Do You Love Purple? ๐Ÿ’œ

Hello my lovely friends๐Ÿ’œ How are you on this fine day? I hope all is well! ๐Ÿ˜

It wasn’t too long ago that I discovered my love for purple. It actually started with some beautiful Amethysts I found in my Jewelry making days. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So here are some things and facts in/about Purple ๐Ÿ˜€
>THE MEANING OF PURPLE AROUND THE GLOBE โ€ข In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husbandโ€™s death.

โ€ข The purple in the U.S. military Purple Heart award represents courage. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who have been wounded in action.

โ€ข In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.

โ€ข A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as โ€œThe Purpleโ€ โ€” a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.

โ€ข In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.

โ€ข Purple was the royal color of the Caesars.

โ€ข In pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience, and trust.

โ€ข Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.

โ€ข In Tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.

โ€ข Traditionally, in Iran, purple is a color of what is to come. A sun or moon that looks purple during an eclipse is an omen of bloodshed within the year.

(Source: Wikipedia)

๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ

This is one of my favorite poems. ๐Ÿ˜ It was written in 1961 by Jenny Joseph. The 2nd line was actually the inspiration for the ‘Red Hats Club’ ๐Ÿ˜

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

When I’m an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in other people’s gardens

And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple

๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ

We all know the beautiful Lavender fields of the Provence.

I just learned that the UK also has purple scenery ๐Ÿ˜Š

Castle Lavender Farm is the largest lavender farm in the United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฎ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ โ˜ฏ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ’œ

Beautiful Projects…

…like these Wristwarmers <— Link will take you to Ravelry or this ‘Purple-icious Shawl’ ๐Ÿ˜ This is my design, but this Link will take you to Ravelry Here are a few things that you normally wouldn’t think of when you hear ‘Purple’ ๐Ÿ˜

Like the purple kitchen! Yay or Nay? ๐Ÿ˜‹

Purple doors are a definite Yay for me ๐Ÿ˜ How about a purple car? ๐Ÿ˜Ž Purple Candy! Yes, please! ๐Ÿคฉ Did I forget anything? ๐Ÿ˜„ What do you think? Is purple your color? Or are you still waiting to fall in love with it?

I would love to know! ๐Ÿ˜

Have a fabulous ‘Purple-icious’ day! ๐Ÿ’•

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A Few Random Things ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒป – and a WIPย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• The Holiday week is coming to an end, and with it our ‘stay-cation’. Meh ๐Ÿ˜• We really enjoyed the last few days…Yep – hubby had a few days off ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and we checked off a few things on my ‘gotta-wanna-see-this’ list! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

You already know about the beautiful park that took me only 10 years to discover ๐Ÿ˜œ I guess it’s safe to assume that I’m no descendant of Lewis & Clark ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

On Monday we went to the KC Zoo. It was a very hot and humid day, so we didn’t visit ‘Africa’ – which makes up about half of the terrain – but it still took us almost three hours to walk through the other half. 

I know that you know what animals look like – so I won’t bore you with any pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well maybe a few nifty ones… 

That’s how hot it was – the Dromedary seeking shelter in the shade 

I bet he thought we had some treats for him ๐Ÿ˜Š


These two were playing Catch on the ropes ๐Ÿ™‚


The ‘Poison Dart’ frogs are quite pretty, but awfully poisonous ๐Ÿ˜ณ I just read that the poison of one frog can kill 20.000 mice….eeek 


Well….you know ๐Ÿ˜‹


Then we went home, fired up the grill and enjoyed a fabulously delicious dinner with the kids ๐Ÿ˜

The next day brought us wonderful chilly Fall-like temperatures….so we ventured out again. This time to a nearby Sunflower farm. 40 glorious acres of sunflowers ๐Ÿ˜ It is truly spectacular! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself…


Amazing, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Her smile โฌ†๏ธ is so much prettier than mine โฌ‡๏ธ

The bees and butterflies love it there ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Nothing special going on today…yet ๐Ÿ˜ We just got back from walking our ‘Angel Falls Trail’


This is a picture I took in the spring….everything is much greener now of course ๐Ÿ˜Š

So – maybe – I will have a little time for my WIPs today ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 

I finished this poncho last week 


I used the ‘Lion Brand Mandala’* yarn. It comes in beautiful, inspiring color combinations ….I wanna try them all, right now ๐Ÿ˜œ

Now I’m not a big fan of the green rectangle in the middle – so I made some flowers….


to cover up most of it. Like so 

I think that’ll work ๐Ÿ˜Š What are your thoughts on this? 

