Good Morning From Soggy Eastern PA!
Yes my friends, we are finally getting rain! It started lightly just around 5 p.m. yesterday and it has not let up yet. I checked the rain gauge quickly and there is over 2" in it!! It is supposed to rain steadily ALL day long.
I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend. We did not do anything special, but it was nice and laid back...just the way I like it. Finally I started my two new stitching pieces over the weekend. First up is The Praise Sampler by Eileen Bennett. This is the band sampler that incorporates 14 different stitches into it. I love the saying which is: "Praise Loudly Blame Softly." Good words to live by if you ask me. Here's what I accomplished so far:
This is a small sampler (the stitch count is only 57 by 115). I'm stitching it on 30 count linen, but still only using one thread over 2. I'm using the called for DMC threads and the Perle Cotton thread (that was used on the pulled 4 sided stitch at the top).
Here's an overall picture of what it will look like:
The second sampler I started is a large one (stitch count is 460 by 200). It is the Ellen Harrison 1889 Sampler from Needlework Press. I'm stitching it on 36 count linen (again one strand of floss over 2 linen threads). I didn't get that far, but I started on another piece of fabric and decided it was way too large and light colored, so I pulled a darker linen from my stash and started over. Here is what is stitched so farL
Kind of hard to see...you can click to enlarge if you like. Here is what the entire sampler will look like:
So, a lot of stitching ahead of me! I'm enjoying having two different pieces to work on again...keeps me from getting bored.
Along the lines of surprises, I was so excited to find that we have another lemon growing on our little lemon tree! When I was watering house plants on Saturday I discovered it. If I remember correctly, the first one took forever to grow and then it came off the plant prior to being ripe. I put it on the buffet with other fruit and eventually it ripened and I used it in cooking! Here's the new one (kind of like a little bean - lol):
My plans for today include making red beans (an all day affair - I did soak the beans over night), a conference call at 11:30 and possibly grocery shopping (if we care to dodge the raindrops). It's not critical that we shop, but I prefer Tuesdays so that we receive the 5% senior discount (that adds up quickly).
I hope your day finds you easing back gently after a holiday weekend. Have a good one!