Thursday, June 6, 2013

Winter at Home


Grevillea macro - Australian native


Camellia Sasanqua


Osteospermum - African Daisy


Double-Barred Finch

The heat abates, the days are shorter, the early mornings are chilly yet the flowers still bloom and the birds still sing, all at a gentler pace. Winter has come slowly and we wear it pleasantly, seeking fresh air and warm sun on bare arms during the middle hours of our days.









My three youngest are working with me on a lap quilt after the success of Miss E's Simple Life Quilt adventure. Each one has such a different personality and desires, shown clearly in their approach to stitching the centres of their chosen wonky star blocks.




The dance of nature and life is a beautiful and delicate one isn't it, during each and every season.


Sharing at WIP Wednesday

44 comments:

Cinzia said...

Karen, your photos are so beautiful and sweet...
Have a nice day...
Cinzia

amanda | wildly simple said...

Karen, these photos are absolutely beautiful! That first one - Oh, my!
And I just love the stitching on those star blocks.
We are supposed to be entering winter, but it's chilly. It hasn't been warm enough for the vegetable seeds in the garden to germinate. Tonight I have a fire going in the living room, warm socks and a wool lap blanket.

amanda | wildly simple said...

Oops - I meant that we are supposed to be entering *summer*.. :)

Saskia said...

Beautiful photos Karen, I especially like the first one of the pink grevillea. Our grevillea Firesprite is flowering at the moment and the blue faced honey eaters are having a wonderful feast.

Mama Bear said...

You constantly inspire me with your sewing projects and the way you include your daughters. I am longing for the time when I can do something like this with mine!!! Again, I love the fabric and design!!!

Anna

Patchwork and Play said...

I envy you being able to bare your arms in June! Not quite warm enough for that in these parts! As usual your photos are breathtaking- that Grevillea is stunning!

Nilya said...

What a gorgeous Picture of this pink flower, wow!
Love the idea of making a quilt together with your Kids, the embroidery makes it more Special!!!

Sarah Lizzie said...

Aaaaah.....your exquisite photos of the flowers in all their glory are truly stunning, Karen! Yes, the dance of nature and life swaying to the rhythm of the different seasons in this beautiful country of ours is truly magical! How delightful to have your girls stitching their own personalities into a lap quilt....it will be a treasured keepsake! Love the whimisical fabric and each picture being stitched.

Mama Bear said...

Hi Karen, I just sent you an email.To your blog address I think??
Anna

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your photos are beautiful, Karen - stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing the different patches that your kids create.

geanina said...

sweet images! :) complimenti!

✿ chica said...

Tudo sempre muito lindo aqui! beijos,chica

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Such beautiful photos! I'm stopping by from WIP Wednesday :)

Renee said...

Those stars are wonderful! I love the children's embroidery!

Cristina Ferreira said...

Lindas imagens, a primeira está encantadora!

Giga said...

Twoja zima jest piekniejsza niż nasza obecna wiosna. Jest zimno i padają deszcze. Cudne pierwsze zdjecie. Miłe zajęcie masz Ty i córki. Pozdrawiam.
Your winter is more beautiful than our current spring. It's cold and rains. Wonderful first photo. Nice job, you and your daughter. Yours.

Marilyn said...

Such gorgeous photos, especially live the first one. Great to see the girls' stitching too.

Sylvia K said...

Your posts/photos are always a delight for me!! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty!! Have a lovely weekend!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

It was strange to read you are heading into winter... I forget you are on the other side of the world. Summer is just starting here.

There you go, taking awesome photos of GOD's creations. AND then creating another masterpiece, one I will delight in seeing when completed.

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful photos. You always manage to capture beauty and take such captivating pictures. Also I especially love how you are including your children in your quilting. It is so fun to see the different ways people approach the same task. I can't wait to see this quilt all put together (or just more of those star blocks).

Joy said...

Amazing pictures and works of the girls hands:) LIke mother!

Filip and Kristel said...

The first picture looks like pink snow.

Greetings,
Filip

Karin M. said...

A very nice photo series .. great job ...
Best regards, Karin

diane b said...

Great shots and words to describe our winter.

Barb said...

Karen - You are still my macro inspiration. I'm afraid I haven't been practicing. Love those vivid pink blooms!

Steve n Vickie said...

Beautiful Flower! I haven't seen a finch like that before. he's quite handsome.

Dianne said...

Your Grevillia macro is magical Karen .... Yes! so nice to feel the mid-day winter sun on bare arms.

Kirsten said...

Grevillias are one of my favourite natives - we planted one (Honey Gem) when our daughter Gemma was born.

Michele Pacey said...

Oh the photos!!! Breathtaking, they are. I can't believe this is what winter looks like to you. It's such a contrast to ours here in Canada. I'm more than a little envious. :)

Carla Pizarro said...

Your photos are always amazingly beautiful! :))
First one is my favourite.
Have a fantastic day.

Lisa Gordon said...

The quilt projects look like so much fun, Karen, and how wonderful to be working on them together!

Although summer is only a couple of weeks away here, we really did not have much of a spring. The flowers and trees bloomed beautifully (thank goodness!), but it has been very chilly and very rainy. Hopefully when summer arrives, things will change. :-)

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Jana said...

and here it feels finally like summer since yesterday:-) the first pic is simply mind-blowing! I should get a macro lens myself soon! happy coming weekend from the low lands:-)

pattisjarrett said...

Enjoyed the pictures of your pretty flowers and finch. How sweet you have more stitchers working on quilts. :)

Shirley said...

Hi Karen,
Wow...I wish our winters would come in as nice as yours. The Grevillea is so beautiful. I have no idea of what it looks like other than your photo but I sure do love it..and I'm so happy the children are working with needle and thread..I only wish I had learned how to. I'm lucky my SIL is a quilter and I'm extra lucky she likes me..I have two beauties she has made for me..I envy your photo talent and quilting talent...

Rosemary said...

LOVE your first macro photo, it looks like a sticky pink sugar-coated candy! Yay another quilt in the making, can't wait to see it.

Dorothy Adamek said...

Oh, that box of coloured floss makes me long for winter nights of cross stitching. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. xx

BlueShell said...

So beautiful...Love it all.
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Now I'm here
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Hug you
BShell

Seeing Each Day said...

More quilts on the way! I always enjoy looking at both the process and finished products - please keep on sharing. Especially love your photo of the african daisies. Hope you're enjoying the long weekend.

ally said...

Oh those camellia photos are divine
And I love the colour and detail in the first shot
Will watch the quilts with interest...looks like a big project

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I wish our winters were as beautiful! Lovely captures of your season Karen.

Linda R said...

So many gorgeous photos. And how fun being creative with your daughters. I can't wait to see how it turns out..

It is nice and HOT here in the desert. I am not enjoying it at all. But we will be taking another trip soon to escape the heat.

Lisa said...

Karen, that first macro shot is absolutely stunning!! So beautiful. Did you get a macro lens, or is this with your Raynox? I also really love your quilt blocks. I think it is so special that you are making these with your children. What special treasures they will be. I wish I could come and watch you and learn! So many lovely projects, so little time!

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

The macro is astonishing! Love the finch, also. Hard to think of you all entering winter as we are just entering summer. And dreading it!

Barb Brookbank said...

Your images are as beautiful as ever. Your autumn sounds so dreamy... something like our spring ;)

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