Monday, March 01, 2010

Hello March

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March sounds optimistic. I sometimes always have mixed emotions about Spring starting. I welcome the bright green smell in the air, and the warming up, but I am overwhelmed with the obligation to get out in the yard and do all those gardeny things that you are suppose to do in the yard with your garden and your yard in the yard around that garden thing. Its been a few years. I have been busy. For a few years. I think you are only suppose to say that about the few past days or weeks, not years. Tis true though. What was I talking about? March. Gardens. Well, the big news about this Spring is that I don't have mixed emotions. I have one emotion and that is oh good spring is coming. And right here in the spot where normal people would rattle off their revised Springy gardeny yardy intentions, I will rather say that I think I will have some time to make my outer home a more beautiful place and that perhaps there will be some planting and maybe even a vegetable thriving on the premises. Oh such thoughts! Yes, flowers sound good. But so does sewing clothes. Quilts for the girls' beds even better.

What sounds good to you? Happy Monday! Happier March! xxoo, AM

P.S. to locals!! I will be speaking at the Cumberland Valley Quilters Guild tomorrow in Franklin TN. From what I understand, non-guild members (translate to anyone) can attend this monthly meeting for a $5 admission. We're also going to have a little AM pop-up shop with fabric, patterns, books and more. Would love to see you, and sorry for the short notice! More info here.

56 comments:

  1. you just spoke my mind COMPLETELY!
    i have big plans for our garden (lots of veggies, a new sandbox, maybe a playhouse) but i'm also drawn to spend every spare minute in my sewing room. so much to do so little time.
    there'll always be compromises but there'll also be lots of rainy days for guiltfree sewing. ;)

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  2. the garden thing oiunds great but ah, we are still buried in snow here in in Tahoe. I WILL have my first veggie patch this summer though! Some spring cleaning is in order and sounds good to me!

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  3. Anna, I am so with you! I always feel like I *should* plan flowers and a veggie garden, after all, I have the tiny bit of space for it!
    But, alas - I'm going to let it slide this year as I'm going to be momma of a newborn baby in just a few weeks! I think I'll feel good if I just plant a few flowers outfront, so thats my goal this spring! No garden though, thats for sure!

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  4. I have just redone my sewing room and its hard to leave it! Luckily I have a retired DH who loves to garden so I have the best of both worlds. We're in SoCal and hosting the big family easter egg hunt so he was out yesterday starting to freshen up the pots on the deck. Looking good already.

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  5. I almost, almost, wish I had a little spot to garden. But then I would actually have to take care of it. Hmmmm....yes sewing sounds much much much better.

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  6. Give yourself some room... not all gardens are outside. You bloom all over your home. Welcome spring and whatever endeavors you have... I certainly enjoy the beautiful blossoms you nurture and tend.

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  7. Happy March! I love that spring is almost here. I have dropped by your blog often but never commented yet, however I wanted to let you know how lovely I think your blog is. It's always so inspiring to read. Hope you have a lovely week.

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  8. Just saw your fabrics on the Martha Stewart show! She made a lovely blanket with Little Folks! So so pretty! I need to place an order but I can't decide what I love most!

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  9. Ah, I can relate. The garden thing is always a bit daunting, but I'm always glad that I have put in the time when we are eating fresh veggies!
    I wish I could make it to hear you speak tomorrow! I live in Nashville, but the minivan is in the shop and I have no way to get there. Have a great time!

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  10. Totally there with ya!

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  11. I don´t have a garden, but I would like to have one, beautiful garden when my little girls can play.

    I love your blog and your work. Congratulations!

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  12. This is the time of year I am so torn between outdoors and in. I know just where you are coming from. There is so much renewal that comes with this season that you just want to start everything fresh--at the same time~!
    Anna

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  13. it's a shame that Portugal is so far away...

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  14. waiting for what I thought would be a February baby, but will actually be a March baby. trying to wrap my mind around that. gardens and spring are the farthest thing from my mind. just want to meet my son.

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  15. I live in Wisconsin and all I can think about is my garden. We are still blanketed by snow so the thought of anything green makes my heart leap.

    P.S. Good luck, Holly, with your March baby.

