Spring changes…

April is turning out to be a month of big changes for me and the month is still young…

a week or so ago I had my hair cut and donated fifteen inches to a good cause (I have donated hair in the past but this time around I learned how much it costs to make a human hair wig confirming that monetary donations are very much needed as well)…

for the first time in my life I have braces and what an adventure that is going to be for the next year or so…

late last year we had some work done to reduce the size of part of our herbaceous border getting rid of wild blackberry and honeysuckle vines to name just a few marauders (I Love them in a wild setting but it wasn’t good that they were choking out so many other plants)…

now we are watching to see what survived the clean out before we do any new planting…

I had fun recently altering vintage spools of silk thread that my always generous friend Carmen shared with our mixed media group using a bit of shredded map, wire, moss, rose ribbon trim and a shiny egg or two for the little chick to sit on and the little boy is from the top of a small valentine candy box that I altered years ago (I created the frame using distressed copper mesh and brads)…

the blue Muscari/Grape Hyacinths are definitely a favorite spring flower of mine ♥ they seem to pop up everywhere…

I am tagging along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover to celebrate T Stands for Tuesday and

wish you a happy day…

33 responses to “Spring changes…

  1. Patty what an amazing shadow in the last picture. That was a great capture! I have been saving blue bottles for my own bottle tree… I’ve always wanted one and i love seeing yours…so many beautiful photos Patty … so hard to know what to comment on.. 🙂 Happy Tday hugs!! deb

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  2. That little chick on the spool of silk thread? Be Still My Heart!!!

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  3. well done for donating you hair..love the muscari photos..my garden is full of forget me nots and bluebells…love blue in spring

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  4. An amazing post! I love the photos and great that you have donated your beautiful hair! Happy Easter for you and Mr. Magpie!
    Oxo Susi

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  5. Wonderful post Patty, love all the flower pics, and you did a very good deed donating your hair. Have a wonderful Easter, take care of yourself, and I’ll think of you when I buy Bienenstich again! Alles Liebe, Valerie

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  6. wow- you are full of surprises aren’t you? How does it feel to have all the weight of your pretty long hair gone? I bet you look so cute with the new cut. What a wonderful donation you have made. And braces-wow. But a year or so isn’t such a long time. My son had his on for 4 years!
    Lovely vignettes of Spring and Easter. I love your spool art and that sweet pocket of grape hyacinths along with those beautiful yellow flowers and quote. Happy T day, happy springtime, and a happy Easter too!

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  7. kathyinozarks

    Good morning, I really enjoy Tuesdays as I get to see what everyone is creating-your art is just so sweet I love it! I have some yard work I need to get to soon-especially my fence of wisteria vines-they are everywhere from last year-lol I need to get those wound back in the fene or cut some off there are so many –Happy T Day Kathy

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  8. Beautiful garden photos, and such sunshine you have on them. Even the tiny chickens enjoy it out there 🙂 I`m sorry for you about the braces dear Patty, but you will get used to them , I`m sure, Is it both daytime and night ?
    I love watching you , to see your long and beautiful hair, and the length of it when cut, is so pretty too. I wish I could have it, but I`m not gifted with a beautiful hair, only a very thin one.
    Lovely, lovely flowers and decorations for Easter , dear friend, I admire your way with the flowers, always.
    Hugs, to you from Dorthe

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  9. That’s great you were able to donate your hair again. Shorter hair is so much easier too. How exciting about the braces. I did that as an adult and I’m so glad I did! It’s worth every penny and every ache and pain you may go through with it. 🙂 Those flowers are so pretty! I love your creations too. Looks like you’ve been up to a lot of great stuff. 😀

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  10. Oh my, what an amazing post to celebrate spring changes and new beginnings! I was so moved to find out that you have donated your beautiful hair, you are quite the lady dear Patty – I know from my friend’s experience that it will be greatly appreciated and I’d like to thank you for your kindness 🙂 . So with your new haircut comes braces too, I bet you’ll soon get use to them and the smile on a stick had me smiling too 🙂 . Your spring time blooms and blossoms are beautiful, I love the little chicks and bunnies in your garden too especially the handmade ones peeking over the chair 🙂 . The chick on the spool of silk thread is so precious and makes me happy! As for the parrot tulips and grape hyacinths, be still my heart 💓 they are simply stunning! Your travelling teapot casts such a wonderful morning shadow, you captured it beautifully – I love it! Wishing you happiness this T Day and a very Happy Spring! J 🙂

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  11. You are blossoming like your garden Patty. Are you used to the shorter hair yet? Its a wonderful thing to donate it. Enjoy all the flowers. We have finally lost most of our snow. Just a few piled up spots left. But with this summer weather the last 2 days- it is wonderful. happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  12. It’s great that you donated your hair to charity and your flowers are beautiful!

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  13. Christie Juhasz

    Such a generous gift to give your beautiful hair! The new style looks light and bouncy. Good luck with the braces. I’m sure it will be worth the pain and discomfort. What great shadow pictures! PS – we have a bottle tree too!

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  14. What amazing changes, both for you and your property. Halle’s daughter has donated hair this several times, and I was in awe. I think Halle may have done it once, too. Good for you. Your makeover is amazing.

    I simply adore the lovely mosaics you created, and I see you have been hit by the recycle bug, too. The way you add flowers to everything always makes me smile. And that last photo with the shadow was simply out of this world.

