Tickets and A Birdbath

Thursday evening Karen stopped over and was updating us on our church festival’s preparations. She was the coordinator for a couple of the areas, including the Raffle Tickets. This event is the biggest fundraiser that our church puts on every year. The proceeds go to support various activities in the church, to help with major repairs, or for various other projects that need to be addressed. So it’s kind of a big deal.

The raffles that we hold are for some pretty good prizes such as a new iPad, $1000.00, a 55″ TV, a restaurant gift card tree (this year worth around $400), and other big prizes. The problem is that people have a hard time figuring out where they are suppose to buy their tickets. We have tables set up in the gym with the chinese auction items, bingo games, tickets, and even a concession area. During the conversation Karen mentioned that it would be nice if we could have a tall sign that said ‘TICKETS” so that it would be easier for people to know where to go.

Now mind you, the festival is only 48 hours away and Jay says, “I can do that no problem” He starts to outline what would be possible and what materials he would need. Of course, his mother really isn’t sure what he’s talking about when he says that he can use three pieces of Luan for the blanks, etc. I volunteered to run to the home improvement store on my lunch break the next day to pick up the supplies.

That night I was volunteered to paint them (since I’m the finishing department).

Ticket Sign Blanks

Saturday morning Jay headed down to the work shop because he had a LOT to do. He’d already created the template for the ‘Tickets” that he would laser cut from vinyl.

Ticket Sign Vinyl

We were using our old flag pole that had been sitting in our shed for the last three years. I made Jay take it down because the wind had bent it enough that it had a ‘gangsta lean’ to it. I told him that we were way too white to have a pole with a ‘gangsta lean’, so down it had come and went to live in the rafters of the shed. Until this weekend.

Now, as Jay is explaining what he’s going to do in my head I’m thinking, “You are WAY over-engineering this! It’s just a simple sign!”

Before I had to leave to visit with my friend and her kids on Saturday I watched Jay begin to cut and chisel the hole out of the major support feature of the sign.

Ticket Sign Block

Ticket Sign Holing

This thing is STOUT! At this point I actually did tell him that I thought he had over-engineered it. I should know better, though. The Jay knows what he’s doing.

Sunday morning I helped him load the pieces into the car, and then he headed off to church. He was part of the chicken grilling crew so he had to be there early. After mass was over I went out to see how things were coming. He had already set up the sign and took me to see how good it looked.

Ticket Sign

Both his mom and the coordinator of the festival had been so happy and very impressed. The whole thing disassembles for easy storage. We used a sack of Quickrete in a 5 gallon bucket for the base. Next year Jay’s going to make a bracket for the ticket turner so that he can secure the pole to it. This year he just used an eyelet and some wire. But it worked! And you could see it really good when you walked into the gym from the dining hall. Jay definitely earned some gold stars for that one.

One other project that has been keeping him busy this week is the bird bath.

Library 6-21-19

You know, the one that was stored in our library all winter… and spring.. and I was beginning to fear all summer, too.

Birdbath 7-7-19

He took it downstairs and fixed the broken ledge on the middle tier.

Birdbath Pump 7-7-19

Then he worked on getting the pump installed.

Bird Bath Modified 7-15-19

Finally, he modified the pieces that allow the water to pour from one tier to the next. He tested it this past weekend and it works great! The only thing left to do is fix the outlet on the front porch. It has been open to the elements for the last three years since the porch was fixed. We couldn’t use the outlet cover that had originally been used because the concrete guy had to raise the back edge of the floor high enough to shed water AWAY from the house (not INTO the house, like it was doing before). So once that is done we can put this outside, hook up the extension cord and plug it in!

This is how my library looks now:

Lirbary 7-7-19

I’m so happy!! We’ve actually made progress on something!

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Ice Yarn Haul

In March I told Jay that I would not buy any more yarn until my birthday (in June). I’m not sure he thought that I could actually do it. It wasn’t that hard, though. Whenever I would get the urge to buy I would walk upstairs and look at this:

Yarn Mess 5-18-19

That was enough to put me off of buying anymore yarn.

