Hello lovely lovelies♡ Sitting here in bed ('tis Sunday morning) looking out the window at all the cosmos blooming in pink profusion. They are such happy flowers. A little observation sitting here enjoying my morning cuppa. All the cosmos petals are facing to the east waiting for the sun to rise. I hadn't noticed this before. Mind you if I was a flower, I too, would wake up with my face in search of the sun waiting for sunbeams to shine upon me and warm me up. It is a universal truth that sunflowers turn to wherever the sun is; but cosmos?? I wonder if this fact is ubiquitous worldwide or just for the cosmos in our little plot. Who know, perhaps our garden is a magical one. =)
I have looked out my windows a lot this week, thinking upon Ukraine and her people; thinking of those whom I know are struggling with life......thinking, thinking.....praying, praying. It seems these days I spend a lot of time talking to God about all manner of things. My prayer list seems very long of late.
At the moment, here in my humble abode every window has a lovely view. Late summer/early autumn views are so pretty, calming...restful. Views of cosmos, hydrangeas....and far off into the distance forests of trees; and mountains rising up to the heavens. Very soon, the canopy of green will slowly change into glorious autumnal hues; trees standing tall, statuesque with the naked limbs silhouetted against the landscape. Looking through the windows reminds me to be thankful. I can't quite shrug off the feeling of guilt, though. Looking out the window as I stitch, I am thankful for every day I have been given. To cherish every moment; for every day is a miracle is it not?? One never really knows what tomorrow may bring. My heart is both thankful; and filled with sadness at the same time, for all who are facing what seems insurmountable difficulties. Is there ever a time in this thing we call life, when conflicting emotions do not sit side by side and wrestle each other?? I really don't think so.
But......I have spent moments of my week capturing those views. Capturing still life moments....a moment in time. Moments of time, ever fleeting. I am struck by the thought that windows shining with sunbeams create beautiful reflections. Probably a 'no-no' to professional photographers but I rather love to see what reflections are captured in an instant.
Many bunches of dahlias were picked this week. Glorious colours. At the first sighting of Old Jack Frost the dahlias will flee with horror and dive deep down into the earth until next summer. Much like me, really. I have been known to flee with horror, dive under the bedcovers and ignore the undeniable presence of Jack Frost. I wouldn't mind at all hibernating through winter under layers of pretty quilts to ward off the freeze. So not a fan of Jack Frost! But, I must say he does sprinkle beauty in shards of ice everywhere catching sunbeams, capturing shadows of rainbow colours in the reflections. Many, many hydrangeas were picked also. I am bringing many bunches inside, joying in the metamorphosis process of the hydrangeas changing into earthy hues of autumn. Fingers crossed that some will dry in that gorgeous way that only hydrangeas can; leaving behind crinkly, paper like, dried petals. There is no rhyme or reason; some change beautifully, but some are a dismal failure.
Care to see the view from my windows?? =)
As I have been sitting looking out my windows, I have been covering more little pentagons with pretty scraps of fabric and stitching all these pretties together. Four blocks are finished, with two blocks having been prepped in readiness for some stitching later today. Then there will be only three blocks to do. I haven't joined any of the blocks together yet as I don't know whether or not I want to add something else to the centre of each block. The pattern has embroidered details but I'm not a fan. I rather like the thought of nothing at all in the middle. I could do small dresden flowers in the vein of the pentagons; but I also like the notion of lovely quilting designs instead. This would give the quilt a modern aesthetic, which I rather like. Don't need to make up my mind yet, though. For now I will just keep on playing with little scrappy pentagons.
I have named this quilt 'Skipping Around The Garden Path' with homage to the memories of a little girl skipping around paths skirting formal gardens. All the little connecting pentagon wedges remind me of a formal garden design. As I stitch around each wedge it feels as if my fingers are skipping around each flowery pentagon with needle and thread.