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and your new “DO” with us for T this Tuesday.

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  15. That photo is amazing! Good luck with the braces, and kudos to you for donating your locks.

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  16. Well done Patty. I would be quite daunted by the prospect of wearing braces for a couple of years. It seems that both you AND your gorgeous garden are having a makeover. Great photo of the jug!

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  17. Great Photos,wonderful flower artworks and the lovely filled tulips arranged like a still life look very good to me.
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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  18. Oh my what a generous lady you are. I’m sure your donation would be very much appreciated. I do like your new hair style as well.
    Great photos from your garden, the spring flowers are such a joy to see as they come through in spring.
    Happy T day and Happy Easter Patty.
    Yvonne xx

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  19. Oh Patty! Your lovely hair. ….but of course it will look great on someone who needs it! Good luck with the braces too! We spent some time pulling out ivy that creeps from the hedge to around the base of the Hydrangeas and Rhododendrons while we were up at the caravan – ached for days! Love how your garden is looking! The Travelling cup looks good too -great shots- it looks as though it’s ready for some more travelling! Hugs, Chrisx

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  20. How wonderful of you to donate your hair. Your garden is just beautiful, and I’m quite smitten with the blue sculpture. Are those wine bottles? The little chick is cute and also the flowers in the teacup. What a unique way of displaying flowers, and that vase is just gorgeous.

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  21. Patty, every photo here is like a little gift. Exquisite. I love the grape hyacinths too. And the heart. Sigh…

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  22. Truly stunning photos…adore those little grape hyacinths and your altered Easter decorations! wow, what a change in hair length…I bet you lost several pounds there! so kind of you, and a good cause indeed. good luck with the braces, and happy T day!

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  23. wow, what a donation of your hair!! the head feels lighter then, doesn´t it?
    and i´m not sure i would be brave enough to go through the braces Thing, i´m sure that hurts (at least it was not fun for my son – but he had These wire things).
    your garden is a joy and i love all what you made with your plants. all those hyacinths, awesome! and a very impressing shadow photo as finish… great post!
    have a wonderful easter time, patty ♥♥♥

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  24. I only recently got a trim after one year and felt lighter so imagine how you are feeling with the big chop (all for a good cause makes it worthwhile). Braces. Yikes! I can feel my teeth are shifting as I get older. Food gets stuck in places it never did before. A friend of mine has been wearing braces for 6 years – and in between she had jaw surgery. Her ortho says 6 more months but she’s just about fed up. Her teeth/jaw just don’t want to move anymore so when the 6 months is up, she’s taking them off no matter what the doc says. 🙂 Living in a desert country makes me appreciate anything that’s wild and native and grows naturally. My little balcony gardens are still doing well but that will all change once the summer heat arrives. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  25. A life changing week for you and for another lucky person who gets a beautiful wig from your hair.

    Wonderful photos of the flowers

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  26. Wow! Such an awesome page..It is lovely that your hair will help make someone else happy…and it is a weight of your shoulders, ba-dump-bump. You have beautiful pictures of your garden, and love your decorations, especially the chick on the spool. That is a great quote too. Thank you for sharing such a burst of spring. Belated happy Tea day and a wonderful Wednesday to you.

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  27. Eileen the Artful Crafter

    Such beautiful thick hair, Patty. What a generous caring gift. Your hair is still long by most standards 😉

    Your gardens and flowers are beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of them as everything comes into bloom. The chick on the spool is darling and all the grape hyacinth arrangements are lovely.

    Good luck with the braces. I finally got (much needed) braces in my 40s, but they were the metal kind. The invisalign should be much easier – but still an adjustment learning to talk and eat with them in the way.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  28. Good-Spring-morning dear one. Your ‘new’ hair is about as long as mine at the moment soulsis! I hope you get used to your braces – I never had them but it must be quite some change and strange to having those in your mouth all the time… good luck! I love your spring photos, we have ‘blauwe druifjes’ (you call them grape hyacint?) all over the city too – and beautiful weather to go with it – I want to decorate my balcony now (but it’s still a bit too early to do that – nights are cold still.) Sending warm kisses your way!

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  29. Patty!!! Congratulations on your new do and braces! You must feel like a teen again! “)
    Such a glorious post you shared today, full of spring and all things new again- perfect for Easter week!
    I do so love looking at your floral arrangement and I giggled to see you even included a dandelion! heehee
    sending love and blessings to you and your family my sweet friend! xx

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  30. Pretty amazing changes. The hair donation is such a good thing, my son’s old girl used to do it all the time and my granddaughter does too. xox

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  31. Beautiful photos. It’s wonderful to see so many flowers. It is still cold in London Canada, I’m just itching for some warm weather so that I can get out in the garden too. But for now, I’m really enjoying your photos.

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  32. Great changes, Patty. Hair and teeth, they make such a difference to our looks. I hope you are enjoying your new hair.
    All your mosaics make my artistic heart beat faster. I adore the little yellow chicken in its lovely setting and seriously love the blue heart with everything on it.
    Oh, the blue Muscari are all around in our garden too, they are so beautiful with their blue at this time of year.
    I am not sure whether to be the flower or rain today. Maybe I can be a flower in the rain? (it is raining right now).

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  33. It always feels good to change things up a bit. I love the photos, your flowers are just gorgeous!! Have a wonderful weekend!!! ~Sophia

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