The Heron

The Heron

Summer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cross Stitch Update and the Heron

Hi cloud friends!  I hope this long, way too hot summer is going well for you.  We have had a week of lovely weather, highs in the 70's.  Well that all ends tomorrow.  We are back to the high 80's to low 90's.  Now you might think I am way too into the weather this summer.  Well, I am!!! Just remember we have no AC!!! As I have said before that is not uncommon up here.  Very few homes have AC, maybe 2 or 3 in our entire neighborhood.  So lots of nasty hot stuff in my near future.  Plus, I truly HATE HOT weather!!!
Well on to something more interesting.  I'm making progress on "For Thine.... " I really like the spots of color.  This has been such a fun piece to stitch.  I am now thinking about the Halloween project I will do this year for Caleb, my grandson.  I'm not sure but I do have a few ideas. He will be 10 soon so the design will have to be a bit glitzy to get his attention.
The last pictures are of the heron.  We went over to a local area hoping to see the Eagles feeding at low tide.  Well, no Eagles but a really cool heron.  They also had a fairly large area with gourds for Purple Martins.  They were very busy feeding their babies.
 
It is 2/3rds finished. When I am all finished with the cross stitches, I will go back and put in the straight stitches.
 
 This bird is about 3 feet tall.

 It is quite the hunter!!!!

 Got it! Not sure if that is a fish or what!!!!

The Purple Martin taking a short break from feeding the babies!

Thanks for joining me today!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cross Stitch and A Beach Walk

Hi Cloud Friends.  I hope summer is going well for you.  We were cool then hot(94) and now thank heavens cool again. Still no rain.  It has been over 70 days with no rain so when you hear people say it rains all the time in Seattle, you can inform them that is simply not true!! On the news last night, they talked about large trees falling over and what to look for if you live around very large trees.  Anyway, we did have a great day for beach walking last week so I will share the photos with you.  This time I took a slightly different set of photos.  There have been lots of families at the beach this summer.  The water is still cold.  Puget Sound is between 50 and 55 all the year around.  So what do you do with the kids when the water is very cold, you have them build forts.  I hope you enjoy all the work of the kids at the beach!
I am still busy with " For Thine is the Trick or Treat". I am loving it!! I always love Halloween and I was in the mood for a Quaker, this chart is the perfect solution.  It will be done and framed way before Halloween.  If you mainly read my blog to see cross stitch, just feel free to stop after the first photo.

 I have tried several different places to take this photo.  I just can't get the color right.  The linen is Lakeside Linen, Vintage Sand Dune, the threads are DMC white and black, GA gingersnap , and Crescent Colours hazelnut.  This picture is missing the straight lines.  I always do them last.

 That white spot in the distance is Mt. Baker, many miles away.  It is also a volcano just like Mt. Rainier.

 I love the lighthouse flag under the American flag and yes, the sky was really that blue.

 This is a large container ship going into the port of Seattle.  The boat in the foreground is a normal size fishing boat.




 I thought this one was very clever the way they used two huge logs that were already on the beach.



 A work in progress!

 Two boys about 10 years old were building this one.



Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you are all having a very good week!!!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Stitching, Flowers, and a Really Big Boat!!

Hi Dear Cloud Friends, I  hope all is going well in your parts of the world.  Thank goodness we have had a break in the heat.  With lots of clouds, the temps have been in the beautiful 70's! However, more heat is expected by this week-end! Still no rain and the fires continue to be a problem in  Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
I am still working on "For Thine is the Trick or Treat".  I am really enjoying it as I was in the mood for both a Quaker  and a Halloween.  I may break my pattern of doing one design at a time and start a few small ones for Fall.  By the way, the Hallmark shop had Fall candles and Halloween cards! Yea!  I always feel guilty when I feel this way as my dear Mom always told us that it was wrong to wish your life away!!
My last pictures are of the aircraft carrier "Stennis"  We had our duty at the lighthouse last Fri. and this huge Navy ship was going past and out to sea. It was fun to see.

 I decided to use gold on some of the stars and the moons, white on the skeletons, orange(a nice subtle shade of orange) on the pumpkins, and all the rest black.

 The lilies are now blooming in the garden.

 My DH is about 6 ' so look how tall that plant is growing!!



 This year I have fallen in love with annual rubeckias.  If we have a mild winter some will come back.  But they are worth planting even if they don't return.


 This one came back this year!

 The Stennis!

 I wanted to show you how huge this boat is so I used that good sized sailboat to compare with the Stennis.

