Some Fave Five Sunshine

FFF fall leaves 2I don’t know about you but it has been mighty rainy around here lately.  I could do with some sunshine.  So since it’s Friday and time for Friday’s Fave Five, I thought I’d share some of the things that have added a little sunshine to my week.

Poinsettia1.  Bringing greenery into the house – I used to have terrible luck with plants until I read a column in the newspaper that mentioned watering plants just once a week.  That coupled with buying pots that are self-watering has given me great success.  This little beauty on the right is actually several poinsettia plants that my mother gave me quite a few years ago.  It sat on my desk at work for about 4 years and then came home with me where it has been ever since.  Over the years it has looked like it was a goner and then rallied more than once.  I’ve cut it back many times.  It once bloomed for almost 2 years straight.  This past year, I moved it to the back sunporch which it dearly loved.  Now it’s getting quite cold out there so I have brought it back inside to its winter perch.  Nothing like a little greenery inside to make you feel all sunny.

Christmas Cactus BudsAnd look what else is happening in my plant community.  My Christmas cactus is getting flower buds.  Looks like I’m going to have a nice flowering display in time for Thanksgiving and on into Christmas.  Or maybe it was just trying to put on a show for its poinsettia buddy, now that they are sharing a room again.

CM Page Prints2.  I got my scrapbook page prints back from the Creative Memories Photo Center. These are the ones I worked on during the last weekend scrapbook crop.  I made them into 12″ x 12″ pages and had them printed up.  Now all I have to do is slide them into hinged page protectors.  The only problem is that I don’t seem to have any spare page protectors that are hinged.  Somehow I slipped up on having a supply on hand so looks like I’ll have to get an order out for those.  I might even need to order another album to hold them since I have a big scrapbooking retreat coming up next weekend and I’m sure I’ll have lots more pages finished after that.

Pillowcase Fabric3.  The last of my pillowcase fabric arrived yesterday. I can’t show you too much of it just in case any of the intended recipients read my blog.  But now that I have it all here, I can really buckle down in earnest and start sewing those pillowcases for all the intended victims relatives.

Damson Shawl4.  My Damson Shawl is almost ready to be unpinned and worn. I’m really pleased with how this turned out and can’t wait to take more pictures to show you.  For now, you’ll just have to be satisfied with this little teaser.  I have to say again though how wonderfully soft that Mini Mochi yarn is, especially once it is worked up.  Oh my, this is just going to hug my shoulders this winter.

5.  I finished a great book.  Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows?  I just loved this book.  Although it is fiction, it covers events (the occupation of Guernsey by the Germans and the aftermath) in such a way that you really learn about a little-known aspect of World War II.  It also gave me a wonderful heroine (in fact, two) to enjoy.  The characters were just delightful.  I kept finding myself thinking that it reminded me quite a bit of a Jane Austen novel but set in the 1940’s.  I highly recommend it.

To read what others are “faving” about (or to join our Fave Five bunch), visit Susanne’s site at Living to Tell the Story.



6 Responses

  1. I read that book in the spring not knowing what to expect because of the cumbersome title. But a few blogging friends really recommended it and I really enjoyed it too!

    Your shawl is beautiful and the pillowcases look fun.

    Hope you have some sunshine coming. We’ve actually got sunshine right now but who knows by the end of the day.

  2. Oh Dee, THAT SHAWL! What a beauty! I am looking forward to seeing you model it.

    My book stack is already so high! And now you’ve recommmended another one that I know I’d enjoy. OK, I’ll stick it on the list 🙂

  3. I can’t believe how great your poinsettia looks. I’ve tried keeping them but never with that success. Good job.
    You are so gifted with your arts and crafts stuff.

    I still haven’t read the Potato book, but it’s on my list. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. That shawl is beautiful! It doesn’t appear to be uncommon that sewing and blogging go hand-in-hand..

  5. I just bought that book at the Friends of the Library and my husband is reading it right now. I’ll read it next :0) The parts he’s read to me sound great…
    Ahh and you are one of those creative people who create lovely things. Enjoy!!

  6. I loved that book too and read it pretty fast. That shawl is beautiful.

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