If you like the flowers, you might like the fact that I wrote a how-to for them a while back ๐Ÿ˜ and you can find it here ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜

So now we’re sitting on the patio with coffee and cake ๐Ÿค— enjoying the sunshine, the buzzing of the bees, and the lovely flowers ๐Ÿ’œ

Oh…look what I just spotted…the last of the summer roses


They’re so beautiful…and very fragrant ๐Ÿ˜

They reminded me of a lovely thought written by 

George Eliot 

Roses

You love the roses – so do I. I wish

The sky would rain down roses, as they rain

From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?

Then all the valley would be pink and white

And soft to tread on. They would fall as light

As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be

Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Fun Fact: George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Anne Evans. She was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels are known for their realism and psychological insight. [wikipedia]
Thanks for visiting and reading aaaalll the way down to here ๐Ÿ˜ I feel like I was a bit all over the place today….I hope you enjoyed it anyway. ๐Ÿค—


*I am not affiliated with the ‘Lion Brand’ Yarn Company 

September ~ Morning ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ‚

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Happy 1st day of September! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The ~ber months are finally here ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and September is my favorite one. ๐Ÿ’œ The summer heat with it’s humidity is finally behind us, some leaves have already changed color ๐Ÿ˜Š, and the days of comfort food and warm (aka crocheted ๐Ÿ˜‰) are close. 

While walking the dogs this morning we saw some fallen red leaves and acorns  ๐Ÿ™‚

I found this sweet poem that describes the autumn feeling perfectly ๐Ÿ˜Š

September
Breathe in
the sweet crisp breeze

that laces the winds

and shakes the seasons

into sunkissed leaves 

that sweep the city 

like confetti celebrating the

arrival of the wedding of winter

before daylight exhales

and succumbs to bathe

under the beauty of moonlight.

Hush.
C Phillips Sep 2012

๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ

It really was a perfect day ๐Ÿ˜ The morning was cool, the sun was out hubby was able to take the day off. 

So we visited a nearby lake. Until now I had only heard about it, saw the signs along the highway. And honestly, now that we finally made it there, I can’t believe we’ve been living here for almost 10 years and never went. It’s twenty (20!) minutes from our house! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

But see for yourself…

The entrance to the park โฌ†๏ธ It’s a bit of a mystery – but quite pretty ๐Ÿ™‚


The marina is right by the parking lot 

  The pirates are already here โ˜ ๏ธ

Water Lilies ๐Ÿ˜ Yes, they really were that pink ๐Ÿ’–

Here’s hubby and his white legs ๐Ÿ˜‚ admiring the scenery 


This poor tree took quite a hit during a lightning storm ๐Ÿ˜• 

๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ

  

My legs aren’t quite as white, gotta work on that ‘photo smile’ though ๐Ÿ˜œ

๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚

More Water Lilies 


Beautiful scenery ๐Ÿ˜



And some murky underwater life 

This marks the end of our tour ๐Ÿค“ Thanks for coming along ๐Ÿค— I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a gorgeous and lovely Autumn ๐Ÿ

Live ๐ŸŒˆ Laugh ๐Ÿ˜น Love ๐Ÿ’œ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How wonderful of you to peek in ๐Ÿ‘€

I can’t really think of a proper opening sentence for this post – the title really says it all ๐Ÿค“

So…without further ado…here’s Live – Laugh – Love ๐Ÿ’œ

โœจLive โœจ

As the years go by, I realize that ‘living’ is not in the Party-Weekends (even though they were pretty awesome ๐Ÿ˜œ) – it is more in the little, everyday things.

