Thursday, August 21, 2014

On the Sunny Side

For the first time, I planted some sunflowers this year. I wanted to bring some color into a part of the yard that gets a lot of shade.

It was a treat to watch the buds form and bulge.

The leaves at the base of the plants wilted the taller the flowers grew.

Then the flowers began to unfurl

and turned their faces to the east.

A new habitat for our 6-legged friends.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Well Done, Grasshopper

Dale and I borrowed the truck from our daughter Jeanne so we could pick up a piece of furniture in Spokane Valley. On the drive home, look who crawled out onto the hood of the vehicle?

I was able to capture him with my phone's camera before he hopped into a gust of wind.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kaylee's Afghan

It's baby afghan season at my house. I crocheted this one for my niece, Tonya, who is expecting her first child, Kaylee, in October.

The stitch is called a Granny Stripe. It's formed much like a traditional granny square ... but without corners.

I finished off the edge with some single and double crochet, and a little scallop stitch.

I was invited to Tonya's baby shower in Lewiston, Idaho. So I had a very nice ride south. This time of year, the wheat harvest is coming in and the hills of the Palouse are magical. I had lunch with daughter Julie and her boyfriend Jeff in Moscow. Then I drove another hour south to Lewiston. (It took an hour instead of 45 min because I got lost ... hey, it's been 31 years since I graduated from college there!)

The biggest surprise was that Tonya's little sister was visiting! I haven't seen Emily since she was four years old. Now she's a sweet young lady of 11.

On the way home, a deer crossed the road in front of me, the Palouse pulled out all the stops and was gorgeous in the twilight, and I rolled into Post Falls as the full moon rose over the Spokane River.

I was inspired by an afghan I saw by Arctic Strawberries on Pinterest:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Huckleberry Season!

My brother and his family spent some time in Montana and had a chance to pick some huckleberries. When he visited me the next day, he gave me a bag full.


Last night, huckleberry pancakes for dinner.
Tonight, huckleberry cheesecake for dessert!

For those interested, I simply used a Jello No Bake Cheesecake.
Then I made a glaze with:
- one and a half cups of huckleberries
- 1/6 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup sugar
- a squirt of lemon juice

Once the glaze was cool and set, I added another 1/2 cup of uncooked huckleberries to the glaze, spread it on top of the cheesecake, and let the whole thing chill.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Checkerboard Giraffes

Time for another UFO finish! I stitched this giraffe pair in 2001. I decided it's time to get them on the wall. The pattern is from 1998 and designed by Pat Theode of Noah & Company.

My daughter Jeanne gave me this high-gloss black frame. It's fairly ornate, but is the right size and color and I like the juxtaposition of the ornate frame with the simple design. Why not, right? I edged the stitchery with a green cotton print. Then I used a gold ribbon as an accent. I try to frame all my giraffe pieces with some black and gold.

The giraffes are stitched on 25ct. Mushroom Lugana and stitched with DMC floss. I like the little heart button accent and their little braided tails that swing freely. 

This afternoon they joined the rest of the herd in my gallery.

Saturday, June 7, 2014