Thank you so much for joining me and have a great week!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy July 4th!

         ABIGAIL by BLACKBIRD DESIGNS


Happy 4th of July!  I absolutely love these word of John Adams!

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Finish and a Start and I'm Way Too Hot!!

Well cloud friends, I could devote this entire post to telling you how very HOT and DRY it is here but instead, I will show you my latest stitching and some flowers from my garden. However, please do keep the poor folks that live east of the Cascades and are in the triple digits and living in fear of fire  in your thoughts and prayers!
 I finished " For Spacious Skies" by Heartstring Samplery a few days ago. The only change I made was to the house.  The chart called for WDW Schneckley.  I thought that color looked a bit like a log cabin and I wanted it to look like a small house on Nantucket.  So I changed the floss color to galvanized.  It is a very pretty grey.  I really like the vine on this design.  I'm still not sure how I will to finish it,  maybe just a small pillow. 
Really hating the weather, I have enjoyed reading a few blogs that are talking about Fall!  So that inspired me to look at my Halloween charts. Ranae at "Stitch by Stitch" and Jo at "Serendipitous Stitching" have both inspired me to stitch, "Thine is the Trick or Treat."  I  have had that chart for a few years.  So now, as I sit on my deck trying to catch a breeze, that is what I'm stitching.

 Please excuse the wrinkles! I forgot to mention that I put soft gold in the windows.  A cottage on Nantucket needs candle light even in the summer!

 Off to a good start.  I'm using Lakeside Linen Vintage Sand Dune 32 count and lots of black. I'm trying to decide if I should stitch the stars gold and the pumpkins a lovely shade of orange or leave it all black.  What do you think?

 My dahlias usually bloom late July and August.  As you can see, they are already blooming.



 There is usually a lavender festival in Sequim in mid-July.  I wonder if the lavender will be all bloomed out by then?!


 The sea of blue!

 And white

and pink.( I do love that little blue center.)

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope to get one more post up before the 4th to share all my patriotic stitching! Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hi Cloud Friends!( Remember that's the name my DH has given to all of you).  I hope it has been a nice week-end.  I am sure the weather has gone completely crazy.  I know rain exists because I have read about it on your blogs.  I sure haven't seen it around here for so long!!-Yes this really is the Seattle area!  Everything is turning brown unless it gets watered.  That ,plus our temps are ranging 10 degrees above normal.  I am watering my garden and that's about it.  So you will see some of the flowers that are blooming now. 
I'm still working on  For Spacious Skies by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.  I have made lots of changes to the cottage.  I want it to look like a Nantucket cottage so I have gone from browns to greys.  I will most likely finish it this week. 
I also want to wish all the fathers a very happy day.  My DH has gone to the US Open at Chamber's Bay so he will not be around at all.  I hope he has lots of fun.  I put the photo of the St. Francis in my garden on the blog today.  This is to honor the memory of my wonderful Dad who always had one in every garden that  he grew!


 I did lots more on the house last night.   The grey does show up better than on this photo.

 I love day lilies.  However, we have been hit with a very nasty bug, the hemerocallis gall midge.  It deforms the buds.  These two aren't as affected as some of my other day lilies.




 My DH has a great sense of humor.  He saw this little guy in a garden shop and just had to add it to the garden!

 I think this has been the best year for the Mock Orange.  It is almost finished blooming and I will miss it's wonderful scent!

I love you Dad and I will always miss you.

Thanks for joining me today and have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Catch Up !

Greetings Cloud Friends!  I hope all is going well with each of you.  We are still very warm and sunny.  As you might have heard, the US Open Golf Tournament is here this week and week-end.  The DH has tickets for the final round on Sun.  I will be home sitting on my lovely cool deck stitching, no golf crowds for me! I have head some people say that they are worried about the world seeing how beautiful it is out here.  The golf course is along Puget Sound , a lovely location.  That plus the week-end is to be sunny and warm, dispelling the myth that it rains all the time up here!
Anyway on to stitching.  I finished ,"In Full Glory" by BBD.  I used linen and threads that I had so I didn't follow the chart. The great thing was, it fit perfectly into an antique frame that the DH and I had bought several months ago.  It is another walnut with a small black inner border.  I love it. 
Since I am still in a patriotic mood, I started Heartstring Samplery's "For Spacious Skies".  I love the big flowers on this design.
I have also added a few pictures of our house on Flag Day and the hydrangea bushes.






 I can't wait till this is all blue!!

Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful week!