Nature’s beauties and giveaway winners

Hi everyone,

first – sorry to be late and not post the giveaway winners yesterday! 🙁
This blog post was half-written last night before I just fell asleep – together with the laptop on my lap! Sheeesh….
Figured it was better not to stumble through it half-asleep, so here I am on this beautiful sunny (but cold) Tuesday morning – hope yours is great too!

So the random number generator was at work again and it said:

1. First winner is comment – number 1!!!

Congratulations!! Hey Marjorie – you said you hate being first but it was lucky this time!

And the second winner is – comment number 9!!

Congratulations Karen O!!

Both of you ladies have a choice of ANY of the two patterns and also a choice of having it sent as a paper pattern or as an E-pattern (instant download on your computer) – just let me know which one you want!
Thank you again to ALL of you leaving me such lovely comments, I appreciate it very much!

Now that was fun! However, fun will not end there – I spy, I spy….another Blog Hop Party with giveaways coming real soon!! – yes Michelle from the Quilter’s Gallery is doing it again, so stay tuned! 🙂

I have to share with you my lovely Sunday outing. My husband and I both love plants and our recent mild passion is orchids. Fortunately for us, here in Buffalo we have a real gem – Buffalo Botanical Garden, that has an Orchid Show every winter. So we went this passed Sunday and…oh my! Is it enough if I say that I took over 480 photos? I DID!! Crazy, I know….but I simply couldn’t resist.
Just look at this:

Or some of these:

Or the really tiny and unusual ones:

But what is really great is that Botanical Garden has so much more nature’s beauty to share:

Koi pond!

Spectacular bonsai collection

Spectacular waterfall !

Oh and there is so much more…I might have to post few at the time! 🙂

And just one more thing I have to share with you – found another great site, where you can so easily translate your favorite photos into a palette of colors! Palette Builder lets you do it with just one click! Look at some of mine:

How amazing is that?! I can see some great quilt colors here…:)

Have a great Tuesday everyone,