This is the fourth member of "my" guild to have a blog. Not bad at all, I think - the guild isn't really huge or anything. The other bloggers are Big Dog (Indigo Rain), Bzz*Bzz*Bee (Everybody Loved Clark), and yours truly. :-)
Wow, I am exhausted! The In-Laws sure have some serious energy... hard to keep up! :-) They visited with us from Friday 'til Sunday. After a solo cage-cleaning session on Monday I was pretty much pooped and ready to get back to work, so that I could "rest back up". I miss them already though!
So, after a very productive holiday weekend, we now have:
- brand new PVC pipes instead of the old, rusted iron pipes(I wish that FIL had not shown me the old ones... yuck!)
- new break pads on my car (I was told that I did not have a whole lot left to play with...)
- most all flower-beds without weeds and a new set of pretty annuals in the front corner bed
- trees and bushes trimmed and happy
- a dish washer that does not leak (took DH ~4 hrs on Sunday to fix due to a defective part from Home Depot...)
- a beautiful hand-crafted spool cabinet (built by FIL - I bragged about this one in my last post. I am rubbing my hands while thinking about all the goodies that I can stash away in it!)
- a gorgeous and very cool new seat cushion cover made by MIL. I picked up the fabric at IKEA. It is of upholstery quality with a trendy print that I simply love. Check out the serious craftsmanship in the close-up pic!:
Well, in all honestly, I really did not work that hard... see, I still had time to start and finish this pretty kit, Jacaranda (30-6665), from Fremme. I have another kit from the same series that I hope to pick up soon (Goldcrest, 30-6664). I am picturing these finished very simply (just laced over cardboard) and resting in frame stands on the living-room mantle. I hope that it will look as simple and elegant as I am imaging that it will.... Not so sure though - things tend to look quite different in my head than in reality, I have discovered.
I love how Fremme's designers manage to get so much detail and beauty in with just a few select floss colors. I know, I have already said it before a hounded times over! Anyway, I think that this design only uses 13 colors all together! I especially love the fresh green shade - very crisp. I am also a stitcher who enjoys larger fields of the same color. Confetti is not may idea of fun! Stitching, that is.
I have probably mentioned it before, but I keep some of my pieces pretty smooth while I stitch by rolling up the linen and holding on to the roll. It actually works really well! If you like me, are an in-hand stitcher, this may be something that you could try out.
Yesterday night, I started on Moonriders and Crowjackers from Just Nan. I have been thinking about starting them for about 4 months or so now, so I just couldn't take delaying it any longer. I got "Jinx" and "Jasper" stitched up in a couple of evenings and "Jack" will hopefully pop up on the linen tomorrow. The Crowjackers look a little bit more complex (confetti galore...), so they may take a bit longer. I may even finish them up as ornies next weekend - only 3 workdays left!!! (Oh, and yes - I know that I am extremely frugal with my linen, but this was one of those "bargain cuts" and I felt that the color was just right; a dusty lavender with a layer of a gray tinge on top.)
Other than that, not much to report. We finally got some rain here today after being by-passed on Saturday. We got the thunder, the lightning, the winds, and very long noses (= not a drop of rain). Today, we got a good much-needed down-pour, so I know that the garden is thrilled! DH was less than thrilled, since he was scheduled to play a soccer match that got cancelled.
I absolutely love the sound of rain. That and a bunch of different bird-calls, especially sea-gulls, are my favorite sounds. I also like the sounds of chickadees and crickets, but I may be in the minority there?
Here are some evening pictures from a freshly washed garden. Note the butterfly bush that has just started to bloom in the second photo. After a rough yesteryear in the back yard with DH trimming it down to the ground with the mower on a weekly basis, I felt like this poor fighter deserved something better. I can almost hear the collected sighs of relief from all the branches....
Well, I can not believe that it is past Midnight. Again!!!!
Gotta' get ready and jump into bed.
Talk with you in a bit and Happy Sticthing.