Monday, August 11, 2014

Jen's quilts

In addition to being Dylan's Mom, Jennifer is also a quilter.  So after the tractors were put away, Jen and I got to have some studio time.

Jen has finished piecing this delightful kitty quilt and now has to figure out how to quilt it.

She also brought this appliqued piece.

These lovely mums were a present from Jen, and I've repotted them to see if I can get them to last longer.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dylan's visit - day 2

Dylan showed his Dad how much dirt he could move with his excavator.

The hit of the weekend, though, was taking out the John Deere tractor.  Dylan helped gas up and was ready to go to work.

Dylan was more interested in watching where the grass was coming out than seeing where they were going, and his Mom was trying to get his picture.

Driving up from the back yard.

Dylan also like watching and feeding the goldfish and our two multi-colored shubunkins.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dylan's visit

Our niece, Jennifer, visited us for the weekend with her family, David and Dylan.

Dylan had lots of new things to see in the gardens and liked looking for frogs in the lily pond.

He was busy building his own roads through the zen garden.

His favorite activity was working on the tractor.  Here he's mastering the levers to operate the front bucket.

He was also interested in checking out the John Deere lawn tractor.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Garden flowers

The black-eyed susans and cone flowers have been very pretty this year and are blooming for a long time.

This is a nicotiana plant, or flowering tobacco.  It is very hardy and looks lovely year after year.  It is also fragrant and attracts hummingbirds and moths.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sewing Day

Nancy joined me for a sewing day and finished up this lovely pinwheel quilt she was making for a baby shower.

Nancy volunteers at Craft, Bits & Pieces, which accepts donations of items for resale.  These three tops came in to the store recently, and hopefully they will be picked up by someone who will finish them.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


The Evolutions exhibit juried by Dr. Sandra Sider opens today at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

Tail Features was selected for the exhibit.

(2013   56h X 49w)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bold by Design

We had a lovely trip to Ithaca to see the Bold by Design exhibit, quilts from the Jack Walsh collection.  We couldn't take photos of the exhibit, but can show you other scenes from the venue, the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus.

The Morgan Garden depicts the story of the "Three Laughters of the Tiger Glen."

The Museum's Visible Storage Gallery shows over 1000 objects from the permanent collection.

View from the outdoor balcony looking down the hill toward Cayuga Lake.

Anne found the best spot on the balcony to take a comfy rest.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lake Skinny

Several of the Peeps joined friends at their cottage on Skaneateles Lake, where they were staying while taking classes at QBL.

We enjoyed delicious pot luck, a beautiful summer evening, and wonderful company.

From the left -- Anne, Nina, Carol, Jeanne, me, Bev, Linda, Dorothy, and Kate.

Here's the dinner cruise boat coming from Skaneateles.


Our view down the lake.

And a lovely sunset to complete the evening.

Monday, July 21, 2014

More garden flowers

Our perennial gardens are looking pretty good this year!

The german statice plant is a lovely shade of lavender.

The hostas are also showing lavender blossoms.

These are the water lilies currently in the garden pond.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Peeps meeting

I only took one picture from today's meeting, and it was of Jeanne's project.  She's been getting ready to host her retreat at Skaneateles Lake, and painted some canvas fabrics.  She made name tags for the participants from the fabric, and she'll be showing them how to make the fabric and then make projects from the fabric. 
Sounds like fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garden update

The cone flowers are blooming, and the butterflies are visiting.

Another picture of a visiting butterfly, with the blue balloon flowers in the background.

We appreciate Billy's help with running the rototiller in the vegetable garden.  The old Troy-built "horse" is a heavy monster that takes some muscle-power to keep it steady.

We've harvested spinach, summer squash, basil, and string beans, along with a couple of small tomatoes, so far.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ladies Lunch

At least once during each summer friends from my high school class get together for lunch.

This year we met at Warfield's in Clifton Springs.  The restaurant has a pretty patio area and overlooks the gardens and water features.

It's always fun to see Marnie, Mary Ann, and Carolyn.

And just by walking across the street, we also visited Main Street Arts and viewed their latest exhibits.

Marie was particularly taken with all the carved birds on the second floor.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lowville Library Garden Tour

We were able to take in three of the seven gardens on Lowville's First Annual garden tour before the rain storms chased us on our way.  Hopefully next year we can see them all.

Our first stop was at the Butterscotch House B&B.

The gardens were lovely and enhanced by the accompanying flute music.

We were also treated to delicious cookies.

Pat and Anne walked through the many interesting areas of the second garden we visited, the Duflo Garden. 

The property has been under development since 1993 and incorporates quite an incline that has been shaped with retaining walls and garden sections.

The gazebo and water gardens are at the bottom of the hill.

This is a view of part of the hill.

Our third visit was to the Schell Garden outside of Lowville.  The Schells built their home in 2005 and have developed about two acres of their property into various gardens.

The backyard gardens are built into hills and wooded areas, and include many whimsical decorations and repurposed items.