Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Brave Wave---an Americana sampler

 The Brave Wave
designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2012

  You can substitute your brave soul in the block as needed in honor or memory of a special one who helped to keep our country free! You could insert a date for deployments, date of homecoming, number of years of service, etc.

If you don't care for Americana or can't think of a special soldier or veteran, Soldier's Angels, an organization that has many sewing and stitching, as well as other volunteer activities for soldiers serving our country overseas, including the injured at the Germany hospital.
This would make a great ornie. For all crocheters and knitters, the hospital is always looking for blankets of hope. It's definitely an organization I'm glad to be a member of.

colors suggested are
Gentle art---old red paint
Gentle Art----old blue paint
Gentle Art----Strawbonnet
Gentle Art---Dark Chocolate
fabric suggested 32 ct Belgium Linen
or whatever colors and fabbie suit your fancy this patriotic season.


Happy Thursday to all kind readers and stitchers in or out of the land of the free!  :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Homestead Happenings!

This week has flown by very quickly and boy, what a busy one! The homestead is getting a porch facelift!
Instead of paint this time that peels by the end of the season, decided to strip the entire wrap around porches, just the floors, and stain it with a barn red stain, not paint.
WHAT a job but so well worth it!
For the most part all done after 3 days but the edges and that will be done by the end of the week.

What a mess!

About 4 layers of paint--------gone. YAY!!!

lots of shadows but looks like new wood in real life here.

I can't wait for the barn red stain to go on. Thankfully, the sun has been staying out and no rain in the past few days.

Of course, looking off the side porch at this, with a cuppa helps too!

Miss Abbie is spoiled as she can be still. Once this week she actually dragged out her soiled potty paper in her pan and started folding it with herself and I guess she watched me do that so much, she was just helping and hinting that it needed changing. :P
She also has been thinking her doggie bed is her boyfriend and has been "intimate" with it ALOT!
Shocks me. I thought she was "fixed". She is definitely a personality of herself.

But all in all, the peace and contentment, good food, and Mother nature and Father time are healing and nurturing us through the Summer this year.

My stitching has been less lately but I did throw in a few more letters to My Everything designed by the Sampler Girl. Oh how I crave to stitch more and have many lined up projects when I have more than a few minutes here and there this Summer.

Red seems to be my "almost" favorite color of late.
A real close second to pink. :)

Of course, reading and writing is a love at heart as well. But Summer is just full of so many long daylight hours and things to do, especially around the homestead of late.

Good eats this week made from scratch are:

Peach cobbler
Fresh strawberry shortcake
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (made with leftover smoked chicken)
Fresh tomato sandwiches with Hellman's mayo and salt and pepper
Cold Peach Treat wine from Habersham Winery, local 
Bacon and egg breakfasts with lots of coffee
Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches, freshly toasted
Homegrown tomatoes just sliced up with fresh lettuce, salt and pepper

Hope your week is cruisin' along too with lots of Summer treats.

Miss Abbie has been doing a little training and she is definitely enjoying bacon treats as much as ever for rewards. She's my lump of sugga.

 The kitchen faucet finally pooped out and replaced with a more substantial and rustic faucet that I am lovin'.

Picked these twice now out of the yard and they last for almost a week in the house cut.

Every day gets a little brighter and this is a definite~~ good thing.

It's amazing what blooms given a nurturing environment!
( my aloe plant, it's growing like a weed right now)

Stay cool,