Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mystery Sampler Part 3

I'm really happy that many of you enjoyed the pictures of the floating homes.  I loved reading your comments! Thanks so much for taking time to look at this blog. 
Now I'm back to cross stitch.  I fogot to mention the colors I used in Halloween town.  I used the suggested DMC for the black(310) and green(3052).  I am interested in trying Sullivan floss for the black as the DMC didn't cover as well as I would have liked.  The leaves and pumpkins were stitched with Weeks Dye Works "Copper" I did soak this quite a bit as it ran when I tested it.  For the moon , I used GA "Grecian Gold." I used a very soft yellow for the pumpkin faces and the windows.  I hope this information helps if you want to add color to Halloween Town.
I made quite a change in Part 3 of the LK Mystery Sampler.  The house was suppose to be purple.  I changed it to GA Wood Trail.  I didn't want a purple house.  The purple looked good but just not my taste.  I'm also using Wood Trail for some of the Cadet Blue color in the sampler.I got some new stash today from JJ's so I want to get this sampler done. 
I have a question about a CC color, Calico Kitty.  The one I got had lots of tan variegation in with the red.  If you have used this color, is that typical?  The Christmas Garden by BBD calls for lots of this color and I'm not sure about the tan. Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks. Hope everyone is having a good week.  Lots of things in the news today that have me concerned.

 Part 3 as it stands today.

 My Wood Trail house.

I framed the "Witches Garden" in one of my5x7 frames that I have used many times before.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Floating Homes

Thanks to all of you who left such kind words on my last blog.  I'm so happy you enjoyed seeing the pictures of the floating homes tour.  Today I'll show pictures of a few of the homes. On yesterday's comments, Judy mentioned the film "Sleepless in Seattle." The floating home in that film was on tour a few years back and we got to tour it. I think it sold for a million plus dollars.  The SBA and I think this might be a great place to go when we are too old for yard work!!

 We saw this house the first year we went on the tour.  It is still my favorite.  It was full of fine quality country antiques, quilts and Shaker things, not what you would expect on a floating home.

 These old logs are floating and supporting most of the older homes.

A lovely master suite!
I'll be back to cross stitch in my next post! Let's all take a bit of time today to remember.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Houseboat Tour 2012

I always like to start by thanking all of you who take time to read my ramblings!  I truly appreciate it! I think today's post will be something you have rarely seen unless you live near water.  There is a fairly large community of folks in Seattle who live on houseboats. They seem to prefer to call them floating homes.  They live on floating docks much the way we live on streets.  Each dock is its own little community.  Every two years they have a tour of homes.  Seattle government  has given these little communities lots of trouble and much for the money spent on tickets for the tour goes to pay legal fees so they can keep their community. I hope you will find this interesting.

This is sort of a back alley.

Who says you can't have trees if you live on a floating home? Beautiful Japanese Maples.

 Here is your street.

A nice car!

 A street lamp on one of the docks.

If you have a second floor, you can spy on your neighbor.

 The docks are full of flowers so you can have a flower garden.  We also saw tomatoes and lettuce growing on a deck.

 Your houseboat can be built to look like a craftsman bungalow.

This might be the view from your porch.

If you enjoyed this, join me tomorrow.  I'm going to post photos of some of the prettiest houses.Hope you all have a great week!