I’m absolutely loving having more light in the evening. I finished up work at 5:30, grabbed some dinner, and we were out walking by 6:30. It was wonderful to be out in shirt sleeves, with no rain, and so many different things blooming — and our entire three-mile walk was in daylight. Spring has arrived all of the sudden.
I’ll share some photos further down in this post… but first…
I wanted to finish up this Aboriginal fabric Frankenbag tonight. So I dug in after our walk and got it all put together. The little bit of prep work I did last night meant I was able to get right to work sewing and assembling.
Here’s the finished bag.
I really like all these dark fabrics. And the bag will be really practical. Might have to keep this one for myself.
Here’s the other side of the bag.
Here’s some detail of the bag.
I LOVE that red fabric on the inside! Gah!
Now I have no idea what I’m going to make next. Maybe another octopus bag combined with Aboriginal fabrics. Thinking of going the blue and purple route this time. I’ll have to see what mood I’m in tomorrow night.
Oh, and I think I’m going to dig into scraps and make another pile of key fobs. I’ve actually given away almost all of the ones I made previously.
Ok, now for some photos of everything blooming around my neighborhood.
Cherry trees! They are kind of a thing in Portland. These are ornamental. The blooms are the softest pink and they just glow in the sunlight. The picture doesn’t do them justice.
And this magnolia tree is just loaded with these amazing purple blooms. And the tree itself it so pretty.
This next tree is in my next door neighbor’s yard. I’m not sure what it is… gardenia? Camelia? Not sure, but it’s really pretty. That bloom is about four inches across.
My plant identification app told me that this pretty pink bloom was a peach.
There are lots of flowering plums and apples everywhere. You can smell them in the air.
I’m starting to see the first azaleas blooming. There will be a lot more of these coming!
Lots of things low to the ground blooming too.
I don’t know what this one is and I didn’t check my app. But it’s pretty.
And the candy tuft is one of my favorite spring bloomers.
Oregon grape is another really lovely aromatic plant. It’s considered an invasive species.
And this lovely bush is a red-flowering currant. The blooms are so delicate.
All this and spring is just getting started!