To start the first of June off on a good note I took a little walk about the garden this morning to see what was blooming. Right away I noticed this lovely magnolia blossom in the tree:
And just had to take its picture. After that I cut it and brought it inside where I could enjoy its sweet lemony fragrance permeating our home. So delightful! Not too strong...just a light, pleasant scent that happens only once a year, so we might as well indulge ourselves!
And then I looked over and noticed that our crape myrtle trees are really starting to blossom in the memorial garden. I love this shade of pink:
They are just getting started, so I look forward to their beauty all summer long once they open up.
As I wandered about the garden, I couldn't help but hear the sounds of very fast, extremely loud jets traveling rapidly overhead.
If you will notice, I am wearing a very lovely beaded necklace in this picture.
Here is a close-up of that necklace. The last time Evelyn came to visit I asked her if she could re-string this necklace for me, as it had broken, and the green beads were originally from a very old necklace that had belonged to my Grandma Tedlie (maternal). I had never been able to wear the original necklace, because the string was so old and the clasp was not functional, so it had sat in a jewelry box ever since my grandmother died, which was when I was still a teenager. I had it fixed once several years ago, and added the black beads to help make it longer, etc., but that "string" and clasp also broke, so again, it sat in my jewelry box until my friend said that she did this kind of work and would be so happy to try and fix it for me. So here it is...and isn't it gorgeous?
The detail on those scrolled beads is so delicate and perfect...she said they were handmade...which makes them even more precious to me. So this was ONE beautiful blessing for today...but alas! Not the only one!
My sweet friend also does quilting...and again, the last time she visited I had showed her a quilt that was handmade especially for us by the ladies of one of our churches, but some of the fabric was beginning to wear and tear, and I hated to see it become unusable. Well, Evelyn said she would just take that quilt home with her and see if she could repair it...and, so she did exactly that! I didn't take a "before" picture, but this is the finished product:
I know you can't tell what she did...and actually, she did it so perfectly, I had to really look hard to figure out what she did...but she replaced several pieces and tried to match colors and fabrics as best she could...and it turned out so beautifully no one would ever know it was damaged and repaired!!
And then, just for fun, she created these two wall hangings actually from a couple of small pillows that were originally made to go with the quilt. She had to use some of the fabric from the original pillows to patch the quilt, so then re-created the designs for the wall-hangings and had a little fun with it:
This lovely jeweled and jazzy butterfly is for me:
And THIS handsome "camouflaged" butterfly is for my hubby!
Aren't they delightful? I was so surprised and thrilled with all of the marvelous things she did...how do you even begin to thank such a special friend? Well, I gave her some of my broken costume jewelry that she can use on her future projects (you should see some of the jewelry she creates reusing old junk jewelry and buttons and beads)...and some fancy dressy "old" blouses that had interesting buttons and/or stitching, beadwork, etc., that she can repurpose into other projects...things I never wear out here in the woods...and then, well, bless her heart, she took along another old quilt of mine to see if it can be salvaged and repaired...which will be a huge challenge...So this story will have to be continued sometime in the future to see what she comes up with!
As we sat and visited together with the men, of course we talked about our current world/country situation, and how we as Christians should prepare for the future. If you look too hard at the world news and dwell too much on all of the evil in the world, it can become frightening. But we closed our conversation with the reading of Psalm 27...which I already quoted portions of in an earlier post this week...but it bears repeating again, at least this part:
Now, it is already Friday morning, and time for Friday Foto Friends to begin...so let's go see what others have been up to this week, okay? Bye now!!