The Heron

The Heron


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Time for a Trip!!!

Hi there cloud friends!  If you read my blog just for stitching, you will want to skip this post.  My DH and I celebrated number 37 last week so we took a short trip to our neighbors to the north, Victoria BC
was our destination.

 We got the 8:15 ferry from Port Angeles.  It takes about 90 minutes to get over to Victoria.

 As you enter the city, you see this wonderful community of house boats.  I would love to explore them!!

 Victoria is a great blend of old and new.

 If you lived here, this could be your walking place!!! This sidewalk went all around the inner harbor.

 They have many whale watching trips from the city.  This beautiful Orca was made entirely of plants including the wave!

  Bring a plant lover, I was in paradise!

 The famous  Empress. Many British Royals have visited this hotel.  The grounds are full of flowers and plants and maintained just perfectly. One Christmas my dear friends from Chicago were visiting and we had high tea here.  It was lovely!

 Victoria is the capitol of British Columbia.  This is the parliament building.  At night it was outlined with white lights. A gentleman told us that the best lunch(and the cheapest) was in the basement of this building.  I guess we better make another trip!!

 We were told that the only place with more float planes is in Alaska!

We had dinner at an Irish pub so of course, we had to try some Irish beer!

Our first afternoon was spent at the British Museum.  It was full of amazing things.  In my next post, I will share a bit of that and show you some wonderful totems!! I must have a hundred pictures of the Native Art.  Don't worry, I won't put them all on my blog!!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Frame and a Finish!

I hope you are all doing very well! If you watch the news, you will know what a trying time it has been here in Washington with the wild fires.  Our air quality was so bad last week-end that it was actually rated unhealthy.  The minute I stepped outside, I could smell fire.  This is really different for us because pollution is usually not a problem.  We generally have beautiful blue skies.  I tried very hard not to complain because the poor people in Central and Eastern Washington are living with so much worse conditions. Please keep the West in your thoughts and prayers.
I finally got around to ordering a frame for the Mary Smith Sampler.  Janet at Valley House Primitives is just wonderful to work with.  I told her that I wanted a bit of blue in the frame.  She even sent me a few samples so I could be sure it was the right blue.  I absolutely love the way it turned out! Thank you Janet!!! The frames that they make at Valley House Primitives are just beautiful.    I finished " Bittersweet September" yesterday.  It is such a pretty design and thanks to Carol Fun at the blog, The Polka Dot Chicken,( a great blog about stitching ,quilting, knitting etc.) I was able to stitch the design.  She loaned me her copy.   It was a quick little design, not sure what I will do with it yet. I loved stitching all the pretty Fall colors!

 Lots of hand work in the design.  I love designs with faux finishing. 

 I put this picture on the blog so you can see how well the blue matches the blue in the design.

 Bittersweet September by BBD stitched on 32 count linen using the suggested floss and a piece of linen that I had in my stash.  Just love the Fall colors.

 This is the color of the sunset due to all the fires.  Usually the mountains are much clearer.
 Beautiful but hard to enjoy knowing the cause.

Thanks so much for joining me! I really appreciate the time you take to read my blog!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stitching and Dahlias!

Hi Cloud friends!  I hope all of you have had a great week-end.  The DH and I had a nice slow one so that was good.  We actually had a very good rain on Friday and then a bit more on Sat.  We needed it so badly.  It was kind of interesting.  We went for coffee Sat. AM  after the Farmer's Market and everyone was smiling and saying , "Isn't the rain great!"  I forgot my camera but the veggies at the market were wonderful.  I think plants have liked all the sun this summer. One thing I look forward to each summer is the U Pick Dahlia farm.  I grow my own but find that I hate to cut them.  The farm has a deal  I can't pass up, 12 flowers for $4.  I try to get up there every week! There are about 20 rows of flowers to choose from.
I am busy stitching "Bittersweet September" by BBD.  This was a selection from the Ladies Prim Society in the Fall of 2013.  I am using the suggested floss and just some linen from my stash. It is such a sweet little piece.  I finished the house last night. I did get quite a bit of the house done on Fri. watching the Hawks in the first game of this year.  We didn't do too well, glad that game does not count!

 The top border calls  for a satin stitch.  I will do this when the rest of the design is finished.

 The alphabet is done over one, I do one row in the afternoon when the light is good!

 Enjoy the dahlias!! Remember 12 blooms for only 4$!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Finish!

Hi there cloud friends.  It has been a while since I posted but I wanted to finish" For Thine Is the Trick or Treat " before I posted again.  This has been such a fun chart to stitch.  I needed a break form houses and samplers and this gave it to me.  Now I'm ready to go back to those designs.  In fact, I started "Bittersweet September" by BBD last night. This design is from the Ladies Prim Society.  I also plan to do another Halloween design for my grandson.  If you have followed my blog for awhile, you might remember that I do a design for him each Halloween. He is ten now so he has quite a collection.  I think I will do one of the Prairie Schooler designs.  I feel so bad that they are retiring, but can understand why they are ready for it..
It is hot and nasty again.  However, I think I am just getting used to it.  Every time I think we are done with this weather, it comes creeping back!! Still no significant rain since early June.  They are starting to put water use restrictions in play.  Personally, I think that should have been done earlier.  Oh well, my stitching brain is already in the Fall!

 My fabric is Lakeside Linen Vintage Sand Dune.  It is prettier than it shows in the photo. It is darker and more vintage looking. 

  Just a quick look at the garden.  I love this combination.

The dahlias are loving the sun! I do have to keep them watered.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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!