Sunday, June 23, 2019

Colour My Winter


A lovely Sunday morning welcome to all you lovely lovelies♥

Of late when Old Man Sun has been hiding behind grey threatening clouds, I have been colouring  my wintry days; embellishing many moments with splashes of beauty, pretty colour and smiles. Yes indeedy, I have been playing with pretty ribbons, lush velvets, ribbon flowers, french laces........all for pretties that I want to fashion further down my rambling path. I am thinking I am in need of a new bag.....or two. Also, I haven't fashioned a cushion flourishing with floralicious delight for a very long while. As my ribbon flowers are as scarce as those real 'breathe-in-the-golden-sunshine-so-that-photosynthesis-can-occur', type flowers; I thought I should perhaps twirl and whirl  ribbons around and around, coaxing them this way and that way until  blooming beauties appear. I like to have a smattering of ribbon flowers on hand in readiness for a cushion, or indeed some other pretty that is in need of a ribbon flower.

Here are pretties for a new bag. I know......a tad flashy, but then I am not a plebeian, one-bag-suits-all-occasions, kinda gal. I love to step out and about with a bag overspilling with embellished gorgeousness. Do you know, I really cannot remember when last I purchased a carryall. I have been fashioning one-of-a-kind Kim Sharman bags for years now.



Upon crossing the threshold of a most glorious fabric establishment on Fashion Avenue in the Garment District of downtown New York, (I was blessed to visit this most amazing city last year) a velvet fabric gushing with gorgeous detail caused me to stop dead in my tracks. To tell the truth, many...... oh all right, every bolt of fabric made me stop so that I may linger over each one, drinking in all the exquisite details. The forest green velvet  oozing with beads and jewels and pops of turquoise and black patterned velvet is stunning. I must say at this juncture, I am a little pea green with envy with you lovelies who live in New York or indeed, are only a short air flight away. Seriously, I thought I had stumbled upon the pearly gates of fashion heaven when I strolled down Fashion Avenue, where shop after shop wooed and cajoled and enticed me. With the quote of  that luminary character, Oscar Wilde, in mind....."The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.......I can resist everything but temptation", I succumbed and walked out the rather posh doors with this sumptuous velvet and a few more in hand, but the other pretties are for another post.

Ahh......New York!! How I love thee so!! This book toppled from the shelf of a book store the other day, so I had to, had to take it home with me.

The author and photographer of this breathtaking book is Georgianna Lane. Georgianna's sublime photos and gloriously lyrical words which dance off the page has caused me to pick this book up over and over again, drooling over every page. Page after page of gorgeousness spills over with the floral beauty of NYC in the springtime, interspersing throughout with photos of the exquisite botanical details found in the city's iconic architecture. If ever I should visit this magical and exhilarating city again I must do so when Central Park and the surrounding metropolis are buzzing with the beauty that only Spring can bring. To see the "hundreds of thousands of bulbs donated annually and planted by residents and volunteers for the Daffodil project, as a living memorial to those lost on September  11", in the New York Botanical Gardens, would be a show stopping and poignant experience; or indeed, to walk along paths lined with flowering magnolias, crabapple and cherry trees, all blooming profusely would make my heart skip a beat or two. Then, to drink in the hundreds and hundreds of roses in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, where arbors and trellises peep from behind  the climbing roses, would be an explosion of all the senses. Indeed, a walk through this utopia would be a perfumed paradise. Between the covers of this beautiful book there are so, so many glorious flowery experiences to be wowed by, during springtime in New York City. If you were to ask me, Georgianna's beautiful book New York in Bloom is a must-have-addition to your library. Georgianna has published several other 'eye candy' books. Paris in Bloom is on my to buy list and when her book London in Bloom is published, this too  will be finding it's way onto my coffee table.


But I digress yet again, let's get back to those fabrics.

There have been a few days where there has been no illumination by the sun, hence the need to play  with pretty, french-wired ribbons, hand stitching them with a stitch here and there to form flowers, hence cheering up a gloomy soul on a dark and sinister winter's day.


As well as playing with pretty fabrics and sumptuous velvets, I have continued with a little hand quilting of my pretty basket quilt. Four rows have now been completed. Three more rows to be quilted and then the border. Not long to go now.......famous last words!! Love, love, love all that quilty texture!


