I love the tales told by Beatrix Potter. The books are tiny enough for little ones to hold, the illustrations amazingly gorgeous, and the stories unforgettable. And every child can relate to the curious and naughty Peter Rabbit, who gets himself into a great deal of trouble when he does not heed his mother's warning and goes into Mr. MacGregor's garden. He eventually makes his way back home and his mother tenderly takes care of him and tucks him into bed.
These plates hang on my kitchen wall year round but I thought it very appropriate to share them with you at Easter. They remind me of many lovely afternoons when my children would sit at the kitchen table to have tea and cookies with mommy. And they also remind me what our Easter celebration is really about: Forgiveness from someone who loves us very much and a chance to start anew.
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Here are 5 more of my blocks for the stitch-along 39 squares challenge.
I mentioned yesterday that I would post my recipe for Cheesecake, so here it is. The first time I made this cheesecake was a special occasion. A certain handsome Italian guy was coming for dinner. It was our second date. The main course was fondue, and cheesecake was what I served for dessert. I topped it with strawberry glaze and sliced strawberries. Turned out he loved cheesecake, but disliked strawberries, so he scooped all the lovely fruit and glaze off his piece. In spite of the strawberries we got married a couple of years later. ;-)
Since then it has been made for various family gatherings and special occasions. I taught my little sister how to make it and my oldest niece. It is now firmly entrenched as a family favorite. And it will be dessert at our Easter dinner this Sunday.
(One of my sisters took this picture)
Here it is in the center of the dessert table at my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary luncheon a couple of years ago. My little sister stayed up all night and made 3 of these cheesecakes for the event. This one fell a little, but not bad for a 4 am cheesecake. :-)
Things are beginning to look like Easter around here! The sun is shining and the little chicks and bunnies and eggs have started to make an appearance.
(Mona, this picture is especially for you! I have faux greenery too!)
Three more embroidered squares have been completed for my 39 squares stitch-along-sampler. That brings my total up to 19.
My sweet old yellow boy kitty, Willie, who died a few months ago. (I think I will go back and add a neck. this looks strange with just a face.)
A gingerbread boy cookie.
I love zinnias!
My sister-in-law (Mr. Garden's twin sister) and I were on the phone today to plan Easter dinner. We always have such a good time when we get the whole family together! All the kids will be coming home... it's just going to be a great celebration weekend! Looks like I will be making cheesecake. (among other things) I should post that recipe. Look for it later this week.
My kids sitting by the reflecting pool at the entrance to the Jewel Box. (taken 6 or 7 years ago.)
The Jewel Box is an Art Deco style display greenhouse, a showcase for flowers and plants. It was originally planned for the worlds fair in St. Louis, but they ran out of time to get it done. It was finally built in the 1930's and renovated in 2002. There are over 4,000 panes of glass framed in verdigris copper. They have lovely seasonal and holiday displays. And it's a popular wedding site. If you ever find yourself in St. Louis, I recommend a visit. It's in Forest Park, next to the zoo, the art museum and the Muny (outdoor theater).
I picked up these two embroidered pieces for just a song at a thrift store. It was my lucky day!
A sweet daisy pillowcase. And this darling tablecloth with a teapot in one corner and cream and sugar in another.
I have completed two more squares for my little sampler. A teapot and a bluebird.
And yes, you were all correct with your guesses for my last post. It was a house in a tornado. Can't be from Kansas without including that in my sampler can I?
Be sure to stop in and see what the other 50+ participants are doing with their samplers at 39 Squares. Everyone is so creative!
By yesterday afternoon almost all of our snow had melted. Only a few patches like this remained:
And today's rain made even those disappear. Once again snow free! I love rainy days. I may be the only person on the planet who does, but they make me relax. I want to curl up on the couch with my kitties and a good book.
Speaking of books, I am supposed to choose the next read for our book club that meets next week. I'm open for suggestions. What good books have you read lately?
We received several more inches of snow on the first day of spring. So I decided it was a good time to stay cozy and warm and watch some movies. We just started Netflix and enjoy the convenience of movies arriving in the mail. Just finished viewing The Constant Gardener. Have you all seen it? Does this kind of terrible thing really happen?
I also watched The Young Victoria with my best friend. We see just about every Queen movie that is made. Very fitting for two gals who grew up singing "God Save The Queen".
I finished up a few more blocks for my 39 squares. Well, for me it is only going to be "35 squares", because: #1- I got a really late start. An #2- I want it to be a specific size. This sampler is a fun way to brush up on my stitches and learn a couple of new ones. I had never made bullion knots before last week. Here are pics of the 14 I have made so far.
Cup of tea.
Can you tell what this is supposed to be?
I think I may add something more to this one.
And the last four are the initial squares.
Hope you all had a nice weekend, with real spring weather!!
A couple of days ago I decided to join 39 Squares. This is a group of bloggers who are making a fun embroidered sampler, one tiny square at a time and posting the pics each day. They are already on square 18 or 19, but I can catch up. Right now I have 7 blocks completed and 2 more partly done. Thanks Amy for this fun and creative challenge!
I also made my little Easter penny rug. (still need to iron it.) This is a pattern from fellow blogger Elizabeth at Creative Breathing. Thanks for sharing your ideas and patterns with us Elizabeth. I really had fun making this.
Well... only half Italian really. His Dad's side of the family is 100% Italian.
He's as good as they come and I think I'll keep him.
(Family photos may not be borrowed or pinned.)
(family photos may not be borrowed or pinned)
I is also for immigrant. And immigration policy. And speaking of that (I know that I'm opening a whole can of worms here, but...) what do you all think about our borders and our government's current immigration policy? If it were up to you, what would you do to make it better?
Here is daughter and one of her best friends at an Irish Dance competition at Gaelic Park in Chicago a few years ago. They met in an Irish dance class when they were about 9 or 10 years old and have been friends ever since.
I wanted to show you some of the fantastic dresses Irish dancers wear when they compete on stage. These are "solo dresses". Each one is different. Some are designed by the girls themselves. These dresses have to be earned. Girls have to advance to a certain level in competition before they are allowed to wear a solo dress. Each girl will also have a school costume, which they wear for their first few years of dancing (before they qualify for a solo dress), and later for team dances when uniformity in look is important.
These pictures represent various styles of solo dresses from the past 10 years of Irish dance. Note the different fabrics and styles as fads came and went in the competition world.
Have you picked out a favorite? Or two? Or three?
(Only two of the dresses above belonged to my daughter. The others were owned by other dancers. I found most of these pictures at the websites that sell new or used solo dresses.)