Sunday, August 5, 2012

August's Apron Give-Away

This month I was inspired by my beautiful hydrangeas in the garden.  They're one of my favorite flowers and the colours are just magnificent this year.



They were also our Kelly's favorite and she carried blue hydrangeas for her wedding and her attendants carried white ones.
Me and my daughters, Erin and Kelly~May 2006
The rules are the same--just comment on any of the posts this month and you're entered!  It's that simple, that easy. 

Today, is National Sister Day and I'm missing my sister, whose birthday is tomorrow, but I'd like to also say Happy Sister Day to all the women of the Traveling Apron, which was started by Meggie, went to Elaine, to Scarlet, to Jane, to Deb, and is now with Zaza!  My mother would be smiling!

35 comments:

  1. Lovely pic!
    Hydrangeas are one of my faves too... I have 4 in my front yard and one more potted plant on the deck. The apron is gorgeous!
    DeniseB

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  2. What a sweet photo of you and your daughters. I have 2 girls, too. Lovely apron. Please do throw my name into the tea-pot. Love being part of the Sisterhood. Very special. Hugs, Deb

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    1. I'm so happy to call you sister! XOXO

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  3. I love those flowers and have planned them for our garden...they remind me of the UK. A beautiful photograph of three lovely ladies, one of whom I am honoured to call sister.
    Jane xxx

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  4. Love the beautiful hydrangeas. And such a sweet family picture.

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    1. It was such a beautiful day and we miss Kelly so much--I planted the blue hydrangea bush after she passed away in her memory. The bush has always had an abundance of blooms! XOXO

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  5. Hello Susan,
    Here I am commenting before I forget....I would hate for this giveaway to pass me by!
    Beautiful photographs...and spectacular apron....gorgeous bright colours.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

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    1. That's all it takes--fingers crossed too!

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  6. dear susan, the photo is beautiful. i love that you planted a hydrangea in kellys memory, it's just perfect. i'm so glad we've 'met' and i'm so happy to see you now too.
    love that your mom would be smiling and love your apron too.
    xxx

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    1. I'm so glad we've met too! Sharing your life has enriched mine and your friendship is so greatly appreciated. XOXO

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  7. Wow, what a beautiful apron, the photo just made it look like a garden not an apron!!
    Beautiful as always Susan!

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    1. It's bold, but I was going for that look to trumpet the last days of summer and celebrate a flower that I associate with Kelly.
      I'm glad Kristie got to be home with you for awhile...are you going there when the baby is born?? XOXO

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  8. Hi, Susan! My name is Yuka, Kathy Nakata's sister-in-law. I love all your creations(Kathy often sends me Susan updates). Hydrangea is my favorite flower! Loved all the pictures, including your beautiful girls. And I have to tell you that I really enjoy your postings about your baked good, yum!

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    1. Hi Yuka...I remember you when you took one of my first flower classes with Kathy. Welcome!

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  9. Happy Sister Day dear Susan. The photograph of you with your girls is beautiful - such treasured memories, and wonderful that the hydrangea you planted in Kelly's memory has bloomed so abundantly.x

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    1. The blue hydrangea bush is right outside my studio window and is so heavy with blooms, the branches bend over. A wonderful memory that I hold dear in my heart of gardening with Kelly. I'm so happy to call you my sister, XOXO

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  10. Don't have a sister but would like to wish all the sisters out there a Happy Birthday.
    Susan love your august apron. your garden looks beautiful.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. You have "stamping sisters"...all over the country! XOXO

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  11. Happy Sister Day! When I was a little girl I used to get a bit grumpy about only having brothers...and now I have lots of lovely sisters, and it is every bit as wonderful as I knew it would be! The photograph of you and your girls is beautiful, the family resemblance so strong between you. Thinking of you, Susan.xx

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  12. How funny you say that about the resemblance--an ENT physician I knew at the hospital I worked at once said, "You and your daughters all have the same lips!!" Erin reminds me so much of my mother in her face, but it was Kelly who was petite like her. My mom was barely 5 feet tall and my dad almost 6 feet! We say, she was still the boss:-D
    I'm glad I have you as a sister too and look forward to trip abroad to one day meet you and Scarlet--I'm anxious to see the countryside you blog about:-)

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  13. Oh, Susan, I'm so sorry I missed reading your post yesterday. The wish is still from my heart, "Happy Sister Day".

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    1. Meggie, I understand. You've got a lot on your plate with the move, but I wanted you to know, I do think of you as a sister--love you, XOXO

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  14. Beautiful apron and lovely memories! We had hydrangeas in Virginia, but sadly it's just too hot and sunny at my house. lv, me

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    1. Except for this past weekend, our temperatures stay in the 70s for most of the summer and the hydrangeas love it. They are just a spectacular flower worth celebrating! BTW--Happy Sister's Day to you too! I do believe we're kindred spirits that were separated at birth:-D XOXO

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  15. What a beautiful photo of you with your daughters! My older daughter also had a May wedding.
    The hydrangeas are spectacular. And I didn't even realize the apron was an apron at first--I thought it was a flower arrangement of sorts.

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  16. I know, the apron is a "burst" of color and I probably didn't do it justice by photographing it on my granite countertop:-(
    Both our daughters were married in May! XOXO

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  17. What a beautiful photo, my friend. I almost couldn't tell which one was "mom" and which were the daughters. How beautiful and young you are! :-)

    Hydrangeas always remind me of a scene from my favorite movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."

    Have a wonderful day full of Love and Ladybug Hugs!

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  18. You are a dear friend! And, I know why we're soul mates--My favorite movie is also "It's a Wonderful Life!" My cat Bailey was named for George Bailey and I have a sign above my kitchen door, that Kelly gave me, which says, "It's a Wonderful Life."
    Even at the worse times in my life, I always think about George saying, "I wish I had never been born..." and what happens because he wasn't. I have to believe there is a reason for everything, even if it's bad; it's how we handle it that determines our strength. Ladybug hugs to you too, XOXO

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  19. I have an addition to aprons. I really need to practice my sewing skills. This is a beautiful print. I cannot wait to see what you make for Christmas....yes, I am already looking forward to Christmas

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    1. OyE!! That should say addiction

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    2. I have to say,so do I--such a strong memory of my mother (and grandmothers) cooking in the kitchen. In fact, I have a photo of one of my grandmothers in her "house dress and apron"--an outfit she wore everyday!
      I have already started to think about my Christmas cards because I know I'm going to be too busy with another book in the works to wait until November. XOXO

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  20. Should've commented earlier (the sticky cake! oh, my word!!) but wanted to let you know someone from Minneapolis is "in the house" and that I adore aprons!!

    :-)

    Pearl

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    1. I love that you've stopped by--I have several friends from Minnesota and one of my favorite authors writes about the area--Joann Fluke. Welcome! XOXO

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