Once again, on those sunshine-filled days  I have found a sunny spot and quilted. A little hand quilting in a sunny corner is a most enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.


Truly, scrappy quilt upon scrappy quilt is a vision splendid!

It is Sunday morning here and I am enjoying a cup of tea in a pretty new teacup. My beautiful friend, Trish, (Holly's mum) gifted me this gorgeous china pretty as a thank you. Isn't it beautiful?? Why, it matches my hydrangea teapot. I wonder......how did my beautiful friend know that hydrangeas are my all time favourite flower. I truly have no idea. =) Oh, by the way, I always take tea in a teapot with both cup and saucer and teapot resting on a tray........don't you?? No?? Me thinks if one partook in a little tea ceremony each day, where one pours tea from a pretty hydrangea teapot into a pretty hydrangea tea cup, with both pretties resting on a sweet tray, well......the world would be a much happier place. Those ego-maniacal leaders who stomp their feet and shake their fists in a tanty, with murmurings of war and other such deeds of chicanery should sit down, take a chill pill and pour themselves a cup of calming tea in a pretty teacup; relax and think upon  all things peace to mankind. After all, is not a cup of tea the panacea for all ills. =)


Before I am up and at it, I might just linger in my comfy bed for a little while longer, luxuriating with my cup of Melbourne Breakfast tea and flowery book as the sunshine slowly creeps over my quilt, engulfing me with its happy beams. Sundays......a most wonderful day of the week, at least it is for me. Love, love, love lazy Sundays. Off to church, perhaps lunch with friends then this afternoon most definitely a spot of book reading and a little hand quilting. More pretty baskets and buds to be quilted. There is sunshine in my soul today ♥ As always thank you, lovely lovelies, for visiting my sunshiny little place♥


Until the next time............

Sharing this week at Kathy's, Slow Sunday Stitching

61 comments:

  1. Wow Kim! Your quilt looks amazing! And yes, three more rows and it is ready!
    The book for NYC seems lovely. But your ribbon roses are GORGEOUS!!!! Hugs, my talented friend.

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  2. Amen to tea and all things pretty!!! The world can use all the simple beauty you shared today...the special quiet and gentleness of giving in to just being! Thank you precious Kim for bringing your beauty and calm to a sometimes very sad and chaotic world. You bring joy with your beautiful art and very insightful words! Hi from Boo and I, diana

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    1. Your beautiful words and thoughts have touched me, Diana....thank you so much. If we all brought our different kinds of beauty to each day, then the world would be a better place, wouldn't it. Give your precious Boo a pat for me. Kim Xx

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  3. Just lovely. You have the touch - whether it's with the real ones or the ribbon ones. Ohhhh, the next bag will be a beauty!

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  4. How lovely to be able to visit your gorgeous happy flowery blog on this grey wintery day dear Kim. You bring a ray of sunshine into my gloomy day. I adore all your pretties, your new book & your new cup ... yes I like to have a "little ceremony" when I drink my tea also. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous bag come to life. xx

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  5. Good morning little petal!!!! I loved walking straight in to a whole bunch of color when I clicked on your blog xxx. If you want inspiration when walking into fashion shops......if you ever get to Italy!!!!! OMG!!! It will blow your mind away. Capri has some shops that will make you stagger around in envy, but also with inspiration. I love your gorgeous sunny corner to quilt....beautiful. A gorgeous day to you. xx

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  6. Oh what wonderfully gorgeous colors! You really do know how to brighten a dismal winter day. How I would love to come sit with you, to enjoy a cup of tea and watch you stitch. What a beautiful post!

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    1. And....how I would love to sit with you while we both enjoy a cup of tea in a pretty tea cup. Perhaps we could stitch alongside each other, you and I both learning a new skill. I would love to watch you fashion your beautiful dolls. Kim Xx

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  7. A beautiful post and I love the pretty ribbon flowers and the quilt you are working on is just too cute. I have been fixing up my craft room and will be getting back to sewing soon. It has been awhile for me, but I cannot wait to start sewing again.

