Friday, August 1, 2014

The Hummers are all here!

We a have a cloudy hot morning. I think we just may get some rain. There was lightening last night and some light rain during the late night so just maybe more today. You can never tell with the Monsoon season what is going on. I do know that is really affecting my asthma today. The laundry #3 is in the dryer and Hummingbird Garden is ready for a frame...
I am so pleased with it. I had  to walk away a few times just to relax from the confetti stitching, but it really is pretty. I know just the frame I plan to get. It matches the one for Clematis as this will hang with that. I did of course make a change. I did not like the fence posts entirely outlined, so I did a skipping of stitches and only on one side. One hummer is not exactly in the spot... off by maybe a stitch or two but I did not think it would make a big difference. Mr H really likes it. I also finished the ornament but do not have quite the right backing fabric, so that will wait until I get that when I go to Jo Ann's on Sunday for my Tatting Meet-up.There are 2 gals who stopped in Jo Ann's asking about our group but I can never reach them by phone! My last try is today! I have been so busy with my cross stitching that I have not been tatting....I look forward to the push of being with The Debra to have shuttle in hand again. I hope to begin work on Elizabeth, the pincushion doll soon. I have such high expectations of myself to do all these things! It is time for another cup of coffee and a few minutes of relaxation before I tackle the next thing. Glad you came by today and whatever yu do, enjoy your day.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mail and a Hummer

Love to get mail... I know we all do. My Round Robin exchange from Heather arrived...
isn't it pretty. I requested that my partners stitch flowers for me. I have mailed out to her and hope she gets it soon. But we all know how finicky the mail can be and especially with a custom form attached. I am not sure what/how I will use my pieces. I know some of you have a tree that remains up all year long with this or that on it...a thought.  I am just about finished with my next RR exchange piece. This has been my first RR and it has been fun. I love doing exchanges!
There is a new Hummingbird in the garden...
and a rose bush has grown. Our little rose bush has not been doing well with all this heat. If it can make it through the rest of the summer and winter, I think it will be a pretty bush next year. Yesterday as I drove home the temp was 110. Taking care of the garden is a challenge.  Mr H just planted some sunflower seeds; he is very persistent. This morning the Desert Mobile goes to the Hyundai dealer for a scheduled check-up so I hope to get some stitching done while I wait. Usually getting there for 7 am, a first appointment and it might take an hour so I wait instead of coming back home then having to go back out in a short time. I also picked up the new Piecework magazine yesterday so I will have something to read instead of a golf magazine in the waiting area.  In my neighborhood as a child we did not play golf...we played horseshoes and of course bocce. I can't see hitting a tiny ball and then going to find it and hit it again...All those golf carts. Out here we have them driving on some of the streets.... a hazard, but that is another story for another time. Speaking of time, thank you for sharing some of your time with me today. Thank you for the kind words and friendship...have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A blueberry story

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on our Arizona Bound journey. I will tell you this: we are still very happy to be living here in Arizona, we are sad that we no longer have our "passengers" from the journey with us, We never did find the box of pans! and remember we did a final check through the house when loading the truck, still a mystery. We have seen so many changes in Arizona since moving here as well in the people we have met. This weekend, we said goodbye to Joe, our next door neighbor who passed away. We will have a void in our lives. His wife Louise is still with us and I hope for a long time to come. Truth be told, we both feel our ages about now! From time to time I may post from the journal that I kept for the first year... just some experiences you may like to read about.  On to my stitching. I finally got to frame Blueberries...
I found the frame in a second hand store for $2.00...not bad and have it temporarily hanging for this picture....not sure where in the kitchen it will be. I really had to stitch this. You see, I have some wonderful memories as a little girl picking blueberries in the wild. We spent many a summer weekend at the lakeside home of a "family" member. The house was steps from the water edge and circling the lake was a wooded area with many many blueberry bushes. We  would pick and eat and pick and eat. To this day whenever I eat a blueberry I remember those wonderful days.
I also started a Christmas ornament for my tree on the linen that I dyed...
excuse the wrinkles as I am stitching this without a hoop. I love the tree... it is stitched with a closed herringbone stitch which adds so much texture. The tiny sheep is stitched with 2 strands over one in tent stitch which also gives them feeling. I am loving this one. I just may make it again for a gift. I am off to work today...I have been enjoying this one day a week schedule.... more time for stitching!
I am so pleased we get to spend time together... wouldn't it be nice if we met in person?! In the meantime, thank you for the kind words and hope you have a wonderful day.
I would like to share a picture I took last night ....
love the clouds and especially at sunset....