Monday, July 1, 2019

Hello July!

July cross stitch adapted from
Stoney Creek Collection Towels of the Month

The first day of July is nearly behind us as I type this. I had hoped to have the above project completed for today's blog post, but alas, that didn't happen. The cross stitching is done, and now I'm considering my options for finishing it with any/some/all of these fabrics. Maybe I'll have it done by the time we're bidding farewell to this height-of-the-summer month.

beach-themed stitching
To be sure, I am missing the beach these days. From our previous house we could make a quick run out to the ocean front for lunch out on an umbrella-shaded restaurant deck (complete with obnoxious sea gulls) to watch the Atlantic waves roll in.  What a balm the beach is to my spirit!

Now it's a more lengthy drive to enjoy that, so I console myself with beach-themed stitching. The project above was just me goofing around with no particular outcome in mind. It may turn into a bookmark for myself. The lettering, waves, crab (or is it a lobster?) and star fish came from these patterns by Rovaris:

purchased at my local needlework shop
I do have a finished piece to share with you, my contribution to July 4th, later this week. The finishing idea came from Priscilla, of course. This was my first time to cover a button with fabric. Easy peasy!

Greetings from America #PCP1701 by Melody Gilmore
I have two or three patterns by this designer. I love their simplicity. They come in black-and-white, which means you get to choose  your floss colors.

The pattern is printed on one side of a post card and can be sent into the mail, that is,  if you don't want to keep  it for yourself! I see wonderful potential for future uses of this pattern. Like leaving off the flag and/or the trailer, or omitting the pine trees or the rabbit. It's like this one pattern can be adapted for several different holidays, or none at all!

a sunflower for August
pattern is a freebie from the Internet
Google Images: free sunflower cross stitch patterns
My newest cross stitch project is something for August. This sunflower will get some green added, then the whole thing outlined and the word AUGUST stitched somewhere in there. I'm using designs from a couple of sources to make my own creation.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread in cast iron skillet

My last creative venture to share with you is this recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread in a cast iron skillet. A Face Book friend came across this link recently of bread recipes you can bake in cast iron skillets. I love my cast iron and baking with it in the oven is especially fun. I made this bread today. It was great! If you care to give it a try, here's the link to the article:

July looks to be a busy month for us. We've got some road travel  planned and family to see. There are Glee Club rehearsals and  singing at the nursing home. The Seniors Ministry at church has fun activities lined up. There are recipes I want to try, and that palm-shaded swimming pool in our neighborhood calls out to me. 

I've got stitching I hope to do, and even more so after having read an article titled, "The Mental Health Benefits of Cross Stitch." Click on the title if you want to read it. It was so confirming of what I've already discovered on my own.

With that said, my blog-writing may be a little less often since there are only so many hours in the days... I know I'm preaching to the choir on this one!

Enjoy your summer and write about your adventures when you can. I may not be posting quite as often but I will be reading my favorite blogs!

Until next time ...

The LORD bless  you and keep you.
The LORD make his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26


  1. Well... you have just outdone yourself with all these cute stitches. It is good to enjoy the summer. I always feel that is just what it is for and that pool would call me too.
    Seriously that cinnamon bread looks amazing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  2. Love your new stitches Barbara. Your "Priscilla" finish is adorable. It came out perfectly. We just got back from a week at the beach and I know how you feel about visiting there. I miss it already. We have another trip scheduled for July and August and I can't wait.

    That cinnamon bread looks so good. I could go for a slice right this minute. I'm hungry! Have a great week. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  3. The cross-stitching is sweet. I am glad that you enjoy it well. I no longer enjoy it at all when once I loved it, too. You are tenacious! Well,I hope that you find that things come up that you just want to chat about. Blogdom is much too quiet as it is these days.

  4. You are such a multi talented lady, Barbara! I love your July cross stitch...and the beach one too...and that red truck is so cute! I love it for the 4th of July...and then I can see it again at Christmas...would love to have a little red truck like that myself!! LOL. Have you explored the gulf coast options yet? Or maybe Crystal River area? There are a lot different kind of "beach " options on the west coast of Florida...not the same as the Atlantic, but unique and special in their own ways. But you have that lovely pool too...that would be a great "hangout" for the summer! So glad that you are finding friends and fellowship and lots to do in your new environment. God is so good. I may be a bit out of touch for the next month or so, but will do the best I can to keep up! Have a blessed day!

  5. My MIL was an avid cross-stitcher, but it's something I've never learned how to do. Yours are beautiful, Barbara, and just right for the season of summer. Enjoy your July!

  6. Beautiful stitching and what a great idea about post cards with a chart on the front!! That bread looks delicious. I am trying to avoid bread right now so that makes it look even more We will be traveling in July as well. I am participating in Priscilla, Chelsea and Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly July. Marking those ornaments off my list will feel great in July versus December.:)

  7. The pool looks so inviting, smiles.

    I will try that bread, I think. smiles

    Have a great day friend, waving to Tom.

  8. Happiness is walking on the beach...I love that one! I miss being closer to the ocean too but it's nice here in other ways. I actually hiked twice over the weekend which was great! That bread looks amazing. (I LOVE bread) Enjoy your week! Stay cool! Hugs, Diane

  9. You have been a busy lady!!! Love your "priscillified finish"!! It is darling and I want to try covered buttons now too. I'm watching my carbs right now but will have to try this bread in the looks soooo good!! Great article on the benefits of cross stitching, and you reap the reward of your much better than sitting and playing video games.

  10. Your projects are so fun, Barb! Multi-talented indeed! That bread looks amazing. Joe would love it so I have to print out the recipe. Thanks for the link. Enjoy your busy July!! I'll look forward to your catching-up when you can!! Hugs!

  11. First, I love that patriotic stitch you finished. Your other stitches are also lovely. That bread looks fabulous. Thank you for the link for the mental health/cross stitch article. Enjoy your summer activities!

  12. I bet you do miss the beach, Barbara, but you are creating some very cute beach-themed stitching in its place! Love the colors in that pretty sailboat--so summery and fun. And your little trailer finish is darling--well done on the covered button. I've never used one as my finishes seem too small for them, but maybe some day.

    Thanks for the link to the article--so very true! I didn't stitch for four days over this past week as we had company and I could truly feel the stress building up in me! I need it every day--even if it's just 30 minutes or so :)

    Hope July is a good month for you--stay cool down there! It was 92 today and humid--not a day to be outside, that's for sure!

  13. I love the crosstitch, that amazing skillet bread, and the benediction.

  14. Yes, my blogging is very sporadic these days. I've been enjoying making the "no sew" throws and keep one going. I have quite a stack and not even sure who I'll give them too, but I figure I'll find needs for each of them. I love working with my hands and it's the perfect project while in my recliner in the evenings. Love all your cross stitch and I've certainly done my fair share of that. So glad you all are enjoying your new home.