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  8. Всё очень красиво и прекрасно написано.

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    1. Your beautiful comment has delighted me, Svetlana; thank you♥ Kim Xx

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  9. Well, I think I need a moment in quietness to process all these beautiful and tempting images before saying anything...
    You do know how to best color winter's face and it's never short of surprises! I am still under great impression of that gorgeous, luxurious embroidered and sequined green/blue velvet!! What was that??! My gosh! And I did spot some blue crochet flowers that got me wondering what your next projec(s) will be. I would dearly vouch for your one of a kind, unique and stunning Kim Sharman's bags and would never think of buying a carryall....

    And one last thought for today, or rather a question. Are all your baskets in the quilt made in different fabrics? Because - honestly, I didn't see a basket fabric repeat!
    Have a spectacular Sunday Kim and do continue to cheer up winter with your pretties!

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful baskets, Kim. Do I see needle and thread? Are you quilting by hand? For me, always tea from a pot when I can, but there the picture ends - I pour into a mug. What a contradiction:-) Even up here I sit next to a window in the sun in the afternoon when sitting at my computer. Stay warm.

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  11. I love the quilting on your basket quilt, so perfect! Making flowers sounds like a perfect way to spend a dreary winter day. Happy Stitching!

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  12. Your post made me smile for so many reasons. My mother has all the pretty china teacups. I gave them all to her, but I use mugs. I do have several teapots though. I think you are right that starting off with a pretty setting lie you do helps the day get started on the right foot. I love your quilting. It is the first time I saw someone quilting using Q-snaps as a frame. The flowers you've been making are gorgeous. I can't wait to see your new bag. I live within driving distance to NYC and have yet to visit the garment district.

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  13. Your quilt and quilting are gorgeous! I agree about the tea, cup and teapot, and about everything else too ;)

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  14. Gorgeous photos of your hand quilting! Inspires me to get out my hoop and get hand quilting!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  15. Love your tea cup...alas, I am not a tea drinker (my 11 year old son is though!) Your quilt is just beautiful. Love seeing the hoop you use...

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  16. I so enjoy coming to your blog and looking at all your gorgeous photographs. So relaxing and inspiring all at the same time. Love all the goodies you got from New York, and those flowers will last longer throughout the winter than the real ones! Your hand quilting is coming along so beautifully. Yes, let the world leaders have some tea and just relax!

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  17. Your ribbon flowers are so beautiful. I cannot wait to see that one of a kind, amazing bag. Your quilt is looking fabulous too. I really like that straight stitching under the baskets with the diagonal stitching behind them. My grandmother instilled in me the use of a fine China set for both tea and coffee. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  18. I have forgotten the joy in preparing a pot of tea and drinking it from a pretty tea cup. I have many pretty tea cups, but alas, no pretty tea pot. I have been making my tea in a ceramic mug that is always a bit to heavy for arthritic hands to hold. You have me thinking.

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  19. I love your panacea for world peace, Kim. Yes, tea with a pretty teapot and cup on a tray would make everyone feel more peaceful and calm! Your basket quilt is really coming along, and I look forward to seeing your new bag that will be created with those pretty flowers. May you have a happy week ahead! 😘🤗

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  20. I often wish that I drank tea just so that I could partake of the tea tray ritual! There are such pretty cups around and I already have a collection of teapots, but no, I cant abide the stuff. Give me a nice cup of coffee any time. I do have my special coffee cups and mugs and am always looking out for a new one to add to my collection. I have some real favourite mugs which I am sure you would adore - I must make a note to send you a pic. Lots of gorgeous floral stuff going on here Kim, I am so looking forward to seeing your new bag. What an amazing shop. I am never likely to visit NY again but do wish I had known of that street 30 years ago! Have a happy colourful week. xx

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  21. Oh and I do love the way the quilt is looking. xx

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  22. Such a nice gift, a teacup that matches your teapot! So pretty! Your bag will be interesting to see the results. Such pretty ingredients you choose for your recipe of a purse/bag.

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  23. Your quilt and quilting are gorgeous! As always love your pictures! Your first pictures are a crazy quilters paradise!