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  16. yes, yes, mixed emotions. spring means getting out. and the winter indoors meant i got lots of sewing done. oh well....

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  17. For me, spring and summer are always a toss up between sewing and gardening. We are waiting on our first baby any day now, and I guess a lot will depend on which one baby likes best... the hum of the sewing machine or the chipping of the birds in the garden.

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  18. I, too, have been busy for the last couple of years. I like your honest goals! :-)

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  19. March means time to start looking at the yard and garden stuff. No actual planting will occur until after Easter. Weather is always too iffy until then. I will spend plenty of time sewing this month as I await a new niece to be born sometime in April, and need to make a dress for my daughter.

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  20. It's funny, I had the same feelings today and just posted about it. It's exciting that spring is just around the corner and that there are so many projects coming up as well.

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  21. Oh my! You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for being the lovely you. Wishing even more that I could actually know you face to face.
    http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2010/02/taken-by-juliana.html

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  22. I am wanting to start my garden so bad I think I am in physical pain sometimes. Ok, that's a little dramatic, but I want spring to be here NOW! Anyway, I am beyond excited about starting my vegetable garden, if you can't tell! Still another two months away though where I live. Wish I lived in Tennessee! :)

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  23. I have been thinking of my garden, saving milk cartons to start seeds in and thinking about what I want to plant and how I want to do it---I have intentions for my intentions, LOL! It'll happen, as many things do, when it happens. I intend to plan but realistically I am a spur of the moment gal, impulsive to a fault! Personally, I'd like to sew, too! I got your book for Christmas and I've been wanting to sew, but haven't had time yet---and my studio is in a state of flux---but it'll all happen, when it happens :-) Happy March!!!

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  24. I have been feeling the same way. Similar situation, I have a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old . . . not to mention grad school and oh yeah work. I truly have been busy for last few years. But, I have been so anxious to get out in the garden lately. I keep buying magazines at the checkout counter in the grocery store.

    On a different note, I am in love with the dresses/shirts in the picture. Will you be posting more details about them soon? I hope?

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  25. i keep getting messages to start a veggie patch.. sound like a March plan..
    another March plan: buy your 'little folks' range!!! eek!

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  26. You have flowers and gardens inside your home - on your quilts and clothes and fabric you make for your family and home.
    We planted a few flowers in our front yard this weekend, only a tiny little patch, and some herbs on our back verandah. But that small amount is making me so happy - just looking at them, and thinking about them, and waiting for them to pop open their heads and show us their colours.
    But - half an hour, I won't be spending much more time doing gardening work. I hear you on the "no time these past few years", and I think you can justifiably say that you have a few good reasons.
    Enjoy your sewing or gardening, or just sitting and watching with your feet up.

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  27. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [02 Mar 01:00pm GMT]).

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  28. Oh, shoot. So close and yet not close enough to make it to the meeting! (ATL)

    I was excited about March, enjoying the outdoor weather, especially sitting on a blanket and reading on my lawn. But as I look out the window, I see the cardinal hiding under a table and turning his nose (beak?) up at the big, fat, wet snowflakes, I have a sinking feeling that this March may be as disappointing as this winter has been. I want a refund.

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  29. Ah, drat! If I had seen this two hours ago, I could have made it lol!

    I am sooooo not a gardener. My hubby isn't, either, but he's quite happy to take care of the yard. Maybe if I could train my minions to weed, we would be ok...

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  30. I wish I had a yard to grow veggies in :( All I have every spring are a few sad pots of basil on my balcony. But at least we get some tasty Caprese Salad out of it!

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  31. I know ALL about being busy for a couple of years. Also, the lure of other things.
    You know what's good, though? Bulbs. You can buy the cheapest, biggest, most varied bunch in the off-season, forget them in your fridge (or back-of-closet, as the case may be) for months, dig them in willy-nilly, get busy for a year or so, and then be surprised when they come up year and again. Some freesias I have no recollection of ever meeting have popped up on my balcony from under the pansies. The smell is drunk-makingly delicious. March, indeed!

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  32. Oh that I lived in TN and could come to your lecture and shop. Sounds like a lot of fun.

