Friday Round Up

It has been a gorgeous week here in Phoenix with warmer than usual temperatures that I haven’t really minded because it’s helping my garden grow!

I have been spending as much time as possible outside these last few days and have truly loved every moment of it. In the photos below, the one on the far right shows our lettuce, onions and our recent additions that I shared last weekend.

I have been incorporating fresh herbs into our meals lately, and both my husband and I really like the extra flavor. If you eat salads, I highly recommend adding a little fresh basil, cilantro and chopped celery to your salad. It’s an amazing what a few added herbs can do when it comes to taste and even smell. I have also been making bread and have been adding freshly dried rosemary from our garden into it … it’s so good! I’m also using fresh dill in bread, as well as thyme. Using fresh herbs, or freshly dried herbs, has been a wonderful enhancement to my baking and to our meals.

Fresh Rosemary Parmesan Bread

On the crafting side of things …

I haven’t knitted or spun anything over the last week. I’m just not in the mood for it and instead have started a simple embroidery piece and a visible mending project.

As shared on Instagram a couple of days ago, my husband had a shirt jacket that I repaired a few years ago that he didn’t really like how it looked. He decided to just give it to me to make it my own so that’s what I’m doing. First I shortened the the length of the jacket, as well as the sleeves. Then I took out the original mending that was used to hide a very large tare in the back of the jacket . I decided to use hexies for my mending and went through my stash of batik fabrics. I am using a 3” hexie for the middle and four 2” hexies on the outside. I also plan to use a hexie or two on the front side as well. I am having fun and can’t wait to see how it turns out, which I hope it turns out like I plan.

For my embroidery piece I’m outlining and then will start working each section. I’m making this my own and will not be following the designers intent (I’m a rebel at times, lol). I traced this on a piece of off white grunge fabric and using Valdani size 4 thread in colors O501 (Ebony Almond) and P4 (Aged White). This is just a fun project and I’m enjoying it. I also have gotten my threads together for a cross stitch pattern that I plan to start soon too. The finished piece is destined to hang on a new peg board my hubby put up for me in our kitchen.

What have you been doing this week ?

10 thoughts on “Friday Round Up

  1. my knitting has been minimal this week (recovery from the bug) but I am happy to say I am recovered so hopefully the knitting will resume. Lovely outside photos! We are not there yet but the birds are singing away 🙂

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    1. So glad to hear you are feeling better Karen. Thank you, I’m loving the outdoors right now. Hopefully spring will be coming soon for you 😊

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  2. It has been a glorious week here in the valley of the sun. Even with today’s cooler temps the sun feels good on the body. We have been busy getting our pool drained, the tiles cleaned, and its plumbing updated. Lots of outside time with that. While inside we are finishing up painting the two bathrooms before the counter tops arrive (today). Then on Monday our handyman will return to put the finishing touches on each bathroom. My neighborhood walks are wonderful with all things starting to bloom.

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    1. It really has been a glorious week here Marsha, and so agree. We just had a 15 degree drop in the temp and pouring rain, it’s so nice. Wow, you’ve been busy, good for you and everything will be so nice when you’re all finished. Walks have been nice here too, makes me want to be outside even more. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. oh yay for all the green things growing! my knitting has been SLOW this week too … and wow! I LOVE the visible mending you’ve worked on that shirt. It’s now a piece of art!

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  4. I love what you’re doing with the hexis and embroidery! I’m also really jealous that you have fresh herbs from your garden now and am looking forward to being able to get some from my own garden in several months!

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah, I’m enjoying the embroidery at the moment and find it to be a nice change of pace. You’ll have fresh herbs from your garden sooner than you think and then I will be jealous of you, because by then it will be too hot here.

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  5. Your sunshine is divine! I am so inspired by all of your posts filled with herbs and herbal medicine. And I love seeing you cook with your herbs.

    Your mending job is lovely. How fun!

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    1. Thank you so much Katie! I’m learning so much and I am so excited to learn more. Having my little garden of herbs and veggies has been a wonderful, and it’s so fun to be able to use herbs in our meals.

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