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Monday, April 17, 2017

Tulips & Dishtowels


 I hand embroidered 
this set of dishtowels
and have been waiting for my tulips
to bloom to post them together. 



I love cutting fresh flowers
from my garden and bringing them inside.
These are the first this year. 








Here's wishing you all a wonderful week.


We will be working on the 
Art Barn addition this week.
So, I should have more photos 
in my next post :)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)



55 comments:

  1. I need to learn how to embroider! The towels are lovely and are perfect with your tulips. Enjoy your week!

    ~Trisha

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    1. Hi Trisha, Thanks for stopping by to say, hi. I was fortunate in having a mother who taught me at a young age. I hadn't done it in many years, but it was like riding a bicycle. There are lots of great how to books at the library . . . pay them a visit and you'll soon be posting your new dish towels :)

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    2. These are so pretty Connie and I love the colors you chose. The tulips are gorgeous! I am so anxious to see what your addition is going to be used for! I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday! Have a great week my friend.

      Hugs, Vicky

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  2. How fun! And, they're so cute! How long did it take to embroider all of those towels? I would love to try embroidery again. I did it as a child but haven't done much since. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I did one an evening while watching TV with my hubby . . . so a week for the set :) Same here, I hadn't done it since childhood when mama taught me. It's like riding a bike . . . it all comes back to you.

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  3. Hi Connie! I love your towels - so cute! I have tulips blooming at my house too! It's going to be fun seeing what pops out of the earth. I know I have some butterfly bushes, vinca, hollyhocks (one of my favorites) and lamb's ear.

    I hope you are doing well and had a nice Easter.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. It's always fun in a new home to see what the owners before you planted. Happy Spring! Hey, it's great to have you visit, I've missed you :)

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  4. This are great. Your stitching is so good. I can't wait to see what you're doing in the art barn

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    1. Hi Ann, thank you these were fun to do and very relaxing. As for the Art Barn . . . my back in killing me, but progress is coming along. We got the roof on over the weekend.

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  5. Beautiful job with those towels. I love to embroidery but haven't done much of that lately.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. I enjoy doing it in the evening . . . it keeps me from falling asleep while watching TV, LOL.

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  6. Hand embroidery...what a talent! Such pretty tulips, too. Spring is wonderful, isn't it?

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    1. Boy, after the winter we had, Spring is more that welcome this year. I loved your garden center photos:)

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  7. I love your new addition and can't wait to see what you're going to do with it! I hope you had a great Easter also and I love your tulips and embroidered towels....the colors are just so pretty!

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  8. Connie, You did a fabulous job on the towels. I have asset my MIL made me that have the days of the week on them. I love your tulips too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, thank you . . . they were a lot of fun to make.

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  9. Beautiful embroidered tea towels, Connie. Perfect for tulip time! Enjoy working on your Art Barn!

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    1. I thought the little Dutch girls and windmills would be perfect for spring, too. They were fun to embroider and the days o the week made them look more vintage, don't you think?

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  10. I like your days-of-the-week tea towels. Mu mom had an embroidered set too but hers were all about baskets of flowers.

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    1. They do look old fashioned don't they . . . they remind me of something my Mama would have had in the kitchen back when I was a kid :)

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  11. Splendid work on your embroidered towels. My three or four tulips are finished blooming and now it's iris time. Wind and rain last night made them look a bit weary today.

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    1. I just love tulips and then lilacs . . . when we bought this place I discovered that we have purple and white lilacs and I just love them . . . they make beautiful bouquets and make the house smell heavenly :)

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  12. Those towels are the cutest things ever. I love them all especially because of the Holland theme. My grandparents on my mothers side were from Holland.

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    1. I can but don't really enjoy doing it. I prefer, counted cross stitch and needlepoint.

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  13. Such a sweet post. I love the cute kitchen linens. Happy Spring!

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  14. Hi Connie, I love your hand towels! Great job and they look so feminine and pretty! Have fun working on your barn project and a lovely week. Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, the barn project is coming right along . . . we got the roof on over the weekend and will be working on the outside walls this week. I'm loving it, except for the pain in my back and shoulders. The older I get the harder big jobs like this have become :)

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  15. Gorgeous embroidered towels, Connie! And they are just right with those glorious tulips too! Happy week...enjoy your latest exciting project.
    Helen xox

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    1. Good morning Helen an thanks for popping in to say, hi. My mama taught me to do hand embroidery when I was a little girl and I've not done it since then . . . just lately (this winter) I have discovered it again. I enjoy having a lap project while watching TV.

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  16. It's been a long time since I've seen or done hand embroidery. Your towels are lovely, so nice to see something someone has taken a little extra time with...what a treasure.

