Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Who would ever think that I would celebrate having 3 days in a row below 100 degrees. We crested at 98 and 99 degrees over the weekend. I know it's all psychological, but those few degrees make all the difference in the world. Last week was more busy than I care for. We had something going on three out of the five evenings and then I had a full day work shop on Saturday. It felt so good to be able to stay home on Sunday. Luckily this week will be much more relaxing. So far I don't think we have anything in the evenings to attend. I'm looking forward to some serious sewing and stitching time. What are your plans this week?
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
Last week was Julia Child's 100th birthday (August 15, 2012). What a wonderful lady, so full of spunk and the creator of so many recipes. Here are a few fun facts on this amazing lady:
* She was the first educational television personality to receive an Emmy
* Julia was 6'2" tall and played basketball at Smith College in Massachusetts
* The French Chef was the first cooking show on PBS, premiering in 1963. Julia had new cooking shows air over the next five decades.
* She donated her home to Smith College and her kitchen to the Smithsonian Institution.
* While filming the Baking with Julia series, she used 753 pounds of butter.
* In 2003, Julia was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush
* She wore a size 12 shoe
* She was a breast cancer survivor
* Her nicknames were Juke, Juju, and Jukies
* Julia has a rose named after her that she chose herself. It is butter-colored.
Over the last couple months, I've made two Bee blocks for the hostesses of Let's Bee Together.
This was the block Bailey chose for us to make. It is called Carpenter's Star. I thought it was going to be hard to make but it went together easily - as long as you followed the instructions. The fabrics were gorgeous - the camera did a very poor job of picking up the beautiful colors no matter what kind of lighting I used.
Charlene was the hostess for August. This block is called Butterflies' Delight. This was such a bright and cheery block to work on. I love the fussy cut hummingbird and butterfly.
COUNTED CROSS STITCH UPDATE
I have been working on my counted cross stitch project. I try to do at least a little stitching every day.
I know this doesn't look like much but sometimes you have to work the boring to get to the exciting. Wait until you see the next update.
Design: Desert Mandala
Designer: Martina Weber / Chatelaine Designs
Fabric: Antique White Belfast
Stitched: 2 strands of DMC floss over 2 threads
1 strand of Treasure Braid over 2 threads
This is the latest block I made for WOCS. It is a piece going into a special quilt for someone recently diagnosed with cancer.