Spring Flowers

John and I returned last week from two beautiful weeks in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky.  We were mostly visiting family and friends and looking around for places to relocate down the road.
This was the perfect time of year to visit the Midwest.  The flowers were in full bloom everywhere.

SpringFlowersontheFarm These beauties were all over the place at my uncles farm near where I grew up.

I had never seen this type of flower before and no one seemed to know, either.  I'll have to do some research.

SpringPeony My favorite flower is the Peony.  They come in several shades of pink.  This one is almost fuchsia. 
Everywhere we went the peonies were in full bloom and I loved burying my nose into them.  They have such a wonderful aroma.SpringFlowerswAnts

The flower below was scattered around the farm.  I hadn't noticed the ants until after I had taken the photo. 
These photo's were taken with my new Canon Rebel.  I'm thrilled with the quality of the images.

JohnatAllerton1 While near my home town, Bement, Illinois, I took John to Allerton Park to see the old Pioneer Cemetery where several of my ancestors are buried.  Unfortunately, due to all the rain they've had in the Midwest the cemetery is presently under water.  The Sangamon River is about a mile wide.  Where John is standing is .2 of a mile in from the Sun Singer.  The cemetery is .7 of a mile in but you can see why we had to stop.  We didn't have a boat, plus I wouldn't know where the trail was.  We'll have to go back when it has dried out.

ShanghaiGirlsCover One of my favorite author's new book arrived today.  Lisa See has written the book that inspired Chapter 5 in my Creative Cloth Exploration book.  "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" touched my heart and my Tome yahoo group did a fan exchange.  The other novel I love of Ms. See's is "Peony in Love".  That book inspired a challenge I did on Dollstreet.  We made beautiful Lotus shoes.
In this book Lisa See follows two sisters who come to America.  I can't wait to get started.  I know I'll love this book as much as her others.  I also know a challenge will come from this book, too.

WillowbyAbiMonroe

Before I close this post I have to share a beautiful doll with you.  This incredible doll was made by Abi Monroe.  She's named her Willow. 

I love everything about this doll.  Abi wrote that this was one of her first dolls.  As I wrote her, she needs to keep making dolls.

I'm presently working on a fun project that I will share soon.  I'm having a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for a few friends this weekend and am making fun name tags for everyone.  I'll take a heap of photo's with my new camera and share them here.  So, stay tuned.

4 Responses to “Spring Flowers”

  1. Hey Patti
    Thanks for sharing all the pics of the midwest flowers, I miss Chicago this year and all the lovely Spring pretties, your friend should make lots of dolls, that dolls is fabulous!
    Karey

  2. Abi Monroe says:

    Hi Patti! Thank you for the compliment! Since you’ve been away I set up a blog, and joined a few groups, Willow is making her way around the internet! I mentioned you were my inspiration in my blog, and so many people have also found art doll making through you! Looks like you have quite a fan club!
    I’m currently working on my third doll!
    I expect you have lots of catching up to do….
    Abi :O)
    Beautiful flowers by the way!

  3. Margaret Murphy says:

    Hi, The flowers in the first picture are aqualegias, or granny’s bonnets as we call them here in England. They come in many forms and colours and the one you have also grows in my garden,
    Margaret x

  4. Those flowers were really beautiful.I have read the word peony in a “book of poem” but I don’t have any idea about that and I had never seen that flower before..But this time,I saw what the peony is.Thank you for sharing
    chris

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