Like Danny Kaye said – “Life is a great, big canvas; throw all the paint at it you can” ๐Ÿ˜

 I have this wonderful book…


It sits on the coffee table, and just looking at it reminds me that life is good. ๐Ÿ˜Š

The author spend 50 years collecting ‘Happy Moments’, and I’m so glad she decided to write them all down….things like a buzzing bumblebee, the library, the smell of northern air, BLTs, falling leaves, children singing, a pink daisy, and so on. Isn’t it wonderful? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

โœจLaughโœจ

I just leave this here…๐Ÿ˜‚


There is a chance that I laughed a lot harder at this than I should have ๐Ÿ˜

โœจLoveโœจ

Love and friendship can get you through pretty much everything, don’t you think? ๐Ÿค—

The amazing Tami at Tanglewood Knots wrote this beautiful poem ๐Ÿ’œ It makes my heart smile

A Friendship Fairy 
A Friendship Fairy touched my cheek

Her wings the brightest blue

Like dew drops kissed by sunshine

The loveliest of hues.

She beckoned me to follow her

To a special place she knew

Where like flowers in a garden

The kindest people grew.

We danced across the ocean waves

Both laughing as we flew

And when we landed, to my delight

Sheโ€™d brought me straight to you!

๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ

I leave you with this now…won’t babble on ๐Ÿ˜‰…let you enjoy it a bit more 

Smiles, love and hugs to you all ๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒปNature ๐Ÿ„ Tales ๐ŸŒฒ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Did you come back to see the pictures I promised you yesterday? ๐Ÿ˜Š Cool – let’s take a look ๐Ÿ‘€ 

1. Fairies and Glitter  

When I stepped outside into a glorious cool morning yesterday, I saw ‘Fairy-Glitter’ on the rosebush ๐Ÿ’œ You know that can only mean one thing…I missed the Fairy Party โœจโœจโœจ

๐Ÿ’ซThat reminded me of this lovely poem from Marian May 

Golden Glitter

It sparkles on their cheek

The cheeks of the Fairies dear

They are always beautiful

Their cheeks sparkle with glitter

And they are forever happy

They are a lot like my big sister

And they have wings of silk as well

Their hair is curly 

And their lips are cherry

Their pretty wings

Flutter in the breeze

And the swirls on them 

Are made of golden glitter
~Marian~

Cute, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜

If you love Fairies, you might enjoy this little post from last year called Do you believe in 398.2?

Let me know if you do. ๐Ÿค—

2. Visitors to the backyard 

 Not only is she amazingly beautiful, she’s also very patient ๐Ÿ˜Š  She waited until I got my camera, snapped a few pictures – then she flew away 

Wah! ๐Ÿ˜ณ The sneaky snake in the geraniums 

We took her to a nearby creek, and hope to never see her again! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I don’t know if a mushroom is considered a ‘visitor’…probably not. But nevertheless, here is one 


…growing out of the side of a flower pot 


3. An old tree 

This old lady sits in an old cemetery on Ft. Leavenworth, KS. I visited there yesterday

  



Breathtaking, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ’œ

The reports on her age vary, but most people think that she’s at least 150 – 200 years old.

I hope you enjoyed my ‘Nature Tales’ ๐Ÿ˜Š and stop by again soon. 

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

I ๐Ÿ’œ Dandelionsย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Welcome back ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This post started out as a collection of ‘Random Things’, with just a tiny Dandelion seed blowing across it. ๐Ÿ˜Š But Dandelions are so amazing, I decided they deserve their own space. ๐Ÿ˜

So I set out and found some Dandelion-related funnies, pictures, inspirations, and a poem to share with you ๐Ÿ’œ

First…a funnyย 


Such a lovely sentiment…

An artsy idea…ย 

I think this would be an awesome gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, if you let the wee ones ‘paint’ the flowers with their fingerprints ๐Ÿ˜


Here’s a craft idea…


(I found this on ‘crafttricks.com)

More…12 things to make with Dandelion Flowers ย to be exact ๐Ÿ˜‹ were published by ย  ย  ย ย  The nerdy Farmwife

Here’s where I go in my dreams ๐Ÿ˜Šย 

I’ve had this dream of a little house, surrounded by Dandelions, for a long time now… ย  ย  ย  Living on ‘My Dandelion Farm’ ๐Ÿ’•

A little ‘Folk Art’ Doodle from last year ๐Ÿ˜

A field of a hundred wishes ๐Ÿ˜Œ

ย Beautiful words about a beautiful flower ๐Ÿ˜Šย 

Dandelion

I could tell you of a story, of this flower that I saw.
Growing in a little crack, this flower had it all.

