Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crafty Things

Hello Everyone,  I have just completed embroidering 12 little 9 inch quilt squares for a baby quilt.  I will be putting it together today at church in our quilting group, and it will be for sale at our church bazaar in November.  The summer here is so hot that it is a great time to stay indoors and work on handwork. I was taught as a child how to embroidery.  My mother was a great seamstress and could do crewel embroidery, regular embroidery with all the different stitches, as well as needlepoint and quilting, so I learned them all before I was a teen.  By my teen years, I made all my clothes.  I always loved anything at all that you use your hands and is a bit creative.

These squares were already printed with a design. I found them on the internet and they were very inexpensive.  Many of them were worked on while my husband was in the hospital with knee surgery and I was with  him.  It sure helped pass that time!

I will be setting the quilt up with pink checked gingham fabric and will post the finished quilt.

This cute pincushion is not one I made; I bought it in a new shop we have here.  I thought I might make some similar myself to sell at our bazaar.

It is one you can wear on your wrist...see the elastic band?  Underneath it, on the back the lady who made it wrote "Sew Pretty".  Neat, isn't it? I just love anything with "yo-yo's" on it!
I also bought these cute coasters cut from an old faded quilt.  They were just cut out and then a zigzag stitch put around the edges.  How simple and how clever! I think I have an old "cutter" quilt here that I bought just for crafts, so I will be making some of these too.  Now is the time to start on Christmas gift crafts and crafts for the church bazaar.  I have more things to show you coming up later!  See you then!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Garden Walk

Hi Everyone,  I took a walk this afternoon before our daily afternoon storm! I cannot believe all the rain we have had this summer...nearly every day several inches of rain!  The Crape Myrtle tree in the front yard has been blooming since the last of May and is so pretty!

I planted a crouton on each side of the steps at the front porch back in winter and now they are big and so pretty. They will look great in the Fall with some pumpkins scattered around. It will almost seem like Fall foliage, and in Florida we don't have a lot of leaves changing colors in Fall. Fall is subtle, but it does come. After living here for many years, I can recognize it. Usually in late August and early Sept., I do "feel" Fall coming.  It has been a hot summer, so I am looking forward to cooler days.

And guess who is out in the yard, of course? It's Sammie and she is looking at a Bumblebee.  She is so curious about everything and being only 4 months old, everything is exciting to her. And sometimes scary! The first time she saw grass blowing in the wind, she got scared!

Here is the bumblebee.  After trying a few times, I finally got a shot I could post! They love the Cosmos, and it has reseeded from last year and keeps reseeding until it is almost out of hand again.

See what I mean. Not a very tidy patch of flowers!
Doesn't Sammie look sleepy and sad faced?  She's growing and about all she does is eat and sleep and plays with her toys. Her favorite play thing, besides our fingers to chew on, are old socks. I make little sock pouches by putting one sock in another and tying a knot near the top. They make a great chew and pull toy and she prefers it to even squeaky store-bought toys. Bob had her out for a walk and from the looks of her, she is probably napping in his lap by now!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Puppy Love

Hi Everyone, 
Oh, My, but this puppy is a busy little thing! Sammy! She is on the go when she isn't sleeping or eating, or doing the other thing puppies do so well. You KNOW what that is!! I will say her training is going well except at night. That is when she is trying to train me. Last night I was up at 2:30, taking her out. She let me know by whimpering and I awoke and  got her outside.  Then back in her crate and said "goodnight" and back to bed for me. Until about 4:30, when she started whining and barking softly, so back up and oh, my! What a mess. Then I had to not only wash her bed and the crate, but give her a bath. Not fun at that time of the morning!  Then it was time for her breakfast, some play time, back out, then she was down for a nap in my hubby's lap. He was ready for one by that time, too!
Let me tell you....this looks like the sleep of the innocent, but don't be deceived. This little Sammy can wear you out in a short time. Notice that she has one eye open.  Must be thinking up some mischief for later!She's busy and she's growing and she is always in your business! She pulls the clothes back out of the dryer, as you put them in. She tries to "help" you with whatever you are doing. Thank goodness for her crate! When I cook, she has to be crated...gets either a rawhide chew or a piece of ice to chew on. I can't have her under foot. 
But she is adorable and we are enjoying her , except in the middle of the night!