Drew and I hung up this basket of flowers out side and put a tiny little humming bird feeder inside. You see them perched on there all they time. The hummers go between the feeder and the flowers to eat. Below you can see the "discount" wild flowers we planted too. They are a bit crazy but very pretty.
Mary and Maddie picked out this bird bath for the front. It has a little brown bunny on the front that is sitting in flowers. Fitting since there is a tiny gray bunny that lives in the bush right behind.
The humming birds are loving it. A perfect time for them all to bloom so the hummers can fatten up for their long journey.
The orange and white flowers were planted last month from wildflower seeds we picked up at Walgreens in Allen for 10 cents a package during their remodeling sale.
It rained here in Lucas, Texas for over a week straight. Not that I am complaining- I happen to love the rain.
I took this photo a few days ago. It was on a rainy day in September. The rain has stopped for a while- it rained here in Lucas, Texas for about a week and half.
You can tell the hummingbirds are getting ready to fly south for the winter- look how fat they are getting.
at a Frieda Anderson workshop last year.
In a finish it mode this month. Next month is the market and quilt
show in Houston. Each year at this time I try to finish up kits and
patterns, so I do not feel bad about buying more at the Houston Quilt
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Labels: Journal Quilts
This quilt was based on the book Quilt Counting by Lesa Cline-Ransome.
It was purchased through a grant from the Junior League of Plano to be donated to the Allen Quilters Guild Story Book Quilt Program. The quilts along with the books will travel to different libraries for children and adults to enjoy.
Every morning for about a month now when I go out to water my patio garden there is a hole inside one of the flower pots. It is a good sized hole so I have been really curious about what was making it.
Yesterday we found out...
The toad is still there today in the pot- in a new position today and I did see it out of the pot around 5am this morning.
For some reason this toad has decided that our patio is its new home. "Freddie" or "Fredina" is welcome to say for as long as it wants too. The kids love to look at it but are under strict orders not to go near the pot and under no circumstances are they to touch the toad. From what I have read online the Texas Toad breeds in September and sometimes uses man made ditches. And that they are know for burrowing and flattening themselves out to not be seen. The toad is quite large my best guess is between 2 1/2 to 3 inches.
Maddie's self portrait.
Maddie's fabric hair curls on the bottom like hers. Maddie also snagged a "flower" for her hair. (Of course she/they do not take into consideration that the flowers the "picked" from my design wall where all hand English paper pieced that took me hours......:0) She has a silly flower nose. Thought it was interesting that they did not make their self portraits at the same time, but both of the girls drew almost the same exact necklace but in different colors- must be a twins thing?
Mary's first homework assignment for the Lovejoy Isd was to create a self portrait. She
spotted a hand pieced flower from my design wall that would be just perfect for her hair. She was very concerned about choosing a fabric that reflected her "true" hair color..."You know that my hair is yellow with a little brown...." Also notice the bangs of fabric hair, Mary is very proud for her first hair cut and the bangs. Mary drew her nose but was not happy with how it turned out to when all else fails...you can sew something over the top...she choose an ice cream nose.
This was a really fun and creative assignment.
When we got up this morning this huge pray mantis that has been living on our orange tree has taken over the hummingbird feeder. It is so large that it is literally swinging the feeder and has almost emptied out all the nectar. A little concerned about the impact for the hummingbirds- need to google if they play nice together.
More about this later.
One of the things we love best about our new house in Lucas is all the wild life- Especially the birds. Since everything is on clearance now for the fall/winter Mary and Maddie picked out an adorable bird bath at home depot. It sits out front of my studio window.
The most adorable little baby birds visited today. They can barely fly. They have a dark brownish blue back with rusty-red chest and bellies. They are covered in the really fluffy baby feathers- they look like little fat cotton balls.
Today is the twins birthday. Maddie wanted pet shops and Mary wanted roller skates. The video is of Drew trying to help Mary skate- its wicked funny!
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Fall is officially here at the Ray's when the deep autumn colors come out to play.
Design wall September 2009
Since I am not formally trained one of my goals this year was/is to work my way through several design and color books. Right now I am reading Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter by Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker.
This was an exercise in Monochromatic Color Schemes. One of the things I am really enjoying about this book is that she encourages you to use your photos and drawing to make art quilts.