3/20/2017

in search of bluebonnets

Saturday afternoon couldn't have been a prettier day for a country drive. The breeze was cool and the sun was warm, the clouds looked like cotton balls but best of some the texas bluebonnets have appeared early. Peak bloom is still a couple weeks yet and we do have plans for a texas hill country road trip like we did last year but for now I absolutely love seeing the early flowers. Fields of indian paintbrush aldo cowslips and cow parsley, gray vervain, firewheels, indian strawberry and my favorite pink primrose all along the hedgerows and roadsides. We stopped a few times to take pictures but mostly just enjoyed the drive. Its still a bit early like I said but we drove the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail. 
We needed a break, this past week was nuts. Our little dog has been sick and its been painful because there just isn't much you can do. Diabetes, pancreatitis, dehydration just to name a few things our old gal has been going through. She's turned a corner and on the mend and finally this morning after a few weeks she finally seems herself again. Dog kisses are the best!
I've been working diligently on some secret projects, some sewing & some knitting. I finished one knitting project and started another. I finished my cameo shawl. It turned out lovely. It was for a friend. She's recieved it and let me know she loved it. Thank goodness, its always a bit of worry.
I used the lovely fingering o-wool. Such a nice spongy yarn! 
Also on the needles at the moment, are my Underwing Mitts. I love butterflies but this is the underwing moth and I love it. This pattern is so pretty. I will knit another pair maybe in the prescribed yarn in the pattern but for now its Woodbury by missbabs. First time using this yarn and I am loving it. So glad I have more somewhere in my stash. All of a sudden today, I had this feeling to work on wips so I'm hoping to get some wips off the needles this week, I have so many half finished pairs of socks. My sock knitting mojo has somewhat disappeared, honestly I knit so many last year I don't have any motiviation to knit any right now. But I really should finish what I have at least before I cast on something new.
I did do some sewing that was a quick project. I finally got around to sewing some journal covers. The tutorial is in the Makingzine by Madder. I admire the projects Lori does and I'm so glad she shared how to make a journal cover. I had a few and just got to it. I love how they turned out. Now I want to make a cover for everything. 














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3/06/2017

rainy days sunny days & patchwork












This past week has been a week of ever changing weather.. sunny and a feeling of warm spring on the way but over the weekend just foggy, rainy, cold and dreary. We didn't let the rain stop us from some exploring. We drove over to Weatherford, TX on Sunday and visited a few antique shops for a browse. I spied some lovely handmade quilts, sadly way too out of my price range because they were in excellent condition and price accordingly but all hand stitched which I love! After traipsing through the stores we hiked a bit with the dogs. The dogs don't last too long nowadays because they are getting old but we had fun nonetheless. I spotted lots of clover, little flowers dotted the shady wet areas (not sure what kind) and trees were blossoming all over, the deer spotted me before I could get a pic but there was a whole herd of them. 
In the mail last week I received the loveliest of yarns by Amber of makershaven. We did a swap in which I sent her an embroidered drawstring bag and I got some of her minis. Just gorgeous colors. Wildflower inspired which I love. Amber has shop full of pretty yarns and bags and a sweet little knitting podcast. I can't wait to cast something on with these minis!
Something else mail related is my "You've got mail" wall hanging is finished. The cute blocks were my first attempt at foundation paper piecing. which I love! You can find the block here if you want to give a try yourself. The pattern is for block only, I made 9 and sewed them all together. 
The fabrics include Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi and some fat quarters from Dailylike Canada. 
Speaking of Dailylike, I want to mention that for the next few months I get to be one of three people who get to be ambassadors to the brand and share some of their lovely fabrics whether its here or on instagram or their little blog. I have some things up my sleeves like a couple of tutorials, little easy projects and some free embroidery projects coming up so stay tuned!
In other things..
I recently came across this video, don't ask me how, but my vintage loving heart loves the outfits, the old folks dancing in the background and I have a bit of a thing for bluegrass so I admit I was tapping my toes a bit..
I watched this movie on amazon, Sunset Song. Lovely scenery, spotted some pretty knits. I have to say its not the easiest movie to watch as there were a couple of moments that really made me cringe/close my eyes but its still worth watching. Its a sad movie but the scenery!! If you like movies along the lines of Angelas Ashes or Magdelene sisters than give it a try. 
Also I started watching The French Village again. A country village at the onset of WW11, need I say more.. except that it is subtitled so not easy to watch whilst doing anything more complicated than garter stitching. Ask me how I know haha!