This isn't exactly a summer craft, but more than once, it seems I'm most inspired to hook in the summer.
It's coming along.
Using some thrifted red wool I've had for a long time, apparently sold at Macy's first. I'm old enough that I can miss the days when we bought fabric at the department store. I don't think I was here though when it was 3.29 per yard for 100% wool "dress goods".
Hook in hand, I'm loving a crackling fire on a cold June night with the rain pouring down.
Happy summer, everyone. July is coming around the bend!
The peonies barely arrived when we were hit with a hot spell that wore them out. Then we had heavy rain and they just gave up. So glad I cut a few at the very beginning for Jane's birthday and a few for the house. More rain today and tomorrow. The secondary buds face the same fate so I cut them all.
We do have an enormous rambling fence rose in the back. I think that's about it for the garden season over here, but I do love my neighbor's pretty summer garden so close to our house. And the birds, always the birds. A new wren moved into the neighborhood, singing from dawn to dusk, often right outside the window. I wish you could hear him and I wonder if he knows how much he inspires everything in here.
Thank you so much for the amazing response to our invitation to come to Vermont. The spots have all been filled for the October getaway and we have an open waiting list. If it's something you might like to consider another time, maybe next winter, spring or summer, do write to Meleen and me at fallvermontgetaway[at]gmail.com. We'll keep you informed about what else is coming as far as future dates.
Wishing everyone a happy weekend. I must admit though, I'm thinking of all the anxious brides (and their mothers) around here today, their disappointment in the wet weather. Having had a few weddings with rain, all I can say is that there will still be enormous joy and probably a few really good stories about how the weather made it even more memorable.
Thanks so much for all the enthusiasm for the Homebodies sampler! So happy you like it too. Today I have a new design in the hoop and I'm going to use a bunch of pretty colors that just arrived from Cosmo threads and Lecien. The thread is gorgeous. Will be back with more on all that.
Most of my week was spent trying to get over a nasty cold. Hate being sick!
Pam sent me this little needlepoint. She found it out at the flea market a few weeks ago and blogged about it. I, of course, implied that because it was a pink house, it should be mine. And what do you know?! She actually sent it to me! (I'm putting together a big box of things she would like and sending them back to her.)
My cold got better just in time for Maggie's birthday. She asked if I would go with her to the native plant sale last Saturday. So wonderful to be outside in the sun looking at plants! She found lots of things for her little garden - just hoping she finds time and space for all of it to get in the ground.
And lastly, my dear friend Suzanne said goodbye to her Watson.
He was a sweet, sweet dog, always a gentleman. I'm among the many who loved him. Found this photo I took of him at the beach a few summers ago and printed and framed it along with the one below for their kitchen gallery. Suzanne, Lynne, Jane and I all became closer friends while walking our dogs together over the years. Watson was the last of the four to go. None of us has ever gotten another dog, but we talk about it all the time. Sigh. Dogs should live longer lives.
Hoping they are all running around together on an endless beach somewhere.
The days have been pretty and sunny. Some warm and soft almost like summer. Some, like today, start with an invitation to go outside, but not for long. It's cold again. Even if just through a window, the sun is enough for me. Everything soaks up the light like poundcake under a sugared lemon glaze.
The tulips brightened eight fine days. The snowdrops are standing strong in little clumps all over the yard by the creek. Luckily, the deer don't like them.
Stitching, sewing and stitching.
Spring is finally creeping in. She means to stay.
"The day widened, pulled from both ends by the shrinking dark, as if darkness itself were a pair of hands and daylight a skein between them, a flexible membrane, and the hands that had pressed together all winter - praying, paralyzed with foreboding - now flung open wide." ~Annie Dillard, The Living
Sweet Amy Powers has published another beautiful issue of her magazine, Inspired Ideas. Several of my friends have darling projects for spring inside and the whole issue is just what it promises - inspiration!
I have a few traveling needlebook kits left from the French General teaching event way back in January. I'm going to post them in my shop this afternoon. I've seen some really pretty student versions on the blogs and here. It would be nice to have one made up for a summer road trip.
Otherwise, I'm craving color and warmth like everyone else waiting for spring to really show up. Noticed this morning that our goldfinches are actually golden yellow again and the house finches have their raspberry feathers too. A redwing blackbird is trilling right outside and there was a long and animated conversation between a pair of Great Horned Owls the other night.