Saturday, July 21, 2012

Canoe Journey 2012

First, I'd like to thank all of you for you well wishes to the SBA.  He is just fine today and also sends his thanks!
As I said in the blog yesterday, I have something special to show you today.  Every year the native tribes from the NW have a canoe journey.  This is aimed at celebrating  their culture and sharing their native ways with their children.  The tribes come from all over the region including Vancouver Island, the Pacific coast and other part of the NW and British Columbia. Each year a different tribe hosts the event.  The tribe hosting the event this year is the Squaxin Island Tribe.  They live south of here near Olympia.  The paddlers make stops all along the way to rest, eat,and greet their fellow tribes.  Today they arrived in Suquamish.  That is about 20 minutes from our home.  Our DD and SIL live very close to the arrival site.  We went over to see the arrival of the canoes and the ceremony that accompanied this event.  It was quite impressive.  The SBA took 116 photos-no I'll not hit you with all of them.  I'll  just try to show a few highlights.

 We could see the canoes coming into Miller Bay from Puget sound.

 There was a welcoming committee.  They chanted  a welcoming song and played drums.

When each canoe arrived, tradition demanded that they ask permission form the hosting tribe to come ashore.  The elder from the tribe welcomed each canoe.

 Many of the paddlers wore the traditional cedar hats.

 Waiting for their chance to ask permission and to be welcomed.

Notice the little blond paddler.  Several canoes had children paddling.  It is amazing when you realize they have been paddling from as far away as the Pacific or the islands of British Columbia.

 There was also several women paddlers!!

Each canoe was then pulled up on shore.
This evening they will be having a salmon bake and what they call Protocol.  That is when they dance,sing , and tell  tribal stories.
Some of the canoes were painted in a very beautiful way.  I'll show you a few of them tomorrow.  I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into NW Native life. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Stitchy Post and Dahlias

Hi to Everyone on the night of this terrible tragedy in Colorado.  It just another reminder of how fragile life is and we all need to appreciate all the very good people in our lives! Our prayers go out to those folks in Colorado.
 I'm happy that the SBA is doing well.  The poor man had a root canal this morning but he's doing just great!
 As you can see from the photo, I have added a few houses, birds , and a devil to Salem village.  I'm taking lots of liberties with the colors.  As I said before, the floss that the chart calls for is $7.20 a skein at the best price I could find.  Too much for me to spend! I'm havng more fun with it now that I have just ignored the colors and stopped tring to match the colors I have to the ones called for.
As I was deadheading, I decided to add a few pictures of my dahlias.  All of them made it through this winter. 
Thank you so much for taking a look at this blog!!! I hope you will all have a great week-end.  I'm hoping for some interesting photos tomorrow!! If I can get them, it will be a nice surprise!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fall is Coming!!

Thank you so much to all of you who read my blog. As I have said before, I really appreciate you all very much!!!Today the mail brought two of my favorite magazines and they were fall issues.  I was so excited!!  Fall is by far my favorite season. So for all of you who wish for cool fall days, I took these pictures to let us all know, IT IS COMING!

I am back to stitching Salem Village until I get part two of the Mystery Sampler.  I hope I'll have a few photos to show tomorrow.  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mystery Sampler Post and A Last 4th of July Thought

 I really appreciate all the nice comments made about my garden.  The SBA and I work very hard out there,but it is relaxing and we love being outside. This year I'm trying to make myself cut more of the flowers to bring inside!

 Here is the first part of the Lizzie-Kate Mystery Halloween Sampler.  It is finished as far as I'm going till I see more. I use a hoop when I stitch.  Because of that , I'm going to put the rest of the satin stitch border in later so the hoop does not distort the stitches.  The same is true for some straight stitches that go in the band where you see the acorns.  Also, above and below the acorn band, there are  two bands of stitches.  The chart calls for a blueish green color.  I'm not sure about that color so I'm going to wait and see how that color is used in the rest of the sampler. Then I'll make a decision on what color to use for the two bands.

Today, I started to put away all the 4th of July decorations.  I used an antique book copyright 1879 as part of my desk decorations.  I decided to show a few photos from the book.  I think they are fun to see.

As you can see, it is called the Paul Revere album.This whole booklet is an advertisement for Paul Revere Coffee made by the Howard W. Spurr Coffee Co.

 This page shows Paul's house.

 The poem,"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" is covered on many pages.

 It's a bit hard to read but at the bottom it says: Offer this Great Historical Instructive Work, viz: 
Goss' "Life of Col. Paul Revere" In two volumes, and the Paul Revere Album as a Free Gift to the boys and girls of the United States of America. 
So along with the coffee advertising, the children could get a free book about Paul Revere!  Have a great week!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Garden and a Patriotic Sale

Happy Monday to all of you!  Thank you so much for taking time to read the blog.  I have said before that I really appreciate it and love the comments.  I hope this is the beginning of a good week for everyone!  I have decided to show what I have done on the Mystery Halloween Sampler tomorrow.  I didn't get any pictures today.  We did take some photos of the garden.  It looks so pretty now.  The ten days of sun we had brought it to life.  I think I have said before that one reason we moved here was the mild summer.  You can work outside almost everyday very comfortably. I'm such a coward about the heat.  In Kentucky I started fine in the garden in the spring.  Then by summer, I stayed in the house with the AC blaring in my face. However, I love a traditional garden, that is a bit unusual for out here.  I looked at photos of many gardens and tried to get a NW Williamsburg  look to my flower garden. The SBA designed and built the garden.  I have added all the plants.  I love the way it turned out.  But as it is with all gardens, it's a work in progress. 
The second group of pictures shows some things I got on sale.  We have a great little gift shop here in Poulsbo that carries Bethany Lowe things.  I waited till after the 4th and then haunted the place till the two items I wanted were put on sale-50% off! Yea! Again, have a great week!

 This is a view from our upstairs window.

 My hydrangea are finally blooming.

My dear DIL and Son gave me a gift certificate for my favorite garden center for my "B" Day in May.  These are solar lights .  I got two of them and put them in pots on the deck.

 Here is purchase number one.  

Here is number 2.  I love the vintage look of Bethany Lowe. I can't wait to see the new designs for Halloween!