Those of you of a certain age, do you remember the skipping ropes we had as children?? You know the ones; those with pretty patterned, wooden handles at the end of colourful rope?? I wonder, are there such skipping ropes anymore?? I suppose the ones that are sold these days are those "Jump Rope for Heart" get-your-heart-pumping-cardio-workout kinda ones. Much to my chagrin, I can't really skip now....how sad, but such are dem old knees of mine. Only in my dreams do I skip or run with skipping rope in hand along the garden path. Oh to be a child again. =) Oh, skip that thought.....I rather love where I am now at this stage of life, in this little place. I don't really want to go back and do it all again.
Before I go, the name of the lady my Pete pulled out of the hat for my little giveaway, is LJ. How exciting! Linda, if you email me your address I will pop the sweet little purse and all the other goodies in the post later on this week, and it will wing its way to you.
Please take care this week, lovely ladies♡ This coming week, may there be sprinkles of smiles filtering through the darkness of these days♡Each day seems to be more shocking than the previous one. May we fill our days with thoughts and prayers, wrapped in yellow and blue, sending them on the wings of a dove to the people of Ukraine♡
Until the next time.................
Linking this week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching
that will be a pretty quilt - applique on what color background? all of your flowers are so pretty, I don't know how we would all manage what is happening in Ukraine - most of us have not lived in a war area it is so hard to imagine your world torn apart- I feel for these people so muchReplyDelete
Your garden flowers are so lovely, it's so nice to see green grass and green leaves! Here there is snow on the ground and it's freezing out! Your pentagon flowers are lovely too, enjoy your stitching!ReplyDelete
Your post is breathtaking...Wonderful views! Made me smile... Gorgeous quilt/hexies too.Congrats to the winner. Blessings my dear friend.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, lovely Maristella, for your beautiful words. Lovely blessings to you too, my lovely friend. Kim XxDelete
I think if I had the wonderful view from my bedroom window then I would want to languish in bed too Kim!! Though I do have French Doors off my bedroom, they look more out on to trees. Skipping around the garden path is looking stunning as always. Yes I loved skipping ropes & it was one of the few things I was actually rather good at!!!😉😉 Have a lovely week surrounded by all that beauty Kim. xxReplyDelete
Oh how beautiful you write Kim. I so love visiting to see the wonders you create and your beautiful garden. Not near as often as I want, but I’m here now after a little housework and a bit of gardening, sitting for a while before lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day.ReplyDelete
Hello lovely Jeanette; such a delight to have you visit. A beautiful visit from an old friend. Your visit has delighted my day. Hoping you are well and enjoying your garden and the exquisite smocking that only you can do. I am supposing your garden is looking lovely at this time of year. This lovely autumn weather we have been enjoying tends to induce us to want to get out and enjoy our gardens. Thank you so much for stopping by, lovely lady. Take care. Kim XxDelete
Your garden is truly magical. The lovely rich blue of the hydrangeas look stunning.
I do indeed remember the skipping rope and would skip for hours. Could not manage five minutes now. Things must turn for the better, let us hope this is soon.
Best wishes enjoy your week Kay c XX
Hope always springs eternal, lovely Kay. The hydrangeas with all the varying shades are amazing, at the moment. I used to have so much fun skipping as a child. Loved too, all the skipping games we played in the school playground. Alas....no more skipping. =) Have a lovely week, lovely Kay. Thank you for your beautiful visit. Kim XxDelete
What a fabulous view you have from your bedroom window, I love cosmos too they are so bright and cheerful and the blue of those hydrangeas is breath-taking. The horrors that are going on in Ukraine make us appreciate what we have and be thankful, but there is an ache in my heart how much more can those poor people take, I fear that the worse is yet to come.ReplyDelete
Your pentagon blocks are looking lovely and I agree embroidery wouldn't look right in the centre, I look forward to seeing what you decide. I still skip sometimes but boy do I suffer afterwards haha. Have a lovely peaceful Sunday. xx
"Vue sur un jardin de fleurs"...Gorgeous views ! Someone is looking at you on the other side...ReplyDelete
The first picture must be in honor of the Ukrainian people...With the colors of their flag. Lovely gesture Kim.
Your quilt will be beautiful with such inspirational views...
Thanks for sharing your beauties.
Have a lovely week !
