Kensington Gardens

Next to the palace, Kensington Gardens encompasses a large parcel of land.  There is a small formal garden next to the palace, but the bulk of the 270 acres of land is given to a large grassy meadow lined with trees on either side of a wide concrete walkway.  This is devoted to public use, …

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Kensington Palace

The votes are in, and the number one pick to share from our England trip was Kensington Palace and Gardens.  So, today we return to London for a tour.  Today we'll see the palace and some spectacular jewels, and I'll show you the garden tomorrow.  Kinsington Palace is quite unassuming compared to other historic buildings …

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Upcycling an Iron Birdcage

Last fall I scored this two piece birdcage and stand at an auction for very little cost.  Both needed some work, with the birdcage in really sad shape.  It was that 80s Wedgewood Blue, (a color I cannot tolerate anymore) and had a lot of rust.  So, it needed a makeover. The rust was more …

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Late May in the Garden

The irises are done blooming now, they finished up while we were out of town.  But, can you stand just a couple more pics of them?  They were just so spectacular! I love these white ones. And I was so impressed with these purple edged ones with the white centers. On the mountainside behind the …

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Pink Appliqué Quilt Repair

Just before we left for our vacation, I received this pretty appliqué quilt to repair.  It didn't need a lot, or so I thought when I got it from the owner.  I figured just a few spots to hand stitch and it would be good to go.  But, after looking at it more closely, I …

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Back from England

Back home again, and now you can know that my blogging break was spent in London, England!  We've had this trip planned for months.  I didn't take my laptop, because I decided just to take some time off from the computer altogether.  We had a marvelous, exhausting trip, seeing more of London in the time …

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Square Dance Promenade

This month we Promenade!!  Just this step to do, and next month will be the final assembly and big reveal.  I hope you are having fun! This month, you'll be joining your Allemande Left units to your scrappy Come Down the Middle units.  Lay your stacks like this so you get them all oriented correctly.  …

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Spring Cleaning, and a Blog Break

Spring Cleaning came late this year, it just seemed like winter would never end.  But one of the effects of losing a bit of weight is that the closet needs to be purged, a good problem to have, isn't it?  I went into how I do this in more detail in a previous post - …

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Thank You Cards to Re-use and Recycle

When you get a handmade card, wouldn't it be nice to be able to pass it along for someone else to enjoy?  I mean, how many of us get a card (and so few of those come in snail mail these days!) and enjoy the sentiment, only to throw it into the paper recycle bin, …

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