Then my birthday rolled around and the ban had been lifted. I had kept my word and didn’t buy any yarn at all for almost three months. Then I went to Wal-Mart during my lunch break and all bets were off when I walked into the clearance aisle. I came home with four skeins.

Walmart Clearance Yarn 6-25-19

The two gray skeins are baby yarn, and the ones on the right are the bigger Super Saver skeins. When I was looking at the clearance yarns another lady was digging through the pile as well. She mentioned the brightness of the yarn and I told her that I crochet blankets for Project Linus. She does, too! Obviously I’m not the only one in my area making blankets, but I’d never met anybody else up to this point.

After those came home with me I told Jay that I needed to buy the yarn for a Christmas gift that I wanted to make. The problem was that the only yarn I had found that was close to what I was looking for would have to be ordered online from Turkey.

I was first introduced to Ice Yarns when I came across an unboxing video on YouTube. It was Christa, at The Secret Yarnery, unboxing almost a 100 pound yarn order! First off, I was flabbergasted by ordering 100 pounds of yarn, but also I couldn’t imagine unboxing that much yarn, either. Christa lives in Kenya and doesn’t have the ability to just pop down to the local A.C. Moore to purchase yarn. She orders 99% of her yarn from Ice Yarns. She always says how inexpensive it is and how great the quality is of this yarn.

I decided that I wanted to use their Pastel Cotton for the Christmas project. If you look at their website today you can see that it’s $.87 per 50 gram ball. The thing about ordering from Ice Yarns, though, is that you can’t buy just one ball. They come in lots (or packages) so you have to buy them in their lot size. The Pastel Cotton is an 8 pack, so it ends up being $7.00 per package. This yarn is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, it’s washable, and it looked interesting. This is the color that I decided to order:

IceY Pastel Cotton Orchid-Pink-Gold-Cream 7-3-19

It is Orchid-Pink-Cream-Gold. I ordered one package of it and thought I was good. Then I started crocheting the project and began to panic. Looking at how little I had crocheted with one ball I knew that I would run out before the project was finished. I couldn’t let that happen! And then… Ice Yarns sent an email saying that the Pastel Cotton was on promotion for $.62/ball ($4.96/package). In order to make the shipping worth it, though, I needed to put in a larger order. You see, it’s very quick shipping from Turkey, but you pay for it. I did some quick figuring and found a price range that I could live with and feel like I’d gotten the most out of my shipping cost.

My package arrived on July 3rd. Jay asked if I was going to do my own unboxing video (apparently he’s noticed me watching quite a few of these), but I don’t have a YouTube account and I don’t think that I would do very well with a vlog. I wasn’t going to post my unboxing here, but then it was requested that I do so.

My 7-3-19 Ice Yarns Haul:

I had already opened my package and fondled the yarn before I took these pictures. In my first Ice Yarns order I had purchased one package each of the Pink colored Pastel Cotton and then a purple-blue color. When I did my 2nd order I thought that I should get another package of the purple-blue just in case I want to do something that will require a lot of it.

IceY Pastel Cotton 7-3-19

This had to be a big order in order to justify the shipping cost, so I decided to get yarn for another gift that I want to make. Since I’m pretty sure the recipient of this doesn’t read my blog, I can post a picture of the project:

Rose Cathedral Window Afghan-edit

This is called the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan and was patterned after the big stained glass window that was in the Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the fire. This pattern can be purchased at Annie’s.  They use Red Heart for this project, but I wanted an even softer yarn. I knew that it would cost me even more to buy a premium yarn, but it would be worth it if I could find the right variegated yarn. I searched high and low and finally decided that this would work okay:

IceY Cathedral Window Colors 7-2-19

This afghan requires quite a bit of yarn. The top variegated looked like colors you would find in a stained glass window. It is called Cakes Blues in the color Rainbow. I then chose the purple and turquoise Saver yarn as the accent colors. I have a lot of A.C. Moore’s Stitch Studio black, so I didn’t worry about ordering that color.

This is how much yarn I’ve purchased for this afghan:

IceY Cathedral Window Yarn 7-3-19

I hope that’s enough! I did some comparison shopping online with a runner-up variegated that I thought might work from A.C. Moore. Even with the shipping cost, it was slightly cheaper per ounce to purchase from Ice Yarns.