So very beautiful - inside and out :-)ReplyDelete
I love the variegated purple hydrangea you have sitting in that beautiful leaf shaped vase. Your pretty photos always make me smile. Skipping Around the Garden Path is the perfect name for this quilt. I love how joyful you are with your stitching. I know that immersing myself in my crafts keeps the depressing parts of life and the world at bay and brings me joy.ReplyDelete
Such a lovely view from your window, dear Kim! Your gardens are still giving so much color and cheer and your EPP project is, too. I know what you mean about the continued lengthening of your prayer list. Our world seems to be full of illness and other sadness but it also has so many blessings. I suppose the challenges help make us truly be thankful for the good things in our lives. Continued prayers for our friends in the Ukraine. I’m also wishing you another beautiful, blessed week,dear friend!ReplyDelete
I always love the yellow evening light that comes with the onset of autumn. We are waiting on the arrival of spring after 3 inches of snow on Friday. Beautiful photos, your flowers are just glorious! Happy stitching!ReplyDelete
I hope the people of the Ukraine know that we are all rooting for them and supporting them in whatever ways we can think of. Your flowers are gorgeous and the blue and yellow ones so fitting right now.ReplyDelete
I love your current hexie project. Enjoy your stitching and your garden today!
Joy at just being alive another day, right; and yet, sorrow at the same time for the people in the midst of these terrifying and terrible events in Ukraine. I just can't fathom how one powerful tyrant can wreak such utter havoc and devastation upon people. [I mean, a maternity and children's hospital?] I fear for the human race when I see those things....S I G HReplyDelete
Your window views are so heart lifting--just lovely. Your posts are so inspiring and a breath of fresh air for us in these cold Northern climes right now...I am slowly working one block at a time on what I am calling my Memory Quilt; ummm ....before my memories fly away on the wings of time...
Hugs on a chilly Sunday Julierose
I do believe your garden is rather magical. Here in the blustery north flowers are but dreams.ReplyDelete
This week's lead photo of yellow and blue flowers is beautiful as the colors compliment on another. The morning sun feels so good ~ everything seems renewed. Your furry friend is peaking back at you. Lol! Skipping ropes, or as Americans call them jumping ropes, are available in toy stores. The Garden Path rings are lovely on the window, yet it's probably not best for them to stay on glass (wink). Empathy on feelings of guilt for those being ravaged by war and evil. Life has been put into perspective - I have no complaints.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous views, gorgeous flowers, and lovely prose. I remember skipping, and I did have a jump rope too. My prayer list seems to grow longer day by day, so much to pray for, and constantly throughout the day. Thanks for the lovely visit again Kim, hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous photos! I love the shot of the mirror... so brilliant! And the pieced units on the windows... I was almost shrieking with how pretty that is! Thank you for bringing such beauty to this sad and violent world.ReplyDelete
What a lovely post full of delightful flowers which help to cheer the day and keep our minds off the shocking plight and sadness of so many people. Seems we always have world problems to worry about. The views from your windows are wonderful and what a joy to wake and see such beauty.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful display of your treasures, Kim! And the view is remarkably breathtaking!ReplyDelete
I believe we are in unison with our prayers! I hope they will be answered.
What can I say, the troubles in Ukraine seem to be getting worse each day. So sad when ordinary people going about their lives are caught up in this horror. Thank you, Kim, for bringing a little sunshine and many many flowers to us all. I love the photo of your dog looking longingly back through the window at you.ReplyDelete
Such a senseless tragedy for Ukraine. So terribly sad for the brave people there.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful post.I fondly remember skipping with or without a rope. Your new quilt looks so beautiful.And what a lovely gift to receive.
Your flowers are so beautiful. Thank you for bringing so much beauty into the world, Kim.
Best Wishes to you...
