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Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring is here

Color, color everywhere..... I love taking a stroll in my neighborhood at this time of year, because all the Spring trees and bushes are showing their colors..... and how beautiful they are... Currently in my yard the Azaleas are in full bloom.... I try to plant at least one new bush every year... hoping that one day my yard will look as stunning as my neighbors... he has Fuchsia azaleas bordering his yard, white and pinks will lead the way up his driveway and if you look at the back of his lot there are pinks and purples everywhere.... Here are some of my blossoming beauties.... Enjoy!!!

Didn't I tell you they were beautiful?? Most of the bushes are taller then I am, so you know they are putting on a show... But sadly the show will be over so soon... You see, every year the Azaleas bloom and look so beautiful, then it rains and the flowers just droop and fall to the ground.... After that first good spring rain, you hear the frogs singing there little hearts out looking to find a mate.... and believe me they can get really loud at night... my fault I guess, I have a small pond in my front and back yard flower beds and the frogs make the ponds their home during mating season... soon after you will see clear lines of eggs in the water, then a little later the water looks like someone dumped a pepper shaker, little black specks everywhere... they will grow and leave and sometimes you might just see a tiny frog after a summer rain... I was ahead of time on my outside chores list, I drained and cleaned the ponds last week. Good thing I did, because yesterday it rained and there is more rain on the way, but tonight I heard the old familiar song of the frog prince as he invites a princess to join him in the pond.... LOVE is grand.. Oh and the toads will make a home in the ponds as well during this time of love..

I also have a announcement to make, if you look at my side bar you will see this logo...
 I posted about the Golden Quilter's Awards again this year... I nominated my favorite quilter's and products, I voted and tonight they announced the winners... and some of my nominees won, but then I knew they would because they are great...  Darlene works so hard on her blog and I am a loyal follower. She gives so many tips and techniques, will let you know what is new in the quilting world and she  host some of the best contests... she will also let her readers know what other bloggers are hosting contests... she has even posted some of mine... Love You Darlene, You do a great job, thank you so much...

so here are the winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter's Awards

The notice from the SewCalGal site:
  The envelopes are opened and I'm happy to announce the official winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards.

Best Designer                      Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs

Best Teacher/Instructor       Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville

Best Author                        Eleanor Burns, of Quilt In A Day

Best Quilt Store (Physical)  Mary Jo's in Gastonia NC

Best Quilt Store (online)     Fat Quarter Shop

Best Long Arm Quilter       Judi Madsen - Green Fairy Quilts

Most Innovative product (physical item)      AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter

Most Innovated product (software item)     EQ7, by The Electric Quilt Company

Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka "Lifetime Achievement"
                                     And the winner is       Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day

Best Quilt Retreat                              Two Wacky Woman (Southern California)

Congratulations to all the winners, you make quilting so much fun....


Anonymous said...

Lucky you to have such beautiful blooms around you. I can hardly wait for spring to arrive here. Officially, of course, it has arrived. In reality, not so much.

SewCalGal said...

I love all your Azaleas. They just don't grow that big in So. Cal. Yours are the best.

Thanks for the shout out too on the winners of the Golden Quilter Awards....and I'm blushing!


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