Sunday, July 25, 2021

Just putzing along on a Slow Sunday...

 Hello - well another kinda quiet week here... a bit of babysitting, at medical appointment, dinner with friends... the weather has gotten lots warmer and the rain has disappeared... I've had to water every day and it looks like that will be the pattern for another week... oh well... my yard looks great... at least I think so... it is wild and crazy... the way I like it... I had a conversation with my neighbor across the street and he likes all his plantings nice and tidy... I bet I drive him crazy...LOL

Here's a couple of pictures of the yard... okay more than a couple... starting with the front of the house...daisies, dahlias, cleome, petunias...


A bit to the right...coneflowers and short zinnas.


Over to the left... I got that cute orange mushroom at Krogers...


Moving to the side of the house... the zinnas lots taller than I expected... should pay closer attention to the seed packets...


More of the side yard...the cosmos below that window box are almost 5 ft tall... I know because I am 5 ft tall and they keep hitting me in the face...


The bed by the driveway...cannas and marigolds that have engulfed my polka dot chickens... I had to relocate them to out side of the bed as they were drowning in marigolds...


And I have more that I didn't take pictures of... several big pots of petunias and my bed of dahlias is just starting to bloom... right now I am in LOVE with my yard... it has taken me over 6 years to get it to this point... lots of perennials and lots of annuals... a little house surrounded by flowers on 3 sides... and a couple of trees... and there would be flowers on the 4th side but the yard there is so narrow if I planted flowers the kid who mows my lawn wouldn't be able to get his mower through.. and a side note ... this last picture is way more muted than this looks in real life... it was overcast when I took it...






As for crafty stuff... I did get 2 more patriotic pieces FFO'd and finished my other shelf unit display in my living room... I'll put this all away  at the beginning of August...

The whole unit...


Some close ups... Stars and Stripes from Blackbird Designs Schoolgirl Series circa 2003 and a partial stitch of Where Liberty Dwells by With Thy Needle & Thread...


My newest finish, Hurrah from Pineberry Lane... and I got some cute patriotic pins from Just Another Button Company ... I added 2 to this piece and I stuck the Uncle Sam one on that WTN&T piece...


You can see I went with a very simple finish... mounted the stitching on sticky board...then mounted that to a piece of wood (thin - got it at Hobby Lobby)... I painted it and added the stars at the bottom that I also painted... I suppose I could have added another later behind the stitching but I don't enjoy finishing pieces... I like stitching pieces... when Joanns was still doing framing (and as of the other day my Joanns still hadn't resumed framing)... I definitely preferred dropping off stuff and then having them finish it.... now that I do more seasonal stuff that would be expensive, wouldn't it??? So I think I've talked myself into doing more finishing... at least for the seasonal stuff... 

And this mini quilt is all Debbie Mumm fabrics... she did great patriotic stuff... I found the flag and the stand when I was looking for something else... I may do some more mini pieces as I like this look ... oh and the stars are Rae Dunn... 


Below I have my favorite Longaberger basket... the flag one and assorted knickknacks...

And this piece that I stitched last year but only got FFO'd last week... Yankee Doodle by Lizzie Kate...


And a close up of this one... I painted the frame blue... picked it up at Target... I like how it has a stand built into it...and luckily this piece just fit!!


As for crafty endeavors... I stitched a little more on the WTN&T A Needleworker's Sampler and I felt like knitting... I started 2 different pairs of socks... neither is complete... and it spurred me to buy more yarn (which I do NOT need) ... but I ordered 3 different skeins... hey it makes me HAPPY!! 

Doing something today I haven't done in FOREVER... I'm making dinner for my son and his family tonight... he wanted prime rib for Father's Day but we couldn't arrange it ... and he tried to get some carryout prime rib with no success... and I found that scoring the roasts I like at Costco has been difficult too... I finally got 2... smaller than I'd like but waaaay more expensive... not sure there will be a lot of leftovers but it will make a lovely meal... I already prepared pasta salad, marinated tomatoes and a Chinese coleslaw... gonna makes some deviled eggs while the meat is cooking... and we have some nice King's Hawaiian rolls... I love those ... I'm cooking at my house and then taking it to their house...  we still have dinner together every week on Sunday or Monday but I with covid and their crazy life we've been doing more carryout than my cooking... perhaps will get back into that routine... although I do like carry out... 

Next week doesn't look too crazy... I like that... a bit of babysitting on Tuesday and Friday... my son has a dentist appointment on Thursday... probably do a lunch out one day ... maybe I'll get some more stitching done... or maybe even turn on my sewing machine!!!   I still have to re-organize my storage room... I keep talking about it but so far the spirit hasn't moved me... but if I quit talking about it, I might not ever do it.... oh procrastination is my middle name... 

Hope you have a good week ahead and you get to do whatever it is YOU WANT TO DO!!!  I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts and see what others have accomplished ... and while my prime rib is in the oven I'm going to sit out on my sunroom porch and stitch... and maybe take a nap... 

happy stitching-

carol fun 

13 comments:

  1. What gorgeous flower beds--nice and blowsey just like I like them!! You have put in a lot of work with great results...
    Hugs for a great dinner Julierose

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  2. Your gardens are beautiful , Carol and love all of your cheerful decor. Your posts always bring a smile to my day. Yankee Doodle Dandy looks awesome in the blue frame. Have a great day.

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  3. Beautiful garden almost surrounding your adorable house. And, the seasonal decorating is always delightful.

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your lovely garden; mine too is a well established one so gets a very full look. Your home looks cottagy and sweet esp. surrounded by the bushes and flowers. I also enjoyed seeing your stitchings, as always, beautiful work. Hope the dinner went great!

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  5. Beautiful flower beds and great seasonal decorations!

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  6. I love your exuberant garden--wish I had a green thumb, and no drought...
    You are inspiring the way you alter premade items to fit what you want, or dye and add embellishments. Very satisfying, I'm sure, to put your own twist on a premade item. Enjoy your week!

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  7. Beautiful flowers & displays, thank you for sharing!

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  8. Your home is lovely inside and outside. Inside is brimming with many fabulous decorations and pretties and as for your garden it is a visual delight. Oh, I am so with you regarding the topic of wild and crazy gardens. I like a garden that just will not be contained. Perhaps your neighbour will decide, upon looking at your garden from afar every day, that a disobedient garden is the way to go.

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  9. Your yard is fabulous. I love it. Did you get that? LOL Love the colors and different flowers. Your patriot display was really nice too. The neighbor is just jealous that you've been able make chaos into beautiful.

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  10. Not sure if my comment went through.
    You have gorgeous gardens and a lovely yard.
    Pretty Ameriana displays too!

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  11. Your flowers are wonderful. Love your yard. Your home is decorated so cute.

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  12. Your gardens and yard look great. I love planning, planting and working in the yard. To each his own between you and your neighbor. Your display looks great and I fell in love with how you stitched and finished BBD Stars and Stripes. I’m going to have to go to eBay and search for that booklet.

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  13. Your yard looks so beautiful. That tree on the corner looks great; it’s really grown!

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