Hola Kim, qué días tan tristes con terribles noticias..... aquí en España estábamos sufriendo una gran sequía, algunas poblaciones ya tenían restricciones de agua, pero por fín ha llegado la lluvia y durará casi dos semanas más, es perfecto para la tierra, pero los días grises y las devastadoras noticias que llegan desde Ucrania nos están sumiendo en una honda tristeza.... paso parte de la noche despierta rezando por Ucrania...... hoy no he tenido ánimo de costura, tan solo de cortar y preparar nuevos proyectos para estar concentrada y no pensar en guerra.... hoy necesitaba tus flores y tus colores, gracias por todo ello y BESICOS.ReplyDelete
Another beautiful post Kim, enjoy your beautiful surroundings, so many pretty flowers and beautiful views and reflections, and your little furry friend looking back in at you ❤. I used to love skipping too, ah the joys and innocence of childhood 😁. Your new blocks are beautiful, also love the basket quilt on the left of some photos. Here's hoping with the removal of the oligarks support maybe Ukraine will be left to recover 🤞.ReplyDelete
Your flower drenched photos are definitely a balm for we winter weary folk. The last photo of the blue hydrangeas and cream colored roses is picture perfect. But the sun is moving higher in our skies and spring will come in its own time. I, too, spied your four legged companion looking in the window. Enjoy the rest of your garden year. I join you in your prayers for the Ukranian people who do not deserve the calamity which has befallen them.ReplyDelete
I remember those skipping ropes with wooden handles! Was a skipping pro :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful post, Kim! Love your bedroom and the view. Your garden is a real paradise!
I too, was rather proficient at skipping, Alina. So, so much fun was involved with the skipping games of my childhood. I often escape to my bedroom with book in hand...or not...and gaze out the window. It is balm to my soul. Kim XxDelete
Your flowers are so pretty, Kim! Especially those dahlias - they just look like late summer to me. We're teetering on the edge of Spring here in Colorado - a little bit of green poking through the world here and there. Loving your Skipping Around the Garden Path blocks!ReplyDelete
You know I haven't noticed other flowers if they move with the sun like sunflowers do, I will have to check them this year, we have bought all kinds of seeds to plant, we will see if they come up this year :)ReplyDelete
I think your quilt would look pretty with just quilting inside the openings but like you say, you have time to decide and maybe it will speak to you on what it wants :)
Yes I do remember skipping rope and we use to have little songs we sang as we skipped too but do you think I can remember them now, nope another thing that has been lost from my mind. My knees couldn't take it anymore either.
I do pray every morning I wake up that I will turn on the TV and get wonderful news that this war has ended and there will not be anymore blood shed or bombings and the people can go back to their homeland they love.
I know I will always find pretty photos here. Your blog is my green space, a peaceful bubble to rest. Love the light and the dalhias!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photographs as always Kim. I should have read this yesterday when it was wet and grey as it would have cheered me up! However, this morning it is bright and sunny and promising to be a dry day. I love the photographs with the sunlight reflections. They look like quilted panels with fine organza overlaid. Your pentagons are growing nicely. xxReplyDelete
The views of and from your windows are just lovely - and might I add, such nice clean windows too! I wouldn't dare take photos of mine :) Unlike you, I am very much looking forward to Jack Frost visiting... I seem to come alive in the cold - does that make me a very strange person? Probably :) Thanks for sharing the beauty xxReplyDelete
Today's visit in your cottage has me struggling with what is inside and what is outside with regard to reflections, your windows looking so clean and bright! Wow, it really is hard to tell sometimes. Your pentagons and imagery of skipping automatically sent me to hopscotching as a kid, and yes, jump roping. I loved both. While we were enjoying spring temps of 65°F (18°C) on Friday, we plummeted to 13°F (-10°C) Saturday with 6" of snow! Mother Nature is back to seasonal norms this week as we approach the official start of spring. Daffodils and pansies are hardy little flowers, bouncing right back as the snow melts. It is my prayer our world sees an intercession for all, especially the people of Ukraine, this week. Congratulations to Linda.ReplyDelete
I feel like you posted more cosmos pictures just for me. I love them! And I love seeing your flowers too. We had snow (very unusual for us in March) this weekend, and it knocked down a bunch of my daffodils. If it warms up, I'm going out, cut a bunch and bring them inside.ReplyDelete
I love your view from the window. I love Cosmos. I plant them each year. They are annual here. Skipping around the Garden is a nice name for your quilt. A nice childhood memory. Like you I can't skip anymore.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing those beautiful flowers to put colour in my day. It's always a delight to visit your blog.
