What a change in the weather this morning from yesterday, it was glorious weather and as some of you know I spent most of it in the garden. The roses are all blooming and the scent in the air is really beautiful and shouts Summer is here! I set out all my things on our table and then made a coffee, this was 9 in the morning and it was already hot. The day stretched before me and I could not wait.
Sitting there in the garden sipping my warm drink and watching the wildlife go about their busy day I decided to pick some flowers for drying so with my hazmat suit on, off I went and picked some gorgeous bits to use later on when they have had time to dry happily. I am very pleased with how the little buds of hydrangeas turn out also another beauty is the Hypericum also known as 'mystical red star' and has lovely yellow flowers on it that turn to red berries and is often found in flower bouquets.
I found my book that press them in and took out the last lot that is now in the little box I keep them in and started wrapping them up in kitchen roll and placing them in there but ran out of space! So now I have three books of flowers in there. When ever you buy an antique book it really is lovely to find a little something inside it. In the past I have found a letter, feathers, dried flowers and a little calling card that meant something to someone at one point. Those things stay in the books I never take them away. I have started adding something to special books as well so in future years ahead others may derive pleasure from the finds as I have.
Anyway after I sorted that out, but first taking photos I settled down outside in the glorious sun and started writing in my journals. I had my personal journal to update and also I had a good look through my ideas journal to be able to do a little designing and spent some lovely time sat there in thought with just the bird song going on it was glorious. Deep in thought and having made another drink I came across a little doodle and the above quote and that was it I started to work in earnest. The ideas flowed and so much so that I have cut out all the pieces of gorgeous antique fabrics after I drew the patterns and then they are now pinned to some rather
wonderful rustic and very old linen. Then I sorted the thread out and well started to stitch. Some of the quote above is on there too ( in pencil for me to stitch over) and I am well on my way to completing this within a few days I should hope.
I have taken a picture of the first mushroom that is nearly finished for you to see ( first picture on here). I love mushrooms they fascinate me and when I find any on a walk in the forest I have to go and look, especially if there is a ring of them. When I was a young girl we spent lots of time in the New Forest as my Grandad had his horses on their and we would ride. I spent many a happy hour wandering around in the wooded parts and looking at plants, flowers and mushrooms and was told that the ring of mushrooms was where the fairies came to dance .... my love of them began then and I was 4 years old. Also I remember being told that there is more to a mushroom than what you see above ground. Underneath the forest floor and leaves and acorns there is a network of tiny thin roots like pieces as well called mycelium. I have tried to capture that too in thread.... you will see from the photo there are loose threads that just need a few tiny wee stitches to keep them in place and to spread them.. I am still working on the photo above and I have lots more to do on the whole picture but will have great delight in finishing this piece.
I had such fun designing this piece and it made me smile as I was stitching it. Today I am off to visit
my Mum for a while and meeting with my sister there. Then I will be back here and working, unfortunately not in the garden which is a real shame as the spot where I sit is gorgeous. With the umbrella up so that I can see my slow stitches and the scent of my climbing rose above and behind me on the wall it is truly a little artistic haven .... For the umpteenth time they say we are going to have thunder storms this morning and the garden does look dark with the cloudy sky but it is still busy out there with bees and butterflies and of course my birds that visit...
However it if it is not really cold and windy but just dark I will still go sit outside for a while with a warm drink ( Cinnamon tea ) and my slow stitching for a while. If a storm does appear I will have to retreat inside and light some candles and continue on.
I am loving my new 'office' outside this year and after being inside for so many months in front of a fire and stitching with the lights on it is so nice to be slow stitching in natural light for a few months.
Yesterday I felt I achieved so much and in addition to this mushroom stitching piece I am working on I manged to complete two more designs that will follow from it so I had the most productive and happy day yesterday.
Well that is it for today and sorry I am a little later today. So for now I really hope you all have a wonderful day and as always Happy Stitching! XX