If you follow me on instagram (@liveacolorfullife), you may have noticed that I'm completely obsessed with our first-ever dahlia bloom. A few months ago we were given a box of tubers by Amy of @silverfrogflowers. They were unlabeled, and Amy said she had no idea which ones were in the box, or even if all of them would bloom. We followed instructions on planting, and last week our first bloom started opening.
It is stunning. It is a blushy coral color, and don't be surprised if you see me select some fabric for a quilt in these luscious colors. To say I'm completely smitten is a huge understatement.
We have not been able to identify exactly which dahlia this is, although certainly not for lack of trying. I can identify dahlias that are very close in color. However, what is unique about this one is the "serrated" edges of the petals.
Yesterday morning, I finally decided to cut it and bring it indoors so I can enjoy it nonstop. For sure I'm already planning on enlarging our dahlia garden for next summer. We have seven plants up right now. So far this is the only one with buds. But learning more about dahlias has begun!
Four summers ago, the grandkids stayed at our house for a few days while Aaron and Christa were on a trip. I decided to hold "art camp," and each day we had a different project. It was quite successful but for some reason we never officially held art camp again.
This year, Christa will be attending a week of online classes and it will be easier if the kids are out of the house so she can concentrate. So...each one of the kids received this invitation in the mail.
Christa secured Ella's spot via a super cute video. Gabe and Levi both texted me their acceptance. And then we received this email from Charlotte, along with an extensive resume' and a letter of recommendation.
This was our response.
I think it will be a fun week.
Along these same lines, I enjoy having a one-on-one "date" with each of the grandkids. It's a little harder during this time of COVID-19 as we can't really go anywhere. I really wanted to do something with Ella, and then my friend, Janice, recommended a tea party. Perfect idea! I have a little china tea set from Beauty and the Beast, so I made this invitation and sent it on its way.
This was her reaction. I'll take that as a "yes."
Funniest text of the week. Clever use of an emoji as part of a word.
My friend, Barb, made a king-sized version of My Swedish Ex. It's beautiful!
Happy mail from my dear friend, Stephanie. I had mentioned to her I was feeling kind of down--like so many other people. And then this arrived in the mail. Having known Stephanie for nearly ten years now, I can tell you for certain that one of her "gifts" is that of thoughtfulness. And I know a lot of her other friends would say the same thing.
Latest home project--we redid this clock. It is from an old dresser and in its former life, it was painted a coral-orange, with black chalkboard paint for the face and chalk-stencilled numbers. We very nearly got rid of it, and then decided to give it a facelift. We added some of Mark's fused glass squares for the numbers and gave it a new lease on life.
I seriously want to order this rug for our kitchen (woofer.com).
Fireworks in our neighborhood were out of control this year. Were yours too?
See you next week...