The cosmos here self seed and are always popping up everywhere in the next year. Cosmos truly are the easiest and happiest of flowers. I rather love the name "Skipping around the Garden", too. Wouldn't it be fabulous if you and I could skip again....just for old time's sake. =) Thank you so much for your beautiful visit and words, lovely Thelma. I am so glad you find my little place a delightful. Kim XxDelete
I won; oh, how exciting. Thank you, Kim. You are so very generous and sweet, too. :)ReplyDelete
All those glorious pictures and flowers - a person can't be too sad with all that beauty to peruse. A view out your windows is breathtaking; spectacular. I do love Cosmos but I've never noticed that they turn toward the sun like a sunflower does. I will definitely take note this summer/fall. What a bit of excitement to look forward to. Yes, I loved skipping rope though the wooden handled ones came out a bit later. We used fexible ropes and tied a knot on the ends. Usually, the rope ends were wrapped around our hands so we could jump singly and let it out so 3 or more could use it. We also played jacks - a lot. Did you do that? I know that jumping rope is still in though I'm not sure the ropes - even with wooden handles - are quite as nice as those we had. "Jump Rope for Heart" is definitely around so at least the kids understand the fun of jumping rope. Putting those pentagons on your windows is brilliant; what a perfect way to showcase them. I think they may even outshine the blocks. Maybe I will think about doing the same thing. I love your idea of using quilting in the center to enhance each block.
I, too, find myself thinking of the Ukraine and hoping and praying that they can defeat Putin and his forces. Fighting isn't my way but I can't help but hope they will fight and win.
Oooh such beautiful views outside and inside your windows! I caught a glimpse of sweet Maisie amongst the pretty flowers. Your quilt pieces look like lovely mosaics, Kim, and I can imagine your fingers skipping along. Yes indeed, I remember skipping rope. My, we spent hours doing that on the playground and sidewalk.ReplyDelete
Congratulations to Linda! Blessings to you!
I could look at your beautiful flowers for hours on end. The blues and yellows are such a lovely tribute to Ukraine, but those happy cosmos are breathtaking too.ReplyDelete
Lovely views from your windows Kim. I especially love that first one with two big brown eyes looking at you! xxReplyDelete
I shall think of you if we have Cosmos this year, but I do seem to remember noticing them following the sun in previous years.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous photos! I especially love the photos through the windows, with the reflections. Your curtains are so pretty! Lovely post Kim. ♥️😘
Wow your hydrangea are stunning, as is your quilt so far!ReplyDelete
I so enjoy seeing your garden moving through the year, I bet it is a wonderful sight in the autumn! Your quilt is coming along very nicely, matching to your garden :-) Skipping? Oh yes, I do remember! Like you, I am enjoying the age I am now, and I would not like to go back, it seems such struggle now to be young. Was it so hard when we were young? Or have I just forgotten? Old age is very liberating, don't you think?ReplyDelete
I am trying to grow Cosmos seeds on my windowsill right now; I don't usually do that, but this year I am just so impatient, it is a yellow variety I haven't seen before - no sign of life so far, LOL! xx
Kim - you captured well the multiple emotions that can exist in a person at the same time. Praying and being thankful are so essential at a time like this, and it doesn't mean we are not aware of the suffering of others. The views from your windows are so incredible - I know that one day my garden will mature and I will enjoy such vistas! Our days are lengthening, but piles of snow will have to melt before anything greens up around here! Enjoy your weekend!ReplyDelete
Hi Kim wow your garden is amazing and the views from your windows are stunning,I so love your home and gardens ,those hydrangeas are amazing. Well done on your beautiful quilting work Kim ,hope you have a amazing weekend 💕ReplyDelete
Wonderful colors in your flowers and your quilt. I can certainly see where the inspiration came from. We're just coming out of winter and so am looking forward to spring color after a dark and ugly winter. I dislike Jack Frost alot. Envy you your views. At the moment I have an ocean view, but only for few more days then it's back home where there's really not much to see out the windows.ReplyDelete
