Monday, 22 March 2010

What a Difference a Day makes!

These photos were taken yesterday, when it was sunny and almost warm. The forsythia is just about to burst into blossom -
as is the ornamental cherry tree.

These miniature daffodils are standing up well to today's wet and windy weather, while our one and only full size daff is lying on the ground.


All the yellow crocus have been eaten by the birds. Yes, I've spotted the dandelion too. It won't be there long!

These primroses have been in flower since just before Christmas and survived three lots of snow and weeks of hard frost. They are looking really good at present.


I planted the bulbs of these pretty little flowers years ago and can't remember what they are. There were just five or six to begin with and they have formed a lovely clump and come up every year.


Here are the rest of my birthday goodies, bought today on a trip into town with my two youngest daughters. It rained most of the day and it was my intention to treat us all to a nice lunch on the way home. To be fair we were rather late but the first course wasn't good and the dessert was so long coming I asked for a refund and we went without. At the back in the pic above are Cosmic Shimmer Mist sprays which contain mica in the pigment and give a lovely metallic sheen. There is a flower shaped paper punch, a small wooden stamp in the shape of a very lifelike sheep, a much larger unmounted stamp of wild flowers, three Sakura pens and three Distress Ink pads and .............
these three hanks of wool tops for needle felting and a sheet of stickers with a variety of greetings and sentiments as well as very realistic insects. At least the wool tops have a textile connection, or I might find myself drummed out of the group I belong to! If the other members read this post they will discover my secret life as a closet crafter!






10 comments:

maggi said...

A closet crafter you may be but all those items in the first 'goodies' picture can be used with textiles. Lovely Spring photos.

Amelia said...

lovely presents that make me want to make, and beautiful flowers! :) Spring is coming, I am so happy.

Amelia.x

BT said...

Oh I'm so sorry I missed your birthday Heather. Happy belated and all that. You are a super crafter, albeit a closet one. Fabulous presents. Your flower photos are gorgeous. Our crocuses have about all gone!

Wipso said...

Gorgeous photos. :-)
A x

Heather said...

That's what I hope to explore Maggi. I've made a few tentative samples but nothing worth sharing yet.

Carol Q said...

lovely to see the flowers coming out Heather. I have some wool tops that I ordered accidentally. haven't a clue what to do with them. im sure I'l think of something one day! LOL you had some wonderful birthday presents.

sharon young said...

What a great stash of goodies and happy belated birthday wishes.
I too have an art bin for those occasions when I want to do a bit fun crafty stuff, but I do love those wool tops.
Lovely Spring pics too, a real treat.

Don said...

Happy Birthday! Your garden is looking wonderful.

Robin Mac said...

Gorgeous garden pics, and the birthday goodies are making me envious - we will look forward to seeing what you make with them. I am a day or so late catching up with this. Thanks for your comments on my blog. Cheers, Robin

Linda said...

Wow - your garden must be looking fabulous Heather; great photos!!
You chose well with your birthday money...I especially like the look of that big wildflower stamp :-)