Hello and welcome to a new week friends! Here’s what’s happening at Stone Cottage.
Just a few rows of knitting got done yesterday, (sweet, quiet knitting,) because in addtion to all the normal activities, our family met my husband’s family for dinner to celebrate a sweet niece’s birthday. It was very nice.
All the way home I marveled the sunset, that started a bright, beautiful orange, and ended with a delicate pink glow across the entire horizon.
Late in the evening, water, plums, and jars were put on the heat and left a while to boil.
I’ve been excited about the book Stitches From the Garden since I found it on Amazon. I pre-ordered it, I think months ago, and it finally arrived. I can’t wait to stitch this pillow and other projects in the book.
Below is where I’ve been crafting during the hot afternoons. The room is shaded by the front porch, but I can see the sunshine and it’s cool and relaxing here. One day, when the quilt I’m using on the table was taken by one of the boys, I grabbed a tablecloth instead, and it kept sliding off the table while I worked. Once, all my cross-stitching threads that I was sorting went down with it. The next day I set out the quilt again. It feels very nice to work on, and stays in place.
Although I haven’t gotten very far, I am in agreement with other sweet ladies who have started this project. It is so enjoyable and relaxing to work on. I did have to buy a crafting light to see where these little x’s go however, and one with a magnifier to boot, but I so love the tiny needle work.
Then, there is the jelly. Lots of jelly! We still have a ten gallon bucket of fruit to process, and more on the tree, that we think we’ll try to pick and use as well. I love to give jelly to family and friends, so I’ll make as much as possible. I had forgotten how much work it was, but well worth it. Of course it may not have felt like work if I wasn’t making it past midnight! I’ve been known to stay up late to extend a day. Some days just feel too precious to give up on.
Do you recognize the Taproot art? I love how the magazine includes framable artwork. I need to renew my subscription, and after seeing their homepage as I write this, I might do it today:)
There are twenty-eight jars so far. I love to hear the pop as each jar becomes sealed. When I went off to bed, there was one jar that was still not sealed. Right before I climbed in bed, way upstairs, I heard “POP!" And that was that. Once batch done.
Wishing you the best week this week dear friends. Lots of love to each of you! Jeannine