I love the view from your window - especially the photo of Maisie in the flowers. Your home really is a most beautiful palace of flowers, real and sewn, inside and out. I hope Jack frost will hold off awhile. My thoughts too are with the people of Ukraine. Their courage is an inspiration and I so much hope this war will end soon and with the victory they deserve. Take care xxReplyDelete
I always love all your flowers. So many beautiful colors. Your little pentagons are coming along nicely.ReplyDelete
You are surrounded by such beautiful flowers and yes, your garden is magical. Maisie looks beautiful there, probably asking why are you still not outside with her. I can hardly believe what is happening, I can think of hardly anything else lately. Could not agree with you more about being thankful about every day. Take care xxReplyDelete
Beautiful applique matching your beautiful surroundings, Kim. How gorgeous it all looks. I have hydrangea in a vase from 4 years ago and they kept beautifully. I haven't had the same luck with other bouquets since; don't know why. Yes, your season is turning just as we have downpours of rain wiping out the snow. Heading towards spring. Yes I fondly remember all the skipping rope games we played...Double Dutch comes to mind. I can still skip but not for long. Thanks for an uplifting post!ReplyDelete
I so enjoy looking out your windows at all your lovely flowers!! Your quilt rings make their own fabric flowers as well. Yes, let us appreciate every day and pray for those less fortunate.ReplyDelete
This sea of blossoms made of embroidered, sewn and fresh flowers is simply breathtakingly beautiful... enjoy. Yes, just enjoy.ReplyDelete
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you when drying the wonderful hydrangeas.
And do you know, dear Kim, I will soon be planting my dalia bulbs... and will be waiting with joy for the green and the flowers.
Yes, we all need consolation because Putin's brazen invasion of Ukraine shook us badly. It is a danger to all mankind. May clever minds around the world put a quick end to the war. It is not enough to help the refugees, the war must end. Right away.
Nature gives us comfort and our actions.
Her beautiful window full of flowers inside and out and also the cute dog looking curiously in the window.
The skipping rope from childhood, yes it was wonderful and do you also know rubber twist in the schoolyard? Have we had easier times? I know my mother didn't have it.
The unhinged and monstrous Putin is indeed a danger to mankind! Let us pray that cool and wise heads prevail and come up with a plan to be rid of him and his autocratic ways. But enough of this evil man; let us not give him any more oxygen. How fabulous spring has arrived at your place, Viola, and you are planting dahlias. How exciting for you. I wonder if your game 'twisted rope' was a game we played called elastics? I think it might be. I think each generation has their own difficulties, Viola. My mother who lived during World War2 certainly had a dreadful time but she belonged to an amazingly resilient era. They soldiered on despite the hardships. I didn't have a particularly happy childhood, so I'm not keen to do it all again. =) Thank you for your beautiful visit and sweet comments, lovely Viola. It is always a delight to have you stop by. Kim XxDelete
Are you well? I anticipate your Sunday blog with joy. It concerns me that you have been "missing"ReplyDelete
Hello lovely Annette♡ Thank you for your sweet concern but yes, all is well, even though I have been missing in action. =) Fingers crossed I will be waxing lyrical about 'stuff and nonsense' next Sunday. Thank you so much for blessing my day with your sweet words♡ Kim XxDelete
How a simple bottle with flowers on a window sill can brighten up the room.ReplyDelete
The view, both from and IN your window, is stunning....most definitely a balm for a troubled soul. Cosmos were always a favourite of mine and seeing the beautiful little goldfinches feasting on their seeds was a delight. Can't grow them on an apartment balcony unfortunately. I did try sprinkling some seeds on the 'bank' behind our building in hopes they would take root but unfortunately they didn't. I imagine the chipmunks had a feast though so there's that.ReplyDelete
Seeing the quilt section in the window made me wonder how a little hexxie would look in the center. Little flowers sprinkled throughout.