Thursday, June 2, 2011

FLOWERS AND FRIENDS

I had the best intentions to post earlier this week but that clearly did not work out. I've been juggling a couple quilt book editing projects that I hope to share with you really soon as well as some magazine articles. And last week, I planted some garden beds for a project that I'm producing for one of the Meredith garden magazines. Sprinkled among my work projects, I've had some fun diversions—like going to the downtown Farmer's Market early Saturday morning. My husband and I met up with my friend Cinda to shop for veggies and flowers. Who needs coffee to perk you up at 7:00 a.m. when you have these vibrant flowering beauties to gaze upon?


Being a "pink" person, I fell in love with the color of the peonies on the far right. I found out they're homegrown in my hometown just 65 miles south of Des Moines.


For years I have purchased orchids at the farmer's market. They had a particularly nice selection of small-sized moth orchids—the easiest kind to grow. I like their shorter stems. 


One of my favorite indulgences is homemade soaps, and this booth certainly had quite an assortment of them.


Decisions, decisions! I finally settled on Lily of the Valley.


There was even a booth of handcrafted dolls. Being a dollmaker myself, I enjoyed meeting these lovingly-crafted ladies.


On the way home, my hubby stopped by a local bakery to get me my favorite local macarons. As you can see, I wasted no time in eating a few! I am obsessed with these French-style delights. 


Another recent fun diversion was going on a quilt shop day trip with my friends Belinda and Merry, who had discovered a one-of-a-kind quilt shop and wanted to share the experience with me. And when I say "experience", I really mean "experience". They warned me that Quilts and Other Notions was a quilter's paradise with more than 7,000 bolts of fabric, tons of books and patterns, and a mesmerizing array of notions; and indeed, they were right. I'd never seen so many books and patterns in one place before. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera along, but this Jo Morton laminate was my favorite find of the day. I think it would make a fun tote. Any other ideas?


I hadn't seen Flutterby charm packs in quite some time, so this was the perfect opportunity to snatch up a couple more. I also like this Moda pink trim and owl-adorned ribbon. 


As if sharing a fun-filled day with these two friends wasn't enough of a gjft to me, they gifted me the loveliest of surprises. As you have probably noticed from previous posts, Belinda and Merry are incredibly thoughtful and generous. Belinda gave me this delightful mug, fat quarter, trims, and apple crisps (which were just the yummiest, by the way).


The ever-creative Merry gave me this lovely solar lantern that she made herself. What a neat idea!