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  24. The quilt is beautiful. What a lovely tea cup.I have been to Central Park on a school field trip, many,many,many years ago. it was in the Spring. We had a nice time. Enjoy your Sunday and have a good week.
    Marilyn

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    1. Marilyn, I thought of you when I wrote I was a little pea green. To visit Central Park or indeed the New York Botanical Gardens in the springtime would be a most wonderful thing. If ever it should rain truckloads of $100 notes here, I will be booking my air tickets. But why stop with NYC, I would perhaps take a road trip through New York, visit Niagara Falls and take in Canada, too. =) There are many lovely blogging ladies' doors I could knock on and enjoy a cup of tea whilst chatting about all things life. Aah...the stuff of my very pleasant dreams. Thank you for your sweet visit to my place, lovely Marilyn. Kim Xx

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  25. I want to come play at your house with all of your gorgeous ribbons and flowers. I would certainly enjoy a cup of tea from your beautiful pot and tea cup. Though I am a tea drinker, I must admit that I just pour hot water over the tea in my cup. Things may have to change! Your quilting continues to inspire me. :)

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  26. Oh, that sumptuous velvet, and all those gorgeous ribbon flowers! Waiting to see what your new bag will look like, splendid I'm sure. And your dainty little flower basket quilt is coming along so well.

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  27. Dear Kim, your lovely garden quilt is certainly coming along! Slow stitching really is a pleasant way to spend a wintry day. I find I do most of my quilting and crocheting then, mainly because summer has me working in my gardens. Our summer is coming along, although quite rainy. This past weekend we had another 4 inches of rain. My veggie garden is quite waterlogged! Have a wonderful week, dear friend! Zenda

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  28. Beautiful,beautiful and beautiful!Oh,my poor English!Sometimes words don't matter...Love that gorgeous teacup,what especial gift.I am waiting for the new bag!Have a coloured week!Hugs!

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    1. You are very sweet, lovely Maristella....thank you♥ I am quite certain my week with be filled with much colour, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  29. Oooo such lovely flowers and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for your bag! I understand exactly where you are coming from, there's nothing like enjoying a cuppa in a beautiful china cup and saucer. For me though it's not tea it has to be coffee (I really don't like the taste of tea) have a lovely day!

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  30. your posts are a treat for the eyes, and the soul! Midsummer thunder here in England this morning, after a lovely weekend. x

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    1. Thank you so much, Loraine, your beautiful comments have delighted my day. Ooh....I love thundery summer storms. There is just something about a stormy sky booming with thunder. Hope that midsummer thunder rolls away for you and blue skies smile upon you. Kim Xx

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  31. Hi Kim, your post is amazingly beautiful.
    It's great that even in winter you surround yourself with flowers.
    Is your quilt almost ready? It's so beautiful now.
    Let's hope the world leaders use their minds and not do crazy things.
    Love. ♥

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    1. Hi Loes, There is a little way to go till my quilt is finished but if I stitch a little each day it shouldn't be long till I can wrap it around me during these chilly days. How about all us tea drinkers raise our pretty tea cups in aid of world peace. Surely....it would help, wouldn't it. =) As for the all-things-pretty-fabric-store in New York, it was beyond beautiful. Thank you for your sweet visit. Have a beautiful week.Kim Xx

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  32. Forget to say that the store in New York is exceptionally beautiful, that velvet fabric with stones and beads is precious to see.
    How wonderful that must be to roam around.

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  33. Simply gorgeous my dear, all those small pretties you are working on. And the basket quilt stitching is gorgeous--that will definitely be a masterpiece when completed!

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    1. Thank you, Sandi, for your beautiful comments. Kim Xx

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  34. Your posts are always so full of color and bursting with beautiful things to look at. A high point of my day! :-)

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  35. Oh my your beautiful flowers you have created would bring sunshine to any gloomy, cloudy day, so beautiful and can't wait to see what you do with all those pretties!
    I so enjoyed seeing your progress on your quilting and I just love how every row goes in a different direction, brings so much pretty movement to the quilt, and how exciting you are getting so close :) Your tea cup goes with your pot so well, like they were made for each other, that is so special.

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  36. Your blog and photos always make me so happy! I just love your basket quilt! Thank you for this morning's eye candy!!! Cheers!