There’s still more…

I tried to buy yarn with specific projects in mind. In my first Ice Yarn order I had purchased these:

Ice Yarn for Shawls 6-26-19

The one on the left is Magic Glitz in the blue-black colorway. The one on the right is Magic Light in a gray-white colorway. I have these pegged for shawls.

I want to use the Magic Glitz to make the Erigeneia shawl.

Erigeneia Shawl

(The color on this picture is bad because my printer was running out of ink).

The more I thought about it, though, the more I thought that it might be a bit too much to make the entire thing out of the Glitz. The Magic Light comes in the same blue-black colorway, so I decided to purchase a package of that so I will start the shawl without glitz and then do the ruffle in the glitz.

IceY Magic Light and Glitz - Blues 7-3-19

Won’t that be pretty?!

Christa designed a really gorgeous shawl called the Aurora Dawn Crochet Shawl where she used the Magic Glitz and some Baby Cotton. She raved about both of these yarns, so I’m thinking about using the Magic Light in gray shades along with white Baby Cotton.

IceY Baby Cotton White 7-3-19

I will have to figure out what I want to do when I actually get to this one.

As I kept adding to my cart I was keeping an eye on the shipping cost. Again, to justify the cost of shipping I had to add more yarn to my cart. I just HAD to. It’s the fiscally-responsible thing to do!

I went on a hunt to see what interesting colors they had that I might not have used in a blanket. I like the variegated yarns, too, so when I came across this I threw it in the cart.

IceY Cakes Baby Lollipop Grey Shades-Yellow 7-3-19

This is Cakes Baby Lollipop in Gray-Yellow shades. I know that I have a lot of solid gray in different shades in my stash. I didn’t want to make it too blah, though, so I decided I needed to add some pop. I found some yellow that also got tossed into my cart.

IceY Cakes Baby Lollipop Gray with Yellow Aran 7-3-19

It’s not the exact same color, but it will definitely give a blanket some POP! This is Classic Aran in the color Gold. After I get another blanket done I might quickly kit this one up so that I can start it. I’m a bit anxious to see what I can turn out.

Staying in the theme with Project Linus I found another Cakes Baby Lollipop.

IceY Cakes Baby Lollipop Blue Shades 7-3-19

This one has some interesting shades of blue in it. The colorway is Turquoise-Gray-Blue shades. Since it’s predominantly blue I might accent it with the gray and maybe some off-white or perhaps a light blue. It will depend upon what calls to me when I start laying them out side-by-side to kit up.

That has to be it, right? Nope. I managed to find one more interesting yarn that I decided to give a try.

IceY Harmony Blue-Brown-Gray 7-3-19

This is Harmony. On the website it had looked interesting, but when I pulled it out of the shipping bag I was a bit underwhelmed. Then I decided to see how soft it is, so I pulled it out of the protective cellophane bag.

IceY Harmony Blue-Brown-Gray Shades 7-3-19

Okay. Now I’m impressed! I have NO IDEA how this will stitch up. Will it look kind of like a muddled mess? Will you be able to see the tweed-look? I am definitely going to pair it with a solid brown and a solid blue. This one might have to get kitted up soon, too.

Finally, that’s it! That’s all of my Ice Yarn haul. I have no idea where I’m going to put it because I still have two totes of kitted blankets sitting in my sewing room.

But here’s the really bad thing… I just found a project that I want to make for my sister for Christmas. It calls for a bulky weight yarn, which I don’t have. All of mine is a worsted #4 weight. Which means that in order to complete it I will have to buy MORE yarn. I just did some quick looking around and the yarn I’m seeing at Hobby Lobby I will need to buy 21 skeins!! YIKES. This is quickly becoming an expensive project! I then hopped over to Ice Yarns to see what they have and I found something that will work. I will only need 14 cakes and even with the high price of shipping, it will still be cheaper than the Hobby Lobby yarn (which is on sale!!). *sigh* I swear, once this yarn is purchased I am going on a yarn diet!!

