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!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

it's magic .....

Thanks to Jackie I learned how to make hexies from circles and it's magic!!!!  Now I'm hooked on making them and I've even come up with a few ideas for using them.^^

Here's a bird house that my fella made - he started fiddling in his shop one day and this was the result.  It has logs on two sides and shake shingles.  ^^

It's been very dry and quite windy and sometimes the smoke from the forest fires that are northwest of us is heavy.  When I had to take refuge from the wind whilst at the cabin this book was a delightful companion - it was such a good read that I may have taken refuge more often than necessary.   ^^

I found this tin at the landfill when I was dropping off a bag of garbage - there it was right at my feet. ^^  I took it home and gave it a good scrubbing; my fella took care of a dent in it; then I cleaned up some of the rust and sealed it.  A 500 ml water bottle, with the top cut off, fits quite nicely inside so that I can use it as a vase.  A E McKenzie has been a seed company in Manitoba for over a century and this can was one they offered to celebrate their 100th birthday in 1996.  I've learned to live with the dandelions this year ....don't they look pretty with the irises.

Monday, June 8, 2015

dandelion jelly

For ages I've had a recipe for dandelion blossom jelly.  With beautiful big blossoms on the dandelions this year and knowing they hadn't been sprayed I set about picking them.  It didn't take long to pick the blossoms but it was tedious to remove any green parts that came with them.  I was quite expecting the juice from boiling them to be the beautiful yellow of the blossoms - wrong .... it was more greenish.  I was somewhat skeptical but carried on and made the jelly with the addition of pectin and lots of sugar and a wee bit of yellow food colouring. ^^  Much to my surprise and delight the jelly is absolutely delicious!!  The recipe suggested it would be good with chicken but after sampling it we know it's good with and on many things including toast.  If you'd like the recipe just let me know. 

And last but not least - a hearty thank you to my new followers.

Monday, June 1, 2015

thinking Summer ....

This is my newest table mat, candle mat, wall hanging mini quilt ......  ^^

This one is now living at at the cabin.  Since I'm not sure if I want to hang it or use it as table mat I added triangles at the back for hanging. I think it would look nice on the verandah. The stitching design was one I found on Pinterest and I don't  know who is the designer.