Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Finally Framed

Two trips to Hobby Lobby and I finally have some finishes that I can hang on the wall.
I am hoping to have some more motivation now to continue to stitch
 on some more of my works in progress.

First to share is "A Pair of Wolves" by Dimensions.
7 inches by 5 inches in size.
Stitched on 16 count dove grey Aida.
Pattern from 1999

Second is "Wolf" by Janlynn.
7 inches by 5 inches in size.
Stitched on 14 count white Aida.
Wolf is in the Wildlife Series.

These will stay with me and be hung up in our home.
The hobby lobby lady helped me to pick out the mats;
and she was able to cut them with matting that was in stock.
On the second trip my husband and I picked out the frames
 and he put them together for me.

Anxious now to see where I will hang my newly framed cross stitch projects!

~ Sandra ~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In my Backyard

We have been in a drought this Spring & Summer.
We are limited to special days when we can water our yards.
They think it best if we use as little as possible;
and keep what we have for an emergency.

Earlier in the Spring I had some roses blooming;
before the weather got too hot.

We have this red rose bush that gets covered in blooms;
but last only for a short while.

I also have one pink rose bush.
It only bloomed a few flowers.

We have no pets of our own.
I enjoy feeding and putting out water for the wildlife
in our backyard.

I had a mother duck with her little ducklings walk along our fence line.
As hard as I tried to zoom in...this is the best I could do.
She must of had a dozen baby ducklings.
Even the momma duck was rather small in size.

I wish she could have come through the fence to come to our little watering dishes.
You can see the grass was still a bit green at this time.

I have been trying to post a picture of a bad bunny that keeps coming around and chewing the tops off my Sunflowers.  He seems to come very early in the mornings.

This one lone sunflower was bitten off when it was around 10 inches tall.
I left it in the ground and later saw that it was growing leaves again.
Now we have one bloom and more about to open.

 Notice how golden the grass is...

Another goal of mine was to bring prettier birds to our backyard.
Other than the common brown finches.

I was so pleased when I finally looked out my window and saw this pretty yellow bird.
I have seen them out at my son's home here in the country;
as well as at my son's home in Colorado.

We put new seed out on Sunday and then Monday morning I saw this yellow bird.

We also had just purchased this bird bath at Menard's.  It was only around $8.00.
Well, sometimes you get what you pay for.  The plastic gets hot in the sun and will lean one way or another.  But, the birds come and splash and drink so I guess it is good enough.

We have a special tree with all the goodies for the squirrels to eat and play.
They don't seem to bother any of my flowers.

This little squirrel loves to come for a drink of water.

This window is in my sewing room.
It is large and I love the light it brings in.
The way our yard slopes the window sits practically right on the ground.
I have a water pan and a feeder and a bird bath all right in front of this window.
Most of my pictures are taken right here from this view.
I clean this window often; but the birds splash in the bird bath and spray water everywhere!

My ironing board is set up right in front of this window.
It makes for perfect lighting to see as I iron.
The birds and animals have been getting so use to seeing me while
I sew or iron; they don't often fly away anymore.

Later I will show more of my sewing space.

I am happy to say "today" we got rain for the first time in a long time.
Maybe our grass will green up a bit?

So what better way to spend the day...
baking some Apricot Bread from some fresh apricots from my DIL's fruit trees.

Hope you are having some Summertime Fun.

~ Sandra ~