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Christmas Wreath in July

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you’ve seen the ‘Real Life’ pictures of my Library. Here’s the latest:

Library 6-21-19

I thought that maybe we were having a contest to see just how much stuff we could fit into this tiny area. We were doing a pretty good job! This last weekend, however, both Jay and I were motivated to work on some of the projects that have been hanging around for a long time. Do you see the Hobby Lobby shopping bag in the above picture? That has been sitting there since November. It was the supplies that I needed to put together my own Christmas Wreath. As you can see, it never happened.

Until this weekend! I finally picked up that bag and decided to get it marked off the list.

I had everything that I needed to decorate the wreath. The only thing that had been lacking was motivation. Luckily I found some hiding under the bird bath!

Christmas Wreath Supplies 7-6-19

I didn’t want it to be too over-done. Simple and classy, I am not. However, I managed to keep things toned down a bit.

I had purchased this wreath from Hobby Lobby. I liked the fact that the form was two-tiered in order to give it a bit of roundness.

Christmas Wreath Form 7-6-19

I had also purchased some accessories with bling. Sparkle/glitter is my favorite.

Christmas Wreath Bling 7-6-19

In previous wreaths I’ve hung a wooden cross in the middle:

Wreaths - Finished

I couldn’t find one that I really liked for this one, but when I saw the ‘Joy’ ornament I knew it was perfect!

Christmas Wreath Joy 7-6-19

I decided that with this wreath I was going to wrap the ribbon all the way around.

Wrapped Christmas Wreath 7-6-19

After I had already glued it in place I realized that on the majority of the wreath, the music is upside down. I decided I didn’t care because I’m a bit ‘off’ myself, so it fits.

This is what the ribbon looks like when it’s right-side up:

Christmas Wreath Ribbon 7-6-19

I chose this music because Christmas should be about Joy and happiness, and music is a big part of the Christmas feeling. (By the way, you can tell that the designer is NOT a musician!) All of the emotions of Christmas can be sung, and are sung, every season. I had used this because I had contemplated using musical ornaments to decorate the wreath, but I scrapped that idea.

Instead I went with the bright red poinsettias.

Finished Christmas Wreath

I am not good with interior design, but I liked how this came out. Perhaps I should have spread the pine cones out a bit. And they definitely aren’t level with each other. Not to mention that once I had everything glued I realized that my oblong wreath has to be hung on an angle if you want the middle poinsettia to be in the center and not off-kilter. And yet, even with all of its flaws, I love it. Who of us is not flawed? Who of us is perfectly put together? I know that I’m not. After all, I showed you a picture of my library.

After I finished it, I had to hang it to see how it looks.

Hanging Christmas Wreath 7-6-19

“It looks great!” she says, standing out by the road. Yep, it’s a far-sighted wreath… it should only be sighted from far away. 😉

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Crocheted Dishcloth Basket

A few weeks ago when I finished the last Project Linus blanket I suddenly decided that I didn’t have enough on my plate. To make things even more interesting I decided that I needed to crochet some dishcloths and pot scrubbers for the Chinese auction at our church festival.

I decided that I would do a different design for each dishcloth.

Dishcloth #1

Wave Dishcloth

This one has some waves and ribs. I like a ‘bumpy’ dishcloth when I’m scrubbing dishes.

Dishcloth #2

Bumpy Dishcloth

I really liked the colors in this one. It has a pointy edge that you can use to get into the nooks and crannies. I found this pattern on Creative Grandma’s YouTube channel. It’s called the ‘Knobby Dishcloth.’

Dishcloth #3

Diagonal Ridges Dishcloth

This is one of my favorite to crochet. It’s done on the diagonal and the ribs make for some nice scrubbing.

Dishcloth #4

Scrubby Dishcloth

This was an experiment. I’ve had a skein of the scrubby yarn that Red Heart released a year ago or so. I tried crocheting it along with the cotton on the hook, but it was too much. I ended up crocheting the scrubby part with just the scrubby yarn. It was a bit difficult to see your stitches, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for a beginner.

