I'm about three hours early (Australian time) sharing our November pattern but I'm sure you don't mind?
I love hydrangeas. Really love hydrangeas.
They're not easy to grow in the tropics but a few very green thumbed gardeners around the place have had some success which proves it's not impossible. A couple of years ago I attempted to keep a potted hydrangea and it did rather well over our very warm tropical winter and into the start of spring, but then the intense mid-spring heat and humidity returned and that lovely hydrangea promptly died on me.
At the weekend Mr E and I were back at Bunnings again (we should buy shares in Bunnings) as he needed a chain saw to trim the trees under the power lines and to reduce one entire tree to a stump. Man stuff, man toys. I on the other hand wandered over to my favourite Bunnings department - the garden centre - and strolled up and down rows and rows of bonsai, shrubs, trees, flowers, herbs, vegetables and succulents, wishing I could load a trailer and take all that flourishing greenery home.
Suffice to say I bought a bag of fertiliser and nothing else. Though I did look longingly at the hydrangeas in full bloom and toss back and forth reasons why I should and why I should not buy a pot or two. 'Should not' won that day, but perhaps not the next time I visit Bunnings which given our current obsession with all things garden related could be tomorrow or the next day or the next day.
Anyhow, this month's feature flower in our Block of the Month is the hydrangea and I'm jolly happy about that because it is permanently in bloom and impervious to weather changes, pests or neglect.
Download the November pattern HERE in my shop.
It will be free until November 30th when it will become a $2 purchase.
The previous month's blocks can be seen here and are all available as a $2 purchase from my shop.
We're almost ready to make our quilt!
Next month I'll share the final block and the quilt instructions. Honestly, I cannot wait to see your quilts!
In our garden there is an abundance of bird life, all day, every day.
Tom the Cockatoo turned out to be a girl (girls have red eyes and boys have black) as you can tell in this photo...
...and is now respectfully known as Betty.
Still quite territorial about our yard and 'her' feeder she has begun to fly right down near us when she leaves, as though saying thank you for the meal.
Double Trouble still shoo her away when they visit...
...it seems they enjoy being bossy.
And they never say thank you.
Other feathered friends dropping by today were Mr Sparrow and Miss Pigeon.
They got along famously. Not a cross word spoken.
Lovely and polite, welcome anytime.
Is it any wonder I love sitting out the back with my coffee?
A few months before Rafaella was born my dear Blossom packed away her sewing things and turned her hand to preparing their tiny cottage for the arrival of baby number two.
Rafaella is almost eight months old now and an absolute delight, and Cully May is a bright and bubbly and endlessly chattering 2 year old...so Blossom thought it was about time she began sewing again.
Her precious family have now moved out of that tiny cottage and into a lovely large home which has the added bonus of a designated sewing room. They have been there for almost three months now, but just the other day sweet Blossom tucked her little ones in to bed, kissed hubby on the forehead, and with excitement in her heart opened wide the double sewing room doors, uncovered her sewing machine and began to create.
First project, a 'twirling' dress for Cully May.
Finished that night and hung near her little girl's bed so that it was the first thing she saw upon waking the next morning...
I visited Blossom, Ross and the girls today and was once again impressed by the exquisite workmanship in my daughter's homemade garments.
We who can craft, and that can be ANY craft, are so blessed to enjoy working with our hands, creating beauty for ourselves and others, aren't we?!
What have you made this week?