Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bloggy Friends

I've been surfing in blogland and enjoying visiting others. What interesting things are happening at your places! And what better way to share the joy than by sharing a few links with you! Here are some of the fun things that tweaked my interest:

Lucy at Quilting with the Past is coming out of a quilting slump and is preparing to stitch a lovely new quilt, the pattern which she discovered in the December issue of McCall's Quilting magazine. It's a quilt that caught my eye as well, although I have to many unfinished projects right now to start something new. I took this picture of the very same quilt top last December! This quilt called Mennonite Mosaic was made in 1915 by 73-year-old Elizabeth Weber of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I look forward to reading about Lucy's project as she stitches and quilts.

Over at Rosemary House, Nancy has posted some beautiful pictures of her extensive collection of tea strainers. She is happy to report that they are featured in this month's issue of TEA - A Magazine. Nancy is a lovely tea friend of mine who owns Sweet Remembrances Tea Room --- also in Lancaster County. Be sure to scroll down and see her other tea-related posts. She's been sharing some interesting things.

Of course there is Lovella at What Matter's Most who is making the most of January blahs and is transforming them into an exciting challenge to walk 7,000 or more steps a day! She's started a blogging club for walking and has been sharing pictures of her walks in interesting places. It's been pretty cold and bleak here, but if I had Lovella to walk with. . .and could walk at the interesting places she's been visiting. . .I am sure I would be inspired. Okay, so I am a little bit inspired from afar and just need a little more inspiration, Lovella. Where will tomorrow's walk be?

Elizabeth Joy is chasing the winter blues away by hosting her Wildflowers in Winter event. It's been fun to visit Wildflower Morning each day to see who has joined in by posting wildflower pictures. Each week a different challenge is presented. Soon to come? Wildflower objects in the house; wildflower art; wildflower stories or poetry; and more. It's not too late to join the fun! I know Elizabeth Joy would welcome you.

Clarice at Storybook Woods has been sharing tips for stretching the grocery budget in series of posts. I especially appreciated her post describing creative ways to add flavor to recipes. She suggests everything from powdered coconut to capers, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. I've never heard of powdered coconut, but it sounds so interesting and is something I will look for next time I'm at the health food store. I was a fortunate guest at an afternoon tea party at Clarice's house one time and she is a delightful cook who makes scrumptious food!

It's time to close, but let me share one last blog with you. Fay at Mrs. I's Drawing Club is offering art lessons to interested readers. Especially designed for young people, she has activities and lessons designed to lead the student along as they learn to draw and create. This is a perfect place for homeschoolers or someone who would like an after school activity for a child on a cold winter day.

Katherine at Yellow Rose Arbor has gone all out in celebration of National Hot Tea Month and has posted a series of wonderful posts about tea. In her most recent post she shares about Chinese teas. And previously she shared tea accoutrement's and showed a variety of tea bags and strainers. It's been interesting reading.

Meanwhile, Lallee at Lallee's Cottage shares the purchase of a fancy new year --- by showing us photos of her pets as they gaze at their reflections. I wonder if they barked and meowed at themselves as they saw their framed faces? Lallee has quite a lovely menagerie who lives at her house. Lallee is also sharing pictures of her creative crochet projects. Simply divine!

I would also like to wish Marie a happy recovery as she gets over a recent illness. Being sick is no fun, but it sounds like she has finished some knitting projects and read several books during her down time as a way to relax while her body mends. You can visit her at Zquilts. I hope you feel a little better each and every day, Marie!

Now it's your turn! I love to visit new blogs. Is there a blog you are especially enjoying on these winter days? If so, please leave a comment and share a link so we can go there too!


7 comments:

  1. Just getting back into the swing of things. And I wanted to pop over and say hello! Thanks for all of the heads ups...Have a great weekend!!

    Love,
    Julie

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  2. Hi LaDonna, Thank you for mentioning my new fantastic quilt project. I'm still open to start ours :-) I love sun bonnets sue!

    Love Lucy

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  3. Oh some fun new blogs, thank you for sharing. have a lovely weekend. Love Clarice

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  4. OHHH you are so sweet to give the walking club a plug. I often feel as you do . . . if I can't find something exciting , I know someone else will.

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  5. thanks for the recommends..I have added a few more to my blogroll finally..and NEXT WEEK...starts the Carnival Giveaway...come back and comment..
    Deby

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  6. Hi Dear BlogFriend!
    DId you get my email this week? Well the WONDERFUL magazine arrived yesterday - yes, it must have been the holiday! Another envelope went back to you today - hope it does not take as long to reach you. Thanks SO much for being a blogfriend. We are battening down whatever hatches we have for some snow "they" prognosticate is on the way. Wishing you a joyful weekend.

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  7. Thanks La Donna for mentioning our blog - a joint effort of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances - herbs and tea - a fun combination! Rosemary House is celebrating their 40th anniversay this year! We're working on our Calendar of Events for this very special year.
    Nancy

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