Rite of Spring….

In Georgia, Spring is a beautiful thing. The trees bloom….

….the weeds pop out….

And the pine trees drop their pollen….

Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution…..

And, eventually, all that pollen has to be cleaned up. Water doesn’t work because it just sits on top of the surface.

So, you sweep…..and sweep…..and sweep.

And eventually you get a “river” of pollen…..

It is so nice to have things clean again!!!

“Blew” Two….

Yesterday, I posted about my entry in the “I’m so Blue” guild challenge.

Normally, I am finishing my challenges on the day that they are due, or maybe the day before if I am really organized, but, with this one, the idea came quickly and I was finished over a month before the due date…. UN-HEARD OF!!

Just after I finished it, I was talking to another guild member (Sue) and she said that she would make it different by using the other spelling/meaning of blue……ie BLEW!!

Just after our conversation, we made another trip to Kunming, China where I spied this wonderful bronze statue…..

I adored the look on the man’s face….

….not to mention the little boy at the back…..

Now THAT is a great example of “BLEW”!!

When we returned home, I called Sue and asked if she had ever acted on her inspiration. She said that she had not and that I was welcome to use the idea.

I started with the photo itself, tweaking it to enhance the color…..

I used the pinwheel as my inspiration and added a bunch of small pinwheels and two larger 3-D pinwheels….

….and added the beaded “stick” to meet the embellishment and blue requirements.

I made a couple of paper quilts to test out the quilting designs….

….but finally decided on wavy parallel lines in a metallic thread….

I love the final product…..

…particularly the way that the fabrics worked together.

And, as a plus, it is another fun “Travel Log Quilt” that reminds me of a trip to Kunming!!

Pelicans at Sunset…

When we were in Australia back in 2008, we spent time in the Tuross Lake Area on the southern coast of New South Wales. It was meant to be a relaxing few days after a breakneck tour, visiting with colleagues and friends.

This photo typified the time…..

I have always loved the photo but also like the way it looks when cropped…..

…just ONE of the joys of digital photography!!