I knew that I also wanted to include some pot scrubbers because they are wonderful. My mom has crocheted these scrubbers for years using the rough tulle, not the shiny stuff that is used for wedding veils. After getting the pattern from my mom and having her show me how to do it, I managed to make some of my own.

Scrubbies

My mom has always used black tulle because as you use it and it gets stained/dirty they won’t show the use. When they are icky you just toss them in the washer with your towels and they are good to go for a while. Because they are made of tulle they are safe to use on your Teflon pans, glass stove tops, and fiberglass bath tubs. These little guys are great.

Then I asked Jay to 3D print a holder for the scrubber to dry near a sink. I have a holder and I love it. This is what Jay came up with:

3D Printed Scrubby Holder

He sized it to nicely fit the scrubber.

Scrubby Holder with Scrubby

Once all of those were done I bought a little bottle of dish detergent to put in the basket. Now I just have to find some kind of bag to put it in and contain it.

Dish Washing Basket

I hope that it appeals to somebody at the festival. I would really like to see these go to a loving home.

 

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Misc Jay Projects

Jay has been at home for a month with a broken foot.

Jay's Broken Foot 5-30-19

That has definitely limited his ability to work on certain projects. For instance, the lean-to for the airplanes has remained untouched.

Spare Bed 6-21-19

These planes are still resting comfortably on the spare bed.

He has been busy working on various projects, though.

He has quite the artillery unit taking up residence in his work shop.

Artillery 6-21-19

Recently, he has also decided to try his hand at milling some blank rounds for these cannons. They don’t contain any powder, they are just projectiles.

Machined Ammunition 6-28-19

I have given him a few projects of my own to work on.

I wanted a new litter box for the cats and saw that somebody has used a regular plastic tote. I made some measurements and outlined the entrance for him to cut.

Litter Pan 6-26-19

We dragged the platform bird feeder into the house and he has extended the legs on it for me. Hopefully that will keep the possum and/or skunk from pooping in it!

Platform Bird Feeder Extensions 6-28-19

I just have to finish it in order to protect it from the weather.

One other project that I’ve asked him to do is to 3D print a pot scrubber holder for me.

3D Printed Scrubby Holder

I have a square one by my sink and love it.

A few weeks ago we were contacted about one of the airplane kits he has laser cut out of balsa, so he decided to cut out some more kits just in case.

Whizard Kits 6-28-19

Well, it looks like I need to head out to the store. People keep talking about putting their shopping lists on their phones, so I thought I would try it.

Shopping List on Phone

I guess it works. I don’t understand what the big deal is, though. 😉

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Cocktails & Colors – 6-20-19

Let me start of by saying that I’m not an artist. I mean, this should prove my point:

Project Linus Blanket #22 Schematic

When Jay saw that drawing in my post he asked if I wanted him to draw up a template so that my blanket pictures would actually be rectangular. Where’s the fun in that?

In school my worst subjects were science, art and gym. I drew a tiger lily in art class that ended up looking like a big orange banana peel. I think that I received a B- on that one (not a good grade for me). In fact, even when I paint the walls of a room I end up with more paint on me than on the walls. This was just from painting my bathroom ceiling a few weeks ago:

Paint Clothes

Perhaps some of the paint was from other paint projects and not just the bathroom ceiling… but you get the point.

So when I saw an ad for a fundraiser to help the cat sanctuary near where I work, I couldn’t help myself. I suck at painting, but my friend Patty is really good at it. I thought it would at least be a fun experience for the two of us, so I purchased tickets to the Cocktails and Colors program.

At Cocktails and Colors they have an instructor who leads you through the process of painting a certain scene, step-by-step. They don’t provide the cocktails, but you are free to bring your own. Patty and I had done a wrapped wire jewelry class at a winery a few years ago and that had been fun, so I thought we could give this a try.

This is the picture that we are supposed to be painting:

C-C Painting

Isn’t it pretty?

It was an evening event, and Patty and I came prepared for a good time.

C-C Patty and Kerry 6-20-19

I was happy to see that there was quite a turn-out for this event. There must have been around 40 people in attendance. Mostly women, but we had one guy to our left who was there with his girlfriend. They also had one of the shelter cats there, but I didn’t see her because she spent most of her time huddled in her carrier. Apparently she’s not much of an artist, either.

