Things bloom here too…

P1180260I have loved portulaca since my childhood in NJ where they bloomed with abandon.  They did not do so well on the coast, but here once again I have portulaca blooms to enjoy.


French Marigolds are up for the job most anywhere…


And Nasturtium have answered the call bravely in this hot dry space. P1180268

The ‘Pot Marigold’ (officially Calendula) blooms here too, with that classic ‘bloom where you’re planted’  look.  I hope that I shall do as well.


There have been no travels this week, so I’ve taken time to finish up a picnic quilt for Rachel’s (just past) 20th birthday… P1180276

P1180277P1180278… made from old jumpers, jeans and skirts from our family’s  past life.


And I’ve commenced my second-ever illustrated journal.  The first page is a joint celebration of the harvesting of the Black Currants and the purchase of some Crayola markers just for fun!

Black Currant

and the next is my official just-learning-to-Doodle page….


And such have been the ‘blooms’ of my week.


“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph.2:10









The flowers still bloom here…

What better place to spend a rainy day than a cozy and bright little fabric store.
Flowers are still in bloom here.


And funky paisley catches my eye with its blend of summer and fall color…


And the biggest problem on my mind is which ones to take home,

…and how  they will all manage to share one crazy quilt peaceably.P1160458


…so as to warm the newlyweds new home…


It is good to have such small problems fill my mind on a rainy day.  I needed a reprieve from  writing and books and study.

Crazy quilt here we come!!!


Have you ever tried a Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt?  They’re great fun!