Saturday, June 24, 2017

Home of the gnomes

(And one fairy!)

Since I'm with out a car still, a couple day a week, Dave drives me into the office and I take the train home. But Dave is a multitasker, so on that drive we're almost always making a stop somewhere - his Grandma's, his tech guy, his mechanic.

A couple weeks back, we made a stop at his mechanic's shop (actually... it was to look at a car for me.. mileage was too high so we passed). We were standing there chatting when his mechanic put a fair sized wooden house in my hands. It looked a little like a doll house (though with no room for play), slightly Victorian, but exaggerated in a cartoonish sort of way.

My first thought was "What the heck am I suppose to do with this?!?" Then it came to me.
On the way home that night, I stopped and got some more fairy garden supplies - a couple gnomes, a little sitting fairy, some mushroom furniture.

And now it's all nicely installed in the front garden (so the gnome from the tree garden can visit easily). I still need to get some pebbles to build them some walkways. But maybe these little friends will be enough to tip the judges into giving me second prize! (Judging day is Monday!)
I know I'm absolutely charmed by it all!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Felines

Last week, several of you commented, that while Rupert looked absolutely adorable... he couldn't possibly be comfortable laying across the metal track of the door.

I agree with you... I can't see how it could be comfortable. It's a lot of metal - there are three doors - an inner glass door, the screen door, and an outer glass door. That's a lot of cold, hard track poking up...

But Rupert....
He doesn't seem to mind one jot. And it's not just that he wants to lay with his head out the door and that's his only option...
When the weather gets hot and humid, and we turn the A/C on, usually just the outer door is closed, leaving two of the tracks exposed. It's not unusual to find him napping at the back door... directly on those hard, bumpy tracks.
 And you know this boy isn't deprived of nice comfy cat beds... he's just weird.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My beauties

 Blue Girl Rose
 Salvia
 Blue Delphiniums
Red/black Lilies
 Peach Dalmatian Foxglove
 Blackberry blossom
 Pincushion plant
White Trumpet lily
Orange Oriental lilies
Spanish Lavender

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A fair affair

Years ago, when my brother and I were kids, Mom was a stay-at-home Mom, and we lived in the country. An idyllic little spot, surrounded by farm fields and forests. And fall fairs...

You all know Mom is the crafty type... not just knitting, but quilting, and baking and canning and more. So every year, she'd enter her works and goodies in the local fairs, and so would would my brother and I. Between the three of us, we came home with a goodly share of ribbons and a modest chunk of prize money.

I'm not sure what got me thinking about it... but I decided to look up the local fair's entry book for this year.
After a quick flip through, I found 15 categories I'd like to try to enter under. I have a few things done, or close to being done...
 Like Fairies Wear Boots for the Boot Cuff category
Port Credit will be done soon ,so I can tuck them away for the sock category.
My lovely Aeolian was knit a few years back, but it's never been used. A good wash and blocking and it should be ready for the shawl category.
The cardigan category may be just the thing I need to get me revved up about the Empire Line Cardigan again. (just one front and two sleeves left)

Of course, there's lots of things I'll need to start fresh.
 Old Shale Cardigan would make a nice entry for one of the baby cardigan... I'm thinking it would be just lovely in a Dove grey House Cat with pretty pearl buttons.
 And Chouette with some matching mitts will be a quick knit for the child's hat/mitt category.

Even with some things already knit, 15 categories in four month may be a bit ambitious... but I do love a deadline, and I think it will be fun to see how much I can get done in time! Are you ready for the ride?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can you dig it?

...'cause I did!

It took a few hours, but I dug out the whole bottom end of the front yard. Much like the front garden expansion, it was slow going because the ground is mostly clay, and you have to work around the tree roots. But I persevered. After it was dug, in went several loads of rich, black soil... and then all those clearance plants.
Okay... not quite all of them.... The Delphiniums will get really big, so they are in the Little Bee Garden with the other Delphiniums. But from top down, we have the new roses, the coneflowers, the red Susans, the new Columbine, the Speedwell, the Tickseed and the Beard  Tongue, with a million little annuals mixed in until things fill out.

I also rescued the older Columbine from the Big Bee Garden and moved it here - it got over shadowed by the daisies and bachelor buttons and didn't bloom this year. It will have lots more room to grow now .The white Creeping Baby's Breath also got pulled from the Little Bee Garden. It was getting lost under Chicago Peace. Here it can stretch its legs as much as it likes.
I  don't think its enough to compete with a few of the more mature gardens in the yards around here. But I think I still get an 'A' for effort. And the real payoff comes in all the years to come!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Side one done...

Despite digging another garden (more on that tomorrow), I did manage to finish up the first side of the wedding shawl this weekend.
It certainly doesn't look long enough ,but I followed the pattern exactly - five full repeats then the edge chart. I keep reminding myself that it still needs it's second side. And... we all know how lace opens up. This baby is going to grow and grow when it gets wet.

Of course, now the first side is done, I'm suffering from Second Side Syndrome... (much like Second Sock).. but I've got to push myself through it. Not only does this have a deadline... I've got other deadline projects in mind...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I love my calendar boy

Rupert wants to say a big thank you...
Okay... he's busy napping, so I'll say it for him....

Thanks to your support, he raised $175 for the shelter we got him from, and won a spot in their 2018 calendar. (The entire fundraiser raised more than $5000)
So these big golden eyes are going to be famous soon! The calendar will be available in the fall, so I'll see if I can get a couple extra copies and we'll do a little give away.