|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.
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.