C-C Blank Canvas 6-20-19

Patty brought all kinds of snacky treats, and I brought some of the Woodchuck Hard Cider Rose. It tastes a lot like a sweet blush wine. Also, they were in individual bottles and I wouldn’t have to worry about spilling a big bottle of wine. It’s been a while since I’ve had a cocktail of any kind, so I figured that I would be okay sipping on it for two hours. Patty’s husband, Dave, had offered that he would come pick us up if needed, though. Wasn’t that sweet of him?

We had a good time. I tried to do everything that the instructor was telling and showing us to do, but you know how it goes… if it’s your first time doing anything it’s not going to be perfect. I told Patty that I would just be happy if my painting ended up being some kind of a resemblance of what we were supposed to be painting.

C-C Painting Chemtrail 6-20-19

If I couldn’t get my sun to look like the instructor’s, or if my break-wall didn’t look like hers, I just laughed it off. I didn’t plan to hang this in a museum or get it framed. It was a memento of a fun evening with my friend in celebration of her birthday. There was a lady near us who did not have the same attitude and ended up leaving because she was unhappy that the instructor wasn’t there guiding her every brush stroke. It’s sad that she couldn’t find an angle of fun at all.

As you can see, Patty and I did okay. Actually, I think that Patty did a really great job.

C-C Patty and Kerry Paintings

My reflection on the break-wall sucked. I couldn’t get the paint the right watery consistency. My leaves on the trees are quite anemic. And my sea grass was a bit stunted. I told Patty that was okay. You see, the sea grass had just recently started growing in that area so it’s very immature sea grass. As for the leaves, these trees are infected with that Ash Beetle thing that is boring into the trees and killing them.

On the whole, though, I was happy with my results. After all, you can tell that it’s supposed to be a sunset! I don’t have to call it a piece of abstract art that you must squint at and tilt your head to really pick up the true essence of the painting. Shall we compare?

Gosh, it’s so difficult to tell which is mine and which is the professional’s! It’s a good thing that she signed it in huge letters, otherwise I don’t think I could tell them apart. lol

A lady came walking around to look at everybody’s pictures and when she got to mine she said, “Oh, you have a streak on yours! You can probably get her (the instructor) to help you fix it.” I told the nice lady, “That’s not a streak. That’s a jet making a contrail.”

Sunset Painted Contrail 6-20-19

If you look close, you can see a bit of red at the point of the contrail. That means it’s an Air Canada Rouge plane. I already had anemic trees and stunted grass, I figured that I should add a design detail that both Jay and I could chuckle over. You see, we enjoy sitting on our deck plane-spotting. On good days you can see the purple on the FedEx jets, and the red on the Air Canada Rouge jets. Jay can see other colors on other jets, but my eyes aren’t that good. One of the other ladies had painted a cat silhouette on her picture, so I figured that mine had to have an ode to me and Jay.

Patty and I had a great time. We went there to hang out together and ended up with some fun paintings. It’s definitely something that I would do again.

Sunset Painting 6-20-19

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Roses are Red, Yellow, Purple…

****WARNING – This post is going to be VERY picture heavy****

A few weeks ago I was blogging about my yard and how behind I was in getting everything done. At that time I believe I mentioned that I had sixteen rose bushes. Well, I miscounted and am actually up to eighteen now. I received another one for my birthday from a good friend. I had to add onto my corner rose garden, but I managed to fit it in.

Two weeks ago my rose bushes really started to come to life. Let me show you!

In May my giant rose bush looked quite sad and barren. Now it looks like this:

Full of Roses

This is the rose bush that I had to threaten about four years ago. The first two summers that I lived here it didn’t do anything. I told it that if it didn’t do anything by the third summer I was going to rip it out. As you can see, it took my threat to heart! The only bad thing is that once the blooms are done I have to dead-head this entire bush.

