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Strawberry Jam & Peonies

Time has been flying.. I had meant to post last week and the time just gets away. My days have been busy working, sewing, knitting and I made some jam. I love jam, just a small batch and it should last through the summer. I swirled it into some homemade vanilla ice cream. It was quite possibly the best thing ever. I found some pretty peonies on sale the day after mother's day. They were just the right pick me up I needed and smell so so wonderful. Mothers day last year is when Miss Sydney passed away so I kind of was in a sad mood for most of the day. She was a lovely little friend and is still missed very much.
Currently I am working on the quilt in the new making zine color issue, its so lovely and it will be perfect as a wall hanging. I have no patience to dye fabric or yarn so I am using essex linen. A fat quarter bundle I got from fat quarter shop ages ago. I'm pairing it with muslin. I'll probably hand quilt it and it will be so nice when its finished. Can't wait to show you. The new making zine is fully of lovely projects as usual. I want to make the back pack, maybe not in yellow maybe grey. I might save it for fall or a winter project. 
Lately I've been using waxed canvas, so fun to work with. I love the result. I have a few things in my etsy shop and hope to add more. I do have a lovely collaboration kit that is popping in the shop on Saturday, with The Blackberry Ridge yarns.
My knitting habits change so much in the warmer months, drastically. In the fall and winter its all about autumnal colors and warm woolens and lots of natural yarns and heavier yarns. Now at the moment I am all about the speckles and knitting socks. Light things to carry around. Its so hot and humid here and its already in the 90's. This weekend we might be in the high 90's and thats with some humidity. I don't mind the heat but I hate humidity so does my hair. Nothing can be done about the frizz. My poor maggie melts in the heat. Its going to be a quiet holiday weekend, possible a little bbq.  Definitely some more strawberry jam ice cream!

wildflowers, cross stitch & etsy shop reopening..

Its decidely summery this morning. We have had some amazing weather recently, sunny, breezy and warm without humidity and then just an incredible amount of rain for a couple of days and everything is just bright and green. David and I went for a country drive yesterday evening, the windows rolled down and maggie hanging out while I held onto her for dear life. It all smelled soo fresh, clean and earthy. 
The bluebonnets are mostly gone and now the queen anne's lace and pink primroses cover the ground.   My ranunculus bulbs which I planted have sprouted and are looking good, so are my cosmos and other flowers. 
These past couple weeks have been spent doing a lot of sewing. On a whim, I decided to reopen my etsy shop. Maybe just for the summer, I have time at the moment so we'll see how it goes. I am working on some completely magical bags for a collaboration with The Blackberry Ridge (check out her yarn, its wonderful and so is she!) I think this collaboration will be the first of a few and also one of a kind so if you are interested be sure to check it out, I'll post about it on instagram. I love making, its something that brings me so much happiness. Sewing, knitting, cross stitching, I love it all. I couldn't choose a favorite! I finally cast on a Vertices Unite shawl, its been in my queue forever but I'm pretty happy with it, very interesting construction.
I started stitching on my lovely new kit by Alicia Paulson. Oh my gosh how I love it, the colors and the design. So so pretty. Just a few stitches here and there and maybe it will be finished by summer. I love her stuff! Already looking forward to the next one. I think I might have a problem. Its a good one to have though.