Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I actually started this in January, but put it away for several months. I pulled it out last month and thoroughly enjoyed stitching on it. I might have to pull it out more often!

Quaker Style Friendship Sampler

This is my first quaker type piece and I'm really liking it! I feel like I have a small little finish everytime I finish one of the medallions.

More From My Stitching Basket~Blessed are Those

I've not touched this since April, but it's still beautiful. I love the soft colors of this design. (Click on the picture for a larger, clearer view)

Olivia's Garden Quilt

I've been working on this beauty for about 3 years. I'm down to the last corner!!

I Finally Finished Something!!

Finished this little cutie up over the weekend. It was a pretty quick stitch, but I was one thread off. That played with my mind, but that's okay. I got it finished and that's what matters!! This is Celebrating the Fourth by Glory Bee, www.glorybeestitch.com. I stitched this on 32 ct. Heritage linen from Silkweaver and used those lovely Crescent Colours threads.

Other projects in my stitching basket include a freebie design I'm stitching for a friend. Can't provide any other details yet!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Stitching Slump

I seem to be in a slump right now in my stitching. Not a great place to be especially since I'm stitching a piece with a deadline! I just don't have the energy to stitch and my focus isn't on stitching. I've begun to wonder if the pieces in my current rotation aren't really "me". I like them all and I think they're beautiful, but are they really "me"? Also, most of my projects are larger (at least large for me) projects. I need some that aren't so labor intensive so I can feel a sense of accomplishment. Guess I need a finish "fix"! LOL

Next time, I'll post some pictures of my current projects so you can see what I'm working on.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Mandatory Water Conservation

ince we're in the middle of a drought, the city of Fort Worth has started mandatory water conservation. You can only water your YARD every 5 days before depending on the last number in your address. There's no watering between 10AM and 6PM. You can hand water anytime as well as use your soaker hoses anytime.

Imagine my surprise when I pass my neighbor's house this afternoon at 5:15pm-ish and he's outside with his BOAT in the driveway washing it down!!! Helloooooooooooooooooo!! Number one, that's not your yard. Number two, you're allowing water to run into the street for pete's sake! Get a clue!! Pull the boat into your dead front yard and let the water actually water your yard, but do it after 6PM!!

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!! What an idiot!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Things are Still Bloomin'

Despite the horrid heat we've been having lately as well as the lack of rain, the perennials are doing great! Of course, that's why I planted them so that they'd continue to do well during the hot, dry times we have. My Striped Mallow, or French Hollyhocks, or Zebrinas, whichever you prefer to call them have started blooming (top pic). I had no idea what they would look like when I planted them so I'm wonderfully surprised at how beautiful they are! I will try to snap a pic of them in full bloom as both plants are loaded with buds.

My white gaura is still blooming like crazy. It closes the flowers at night and reopens them in the morning. I had no idea it did this! My pink guara is putting out flower stalks, so that one should be in bloom soon!

Last night, I fed the bed with some Garrett Juice, a little fish & seaweed mixture, and some earthworm castings. Watered them in well. I need to throw out some molasses as I've seen some ants running around. I also planted a Butterfly Bush that I rescued from the clearance section at Wal-Mart's garden center. We'll see how it fares out in the bed.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hosted on Fotki

This is my almost perennial flower bed. I say this because almost all the plants in it are perennials, but there are a few annuals. This is our first year to plant a bed and our first year to go organic, so it's a learning experience all the way around. We chose plants that could withstand the hot Texas summers and didn't require loads of water, which is good considering we're already under mandatory water conservation.

We've planted Rock Rose, Guara (white & pink), Veronica Spicata (blue & red), Mexican Petunias, Voodoo Sedum, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Esperanza, French Hollyhocks "Zebrina", Four Nerve Daisy, and Liatris, which is also commonly known as Gayfeather.

Be sure to feed the birds and turn your compost pile!