Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mosaic Monday: All Things Beautiful



I don't know if it is all the snow and rain we had over the past months, but the flowering trees here are amazingly beautiful this year. The crabapple in our front yard has flowered almost overnight, filled with a gorgeous pink set off by russet leaves. And it smells divine! I couldn't resist snipping a few branches to bring inside and enjoy. :)

We took my mother-in-law to visit her husband today, in the rehab facility. She suffers from a type of dementia that often makes it seem as if she lives in another world. But the sight of the flowering crabapple trees along the road had her exclaiming with joy. And that was so beautiful to hear. :)

Thank you for all your get well wishes and your words of congratulation. I am so very appreciative of the time you take to leave a note for me; each and every one of you make my day brighter! I have been trying really hard to rest my hand, and it's feeling a little better. I think a little further rest may be required, so this may be another light blogging week. :)

Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post. The post may be about any subject you wish. The only stipulation is that it include a collage, or mosaic of photos.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline

And a quick reminder: if you would like to join Mosaic Monday but don't know quite where to start, there is a tutorial on mosaic-making on my sidebar. Just scroll down, and click on the small blue mosaic.

58 comments:

  1. I am admiring the cluster of blooms. Very lovely!

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  2. It looks as if your long winter is over ... your crab apple blossoms are captured so beautifully in your photography. Sit back, rest your hand, and enjoy the spring show!

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for hosting!
    Sherry

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  4. I am in awe of how beautiful the Crabapple trees are and love that you added the whimsical pin as decoration.

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  5. That is so beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

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  6. Beautiful pictures. You always have the most beautiful mosaics! I am so glad that your hand is feeling better. Hope it continues to feel better.

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  7. The blossoms are lovely! Ours bloomed a while ago, and I still miss them! ::Jill

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  8. What beautiful blossoms. The sparkler is an added bonus. V

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  9. The jewel tones of that crabapple juxtaposed with the pretty broach...wowzer! It is amazingly beautiful. If you could hear us, you'd hear echoes of your sweet mother-in-law's delight.

    Keep resting until your hand is feeling 100%. No sense in pushing these things. Have a wonderful week, Mary. Thanks for all you do to make Mosaic Monday possible!

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  10. Stunning photos...thank you for sharing that lovely moment of joy with us...Hope your hand is doing much better soon.

    Blessings Kelsie

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  11. You know what else it is? We've had a chilly spring - and they've kept their flowers longer. At least, that's what I believe. The spring bulbs lasted longer, as well. Good to see you again. I have much catching up to do.

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  12. Mary, your photos are beautiful and I can see why they would bring your mother-in-law so much joy. Dementia can be such a difficult path for all involved, I'm glad that she could appreciate the beauty of Spring with her family.

    You are very disciplined to allow yourself recovery for your hand, not blogging....this too can be difficult, especially when you really have something that you want to share.

    Heal well.

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  13. The crab apples blossoms must smell so delightful!

    I'm glad to hear that your hand is feeling better...contine to let it heal. So happy about your other blog being included in Artful Blogging!

    Hugs, Pat

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  14. Absolutely beautiful!!! Cathy

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  15. Just beautiful Mary. Sorry to hear you are having problems with your hand. Hope all is well soon.

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your hand. I know how my hand aches after spending too much time at the computer. Sometimes we need to step away.

    Lovely photos and your mother-in-law must have enjoyed seeing them so much.

    Congratulations on Artful Blogging!

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  17. Congrats Mary on your Artful Blogging issue. Hope you hand is better soon. I have been through periods of that too. Rest is the best medicine. Such a nice story about you MIL. I knew the heartache of the dementia with my mom too.Blessings
    QMM

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  18. Hello Mary
    Pink and silver look lovely together and the pink blossoms are dazzling by themselves.
    Judith

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  19. The flowers are stunning. What a beautiful sight and I am so sure you are ready for winter to be over. Hugs, Marty

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  20. Each blossom a lovely spring work of art. And you so masterfully show their natural beauty off!
    Yvonne

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  21. I'm so happy to hear that about your mom.
    Beautiful crabapples. I'm going to the bookstore tomorrow!

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  22. Bless her heart.
    Beautiful photos, Mary.

