Last week was another good one here at Ashton House. The hubby got lots of home projects completed before the long Iowa winter arrives. He installed a home security system and replaced both doors on the garage with more secure ones with deadbolts. While he did that, I hand-watered all the plants in my garden for two hours. It's been such a dry year here that I really have to hydrate the plants before going into winter or they might not come back. On Thursday, I enjoyed a rare day out of the office papercrafting with my friend Michelle. It was the perfect excuse to get out all my paper punches...
...and my handy wooden tote filled with rubber stamps, cardstock, and other supplies. I had such a fun time catching up with her. I think we did more chatting than crafting!
On Friday, I went to an African violet show, where I saw a cornucopia of flowering delights.
I was most amazed by the streptocarpus (called "streps" for short). Doesn't that sound like a disease? As you can see, they're much prettier than they sound! I've found that these are just as easy to grow as violets. The only drawback is that they are much larger, so they take up quite a bit more space.
I found a few new pretties to bring home and add to my collection of African violets. The little pink tiered stand (pictured below) was an antiques-fair find for just $10. It was the perfect size for setting atop a side table in my pink-and-green dining room. The top violet is a trailer called 'Ellie Gardner'. The other violets are semiminiatures, which are perfectly sized for teacups. One of my earlier posts featured a magazine article I'd written about displaying violets in teacups and other china.
Now, I suppose I should get back to work. I plan to go to the big AQS quilt show here in Des Moines tomorrow and I want to be able to enjoy it guilt-free!