Thursday, April 29, 2021

As April Ends

 Last week, we had snow, because April in my part of the world is totally unpredictable. Fortunately the bulbs didn't suffer. This week, we have snow, and rain, and warm, and sun!

So, I have some lovely flowers.

A few daffodils are hiding under the forsythia. 

Some grape hyacinths are making friends with dandelions.

There are some regular hyacinths nearby.

Just in time for the Tulip Festival, the tulips are out. The tulip festival is a big thing around here and we are all encouraged to "Paint the Town Tulip" . This year out of town visitors will have to enjoy the tulips virtually. 

As you can see, we kind of favour an English country garden approach. So we plant bulbs in the part of the yard that is heavily shaded in the summer, but sunny in the spring. 

During the cold and snow, I was sewing and finished both my wallets.

The cork exteriors look very nice. I like the little sparkles of pink on the back one, and thought the rainbow hardware suited it.

The paisley wallet is blue inside.

The pattern said that the interior required 1/2 yard of fabric. Actually, it needs 1/2 metre of fabric, which meant I was short by about 2 inches. So, the inner linings are the polka dot fabric.

The pink splash has an equally bright interior.

I'm keeping this one for me.

The pattern for the wallet is Roxy, by Serial Bagmakers. The wallet frames are from Emmaline Bags. The cork is from MM Cork Supply.

I need to decide what I would like to do for my May project. I want to do everything at once, and I need to choose just one, for this month. Of course, if I finish early, I can make two projects in the same month.


  1. Love the garden blooms, my grape hyacinths have very droopy leaves now, guess they might flower early, as it is autumn down here. The rogue sunflowers are still blooming, the golden Day lily, and so out of season, bearded iris in deep purple.Soon you will have much warmer days and no snow. we have had a little in the far south.

  2. Lovely bulbs flowering in your garden, all four seasons still happening now. One would think the snow is done? Your cork wallets are gorgeous. Blue one is my favourite so far. May, maybe a purple bag?

  3. Those cork wallets are beautiful! Is cork hard to work with?

  4. But watch out for the squirrels that might not allow you to make those two projects! These are great. That's one thing I'd like to try is sewing with cork. And ha, yeah on April 31!