It’s beauty got me thinking, how quicky we forget.
It isn’t where we come from, it’s that we never quit.

The struggles that this flower faced, no quiver nor a fall.ย 
It rose above the chances,ย 
through this crack that was so small.

The only will was life, and the chance that it may “be”.ย 
Exist in ways intended, and truly live as free.

This dandelions beauty, gives me the strength to know,
content with where I’m rooted,
and will to always grow.

~ Ricky Louisย 

I hope you enjoyed my ‘love letter’ to all Dandelions ๐Ÿ’œ

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-day ๐Ÿ˜˜

See you tomorrow!

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Just A Few Random Things ๐Ÿฆ„

Hello my lovely friends    ๐Ÿ’•  It’s been a minute or two, hasn’t it? Actually – almost a week ๐Ÿ˜ณ Oh my! I’ve been a bit under the weather all week ๐Ÿค’ so it’s not been the most productive one. But…I’m back ๐Ÿค— and really glad you are too!

Today I just wanna show you a few random things I’ve thought about this past week…just to get back into the swing of it all. ๐Ÿ˜

1. A few months ago I bought some succulents, and on the way home a few of the leaves broke fell off. Luckily I had just read an article about ‘Propagading Succulents’ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ So I thought I give it a try. And guess what? It worked! ๐Ÿ˜Ž See….

Well, I guess I don’t have a picture from the beginning – this is about 3 weeks in ๐Ÿ˜Š It did slow down some after the initial ‘growth spurt’

       

But they are coming along nicely ๐Ÿ˜



2. While searching for the ‘Wildflower’ poem last week – you might remember – I came across these lovely words from Rustine Hamlett  ๐Ÿ’œ

This makes me smile every time…

 I Tried To Write A Poem…

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
but when i sought to find the words
like hummingbirds, they flew!

i tried to bake some cookies
a dozen, just for You
but before they hit the oven
we’d shared the yummy goo

i tried to paint a picture
a picture just for You
but the colors all ran out of line
like sunlight through the dew

i tried to plant a garden
wildflowers, just for You
but when i’d tilled and sown the soil
too tall for me they grew!

i tried to find a treasure
a treasure just for You
but when i looked inside the chest
i found a gift from You

i tried to tell a story
a mystery, just for You
but when i lost the villain’s trail
’twas You who found the clue

i tried to catch some fireflies
green starlight, just for You
but you smiled, and set the lightning free
when i brought my lamp to You

i tried to find the perfect shell
a conch shell, just for You
but all i found were little stars
who tickled like You do!

i tried to find an angel
an angel just for You
but when i told her who You were
she said “you can’t have two”

i tried to catch a falling star
a wish, made just for You
but when i did, You said “My dear,
all I’ve wished for is in youโ€ฆ”

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
this time i found all the words
to tell the world of You

Lovely, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜Š

3.  Walking through our garden this morning, I noticed how strong the Wisteria grew this Spring and Summer ๐Ÿ˜ Can you see how tightly it wove itself around the trellis? 




4. Now a few things worth mentioning…but -sadly- without pictures (for now). This shall be corrected real soon ๐Ÿ˜

~ A few WIPs are almost done – mostly smalls. I’ve been working on double-layer dishcloths (worked in Tunesian Stitch in the round! ๐Ÿ˜ณ It’s supercool…wait ’til you see this (I might be a smidge overexcited ๐Ÿ˜‚)

~ I baked my bread for the ‘Fantastic Bake-Off’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ It’s fabulously delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ I’ll show ya tomorrow.

~ I collected some hilarious things for tomorrow’s ‘Weekend Chuckle’ ๐Ÿ˜œ

So – that was my week in a quick review ๐Ÿ˜Š 

I sure hope you enjoyed it a bit, and come visit again tomorrow! ๐Ÿค—

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

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