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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Away We Ride SAL

I hope everyone out there in blogland has had a good week.  If you are searching for summer, come to Seattle.  We are out to break a record of the most days over 80 degrees since they have been  keeping  weather records!! Well, on to a more cheerful subject!(I don't like hot weather at all!).  Ranae at the blog "Stitch by Stitch"  and Kaye at the blog "Kitten Stitching"  have joined me in stitching the BBD ,"Away We Ride".  I'm so happy to have them with me.  Anyone else who would like to join is very welcome.  We have just started. It's a fun Halloween design that I will be keeping up all year!

 I am stitching on 32 count lambswool with the floss that is recommended. I did a happy dance when the outer border met! At this point, I plan to start some of the inside of the design.  I'll add the other borders later.  The vine design takes quite a bit of time.

I am enjoying this and hope my hand holds out.  It is giving me problems.  I think I need a new hand to match my new knee!!!!
We had a great day out at the lighthouse so I will put those pictures on tomorrow.  More "Away We Go Next Thurs.!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Take a Field Trip

There is small town on the Olympic Peninsula called Sequim.  Every year in July  they have a lavender festival.  We try to go up a few days before or after as there are lots of people at the festival itself.  There are many lavender farms that you can visit, the most famous is Purple Haze. I think I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

 Most farms have row after row of different varieties of lavender.

 How about sitting for a spell! It sure smells good!

Dry lavender anyone?

 I love the yellow and lavender combination.

 How about some lavender and white chocolate ice cream?

 The town is very close to the Straits of Juan De Fuca. It was a warm day and when we drove down here, we lost about 15 degrees!

This is the Dungeness  Light House.  It's a good thing my camera takes long distance photos  as the lighthouse is about 5 miles out on the spit of land. If you want to walk out here, you had better be sure to go at low tide! We haven't made this walk although, we do love a shorter walk on the spit.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this very pretty part of Washington!  Thanks for joining me today.  On Thurs. I will post my progress on the BBD design, "Away We Ride."  If anyone else would like to join our SAL, we'd welcome you!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


We are having very low tides right now.  I think it is due to the closeness of the moon.  We have a beach about 20 minutes from our home that is especially desirable to eagles who love to feed there at low tide.  We saw at least 4 different birds.  Some friends saw 14!  I hope you enjoy seeing our national bird eating lunch!

 A bit of competition from a crow!

Now there are two!

 If you can take your eyes away from the eagles, this is the view.

I am more than happy to put up with the NW rain to have an experience like this! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cross Stitch, Flowers, and A Farmer's Market!

Well, the 4th is long past.  I hope you all had a great one.  Ours was pretty quiet.  Actually that's not really true.  We were not busy but it was very noisy in the neighborhood! We appear to be in the midst of a heat wave.  These are very rare up here.  In fact, I don't think we had a 90 degree day last summer.  Now we are due for a week of them.  Very few homes or even businesses have AC, so it is a pretty big deal up here.  It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid in Chicago. When it got hot you did various things to keep cool. Right now, our house resembles a cave, windows all shut and covered, lights off as much a possible , and plans for a non oven dinner! I even put a towel over my new hydrangea that is out on the deck. 
I'm still working on Abigail but have plans for my next stitching project.  I will be doing a Halloween chart by BBD called, "Away We Ride."  If anyone wants to do it as a sew along, that would be fun. Just let me know.

 This is one of the most complex borders I have ever done, but it is beautiful!

 That big motif took a bit of time to complete.

Beautiful chard at the Poulsbo Farmer's Market.

  All kinds of cabbage!

 Beautiful summer squash! Plus I was able to get my first tomatoes of the season!

Can't forget the goodies! Now, what's blooming the the garden?

 A yucca,

 a big red dahlia,

 lots of white daisies,

 a white dahlia (more like ivory),

and yellow daisies!

I hope your day is full of happy sunshine and flowers! Thanks for joining me!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thoughts on July 4th

I have always been very interested in the Revolutionary War. Two of my  favorite characters of that time are John and Abigail Adams.  When I saw that the Ladies Prim Society had for their summer project a chart by BBD called "A Salute to Abigail", I immediately joined. On the chart was printed a portion of a letter from John to Abigail.  I think that it is almost poetic.  I hope you enjoy reading it.

I wish you all a very Happy July 4th and to my friends who do not live in this country, have a great week-end!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Patriotic Cross Stitch and a Bit More Decorating

Thank you so much for the nice things many of you said about my foyer decorating.  You just made my day!  Today it will be mostly cross stitch and the bit of decorating I do in the kitchen.

 A newly finished and framed Liberty Lane.  The blue on the frame is exactly the same blue on the houses.

 I leave this up all year.  It is in the upstairs hallway.

This is an old BBD.  You can see I did it in 2007. It is done in a dark blue.

Another BBD.  It is much prettier than it showed in this photo. 

 Penny America

Americana.  I think this is a Carriage House Samplings chart.  The frame is Valley House Primitives.

We are now in the kitchen.  I remember changing the colors a lot in this one.  It is over the door to the laundry room.  It, too, stays up most of the year.

 Of course, the PS July! This one has all you could want, a lighthouse, sail boats, and lots of red,white,and blue!

The top of my dry sink.  We have a collection of old lighting. Many of them took whale oil.

 Over the door to the deck.  I love Bethany Lowe decorating items.  They look vintage! They are a bit on the pricy side.  I have gotten many of them after the 4th when they are 50% off!

I will end this little tour with of course, one of the best things, my Woolpets patriotic  sheep done by my DD, Laurie!
Thanks so much for joining me.  If you have any questions about a specific design, just let me know and I will try to get you that information.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 4th Decorating

I love to decorate for the 4th of July.  I think the main reason is that the colors of red, white , and blue are perfect in my house.  My main house colors are barn red, cobalt blue and gold.  So decorating for the 4th is a snap.  Easter always gives me trouble because it is so pastel. Today we will start with the entry.

 If you have followed my blog, you know that I LOVE this cherry desk.  I do a lot of decorating around it.    It dates from 1830-1850 probably  from  New York state .

Of course, there has to be some cross stitch! I love those frames.  I got them many years ago when I lived in Louisville, KY.  There was a great craft show in Cincinnati.  My sister and I went every year.

"A Birds of a Feather" design framed in a Valley House Primitives frame.

I purchased all the things on top of the desk at antique shops or shows over the years.

This little book is dated 1904.  It has lots of advertising for Revere Coffee!

This picture shows my arrangement on top of an old red blanket chest we got at an auction in Louisville.  It was  huge bargain. The DH had gone out to get a hot dog.  He came back in and I said bid!! He didn't even know what he was bidding on!  When we had a repair made, the man told us it was very early 1800's or late 1700's due to the mix of nails he found.

I hope you are having a great week and will join me tomorrow to see my wall of patriotic cross stitch projects!