Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gardening

I played with fabric all day in the garden today!

No pics of the fabric (maybe tomorrow), but here was my view today, on this perfect spring day:
Aren't these baby irises delightful?  They grow in circles, like little fairy rings.

The sky was a beautiful blue, with some clouds.  The wrens were singing.  And cardinals and robins chittering.  We have one cardinal that calls "Ricky, Ricky, Ricky!" over and over.  Our oldest cat, Ricky, looks around, confused, trying to figure out who's calling him.

Bleeding hearts.  One of my favorite.  These are some impatient flowers, blooming when they're barely a foot tall.  If they'd wait a few weeks, the frost wouldn't get them and there'd be some shade to grow under.

I pulled out all of my bins of scrap fabric, thinking I could sort through everything.  Ha!  I did get through three bins and two big bags.  By trimming, I fit all of this into two bins and a small bin for embroidered bits.  I've got some gorgeous stuff to work with!

The tulips are a riot of color!  I bet we have close to 300 in the backyard alone.
Most of these are up and open.  With daffodils and hyacinths in the background.

Which made me start thinking about just what I'm going to do with all this pretty stuff.  Scarves, yes.  I've got two bins of old saris to use for these, and other stuff.  I think some patchwork scarves will be cool, with one side having lots of embellishment and one side plainer.  

Forget-me-nots!  I've careful about how much I let these spread.  They love to take over a yard!

So nuno scarves and patchwork scarves.  And belts.  And headbands and bracelets, for the smaller pieces.  Maybe even some pincushions or sachets.  If I make sachets, that's an excuse to buy more lavender plants, especially since the last two winters have been very hard on them.

Inside of a tulip by the mailbox.  Stunning.

I have two more bins to go through, mostly pieces of old felted sweaters that were gifted to me last spring.  Some of these pieces might be perfect for pillow covers.  Then I'm going to divide everything by size and by embellished/plain.  I'll make a bin that's good for backing belts, bracelets, and headbands and a bin of bigger pieces.
Love the coral color of this.

That's been the hardest thing for me, in my new obsession with fabric and felt - figuring out how to organize everything.  'Cause I like to work from an organized space, so that when I'm working on something, I know where everything is.  It took me a while to figure out how to organize the beads.  Hoping I'll get the fabric managed tomorrow.  I'd hoped to fit everything in my Grandma's cupboard.  Doubtful.  I collected more than I thought I did.  :)

So I can play!  Especially now that I'm inspired by all the beauty in my backyard.



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