Big news people!!! I've been stitching!!!
I know ... it's hard to believe but it's true.
Last Monday was the Canada Day holiday
and I plunked myself down in a chair on our
deck in the afternoon and stitched away on
my PS Summer sampler. The square is
almost done. Just some blue sky and border
to stitch. I'm quite pleased with my
choice out of the four possibilities offered
which is a relief. I dithered and fretted over
which of the squares would suit me before
committing to the butterfly square.
A close up of the square. It was so nice
to just sit outside with the birds chirping,
the sun shining ... and our neighbour's
air conditioner roaring in the background.
I haven't concentrated on a stitching
project for that length of time (an entire
afternoon) in ages. I need to do it more
This week was a tough one at work. It was
first of the month which is our busiest time
but this month's first was the busiest that we've
been in a long time. Both Wednesday and
Thursday we worked late, although I don't
work as late as the others in my department
because it takes me too long to get home from
And it was stinkin' hot this week too which
made any time spent out of doors a real
ordeal. Walking home from the train
station was not pleasant in that heat and
especially so when it included a pretty
steep hill to hike up.
So when I arrived home one night and found
a package waiting for me it gave me such an
energy boost. Last month I was the lucky
winner of a gift certificate to 123 Stitch
curtesy of the delightful and generous
Mary Ann of Just Stitching to celebrate
her birthday. Now usually when it's your
birthday you're suppose to receive gifts
not give them out. However, as I said,
Mary Ann is a generous soul and she
gave the readers of her blog the opportunity
to win a shopping spree at a fabulous
online store. I still can't believe that I
I decided on two charts from Silver Creek
Samplers, including Dandy Dreams which
I first saw on Maggie's blog a while ago.
Her's stitched up so beautifully and looked
so sweet when it was framed I just couldn't
get it out of my mind. So now I can
stitch my own pretty sampler whenever I
am ready to do so.
I also ordered a few K&Co. scrap booking
embellishment packs since 123 Stitch also
sells some scrap booking stuff. So I
managed to cover my two crafting
obsessions with one gift certificate!!
Many thanks to Mary Ann for making
my week easier to bear!
I took a stroll around the deck and garden
today and snapped some pictures of our
many pots to share with you. And also
to keep as a record for reference when
next Spring rolls around again and I'm
trying to remember what flowers worked
best in which pots or planters the previous
Martha Washington geraniums are so pretty, aren't
Chippy was hanging around last weekend when
DH and I sat out on the deck for dinner. Guess
he was hoping for a handout or something. Since
he's figured out how to a) climb the pole to the
bird feeders to help himself to the seed there plus
b) he's found a way to get into the shed where
the seed bags are stored, even when the door is
shut and locked and he's helping himself to that
bounty as well. Cheeky nuisance. Good
thing he's cute!!
More shots of the newly decorated living room.
The built in storage and display area with
drawers for linens and cupboards for other
stuff plus nice deep shelves above for the
displaying of the nicer things.
And of course there is now a built in bookcase
for my collection of Folio Society books and
my National Geographic books. Storage
below for CDs and photo albums. I love
it so much!! Note new hard wood floors.
No more carpet. Which means the
fur from our two cats has free range and
tumbles across the floor like tumbleweeds
in the desert ...followed by an annoyed me
with the vacum cleaner hose!!!
All that fur rolling across my floors. I
keep checking the cats to see if they're
cold because they surely must have lost all
their fur and are lying around the house
Nope, just lying there ... growing
Another view of the corner next to the
window. Looky ... we have crown
Hope all you folks down in the States
where the temperatures are much
worse then they were here are keeping
cool as you can under the circumstances.
Thanks for visiting!!