Hello lovely lovelies. A beautiful welcome to my little place. It is a place where hydrangeas have put on quite the show, these past summery months. Big, beautiful, lavish hydrangeas, all delighting in shades of blues to purples.
They are my favourite flowers, just in case you did not know. =) I haven't chatted about 'my' hydrangeas this summer, so today is the day when I beam a little hydrangea blue to your place. From what I have seen on the TV this week, some of you could do with a little dose of summery hydrangeas. I do hope all is okay in your little corner of the world.
The hydrangeas this year have been spectacular. I don't know why but they have decided to pull out all stops and show off to all who drive by, indeed, to all those who visit my humble abode. So, so many words come to mind when trying to describe these gorgeous blooms. Elegant, bosomy, bold, extravagant, generous, bountiful, happy........and just so long-lasting. Why, the hydrangeas here bloom from December to May. For months they are happy to glow with the gorgeous blues, mauves, purples; and as they age and the nights begin to get colder they morph gently into glorious antique hues. Though the days here are still warm the hydrangeas are whispering to me that soon it will be autumn. Ever so slightly the petals are beginning to change into shades of wine, lilac, plum, currant, to the prettiest softest greens. Truly, they are all gorgeous.
As I am chatting about the hue blue this week, I have been fashioning a bag....a blue bag. It is for a friend.......a 'just because' gift. As I always do, I hunted and gathered ribbons, velvet leaves, laces, doilies, vintage pretties, fringing, braids.......and a portion of an old tapestry I unearthed at a market a little while ago. This tapestry hasn't been completed but I always love the look of a little threadbare. My sweet friends loves the look of a little threadbare as well. All the swirling and ruching of ribbons, embellishing with vintage pretties; and the hand stitching has been finished. This week I will sew up the bag; well at least that's the plan.
As it is Sunday, I am going to join in with slow hand stitchers from all around the world, and enjoy a little stitching. My applique flower garden quilt is making an appearance once again. As summer inches its way to autumn I have decided I would love to re-acquaint myself with this pretty. Gazing upon my garden of applique flowers once more I am reminded just how much I love this pretty. I have psyched myself to begin the begin, the designing and stitching of the wisteria vine tangling it's away across the top. So, as I watch TV in just a little while I will happily stitch and embroider leaves onto the vine. Oh, and stitch a little birdie, too.
Thank you for visiting my little place where blue hydrangeas and pretty blue embellishments abound. Where wisteria vines begin to grow and sweet little birdies sing songs of praise. May your week be filled with many beautiful moments that inspire you, and cause you to smile❣
Until the next time...........
Oh my goodness, so much blue and purple....my favorite colors. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous as they are every year. I can't wait to see the bag that you make for your friend. I like the butterfly pin and the fabric flower. That tapestry looks so pretty too.ReplyDelete
Your hydrangeas are so beautiful! Do you need to amend your soil or is it naturally perfect for growing hydrangeas? Love your flower quilt, next week please show the whole quilt to us, happy stitching!ReplyDelete
Mmmmmm, so good for the eyes to see all these pretty flowers and colors! Thank you for sharing your lovely blue and purple summer! I'm sure this new bag will be a beauty, you can do wonders with a few ribbons and embellishments. I love the wisteria vines too, and the little bird. Enjoy stitching!ReplyDelete
I'm totally with you on the hydrangea front! I've just noticed some green buds breaking through on mine so it's probably time to dead head it. (I even love them through the winter) your display is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing the bag you create for your friend too.ReplyDelete
Wonderful hydrangeas, they certainly cheer us up. Can’t wait to see the finished bag your friend will be thrilled I’m sure. Have a great week working on you lovely garden quilt.
Best wishes Kay c Xx
I am so happy my hydrangeas have cheered your wintry day, lovely Kay. Thank you for your beautiful wishes. I am going to enjoy a beautiful week filled with vases of hydrangeas, a little bag making and 'lots' of growing of some applique wisterias and leaves....and stitching the odd birdie or two. =) Oh.....and I might take tea every day in the garden. Just to soak up all that happy, warm sunshine before summer departs my shores for yours. Have a beautiful week, lovely lady. Kim XxDelete
Wow! What a beautiful explosion of hydrangea! The bag you are creating is going to be a gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing the finish. So nice that you're working on your flower quilt, again. :)ReplyDelete
I also Love the hydrangeas. Yours are stupendous, Ilove specilly the clear blue and pink ones Thanks for sharing such beauties. Enjoy your stitching time, and what a cute lovely little bird! Happy and safe new week Kim.ReplyDelete
I love hydrangeas too... pink purple or blue depending on the ph of the soil they are living in... enjoy them ! I am excited to see the bag you will make your friend... and I love the bird applique you shared... Have a blissful Summer day today Kim... KathiReplyDelete
I love hydrangeas and have never been able to grow them so as intensely blue as those in your beautiful garden your soil must be more acid than mine. I can remember when I visited New Zealand many years ago I was entranced by the number of beautiful hydrangeas I could see in peoples gardens. I had to leave mine behind when I moved here so the ones I have now are young plants and are mostly pink with the slightest touch of blue. The bag is going to be beautiful your friend will love it.ReplyDelete
I can almost smell the flowers, so beautiful.ReplyDelete
The colours are just magnificent! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Enjoy your stitching today!
Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine, too. As a kid, we would separate the flower and stick them to our fingernails after we licked them. We all had beautiful blue nails. ❤️ReplyDelete
Your hydrangeas are stunning. I love the well worn. Including that tapestry in the bag for your friend is great idea! Have fun with it!ReplyDelete
Oh the hydrangea...I could say humble but with those colors and the 'hugeness' of the bloom...humble is not in their vocabulary. What fun to look out your window and see not only the hydrangeas but the green of your paradise. I just love fall as flowers put on the most glorious show then. The blue fabric for your 'lady in blue' is lovely - could it be that I see hydrangeas in it, too? I did see just a bit of tatting peeking out from all the ruched flowers - so, so sweet.ReplyDelete
Your hydrangeas are amazing! That's something I've never tried growing. The bag you're making sounds like a fun and unique gift for your friend!ReplyDelete
It is a pleasure again and again to visit your beautiful place. Admire your beautiful photographs, color combinations, and the beauty you write. You make everything so beautifully around you, with hydrangeas, your beautiful vases, lace, embroidery and fabrics. Happy Sunday stitching!ReplyDelete
thank you ever so much - i needed me some hydrangeas this morning...ReplyDelete
A cheerful post with all kinds of blue and purple.ReplyDelete
Although blue is a cool color, it looks like the a loving and warm color to you that suits you!
We also have hydrangeas in the garden, they look dry and dead, but in the summer they will shine again.
Have a lovely sunday! ❤
Thank you for sharing your beautiful hydrangeas with us. I love knowing that it is summer somewhere! And I can’t wait to see the finished bag. You’ve gathered some gorgeous pieces for it.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing your lovely hydrangeas with us! They are gorgeous and also my favorite flowers. Mine are still looking like sticks right now, so it is a breath of fresh air to see your beautiful pictures! I can never keep the blue ones which are my favorite because of my soil composition. Love, love, love seeing yours! Happy stitching!ReplyDelete
Hola Kim, te diré que el azul es uno de los colores que menos utilizo, pero..... me encanta el azul pavo real y tooooodos los azules violáceos de las hortensias me parecen preciosos.ReplyDelete
Este invierno mis hortensias han muerto por la nieve y el hielo, estoy deseando comprarme unas nuevas en cuanto lleguen a las floristerías.
Disfruta de lo que te queda de verano y del precioso bolso que has comenzado con ésos maravillosos tesoros.... y la glicinia con el pajarito es una preciosidad.
Gracias por compartir tus maravillosas hortensias azules y muchos BESICOS.
Such a gorgeous gift for your friend, and I love the hues of blue hydrangeas! I'm really looking forward to seeing your beautiful hand stitching project come alive.ReplyDelete
Hi Kim, funny to think of you inching into autumn as we like to think we are inching into spring, but pretty much a white, snowy world out there still. That makes looking at your photos today so enjoyable, all that gorgeous colour. Beautiful needlepoint and applique too. Loved it all.ReplyDelete
beautiful applique and I LOVE Hydrangeas!!!ReplyDelete
Magnificent!Fabulous!Breathtaking pictures...I also love that butterfly brooch,how beautiful!Hugs,dear Kim!ReplyDelete
Your blue hydrangeas are beautiful. The flower and butterfly and needlepoint bag project that you are working on are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it on Slow Stitching Sunday ... :) PatReplyDelete
Oh my the hydrangeas are just gorgeous, so nice to have all those beautiful colors surrounding you! I see you have fabric to match :)ReplyDelete
How neat that you are making a purse for your friend, what I see so far looks terrific! I am sure she will be thrilled with the finished project!
