Some Garden Glimpses

This is what has happened in our garden this week:

Orange tulip 2018hyacinth 2028

narcisus 2018

double orange tulip 2018

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Burgeoning May

Burgeoning May

First Crocus close-up©2018 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

Winter’s ragged blanket withdraws

Washed away by April’s tears.

Crocuses open their purple petals

To a smiling, unbroken, blue sky.

Breezes gently nudge the trumpet daffodills

While drowsy bees awaken.

Squirrels and chipmunks stretch and yawn,

Aroused in budding branches 

By the joyful serenades of robins 

And red-winged blackbirds 

Responding to the warm coaxing 

Of a burgeoning May.

 

Invitation to Tea

Our church is having a special tea in two weeks time.   Here is an example of one of the invitations and envelopes I made for the event.

Invitation and envelope for Butterfly Tea

Our teas are an opportunity for women to gather, share their experiences and offer each other support.  It is also a time when the women of our church and their neighbours to be treated to some special elegant attention and consideration.  It is our chance to show them God’s love by serving them with tea, refreshments and listening hearts.

Designing Patterns

Designing Patterns for Fabric

For the last three years or so I have been using a new outlet for my creativity – designing patterns for fabric on Spoonflower, a company that prints personal designs on fabric which the designer may use to make projects for themselves or offer for sale.  Here are some  of  the  patterns I have created.

 

shamrocks and daisies

Shamrocks and Daisies

planted garden edit

Planted Garden

Helmets and Collumns

Helmets and Columns

Rooter Row

Rooster Row

These are the rather raw originals.  Photoshop is a handy tool to clean up erasures and join lines.  Some of my designs I have printed and made into scarves, runners and pillows.  It is wonderful to see my creations transformed into fabric that I can use.  The company also sets design challenges each week that designers may enter.  The designs are voted on and the most popular creation result in a prize for the contributing artist. I have enjoyed these challenges and making things from the fabric that I can wear or give as gifts.  If you love drawing and like a challenge start making patterns for fabric on Spoonflower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Locomotion

Senior Locomotion
© 2018 Mollie McKibbon

 

My perfume is linament
And I walk most carefully
Because at any moment
I could buckle at the knee.
Stairs are quite a challenge;
Going up I have no speed.
Going down them, I wobble,
Scaring those whom I impede.
Rising from chairs and sofas
Takes time and determined skill,
While I remember fondly
Youthful springing up at will.

elderly man wearing glasses using caneAnd dance which was so graceful
When I was young and complete,
Is more a lurch and stumble
Than light skipping of the feet.
Though my strong cane is stylish,

Carrying it can be a boregreen-turtle-hi

‘Specially when I forget it
And it clatters to the floor.

If perilous my travel

Down life’s rugged trails,
I have some good companions
Among the turtles and the snails.

The Wild World

The Wild World

©2018 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

The world is wild and full of care;
There is danger everywhere,
And yet, when I look above
I see the grandeur of God’s love.

The way through life is full of snares
Of empty pleasures, foolish dares,
But when I smell the blooming spring
I know God’s love is everything.

No manmade lights can compare
To all the twinkling stars up there.
No thrill of speed nor vain award
Can tempt me ever from my Lord.

When many years have dimmed my eyes,
And life no longer holds surprise,
My heart will yearn with keen desire
To sing in God’s celestial choir.
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Valentine’s Day Crafts

Here are some of the crafts we were making in our group at our church for the seniors living at the local nursing home:

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Puffy yarn hearts – made by winding yarn over a cardboard shape.

Heart shape 3D

3D heart shape – putting 4 heart-shaped cutouts together.

Woven yarn heart

Woven yarn heart – like the sewing cards we did as children.Roses and lace brooches #2

Rose and lace brooches – rolled felt roses on lace with safety pin backing.

I think the seniors will be well pleased with their Valentines!