Friday, April 30, 2010


Peonies by Mary Oliver
This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open ---
pools of lace,
white and pink ---
and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls,
craving the sweet sap,
taking it away

to their dark, underground cities ---
and all day
under the shifty wind,
as in a dance to the great wedding,

the flowers bend their bright bodies,
and tip their fragrance to the air,
and rise,
their red stems holding

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again ---
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

A Few Beautiful Iris Blooming Today

Here are a few of my favorites blooming right now. Spider man is the Purple and White. The one that is deep magenta and gold is Auburn Valley.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts- Dicentra spectabilis

The Bleeding Hearts growing in my garden have never been as beautiful as this Spring. I have never seen them so full of blooms- They are overloaded with large beautiful "Bleeding Hearts"-

Psalm 37:4

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

Spring Cookies

Spring Blooms

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Decorating Easter Eggs- Confetti Eggs

We decorated our Easter Eggs different this year. We made Confetti Eggs.

Cascarones or confetti eggs are festive, hollow egg shells, filled with confetti. The word cascaron comes from the Spanish word "cascara," meaning egg shell. The colorful egg is crushed in the hand over the recipient's head showering him or her with confetti. This tradition is most often carried out among friends and family. Cascarones derive from Mexico. They are used in many different occasions but mostly at Easter.

First Remove the inside of the egg by tapping a butter knife on the small end of the egg and then peel off about a nickel sized hole in the egg and dump everything out. Next, clean the egg well with hot soapy water and dry and let dry overnight in an empty egg carton.

To decorate. I used a mixture of metallic paints- acrylic and spray paint. I sprayed all the eggs at once. After the paint dried, I added details like flowers and other designs with glitter paint pens and " Stickles".

Once the paint was dry, I added about a 2 teaspoons of confetti to the inside of the egg and then sealed the egg shut by gluing a 2 inch square of tissue paper to the egg.

These were so fun to make and turned out almost too beautiful to break. The boys are very anxious to smash them.

Thanks Joan for the inspiration and sharing the great art of making Confetti eggs. I think that it will be a new tradition for our family.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Cupcake Bouquet Idea

Here is a photo of a cupcake Bouquet that my mom sent me- I think it is a cute Idea.

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