    I know everyone in the east has had enough winter for a couple of years but I'm not done with winter yet. I want (read NEED) more sewing time without the outside, yardy, responsibilities. This spring I need to pull out one mostly dead peach tree and plant a couple in it's place and put in the usual vegetable garden but I really NEED to have more time sewing first so I NEED SNOW to keep me inside!

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  33. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Thhis is the coldest Winter that we have seen in TN so far. So ready for Spring and warmer weather. I will still stay inside and sew.

    Wish I could be there to see you live but saw this post to late. DARN!!!
    Pamela
    Snuglewmn@aol.com

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  34. It all sounds good, the sewing, the gardening, little ones on the way, etc!! Joy! I love spring...my favorite thing (and this goes with the fall) is screens. Screened in porches, screen doors and windows open with that breezy smell coming in. You know, that oh so lovely springy smell! Oh, not to mention attic fans which can really pull that loveliness in! My current home has one, and my parent's home has one. I LOVED coming down the stairs with the attic fan on up stairs. Anyway, I wanted to tell you about some great music too, nothing adds more to that springy breeze than good music. If you haven't been listening to the Avett Brothers yet, then you. must. start!! My favorite, well lots of peoples' favorite...you will love them. Also, not so well known is a cd called "two flowers," by Danielle Sansone, you can look it up on Amazon. Our family loves it, the sweetest songs. They are really lullabies, simple and so good. The lyrics are too sweet and I have always wanted to comment to you about
    it ...one of the song's lines "i got so much love for you, gonna weave it in a blanket, to wrap around your heart and in your hand..." it always makes me think about all my sweet blogs I read, all those mamas makin' for their little ones! Not to mention your next book, yeah!

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  35. Shh, but I'm actually dreading spring. I'm not very mobile right now and spring brings with it the torture of not being able to go to the park with my girls, getting in the garden, or riding my bike. Sigh, at least I can still quilt.

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  36. 'Happy March' was the theme of our yesterday - we went to the park, took photos and enjoyed all of the joys of Spring.

    For me, there is no apprehension, I can't wait for the year to begin properly.

    Happy March to your family!

    Charlotte xx

    http://housewife-chic.blogspot.com

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  37. I wanted to sew ALL day today, but the awesome sun and 45 degree afternoon pulled me outside and I planted spinach. Then I ran back inside and started to sew again. I'm thinking I can do it all!!

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  38. We've still got some snow here in NJ. My hubby and 4-year old just planted seeds in little starter cups this past weekend. Last year, they planted sunflower seeds inside and the plants were big enough to give to both the grandmas for Mother's Day. So this year, they planted sunflowers again, along with some corn that my daughter insisted on. I can't wait to see them sprout! Spring? Bring it on!

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  39. i have the same hopes for spring here in memphis. i'm so overwhelmed by my empty front beds! thanks for planting the seeds of inspiration...

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  40. Yes, Spring sure does come in with a breath of fresh air and sweet smell. Anna, when is Atlanta on your list of talks/demos/meets? Would love to attend a talk. Happy gardening!

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  41. Hey Anna,
    Since I was just too shy to come up with anything clever or interesting to say to you on Tuesday morning at the quilter's guild meeting (I was the 10-month-pregnant, 20-something in the grey sweater sticking out like a sore thumb in the back of the room), I'm saying hello now! I love your work - your fabrics, your patterns, all of it - I'm a huge fan!

    I've been loving your whole Good Folks line for a while, and since your Little Folks line came out in January I've been gobbling it up in preparation for my daughter's birth this month.

    See why I didn't come up and say anything - it's nothing interesting, just "Wow, I love your work and it was a real pleasure to hear you speak!"

    Thanks for sharing and for making beautiful thing!

    Raechel

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  42. Yes, this is a good spring indeed! I can't wait to get out there and fix the garden this year. And yes, sewing projects for the family and some home decorataing as well.

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  43. Awe Raechael, I would have loved to have met you! Best wishes for your new baby and I hope I'll get to say hello next time :)

    xo,Anna

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  44. I would love to have a pattern for the pin cushion and the sewing kit pictured in your posts. If possible, please e-mail me the information for them. Thanks, Sarah

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