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  23. Beautiful post and blossoms!
    Thanks for hosting!
    Cricket

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  24. beautiful blossom! so glad I found you! just added my link, looking forward to discovering more mosaics too!

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  25. Beautiful I would love to participate next time!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  26. Beautiful crabapple, still waiting for mine. But definitely getting there!

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  27. LOVELY photographs Mary! Wish you a great week ahead!

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  28. Oh Mary, such lovely photographs. Crabapple blossoms in all their glory. And the sparkly pin adds just the right amount of bling.

    I hope your hand feels better soon. Take time to let it heal. Have a wonderful week.

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  29. How gorgeous! Love all Mary!
    Happy new week.

    "Regina"

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  30. Beautiful pictures, as usual :)

    Greetings from Polish.

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  31. Mary this is just stunning and your right ..Beautiful..Beautiful xox

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  32. Your photographs are wonderful as ever. This Spring our flowers and blossoms have been marvellous too over the pond, as you can see on my blog!!

    How lovely the joy your MIL found in the blossom as do we all.

    Congratulations on the magazine inclusion.

    Hope your hand is better soon as I miss all your blogging and photographs!!

    Jackie in Surrey.

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  33. Thank you for these wonderful photo's, the charm of our day!
    Best wishes,
    Markus

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  34. Oh Mary, I don't know what is more beautiful, those magnificent crabapple Blossoms or your heartwarming story!

    I sure miss Crabapples, we used to eat them as children 'til our tummies hurt! *smiles* Alas, apple trees don't thrive in a Desert and because we get little or no frost they would never bear a Harvest, so it has been many decades since I have enjoyed the scent, sight and tastes of what the Crabapple Tree produces. Thankyou for the lovely photos to remind me... what a beautiful Mosaic they have made!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  35. Indeed all things beautiful... specially in Pink! Lovely shots and hope your mil gets better soon.

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  36. Beautiful and heart warming post. It is has been a spectacular spring for blossom here in Italy as well this year.

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  37. Your pictures of the crabapple blossoms are exquisite. We're having a beautiful spring here as well.

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  38. Gorgeous flowers, and just glorious to see on a gloomy Monday morning for me!

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  39. It has been an exceptional spring in our part of the country as well -- in good and bad ways. I've seen things bloom here that I've never seen before and the blooms seem more abundant and bright that ever before.

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  40. Wow, you outdid yourself this time! Thanks for hosting!

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  41. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Mary! And to mix in the sparkly silver and jewels.... just amazing! So glad you are getting some beautiful flowers now!

    (and I don't remember if I congratulated you or not... but congratulations! You deserve it!)

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  42. Such a fantastic sight. Your crabapple-photos are marvelous.

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  43. Apple blossom just says May to me.
    Your shots are simply gorgeous, Mary.

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  44. I just came over from Bohemian Valhalla. Those are amazing shots of the crabapple blossoms!! I am loving Mosaic Monday!

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  45. My Mom in Connecticut mentioned the same thing you did about the flowering trees. Her magnolias were so full of blossoms this year. She said she does not remember it being so full! We both thought it must be ALL the snow that you all had this winter.

    In fact, she even noticed her bulb flowers were coming up and blooming like never before also.

    Hope your hand is soon feeling much better!

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  46. Ever so subtle...Lovely post. Joining you again :)

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  47. The shades of pink in these blooms are incredible! Beautiful! Thanks for Mosaic Monday! ♥♥♥

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  48. Oh, SOOooooo beautiful, Mary! I'm glad that your hand is feeling a bit better. Rest up! =] Spring came to VT, this week and I feel like myself again! It's hard to resist spending all day outside - especially with the camera.

    Love, Me xo

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  49. Take care of you!....smiles.

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  50. Yes, I have been cutting branches for the house, Hope the Lilacs are good this year, love to drive with the windows open, Camden Maine smells of Lilac.

    yvonne

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  51. My crab apple is just starting to burst and I really hope it remains cool because I think that is why they last so long...Your mosaic is breath taking!!

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  52. what gorgeous blooms - I have never seen them, so thankyou for sharing.

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  53. Absolutely stunning, beautiful images, Mary. That rich pink color against the dark background is a perfect contrast. And the addition of the jewel? Just lovely. Don't worry about answering – rest your hand. xoxo – g

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