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  37. So much to love here, Kim.
    Your pretty basket quilt looks so amazing!
    I love your ribbioned flowers. How do you do that?
    Yes, quite right tea creates space and cures a multitude of things.
    I am on my way to look up those glorious books. I believe "Paris in Bloom" might be a must!
    Thank you...

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    1. Thank you, Dixie♥ My ribbon flowers are just dancing twirls and twirls of ribbon, cinched with a stitch or two here and there until a flower magically forms. Wish oh wish I could spend an afternoon with you, because then I could show you. =) Yes, you must must acquire "Paris in Bloom". As an artist, you will get lost in the beauty of the glorious photos. As always, you have put a smile in my day with your sweet comments. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful week. Kim Xx

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  38. Wonderful post Kim, full of colour and gorgeousness. pretty ribbon flowers and a `sin fin´ of delightful fabrics. Love your hydrangea cup and pot to cheer the start of any day.

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  39. So much beauty in this post. Those little ribbon flowers are splendid. So many of them to ooh and awe over. and how gorgeous is that basket quilt. That's enough to keep anyone smiling on a Winter day. I love popping in to visit you Kim. Your artistry is a ray of sunshine. ♥
    xx Beca

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  40. A perfect Sunday morning, Kim - I can't think of a better way to spend a winter morning than nestled among the beautiful quilts and ribbons, reading of far-away places and having a soothing cup of tea in the prettiest teacup in the cupboard. Your basket quilt is wonderful and your cozy stitching corner is, too. Always love coming to visit your enchanting world xo Karen

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    1. Neither can I, Karen. A sunny Sunday morning lie in, nestled among quilts, a good book in hand and a cup of tea in a pretty teacup is rather wonderful. Life is too short to always 'jump' out of bed early. =) Thank you for your lovely visit. Kim Xx

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  41. Another lovely visit with you, although I found you a little late (still not getting blog emails) :-( I have been to New York City many times but never the Fashion District (I have a son and husband who would be bored to tears!) I will have to appeal to them to let me go look there for awhile. I love what you said about the leaders taking a chill pill with a nice cup of tea.....it reminds me of yesterdays saying on my Mary Engelbreit calendar..."awwwww, here let me pour you a tall glass of get over it." It also said that "Todays's the day to be sarcastic"!

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  42. see, this is one of the reasons i love winter. it is a time to stay indoors and create magical things, without the quilt that you should be outdoors!!!

    don't you love when things just fall off of a shelf and into your shopping cart, that happens to me all the time. funny it happens to you as well!!

    the ribbon flowers are gorgeous, i suspect by winters end, you will be able to fill an entire room...hehehehehe!!!!

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  43. Kim - all the velvet would inspire ne to just lie down on it and take a luxurious nap! I can see that you have wired those lovely flowers together to re-create your garden, lost to vicious Winter. What a fine job! And yes, I agree that a cup of tea just might smooth the frayed nerves/oversized ego of certain world leaders, and we would be all the better for it! Oh, and New York in Bloom looks scrumptious!

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  44. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful flowers. Beautiful works... Have a beautiful weekend. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. May you enjoy a beautiful weekend, too; when it comes aknocking on your door. Kim Xx

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  45. This post should have come with a drool cloth. Just sayin'. But perhaps I'm the only one who would feel that way over those absolutely stunning velvet fabrics. Not that blue is my favourite colour or anything of the sort! And those flowers....oh my goodness. You are a master!

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  46. I swear, Kim, your life is filled with so much beauty it makes my head whirl. I haven't been to New York for decades but your fantastic velvets are making me thing I'll look for an excuse to head back that way.

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  47. How beautiful! All of it. Your teacup and pot, ribbons, images from the book but most of all, the lovely quilting on your baskets. Your post has brightened a dreary day.

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  48. I'm a first time visitor, and so amazed at your talents. The colors are truly magnificent! :)

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  49. My head is spinning from the sight of all these magnificent fabrics and fantastic makes. The colors! You are doing good work over there, my friend. Now my fingers are itching and I have to go make something :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  50. Be still my heart . . . this post takes my breath away. Beautiful!

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