The day before John and I left for Florida a beautiful dragonfly arrived in our garden. He wouldn't turn around so I could take a photo of his back, but he hung around long enough for me to grab my camera.
We mostly have the blue/green dragonflies in our garden, but I haven't seen one of these guys. He is spectacular and I certainly hope he liked our garden enough to come back.
I need to study more about dragonflies so I can learn how to attract them. I know they like water and we are planning on putting in a waterfall and small pond.
We've been trying to attract bats, too. But, so far our bat house is empty.
Like a dummy I left my camera at the condo we are staying at in Orlando so don't have photo's of the grandchildren. Yet. Both Kieran and Kayleigh are spending two nights with us so I'll have plenty of opportunities to take photos.
Neither of us had our camera's so we pulled out our iPhone's and Fran took the photo, which we'll use to help promote the cruise.
I bought the full line of Judy's new fabrics and can't wait to get home and start making a doll with them. I'll also make a complimentary item to go along with the doll. Not sure what it will be yet, but needle books and sewing kits have been a passion of mine lately.
We next headed to a golf clubhouse where the DeLand of Dolls were meeting. Annie Hesse was teaching her fabulous beaded face doll.
I had emailed Cathy and Linda about the group letting me borrow some of the dolls they've made from my patterns and books for the DVD series I'll be doing later this month. They told me Annie was teaching, so we had to stop by. Both to pick up the dolls and see the members, and to see Annie.
This doll group is loaded with talent. That is one of the reasons I wanted to collect dolls. Plus, it was an added bonus that they were having a workshop and I could see nearly everyone. I'm afraid it was a quick visit as I didn't want to disrupt the class with Annie.
The following photo's are of the group busily beading their dolls heads. Those of you who take classes and haven't had this one with Annie, you need to get in touch with her. She's fun and the beading technique is not hard at all. In fact, it is really quite relaxing and so rewarding.
Next post I will have photo's of the grandchildren. They are all growing up way too fast.
In the meantime, enjoy the last few weeks of summer.