...

Hi Judy - what a wonderful summer filled with so many lovely things! I don't even know where to start...the ducks, flowers, soap, rivers, yarn etc. All wonderful.

Thank you so much for posting about the clock - makes me feel so good! And the photo you took is so fine!

I have missed your warm an loving posts and am glad you are back. :-)

by Teresa said...

Goodness.. what a fun summer you've had! I used to live on a houseboat and would watch the mallards and Canada geese bring their new babies around. It's fun! Glad to see you back! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

margaret said...

so good to read all you have been doing, as a child we kept ducks and you have reminded me of those times, when Mum was ready to take them to the ponds for the first time she would always come via the kitchen, walk round as if to say we are off and then away to the ponds! An unusual hydrangea, not come across that colour before, very nice. So many things you have shared today, thanks. I have not been on SF for months afraid I do not have time for it now with all my blogging I have to keep up with. The clock is so pretty such imagination some people have.

Jane Galley said...

Good to see you back, glad you've had a lovely summer. How wonderful the neighbour took some photos of your summer visitors for you

Taciana Simmons said...

Wow it seems like you are having such a wonderful summer. Love all the yarn and goodies you got while you were away. The cute little duckling and their mama are so cute! I am sure they will be back for another visit. :)

Mosaic Magpie said...

Welcome Back! Thank you for sharing your adventure photos....I love that small heart shaped stone you found!!! Wet felting looks great!

Edda Soffía said...

Hey Judy and good to hear from you again.
Hugs Edda Soffia

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back, you've been missed! I love all of that yarn and will visit the websites as soon as I finish writing you this comment :D It sounds like you have had a wonderfully full summer and oh those baby ducks! :D I really enjoyed all of the photos, thanks so much for sharing your vacation with us!
Looking forward to your blogging anniversary next month, which, eeek September is this Sunday! Oh where did the summer go?
Hugs my sweet blogging sister,
Beth P

Lorrie said...

Welcome back! It sounds as if you put in the summer well and are refreshed again for the fall. Love that clock! Especially when I took a closer look and realized I have the same metal candle plate from Ikea. What a great hack!

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy! Welcome back to blogland. It sounds like you had a great time in the meantime. What fun to watch the duck family right in your own yard.
The clock is fabulous, and I absolutely love the colored curl of wool. Can't wait to see what you make with them. Have a great day!

Quayceetatter said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful summer!! Thanks for showing the pictures. Love them all.

Down by the sea said...

Welcome home! I love your new header and post is full of such joy! I hope the fencing keeps the deer out, they always seem to know where the best food is! What a shame the ducklings were hatched while you were away. The murals are great I thought the ship was real. We have some in a town close by I will have to post pictures of them sometime. I would loved have shared your walks along the shore.
Sarah x

pembrokeshire lass said...

Such a full post! So much to see and take in. I so loved the little ducklings. I too have that hydrangea and mine is looking lovely as well. Someone called it the 'sheepskin head hydrangea' and I can see why. He flowers do look like sheepskin heads, don't they? I loved the photos of the waterfalls and murals but the dyed yarn, must. I think, excite me the most! I've been intending to go looking for smoothed stones and glass. There used to be a stony beach near us where hey were good. I really must go see. Thanks so much for such a lovely full post. Joan

Judy S. said...

Welcome back! How fun to see photos of the Porcupine Mountains; it's been at least 50 years since I was there and nice to know it's just as pretty as it ever was! Thanks!

Lilac Haven said...

Welcome back. As always I enjoyed your pictures.

Tami Kenner said...

Hi had an amazing summer! I love the clock..that is darling and the baby ducks are too precious!!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us..Welcome back & happy pink Saturday! Tami xo

Solstitches said...

Oh my goodness Judy where do I start to comment on this lovely post?
First of all, welcome back. It looks as though you had a wonderful summer and now have lots of happy memories.
Your sunroom clock is gorgeous and you also managed to find lots of woolly goodness on your travels.
Sweet story about momma duck and her babies :) Naughty deer for eating your pretty flowers.

Tammy said...

Welcome back! How lovely that you purchased the clock from Astri. Her roses are so pretty! I love the murals on the buildings. I think every town and city and country around the world should use murals anywhere that's looking shabby. Sure would spiff things up! You've certainly had lots of yarny adventures throughout the summer. I'm finally back and just trying to get back into the swing of things. Best wishes, Tammy

Dianne said...

Your summer garden looks beautiful, Judy. Lucky you to find some sea glass and interesting rocks. The murals are amazing and the duckys very cute indeed xxx Di.

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

So many beautful pictures to look at and you have bought a wonderful clock, looks like you had a fantastic trip and saw many different things.

Hilde said...

Welcome back, Judy :) Looks like you have had a wonderful summer, loved the photos.
Your new wool all looks gorgeous, can't wait to see what you will be making.
Hugs, Hilde :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Judy how lovely for you to have ducks come to visit and lay their eggs in your garden, as always it is lovely to walk through your blog so many wonderful things to look at... of course the ducks, beautiful blooms stunning wall murals and the waterfall photos just gorgeous, beach glass always interesting and the felted soap how very clever and it looks so real.
thanks for sharing your travels and photos
Lyn from Australia

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hi Judy, I am so glad I found your blog...your pictures are delightful! How much fun it must have been to watch mama duck and her babies hatch and grow! The waterfalls are beautiful. When you talk about the UP are you talking about the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?
♥ Jil

~Michelle~ said...

Wow what a busy and fun time you have had....but your ducklings are my favourite. HPS Michelle

Beedeebabee said...

What a delightful blog you have! Those baby ducklings are just about the cutest things ever. How wonderful to have them so close. I LOVE your new sunroom clock...and your stitching is truly beautiful!!! :) So nice to meet you Judy! Paulette

Deb Hardman said...

You look like you had a fun trip to the UP. I love that part of Michigan, & would have moved there in the early '80s, if we could have found jobs.instead we came to Alaska.

It's always nice to see your posts, & thanks to for comments on time I plan - trip tower my family, we should do lunch!

Mom E. said...

Nice to see you back blogging. I think next summer I will take time off as well, I practically did this summer, but there was so much happening I couldn't post it all or read about everyone elses happenings!
SEe more of you soon!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

So nice stopping by and seeing your summer through these lovely photos! Your flowers sure are beautiful!

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