Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gardening, sewing and a Gelli print postcard

The weather is slowly warming although we had a frost just two nights ago. I’m tired of covering everything up but I think we may finally be done with it.



The lilacs and apple blossoms are waning as other plants take over. All my hosta and astilbe against the back hedge are just fleshing out. It is the last spot to warm up. The bird house that you can see on the pole above  is occupied with a family of chickadees. I’ve been watching the parents fly in and out with no sign of the babies yet. I may have heard them though. I hope I won’t miss seeing them leave.

My shed is housing a good collection of glass found at the local second hand store and I needed to use some up. This past weekend I put together  a few more garden ornaments using an exterior clear caulking. 



The little birds will drink out of them and bathe if I lay a flat rock in the bottom of the bowls.



Some are decoration only. This small one below has a solar light in the bottom which comes on at night.



My kitchen herb garden is also filling in nicely with savoury, lemon thyme, oregano, sage and parsley. I have basil in the raised bed.



Now that most of my outdoor work is done, I can turn my attention to my studio projects. As I write, I’m sitting in my rocker where I can look at my most recent fiber art piece, the surfer, which I taped to the back of my ironing cupboard door. I like to sit back and think about my next steps; however, I’m not quite ready to delve into it yet. My second window is in at Kent’s. I’m only waiting for my carpenter.




In the meantime, this morning I made the pockets and set them onto the lining for my bag.



I had to quit to go to my CrossFit class at noon. It’s week number three and so far I’m really enjoying it. Of course lots of the moves are adapted for me because of all of my joint issues but I can see progress. So far I’ve gained 4 pounds, lol.

After my lunch, I felt like doing something a little creative, so I pulled out my Gelli print stash and chose one to cut up for a 4 by 6” postcard.



A stiff stabilizer on the back enables me to do the free motion stitching.




I often enjoy adding some hand embellishing so I pulled out some beads and lace.



I know it’s a bit labor intensive for a postcard; the little details are the fun part though.




I’ve got to get going and start supper. I’m making Philly subs with peppers, cheese, mushrooms and leftover barbecued steak. Hubby wants to eat early so he can head to the golf course.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

You have been busy! Your garden looks beautiful.

Mystic Quilter said...

It's always a delight when we see the shoots and bud opening at the start of Summer. Love your bag Holly.

Kate said...

Your bag looks good, Holly. Very summery.
I used herbs from the garden for the first time this summer, in tonight's salad. They taste so fresh.

Angela said...

Love the postcard! How fun would it be to get that in the mail!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your garden looks lovely. I imagine the glass pieces must reflect the sun so nicely. And I'm happy to know I'm not the only one that sits and contemplates a piece before deciding what to do next!

alex amarxon said...

The town is about 45 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Seagulls occasionally make their way over the mountains. Hopefully, they are able to find their way back.

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