I live in the west and the summer is already shaping up to be a hot one. It has made the dog days of summer come early. I look at this as an opportunity to start thinking about fall or autumn decorations and what to create and make to celebrate those dreamed of cooler temperatures. I think about sunflowers and beehives and squash and pumpkins. Crisp apples and the cool mornings that are so invigorating. When the kids go back to school I then move onto Halloween. I do enjoy stitching on those long hot lazy summer days. Stay cool out there.
I’m ready to go now that I have had my Covid 19 vaccinations. I can’t wait to get out and explore new places and collect new ideas to help me create. It feels wonderful and I am excited to have a clean slate so to speak. I can start a new “phase.” That is what the art world likes to call a change in the style of an artist. Maybe I will combine mediums like fabric and paint or embroidery and paper or even try a new style of stitching. Isn’t it great. Keep your eye peeled for new patterns on my web site and in my Etsy shop.
I have been busy with all sorts of projects these past months. What excitement we have experienced this past year and now into the next. While there is certainly hardship and unhappiness right now I can’t wait to see what comes next. I have finished many projects and created several new projects. I enjoyed learning a little more about Hanukkah and created a Penny Rug for the occasion. I am excited to have the snow and the beauty that comes with it so I am creating a large snowflake. I also am looking forward to that day of love, Valentine’s Day and created a cute and easy Conversation Hearts Penny Rug for the occasion. Check out the new patterns and get stitching.
This year has been so full of calamity and fear that it has spread much anxiety and made it hard to focus for all of us. I have felt very unsettled but have increasingly turned to crafting to find joy and peace. I get much pleasure out of designing a new penny rug pattern. It was such fun to place and stitch all the details on the Haunted Pedal Car design. It has so many Halloween elements that it is hard to see them at first. It was fun to study the finished penny rug with my granddaughter and find all the hidden treasures. The Scrolled Pumpkin design just fell into my head while cleaning house. It was a pleasure to work with the different metallic flosses that add the elegance to this design. It will be most beautiful on the Thanksgiving table. I would like to remind all of the saying “Stay calm and stitch on.” Many blessings to all and I hope you stay safe and healthy.
My favorite holiday is the 4th of July or Independence Day. When I was a kid it meant cap guns and charcoal snakes with my cousins at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It was grandma’s fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon and chocolate cake with ice cream. It also was hot so we would run through the sprinklers in our shorts and tank tops. In the evening we would settle down with the cooling temperatures and what the beautiful sparkling red, white and blue fireworks. There were other colors of course but my favorites were the patriotic colors. When I designed the latest penny rug I had previously used the pedal car in my spring bowl fillers but I really wanted to celebrate Independence Day and Freedom with my little pedal car. It is all decked out and ready to go down the parade route. I also couldn’t resist adding in the fireworks. I hope you find it as fun and I did.
Soooo…. Here we are into this Corona Covid 19 thing two weeks and the boredom is really setting in. Not for me. I have so many projects and ideas going I will never run out of them and be bored. However, I do want to go to the craft store or the quilt store or the bakery or buy specialty chocolates or see a movie in the theaters or go to a nice lunch with friends. But how joyous it will be when the virus passes and life can get back to normal and we can experience the things we miss in our lives. Right now, find the joy and special memories in the moment with your family, or in your home or with crafting and creating. Too soon we will be saying …. remember when we all had to isolate during the virus outbreak and life slowed down. It was nice.
I love to create my projects from beautiful things I see while traveling. My creativity can be sparked from things I see in a museum, or artifacts I have encountered while touring homes and estates or even architecture on a building. My most recent Penny Rug is called Rose Garden. I have been working on this project for about 3 years and was inspired while touring the Cottages in Newport Rhode Island. I loved Rose Cottage. It wasn’t the most ostentatious or beautiful but I loved the colors and it seemed comfortable and lived in. The gardens where filled with roses and smelled wonderful as the day heated. I hope this pattern will help your home feel warm, comfortable and lived in.
Another summer has past and cooler days are ahead. With the end of summer comes State and County Fairs as well as small town Carnivals. I enjoy going to the Fair and seeing all the prized animals, hearing the happy cries of the people on the rides, eating the high fat food (it is okay once a year) that you only find at the fair and tastes so good, and marveling at all the handmade items that people have created throughout the year. It is just simple fun. My latest creation is a quilt I call Grandma’s Farm. It reminds of the Fairs this time of year and all the things that my great-grandmother and grandmother did on the farm. Hanging out the laundry. Oh, that fresh smell of the clothes off the line. Skimming the cream off the milk to make the butter. And gathering eggs. I helped husk corn, shell peas and did plenty of dusting and ironing. Nobody sat idle and you couldn’t play until the chores where done. I miss those simple happy days. I hope you to will find happiness and good memories in my Grandma’s Farm Quilt.
It is getting warm again and I am having those feelings of long ago summers spent with my grandparents. For two summers I was dropped every weekday at my grandparents house while my parents went to work. It was a tiny house built in the 1920’s. It had no air-conditioning and the screen doors banged shut behind you. My grandmother had a beautiful flower garden and made me lunch everyday and sometimes breakfast. She taught me to iron, sew, and enjoy the birds in the backyard. When the house was hotter inside than the air temperature outside we would retreat to the shady patio in the back of the house and just talk and dream. At the time that is just what life was, as it often is when you are a child. You live in the moment. I so very much miss, and long for those long hot summer days with my grandparents.
Last month in Mid-March I had the opportunity to travel to McDowell State Park outside Mesa Arizona. It was so very nice to feel the warmth of the sun and see the green vegetation. It was as if Spring had come a week early for me. When I left my home if was cold and snowy and when I returned it was the same but I had been rejuvenated. I didn’t see all the things in Arizona that make me think of Spring like tulips, daffodils, pansies or dew on the grass in the morning. I didn’t smell fresh cut grass. I didn’t even feel that slight breeze with just a hint of warmth. I saw big beautiful cactus with glorious blooms. I saw the red Mesas stretched along the skyline. I saw the most beautiful sunsets of yellow, orange, pink and purple. I heard the coyotes howl at night. I felt that summer hot sun on my back and I got a sunburn. I was so inspired by my early and unusual Spring that I have created some new embroidery designs with a Southwest motif and lots of cactus. I have a confession to make….I live close to the mountains but I love the desert. My husband says that is because you always want what you don’t have. Maybe so. I hope you will enjoy making my new embroidery patterns.