How does one, who has a brown thumb, manage to create lovely Disney-inspired topiaries? One doesn't. One simply heads to Florida during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. We have been able to attend this festival to celebrate my birthday for the past five years or so. Thankfully, our timeshare makes it all possible and affordable for us. And, of course, how could I not snap a picture of this little pixie for my blog when all my projects right now are inspired by her?
Before I get too ahead of myself with all the flowers and stuff, I'll go ahead and post a few updates on my projects. The projects have been slow going as of late since my dad was in the hospital for two weeks and is just starting his second week at a rehab center. The long visits to the hospital have tapered off, and we are just visiting every other day or so for now. I'm starting to feel like things are getting back to "normal" [knocking on wood].
Here are a couple of pictures of the Tinkerbell quilt. The top is completed. The pictures show what it looks like with both the first border and then the second border added. It's nice to be done with this one.
And just in case you didn't think this post was heavy enough with Tink, here is where I am at with the cross stitch piece. Only two more sections to go before it's finished, too. I am so excited.
Now for a quick review and highlight photos for the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival. What we loved:
- Free "Garden Rocks Concert Series". While we were there, Jon Secada, Dennis DeYoung of STYX, and The Pointer Sisters all gave live concerts. These concerts are included in the cost of your admission. The only concert I could convince my hubby to attend was with Dennis DeYoung. Yes, we were welcomed to the grand illusion. This was one of hubby's favorite bands in his teen years.
|Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx|
- The "Butterflies on the Go" walk through area. Lots of beautiful butterflies flying around.
- The "Outdoor Kitchens" kiosks with lots of great food. There were 15 kiosks this year, and I think we tried something at each one of them. Hmm...maybe I'll have to a blog entry with all my foodie pictures.
|Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue|
- Beautiful Disney-inspired topiaries. There were three new topiaries this year. Here are some of my favorites this year...actually, they're all my favorites.
|Bambi, Thumper, and Flower|
|Andrea, Lance, and Figment|
The Fab Five:
|Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy|
|Donald and Pluto|
|Goofy and His Bestie|
|Peter Pan Keeping an Eye On Things From Above|