Sunday, July 28, 2013

Raspberries and watermelon

I had a wonderful two hour visit with my friend Polly. She had coffee ready for me when I arrived at 9AM and we caught up on our goings ons while we picked out mats and frames. She has such a lovely shop and she is such a lovely person.

I had a clear idea of what I wanted for Johnny Appleseed; simple frame, no mat. Polly started pulling burled wood frames and we came across a natural looks like the gnarly branches of an apple tree. Perfect! Easy, done. I also had somewhat of an idea on the owls, well only half idea; I knew I wanted blue mat. It did not take us too long after we found the right shade of blue to pick an elegant frame. Can't wait to see them in all their finery!

The gifts on the other hand not so easy. That portly sheep brought us the most challenge. Blue mat, black needs something about a double mat with purple as the accent... Yeah, no, not quiet it. I wont drag you through the hour of picking and choosing. But when we found the right combo it WORK! Kinda jealous this one going to be a gift. I have a halloween project that will be perfect for that frame.

The pram was also a bit challenging. I wanted to keep it woodsy as the parents went with a woodland theme with pink camo. We tried some pink but it was better with the khaki and leaving the pink to the project. I am looking forward to giving this one to my friend for her precious Emma.

I worked up a good appetite so I rang my husband, who was out running his own errands, to meet up at the Dog House; a little roadside eatery. I had the lobster roll, he had a cheeseburger and we shared cheesy fries.

It was a beautiful day!


After mowing our little plot of land I got busy in the kitchen to make up some raspberry jam. Granted we have small hedge row, but it was still worth the time to make up these little gems.


This will go great on those skillet biscuits this winter.

Then I sat a spell on the back deck with the hound and cat(on her harness) enjoying the perfect weather.

I finished putting the seeds on my Wee Watermelon.
 It is done.

These little successful finishes is a boost to my stiching Mojo. But it is a challenge to stitch in the summer when I enjoy working and playing outdoors.

Speaking of playing...we've been invited to join in a rafting adventure in two weeks at The Forks on the Kennebec River. I am excited.

Hope you have a splendid Sunday in your neck of the woods.
Looks like today will be as nice as yesterday.
Keep on stitching!


CalamityJr said...

Cute watermelon design, and I can't wait to see your framed finishes. I'm sure the results will be worth the headache of finding just the right frames and mats. Your jam looks yummy!

Shelly said...

Can't wait to see the new framing either! Yum, raspberry jam. I've got some canning plans myself. Looks like it was a good productive day for you!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Framing and finishing, canning jam, yard work, lunch with hubby--sounds like a great day!

Margaret said...

Oh wow! I hope the rafting is fun! Love your finish! That jam looks so good. I wish I knew how to make jam. Yum!

Catherine said...

Looking forward to seeing your framed finishes! Can't wait to hear all about your rafting trip!