I kid. Weeding is never a pleasure. But you get where I'm going here.
Luckily, I have ways to distract myself.
One of the gifts we gave her was a memory jar. I had each family member send me a list of memories about her and Dad. I then cut them into slips of paper I put in a decorative jar. I wanted 80 in total and we almost made it. I think we had 70 when all was said and done.
She read each slip out loud and we had a fun time remembering together, lots of laughter and only a few tears.
And a few of Grandma and Grandpa.
When she put the phone down to play with Kenson, I sneaked this one. This pretty much says it all for me. This is my joy.
Spring is always time to give the house a bit of a refresh. Here's a couple of fun little do-dads I found at Target (thank you Joanna Gaines).
I found the Y'all sign at Hobby Lobby and wanted to get it as a nod to our Texas years.
This is my favorite addition. This spoke to my heart so deeply. That hand gently reaching for the little black sheep...when I saw it I had to have it immediately. I mean, not to get too personal here, but I have felt, so many times in my life, like I am that black sheep. This is just the reminder I need that no matter how I feel, his hand is always reaching for me. The name of the portrait is, Come As You Are. Very appropriate, I'd say.
Of course, my day to day life isn't very eventful (yay). Just days filled with tender mercies and simple joys.
Just bread making days...
And grandma days spent playing Bingo.
And of course, the quilts.
Every year, my quilt guild does a friendship block give away in which any one who wants to signs up and then everyone in the group makes one block (the same block) for everyone else in the group. One year we made houses. Last year we made half-square triangles. And, that's how I ended up with a box full of HSQ's that have sat in my closet forever.
Last month I finally decided to figure out what to do with them.
This is what I've come up with so far...not exactly my color palette but I had to work with what I was given. What do you think???
I also joined a Block of the Month group at one of the quilt shops here in town. How cute are these?
This has also been in my UFO closet for a while.
I don't know why I let it sit unfinished for so long. Those whimsical, little girls are just delightful.
Gnomes seem to be all the rage lately, so this is me jumping on the bandwagon. Not to mention, there is just something "springy" about a Gnome.
Actually, the gnome fabric I used on the back is one I've had in my stash for over five years now. So maybe I was ahead of the trend to begin with. I never could find the right project for it so when I saw this cute pattern, jumped on it. The colors from that fabric helped be choose the color palette for the front.
The fancy hedgehog fabric is one I found locally.
Gnomes and hedgehogs, what can be more springy that that?
So this is how I've been counting down the days until spring.
Today, I'm heading to the garden shop to get the supplies for planting some flower and veggie starts. It may be drizzling outside and it may only be bagged soil, but I WILL be getting my hands in some dirt today.