Friday, May 11, 2012

A Bit Of Stitching And Some Blooms

This week I got some good stitching time in.  I declared last Sunday a stitching day for me as I hadn't had one of those in a while.  The result was the completion of the July and August cats in the Kitty Kalendar.  Now that I'm into the last row, I feel like I'm really accomplishing something.  And it's turning out so cute and colorful.  Those Weeks Dye Works threads are really doing their job!  Love working with them!

More charts are tempting me.  Country Cottage Needleworks posted pictures of some beautiful new charts this week:  July Cottage and Star Spangled Garden.  These just caught my eye.  OK, add these to the mental list of Charts I Must Have.

In my last post, I showed you the result of my PC Stitch creativeness.  I recently installed the newest version, PC Stitch 10.   The color list now shows up on the left side of the screen and seems more.....bold?  I guess that's a good way to describe it.  You'll find all of the major brands of floss, metallics and beads listed.  I was also very happy that my saved items were transferred right into the new PC Stitch version.  Looking forward to doing some more designing!

Our gardens continue to thrive.  The veggie garden is pretty experimental.  We've been here for almost three years and this is the first time we're planting veggies.  So I'll keep you posted on that.  Our "plants of the week" are the hydrangea and the gardenia, both in beautiful bloom.  Funny thing about the hydrangea.  My friend Suzanne gave it to us for a housewarming gift and the flowers were blue in color.  Year two, it didn't bloom at all.  Last year it had an unfortunate accident with some lumber.  Fence builders, I'm looking at you.  This year it's substantially bigger and healthier and just look at the color!  Green with pinky-purply edges!  So pretty!  What did we do to make it do that?  If you know, please tell me. 

I'm not sure what this weekend holds for me, but I hope to get a little stitching in.  Maybe I'll make that a part of my Mother's Day.  Speaking of which, I wish all moms out there a very Happy Mother's Day!


  1. That is a to die for hydrangea!

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  3. My roommate used to plant hydrangeas. You can change their color by what you feed them and how much acidity is in the soil, etc. She changed hers from blue to white to pinky purple, etc. I'm not exactly sure how she did it. There were eggshells involved at one point, though!

  4. Your cats are great! A mental wishlist, that is something I never considered:-)
    Hydrangeas change color based on the PH of the ground. There is actually a detective novel by Agatha Christie in which this is used, I think. Have a nice weekend.

  5. Your cats are soooo cute! Love your flowers they are very pretty. (I do not have a green thumb - I have tried but no flowers grow for me)
    Happy Stitching

  6. You can add stuff to the ground to change the color! I finally have a blue!! Happy Mother's Day Cathy!