Sunday Musings

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The start of spring here in Phoenix hasn’t quite been what I hoped it would be. April, like March, is starting off windy and the temperatures have been in the 90s. Usually this time of year is quite pleasant, and most days have been, it’s just that I’m tired of windy and blustery days. Our little garden is still doing well but with the warmer temperatures I’ve lost a few plants but thats ok, I knew a few would not be able to take the heat or the intense sun. So, this past week I have been trimming and drying many of our herbs, which has made our kitchen smell so good!

Yesterday I stopped into Joanns and came home with a new magazine, In Her Garden by Stampington & Co. What a beautiful magazine ! There are so many wonderful stories, articles and crafty things to make in this magazine. This issue is definitely a keeper and I hope the publish more.

I found a cross stitch pattern in Joanns that I’ve wanted for a while, Stitchy Stars by Lori Holt. I also bought a wood plaque that I plan to white wash, which will be the back drop to the finished piece (like shown in the photo to the right) and bought the thread colors needed but opted to try the new Anchor Threads in place of DMC. Having thread on a spool is rather convenient and much easy to maintain than standard floss, or at least I think it is. I can’t wait to start this project and when it’s finished I plan to hang it above my bulletin board.

They only other thing I’m working on is my Azalea tee. I finished the ribbing and now I’m working on the body, which may take me a bit to finish. I really love the colors in the yarn and look forward to seeing how my tee turns out.

Have a wonderful and peaceful day !

18 thoughts on “Sunday Musings

  1. I was with my local quilt friends who also love to garden and we were lamenting the still too cold and unpredictable weather we are having. I think the gardens are trying to tell us something about loosening our grip.

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  2. With the temps dropping a bit this week, maybe your garden will be a bit happier. I don’t mind the wond but then I was raised in Kansas where a 20MPH wind was the norm each day. I miss the breeze once we hit the hottest part of the summer.

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    1. I’m hoping so Marsha and honestly I think I can get a few more weeks of growth from a several of my plants. I’m actually use to wind too, especially from living in northern Arizona for a long time.

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  3. I just love Lori Holt. Enjoy your stitching pattern!

    I love what Juliann said in an earlier comment. It’s just the reminder I needed. I’m getting anxious to put some seeds into the ground, but NH just isn’t ready for that yet. I hope you get a little relief from the weather though — and am very happy to know that your kitchen smells so nice right now!!

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    1. Thank you Katie and I look forward to stitching this pattern soon. I think we’re all a bit anxious about growing things this year and hopefully the weather will start cooperating for everyone. Meantime for me, I will continue drying herbs 😊

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  4. It’s been super windy here – but that’s pretty typical for this time of year for us. I’m not ready for summer heat yet (and never ready for AZ heat levels). What a sweet little cross stitch design – that’ll look perfect finished up as you described.

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    1. I’m not ready for summer heat yet either and hopefully we’ll both get a reprieve from the wind soon. I think it will be a fun project and I hope to start it this Friday 😊

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  5. My MIL was just wrapping up her visit there in Arizona when the 90’s hit. She is happy to be back home in Alaska. I do hope that the rest of your plants and flowers will survive the heat. Your cross stitch project is a nice one. I really like the idea of displaying it on a wood plaque. So sweet! I am looking forward to watching you stitch this.
    I, too, have been admiring those Anchor threads on a spool. I did buy a few colors for a conversion of a Mirabilia I hope to do some day. Not my conversion, but I fell in love with it when I first saw it some years ago. Threads on a spool, what a concept, huh?

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    1. Good for your mother-n-law and she probably left just in time. I think what’s left of our little garden will do well but I’m not quite ready for the warmer weather. I can’t wait to start my stitching project and think it will be quite fun. Threads on a spool is a new concept and one I probably can get use too 😊

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  6. oh my – 90’s sounds so hot already (I’m sorry!) Joanns was the perfect place to cool off and get inspired. and floss on a spool looks like a game changer! (like wow, why didn’t someone think to do that years ago?!)

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