What a whirlwind this month of August has been. I feel as if I have been chasing my tail. Today is the end of the month and I did finish 4 sewing/knitting goals, but two were left undone. A third,
is now put together with backing and batting, but when I have time, I’d like to add more quilting.
In addition to these projects, I have spent an incredible amount of time in the kitchen. Today again, there was more pear butter canned as well as more produce brought in. I have another dehydrator full of cucumbers for chips, the last batch of pear butter is condensing in the crock pot, the refrigerator is full of cucumbers waiting their turn. I gave up and gave some raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes to the neighbor. The grapes are starting to get ripe and the weather is so incredible, this scenario may continue for another month. We have started new beets and greens for the winter and they have popped their little heads above ground now. And we water, water, water, water. Usually it rains a day or two when school starts, but not this year.
Today a neighbor came over and we wormed 1/3 of the sheep for the winter. We will be dividing them and giving each group a suitor soon. Then we count out 5 months to start the baby business.
In between all this, we have made time for doctors visits and a very few staples to eat. (Today, I visited with the Geek squad so I could bring you this report – I love those fellows) And we have daily fed, watered, and cared for the bees, sheep, ducks, geese, and dogs – oh, yes, and for each other. I am loving this crazy, out of control summer.
The scrappy hedgehog flimsy is done. I put in two babies to make enough blocks. The fabric on the right will be the backing. But now I’ll wait until a baby is due that is just right for this quilt as it is easier to store flimsies than to store finish quilts with the batting. These little hedgehogs from Hatched in Africa are just so cute and easy to stitch.
3 more cute little hedgehogs were my sewing for today. First though we went to the cardiac doctor. He gave DH approval to go to the gym as well as tell us things look good.
Did you all enjoy the eclipse? The doctor came into the room just at the minute they were showing it in real time on our iPhones, so we watched the rerun.
There was a bit of inattention going on here. No once, but twice. They had to be redone in the correct size. Now I have two cute little hedgehogs in a smaller size for what – I don’t know yet.
This morning I took the 15 large cucumbers I had picked two days ago to the gym and gave them away. Then I came home to pick some more smaller ones, but they were already big. I put them in the refrigerator. Yes, – this is the cucumber “year to remember”
This is the “Tribal Cat Felix” from Hatched in Africa. It was fun making it come to life. Their designs are so well done and make one look so good. It took about 40 minutes to stitch out after I had decided to put it on this shirt and then the time to choose threads – so perhaps it was about 2 hours to alter the looks of this shirt. And I love it on this little denim to;p. I wish HIA had a small version with much less detail to put on the front and maybe in time, they will.
It was a “Happy Father’s day”
And a “Happy Birthday”. These towels, I embroidered as a requested birthday gift.
Embroidery Library had this fun retro watering can on sale. It was so fun looking, I felt a need to purchase and embroider it. It was a nice interlude to all the “normal stuff”. Hop on over to their site and see what a wonderful selection of designs they have.
Just look at how big these geese have grown and so fast! They are over much of their shyness now as long as it’s only me and the fence is between us.
DH is feeling better, so I took part of the day and embroidered these jeans. Each design takes about an hour and a half stitch-out time. These designs are from Hatched in Africa (HIA). The one on the left is “Pink Jumbo lilies” and on the right is “Iris Jumbo”. One just can’t go wrong with their designs as they are so well digitized.
And I thought you might want to see the clowns take a “selfie” the one on the right is our youngest and the other young one is her DH.