Last year when Jay’s grandma passed away his mom and aunt asked the florist to get two yellow rose bushes so that we could remember her that way. Well, she passed away in the second half of August, so roses were a bit slim for the picking. They weren’t blooming when we got them, but as soon as they started to I realized that they weren’t yellow roses. I was also worried about planting it so late in the summer. I like the rose bushes to get themselves somewhat established before winter comes around. Luckily, this one made it through quite well.

Grandma's Roses

In this same garden I have a rose bush that I bought about three years ago. I call it Boogart’s Rose bush because the flowers look almost like apple blossoms (we had apple blossoms painted on her urn). This rose bush is quite robust, too, so it definitely fits her!

Boogart's Rose Bush

Aren’t they so pretty?

Boogart's Rose

I used a special filter on my camera that makes the colors pop.

The last rose bush in this row is a little peach bush that is very productive, too.

Peach Roses

As you can see, it likes to hang out on the other side of my fence.

The front yard is where I have the majority of my roses. We’ll start in the corner garden.

Corner Rose Garden

Starting in the front we have my only yellow rose bush.

Yellow Roses

This bush is VERY hardy and VERY fragrant. I was standing on the other end of the garden and could smell it. It’s so heavenly!

Sitting behind this one is a newer one, Top Gun.

Top Gun

One of the blooms was already on the way out when I snapped this picture.

I have another climbing rose bush in here that I think must be related to my monster in the other garden.

Red Corner Climber

This one was originally by the corner of my porch, but I didn’t think it would get enough sun there so I moved it. I think that maybe the previous owners had planted it.

I have another climber in here, Don Juan, but he hasn’t done very well the past couple of years.

Corner Climber

You can’t really see him because he’s nestled down in with the corner climber’s canes. (the neighborhood brats kicked my fence last winter and broke it so now we have to fix it… GRRRR)

Next to my Naval Aviator plant I have Peace.

Peace

Isn’t she beautiful? So soft! So delicate!

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce the newest member of the Corner Rose Garden: Double Delight!

Double Delight

She was my birthday present.

Let’s wander over and take a look at the miniature roses.

Bedroom Roses 5-23-19

This is what they looked like about a month ago or so. Remember I said that I was going to put my Mary statue in here?

Mary's Garden

What do you think?

Painted Mary Statue

I chose to paint her all in white because I like how classic it looks and I also wanted her to really contrast with the red roses.

Mary Statue 6-21-19

How beautiful is she?! Love it!

The last rose garden contains five rose bushes, but I don’t have pictures of all of them.

Wait a minute! What do we have here??

Chipmunk In Fron t of Me 6-22-19

We have an interloper? Do you see the chipmunk at the edge of the grass? As I was trying to take Mary’s picture I heard this rustling. To my left, within 18″ of where I was sitting, is a hydrangea bush and that’s where this critter was rustling. He just came walking out quite unconcerned that I was there. It’s not good when they lose their fear of man!

Anyway, back to my roses…

I have two more climbers, but only pictures of one of them.

Climbing Porch Rose

The red buds belong to the climber. I know for a fact that he’s a relative of the climber in my corner garden. I know this because he sprung up in the spot where the old one had resided prior to being transplanted. I tried moving it a few times (which is how I managed to get a second climber in front of the porch), but this one kept coming back. Since he’s so stubborn I let him stay. I wasn’t going to fight him anymore.

The yellow bud is actually from another birthday rose bush. It’s called White Licorice. Even though it looks yellow, when it actually blooms it will be white with a bit of a greenish tinge. It’s actually quite pretty!

The last picture that I have is of my Purple Rose bush.

Purple Porch Rose

It wasn’t in bloom at the time, but when it did completely open they were gorgeous. This is the cousin of the rose bush that I thought was dead, but really wasn’t. The cousins now sit side-by-side. In fact, the “Dead”  rose bush (now named Lazarus) had a very big and beautiful bloom.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my beautiful roses. As soon as they invent the scratch-and-sniff version of blogs I’ll be sure to add the fragrance. It’s divine!

Until then I’m just going to sit on my front porch swing and enjoy the view of my roses.

Chipmunk Chilling On Swing

Apparently somebody else beat me to it. He was just hanging out on the porch swing, chilling and relaxing. I can’t really blame him. I want to just sit and look at the roses, too!

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