A pretty blue-filled post! Your soil must be perfect for the hydrangeas to turn such a beautiful color. Do you recall the maker of that gorgeous blue hydrangea fabric that is artistically draped over a dress form? Thanks for sharing the beginnings of the threadbare bag. Delightful!ReplyDelete
I have some hydrangeas in my garden but none are blue! Yours are lovely! Love that little bird on the wisteria vine. Can’t wait to see more leaves and maybe some flowers on the vine by next week.ReplyDelete
Such beautiful colorful flowers, both the nature made and the hand made kinds. I am glad they are more spectacular than ever, probably because there is less pollution out there. It is nice to see them while we are covered with snow.ReplyDelete
Gosh those hydrangeas are stunning Kim. Mine have long since lost their glory now & I think I might have missed my chance for drying some. The new bag is rather stunning too!! Kim you need to pop over to YouTube some time & check out Parisienne Farmgirl's channel. About half a dozen posts back she took her hydrangeas & fashioned herself an entire skirt of them - I think you would love what she did - she is not actually in Paris either but in the USA - her channel is fabulous. Have a flower filled weed my friend xxxxReplyDelete
Hi Kim, I can see why hydrangeas are your favourite flowers. They are so beautiful. Enjoy them and thanks so much for sharing them with us.ReplyDelete
Your hydrangeas are so pretty and all your photos so beautiful! Mum used to have some beautiful hydrangeas in her garden.. I really should plant some when we get back to our own home...ReplyDelete
The blue bag you are making is going to be lovely :) Your friend will be so pleased! xx
Beautiful blue hydrangeas ! An your mannequin, perfect to welcome us ;)ReplyDelete
Your pictures are a pure delight !
Spring is coming...hopefully...I'm done with cold and rain...
Have a shinny week in the middle of your creations and flowers !
Lovely glimpses of your new bag project and great to see your flower garden quilt out again. The blue hydrangeas are stunning - wrong soil here - ours are all pink! Have a lovely week. xxReplyDelete
Your brilliant blue hydrangeas are a balm for those of us stuck in a snowy landscape and I love your whimsical lady with her hydrangea dress and blue hair. I've had little luck growing hydrangea due to soil not acidic enough to get blue flowers, winters too cold for the bud to survives and deer and rabbits who munch the stalks. So I'll just stop by here and drink in yours. Yes, do savor your remaining days of warmth by soaking up as much outdoors as you can.ReplyDelete
When I was growing up in Ohio, the hydrangeas were almost all blue or purple ball shaped flowers. Here in my area of Tokyo, the variety is, to me, unbelievable. There are the usual ball shapes in such a variety of colors, but also lacy ones and framed ones and even climbing ones. Each year they would have a festival where you could walk a misty path through a sea of beauty. Even one house in my neighborhood has about a dozen different varieties along his wall, all in pots, and a bush at the corner as tall as a tree. I love that little butterfly that worked uts way into some of that beauty too.ReplyDelete
It is always a delight to visit your blog. I love hydrangeas but have trouble growing them where I live. Such a pretty quilt you are working on and all your photos are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring. Have a blessed week.ReplyDelete
I love all those blues. The bag will be gorgeous - you do such nice work and I am intrigued how you pull together the different fabrics, ribbons and doodads.ReplyDelete
My MIL has a garden swarming with hydrangeas and they are just the prettiest sight ever! I love their rich and luxurious look! Especially when they start changing their colors from the palest lilac to the most vibrant magenta!ReplyDelete
Beautiful hydrangeas. How wonderfulReplyDelete
Your hydrangeas have been gorgeous this year. Their blue and purple blossoms are huge and so happy. I’m looking forward to the days my Annabelles and Limelights are blooming again. Your beautifully stitched purse will be a treasured gift and your friend will be so happy to receive it! We’re on a little get-away to the beach this week. J is playing golf and I’m crocheting, quilting and a little genealogy research with the beach as my view and enjoying a beach walk several times a day! It isn’t very warm but is sunny and lovely! Amazing what a change of scenery does for one’s mood. Wishing you a lovely week, dear Kim!ReplyDelete
Hello sweet Kim! Wow! You are doing everything right for those hydrangeas. They are thriving!ReplyDelete
I love all of your haberdashery stuff! Lovely!
You're an artist!
Your hydrangeas are so beautiful. I love the pink with the yellow centers...so unusual. And of course the blue ones.ReplyDelete
Your lady looks dressed to the nines in her hydrangea hat. So creative, Kim.
Can't wait to see the completed bag.
Kim - what adjectives can I possibly offer you that are more superlative than the ones you have already employed to describe those hydrangeas??? I so admire these flowers. And your new stitching project is off to a great start!!!ReplyDelete
Hydrangeas have been my favorite for a few years now.ReplyDelete
How special of you to make your friend a bag of goodies.
We all would probably like a bag of these small treasures
Oh Kim - what a feast for my blue and purple loving eyes! How I would love to come and have tea in your gorgeous garden surrounded by so many of these. It would be a dream! And your amazing Hydrangea Lady - so very elegant!ReplyDelete
And lucky friend indeed to have something created by your clever hands!
Beautiful Hydrangeas, what an explosion of colour to greet us with and cheer the day. Looks like you have another unique bag in the makes.ReplyDelete