I can't wait for my hydrangeas to bloom this year! Two of the bushes that I planted a few years ago had a ton of flowers on them last year. A third bush had no flowers at all for some reason. Now this year, all three of them are full with ready to bloom heads, about 20 on each! On the left here is a photo with the first head starting to bloom. I can't wait to get there this weekend to see how they are opening. Two bushes are purple and I think the third (the one that didn't bloom last year) has pink flowers. I love hydrangeas, especially at the Shore. Last year I dried a few heads and pressed some of the flowers in books. I'm lucky the bushes are growing at all after be trampled by roofers this Spring. Today I think I'm going to run down to Home Depot, because I want to get some window flower boxes to put on the cottage.
Last Saturday I set aside some time to do some sewing for myself. I made a dress from the cool 1940s blue Bemberg rayon that I bought at a local antique shop several months ago (5 yards for $10) and the pattern came from ebay. The fabric is soft and cool, perfect for Summer. The top I made from some fabric that came from my Grandmother. I don't know how old the fabric is, but it does have an older washed-out kind of look, which I really liked. I made the outline shape by copying another blouse that I had. The fabric was a small piece, so I ended up with a seam down the middle. I trimmed the seam with pink piping to make the seam a little better looking. I added the green ribbon to the waist to give it a little more shape too.