Monday, July 25, 2016

Merry Christmas in July!

Yes, today is Christmas in July hosted by Kim M and my gifts came from the UK from Ellie.
First...
 all wrapped and just waiting for me to open them.
I love magazines...can't wait to sit and flip these pages. Always nice when you get one that you do not have!
then.......
a lovely red and white themed banner. I do not have any banners so this is wonderful and will look great across my archway.
next.......
a lovely set of hearts made from polymer clay, a key chain fob with  a pug! (who does not love the face of a pug) and so pretty fresh pearl earrings, and look at the felted heart made with wool from Ellie's sisters sheep...how special is this! Ellie has really spoiled me and how fun to have Christmas in July. Thank you Kim for organizing this event. Now off to send a thank you to my new friend Ellie and learn all about her. I will leave you with my gladioli that are a bright light in the kitchen this week. Thank you for stopping by and for your valued friendship and kind words. Have a great day.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Too hot to be this busy~~~~

Our Arizona summer seems to be hotter than usual but I suppose it is that I am getting old more mature. Last evening at 7:30 is was still 107 and due to the monsoon (that really has not been here) it was a bit muggy. The weather gal told me that today will be around 114 later today.  Definitely an indoor day. Since I have been up since 3 am, I decided not to waste the day...
finishing was on my mind until I ran out of ambition. First is the fish
mounted as "'my catch" I rather like her. I found a cute fishing rod at Hobby Lobby and Mr H drilled me a couple of holes for the raw hide and voila....a bit different than the fish my dad used to catch. Then it was on to the hummingbird..
I bought an unfinished wood frame and Mr H gave it a smear of pale yellow, however, the opening was not right. So Mr H thought we should find a frame to add and this one is perfect...an off color that is distressed and it fits great. Finally I finished the "sewing needle punch piece and decided to mount it on a picnic basket that I have had for over 30 years....just sitting on a shelf...
the fabric behind it will be the lining.
The basket is very well made and is one of my most favorite things. It was from a favorite place to shop and eat in Wickford, Rhode Island from very long ago.
I am deciding just how I want the lining and besides, I ran out of ambition to continue. So, you can see that I truly was busy. Now you know I have been complaining explaining our weather to you, well....I bet you did not bring into the house a complete garden hanger so the heat would not bother the plants!?
yes, Mr H did....from the front porch area to the kitchen. Luckily we have a large kitchen so having to move around it is not too bad. Pothos and Fern...truth be told I do not think they really were unhappy outside. Now, enough from me. Glad we had time to visit but I must have something to eat. Thank you for your wonderful friendship and kind words. Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Love the stormy sky

Last evening the sky looked ready to
finally give some rain...well, about ten drops fell and that was it...but the clouds were beautiful. Then, looking to the space across...
pale blue with a rainbow. Earlier yesterday morning at 3 AM I was awaken but claps of thunder and a brief shower...probably 1 minute of soft falling rain...and this is suppose to be our monsoon season. Maybe it is East and South of the Valley, but not at my house. So far this morning is overcast and they say no rain coming our way. In the meantime I am keeping busy with my needle punch project....love the new hoop system and also Nikyscreations, Sewing Basket...
I am enjoying this project. My only issue is that the measurements given are not too clear to me. So I will wait until all the stitching is complete and figure out the templates then. I asked at the quilt shop about the numbers given and they were clueless. Not going to give it any more thought at this time.  I started to let my hair grow a bit then as usual I decided to get it cut. I have kept it short for so long that it seems impossible to have it any other way. With this heat it is more comfortable to have it off my neck. The second laundry is in the washer, and I am hungry so I think a piece of seven grain bread and a cup of coffee is in order. thank you for visiting with me and most of all for your friendship and kind words. Enjoy your day.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sorry, I can't blog right now~~~~

Even though I have a headache, I must try my new Morgan Lap Stand size 7/10 inch.
I think I am going to like this for needle punch as well as other needle works. So, until our next visit, have a good day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How many days ?

The weather gal this morning said that we have had 18 days over 110 and today will be 19...so more of the same. Simply put,  hot. I got a late start with my chores today, getting up lazy with the temps in the mid 80s to start the mornings. I did manage to do2 laundries. Of course there are same ones, but still 2 done. I also worked in here
the craft closet. There is only so much to toss out...at this time. Every so often I pick a file or two and look to see if I will ever do what is in there. If not out, out it goes. I also label/re-label so I can presumably find things. Enough of the closet this week. Twice in here is about all I can do. I started another punch needle....
My friend Lil gifted the pattern to me from her stash. I admired the one she made.  Yesterday I ordered the Morgan hoop set for punch needle from Amazon. It seems that several gals like using it so I thought I would give it a go. This way my left hand should not get so sore holding griping the frame for dear life. It should arrive by Monday.  It is the 7/10 inch size.  I bet you are saying, "why is she starting another when she has finishing to do". Well, I did ask myself that question but since I did not get an answer I went ahead and starting punching. I mentioned before that Mr H has lost several plants in this heat. Now, we have this kind of heat each year, but somehow plants are not doing well this year. We have 3...3 9 foot umbrellas shading various areas of the garden but Mr H is really wanting to protect ...
I guess we could buy another umbrella. He said since it hardly rains this will do! Our entire backyard is in sun all day. I will say he is creative. This are new plants so they really hate the sun/heat right now. If they survive, the pot will be covered nicely. I have a couple of errands to do but just can not seem to get the get up and go. Oh I must show you my sweet gran-niece, Natalia Rose
The Brother Alan sent it to me yesterday...she is wearing the apron I made for her. I am so happy that my niece Elyssa has her wear it....look at that precious face.  She looks like her dad mostly, but when I saw this, Natalia does have her mom's looks too.  Two pretty special people to Mr H and me. Long distance love. Well, I must have another cup of coffee....it has been 4 hours since my last cup. I am going to have a talk with me, myself and I about getting those errands done. But I am not promising anything! I hope I did not annoy you with the pictures today and my seemingly rambling, but I am glad you stopped by. Than you for your friendship and your kind words. Hope you have a lovely day.