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    1. Our home was build in 1905 and the kitchen and bath were probably added in the forties. Thank God for indoor pumping :) These vintage looking dishtowels fix in perfect with my vintage farm kitchen. I enjoy some sort of hand stitching in the evening while watching TV with my hubby. If I don't have a project I fall asleep, LOL.

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  17. How in the world do you get so much done.? I have pieces of embroidery work I started on ten years ago that need to be finished. I love the towels and the tulips are beautiful!

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    1. If I don't have a project in the evening when Hubby is watching TV, I just fall asleep. Embroidery and hand-quilting, are perfect evening lap work . . . my mother was the same way, we have to keep busy. I think that you are the same way. You are always doing something in your yard and with your animals, besides all your aprons and bonnets. You know, I think that we would be great neighbors. Want to move to Washington?

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  18. Sweet towels. They look like the places I'll be going this week!

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    1. I know! You are going to have such a sweet time :)

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  19. Oops...just realized I commented under someone else's comment. Here's what I said in case you didnt see it. These are so pretty Connie and I love the colors you chose. The tulips are gorgeous! I am so anxious to see what your addition is going to be used for! I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday! Have a great week my friend.

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Good Morning Vicky, because of our time differences it is 5:50 a.m here and I am drinking my first cup of coffee and waiting to see if the sun is coming to peek out from the grey morning sky. On the other hand you are probably knee deep in kindergartners. We tried working on the addition yesterday after Steve got home from work, but just after getting the tools are out and cutting the first sheet of siding, the dark clouds came over and it started to rain. So we had to scurry and put everything away and tarp our building material. Hopefully tonight we can try again. The roof is on so I'm going to spend my morning putting up insulation between the rafters. I hate that itchy stuff . . . do you know what I mean? Thanks so much for stopping by and re-posting to be sure I saw your comment, you are the best!

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  20. Your towels are so cute, and great stitching! how wonderful to bring in your flowers and enjoy them inside too! Love that you put them in your fun vases!

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    1. Hi Connie, I found both of the windmill containers at the Goodwill and those little colorful bottles I painted last year. They are fun, bright and easy to do with any old bottle. I enjoy putting flowers on my kitchen windowsill and small bottles work great there. I am delighted that you like my dishtowels; after taking these photos I hung them in the kitchen.

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  21. Those are so pretty Connie - perfect for Spring and to compliment your lovely tulips!

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    1. Thank you . . . I really like the little houses that you have on your post :)

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  22. Those dishtowels are adorable - you are so talented!!!

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    1. I'm glad that you like them , thank you :)

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  23. Just darling Connie! Where do you get your sweet embroidery projects and towells? My mom taught me to embroider also, probably when I was 10 to 12 yrs old. She loved it and so did I. I made many sets of pillow cases! Unfortunately I have none left to show for it. I need to get a good light for night time hand work as I watch TV. I keep saying that and don't do it! Also.... your cute little vases at the end photo are just sweet too... they match the tulips so well. I think in our new (old) house that we moved to a year and a half ago (has it been that long already?) has one lone tulip in our back yard. I need to go see if it has bloomed yet. Our weather has been very similar to yours! Also... I am amazed that you are doing so much yourself on the art barn addition! I keep telling hubby, at ages 68 and almost 70, that I wish we could attempt to build "something" just to see if we can do it! Neither of us are that handy, but I DID help build two houses back in my 30's so I do have the knowledge and I can follow plans and instructions. This summer maybe I would like to attempt at least a bench or something! I'm anxious to see your addition and how you plan to fill it up! Hugs.... Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I purchased the striped towels at Walmart in the needlework section. Also they have little packages of iron on transfers for only a dollar. You'll have to check it out. ***** Go buy a good light!!! It's important! Not having good lighting is keeping you for doing to many things that you enjoy. well I just got out of the shower and need to fix dinner. I worked on the addition for nine and a half hours today. I'm going to sleep good tonight, LOL.

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  24. The teatowels are so pretty, much too nice to use! Xxxx

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    1. I know, I'm just going to display them, for a while. You're a sweetie to say so :)

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  25. Cute dish towels. Very vintage looking. . .they remind me of dish towels my aunt had way back when. I once had a hand painted delft flower pot like the one holding your tulips. I found it at a yard sale. It's perfect with your tulips and towels. xo

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    1. I'm glad you like the towels, they fit right in with my vintage kitchen :)

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  26. The dishtowels are adorable...just like the ones we've loved for years and years. Love the new addition to the barn too! You're working so hard! Hugs, Diane

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    1. I'm forgetting that I'm 71 years old and should be slowing down and believe me, some days it catches up to me. There are just so many things that I want to do, and never enough hours in a day. Do you ever feel that way?

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  27. adorable towels and i really like the way you display your tulips!!!

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