Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 26 TUSAL

I started the 2nd alpha with the "four sided stitch". It's not complicated, but it takes twice as long for each stitch and uses up a lot of thread. I can sometimes get one and half letters done, then I run out of floss. This stitch is also not easy to keep accurate unless you are stitching in a straight line. I noticed on the back that it makes a "cross stitch", I thought that was neat! Even though this stitch has some peeves, I still find it fun to do. I also enjoy learning new things!

All about TUSALs and ORts.

Blackbird Designs: Her Sampler.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Garden Update 2

Our first beefsteak tomato!

We haven't harvested much from the cherry tomatoes lately. There are lots of green ones though so I guess they mature in waves.

Our spaghetti squash grew one fruit and then nothing for a long time. Now it is growing fruit again.

Our cucumbers were a fail, which was such a disapointment. We were very much looking forward to some tasty cucumbers. We are sure they cross pollinated with the spaghetti squash.

Hubby's habanero is finally growing something! Sadly the bell pepper next to the habanero (that we harvested three orange peppers from) looks like it's going to die.

This rose bush has very pretty roses. Unfortunatly it doesn't bloom much, so when it does, we get rather excited. :)

Overall, I think gram's garden beds need a lot of TLC before they should be planted in again. I did do some things before planting, but obviously not enough. We'd always had great success growing veggies in California previously, so this year's garden is such a disapointment.

Anabelle picked another pie pumpkin, the biggest one that's grown so far. The plants are still producing, but are looking like they are at the end of their season.

She's always by my side in the garden and a willing helper!

Stitched this up awhile back but I forgot to take a pic and post it. I just adore strawberries!

P.S. Please excuse any typos. I switched from Firefox to Chrome and Chrome doesn't auto underline everything I misspell, so I need to figure out how to turn that feature on!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sampler Progress

I love working on this sampler. I spend an hour or so between breakfast and lunch working on it. :)

Free pattern can be found at BBD Blog.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whatcha Workin' On Wed?

I started Blackbird Design's May SAL today. This pattern has some new to me stitches, so this will be fun. LOL. Last night I tea dyed this 28ct evenweave that I bought at Joann's. My cross stitch fabric stash is pretty much non-existant these days. I mostly just have pieces for smalls.

I cut out a ton of strawberries, but had to stop production when I ran out of filler. These are so cute! There are tons of tuts online for them.

We've been picking pie pumpkins! They are a bit early, but we don't mind. Hello roasted pumpkin!

We've got a couple of white pumpkins really coming in now. Hope they make it, whites are our favorite!

The pie pumpkins are still producing. This is the biggest one yet, still not as big as a carving pumpkin.

We've also got a baby boo pumpkin plant growing! This is the mystery squash we were wondering about. I was thinking of planting some but thought it might be too late. The seed must have come from the compost we buried in this spot by the tomatoes!

My sweet Bailey. He truly is the sweetest dog ever!

In other news...

- It's very hot.

- We've been swimming almost every day.

- Our sweet bunny Clover passed away. :(

- We're trying to buy a couple of used cars that we can drive out to CO.

- We had to get a new washer. It's awesome. And quiet.

- I finally got a new laptop. It's awesome too.

- More garden updates coming soon.

- Lots been going on and I just haven't felt like blogging, though I have been reading everyone else's!

- My current favorite song is Oceans by Hillsong.

Have a blessed day!