Wednesday, July 29, 2015

cottage country pix

July has seen a mixed bag of weather from hot and humid to a haze (sometimes thick) of smoke from the northern forest fires.  Then the rain began and it has the poor manners of not knowing when it's time to leave.  :(

I assume Blogger has been making changes again since there are several blogs that I can no longer leave comments on - this began when I tried leaving comments using the laptop and I assumed it was something to do with that but the same thing is happening with the desktop now.  I've checked and re-checked settings and mine are the same as they've been since I started blogging.  So, if I'm not commenting on your blog post - that's the reason;  I assure you that I'm still reading your posts.

We have a resident tree frog who resides on the inside of the door of one of the sheds.  Most days it's the colour of the shed door but I was lucky enough to catch it in full colour - a beautiful shade of green!  There is also a baby tree frog who is a bright green but it's not around when I have the camera out.

One morning there was a flotilla of geese (Canada Goose) and we counted 45 goslings!  Soon they'll be learning to fly and that's always very entertaining since there is much squawking and flapping of wings to begin with.

What we saw ......

Reflection of the smoke haze pink-orange sun.

River mist.

A carp (fish).

Red sky at night sailors' delight
 Red sky in the morning sailors' take warning

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Christmas in July

Usually I do a lot of my Christmas stitching over the summer but sadly, I've only made two items thus far ...

Tag design from Elizabeth Coughlin.

Homespun ornie from Annie's Keepsakes.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

summer sweater

This is my new summer sweater - the pattern is called Veranda Cardi available on Ravelry. 
 I used cotton yarn.
The flower embellishment is a 'daisy' from Homespun magazine .... mine is a primrose or an anemone. ^^ 

I turned a dress into a skirt by cutting off the bodice and attaching a waistband.  This is lovely, lightweight crinkly gauze that is cool in the heat of the summer.
 Unfortunately, it's showing up a brighter bluer than it really is ...  

Some crocheted roses to wear with or embellish whatever.  The pattern is here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

in the summertime ....

Even though summer didn't officially start until June 21 we've been enjoying summer activities and going back and forth to the cabin since May.  But I haven't entirely goofed off .....

Over the winter I tore up linens and t-shirts to make balls of 'yarn' for this rag rug ... I expected it to be my summer project but it worked up rather quickly.

I cross stitched a card for a friend - the envelope is lined with paper rather than fabric this time ... I was being lazy short of time.  It's Lucie Heaton's June Fairy.

These are the wildflowers that are blooming at the cabin just now.  From the top they are the Showy Lady Slipper, Lily (aka Tiger Lily) and Yellow Lady Slipper.  Interestingly, the lily is the provincial flower for the Province of Saskatchewan.  We've been having some splendid hot, dry weather!