We have woken to some cooler mornings lately and they are quite welcome,
tho it means summer may be waning.
These mornings make me dream of fall.
Spring and fall are my favorite seasons, Summer and Winter I could easily do without.
But . . . these things we cannot choose and I'm sure there are some
hot and humid days still to come in August.
For now at least in the early hours, I'll throw on my sweatshirt,
head out with Abbey Lane and pretend.
Speaking of Miss Abbey Lane . . .
No matter the weather,
she sure does know how to relax and enjoy a weekend morning!
In the studio . . . a kind thank you to all who stopped by my last web show.
I am always humbled by your enthusiasm and kind comments.
I'm finally getting to the business of sorting and cleaning in the studio.
(It's only taken 3 years, since I thought I would get this done,
but life kept getting in the way.)
When I tire of sorting, (I have gone thru every single button I own!), I sit down and
work on new patterns or refine a past one. I'm excited to make some changes in pieces
and work towards my fall shows.
I will have some pieces available online as well, but I can't say just when.
On this business of "studio sorting" . . .
I'll be adding items to the Mercantile that maybe some of you can use I
n your own creating. A studio "de-stash" of sorts.
Hopefully in the next week or so, but I'll need to photograph everything first.
I hope you are all enjoying the waning days of spring and the lead up to full-on summer.
Here in Ohio (as in other places as well) our weather has been just plain confused!
Winter seemed long, spring shot right to summer before settling into "normal", and overall it's been quite wet.
However, I do know that many of the plants and trees when left to their own devices, kind of instinctively know what to do!
The long winter that everyone felt would hurt the blooming trees, seemed to make them bolder, brighter and fuller than ever with blooms and fruit!
(Maybe a wee bit of a "middle finger" moment from Mother Nature ~ Ha!)
It's been 2 years since I've been able to really get into my gardening and I've so missed the stress relief and healing power of getting my fingers deep into the earth.
After over a year of healing from my broken leg (2016), then taking care of mother and husband thru their own health issues, I felt strong enough and motivated this year to attack the gardens with a vengeance. 2 years of pent up non-gardening can be dangerous!
Stones were laid, Hosta's split and moved, trees planted, weeds pulled and I have loved every sweaty minute of it!
We are far from finished (a garden never is) ~ but I'm happy with the overall peacefulness.
(Those of you who have followed along for years may remember our "Colonial Kitchen Garden", built in 2009.
Well, we had it removed last year as the cypress trees were over shadowing and affecting growth terribly. A little sad, but we've moved a few veggies to the side of the house and everything seems much less overwhelming now.)
About rocks . . . gotta love a man who buys you the perfect "rock" for your birthday.
Especially ones covered in dirt and moss!
OH yes . . . about work!
(See how distracted I get when gardening?)
Yes, I've been working.
Mostly behind the scenes and have way too many things started and irons in the fire,
but this is my usual MO.
I'll be adding more kits and bits to the "Mercantile" on Monday June 18th. at 10 am EST.
I also have quite a batch of small pincushions finished and because there are so many I'll list them on the Mercantile as well. (Juggling emails for so many small pieces might prove a nightmare, so I think this will work best).
I am also working a small collection of patriotic friends.
I will offer those on the Gallery page of this blog in the usual manner at a date to be announced soon!
It's something to give a computer illiterate artisan a big headache - that's what!
But . . . it seems important.
GDPR stands for "General Data Protection Regulation" . . . it is a law in the EU that is meant to protect peoples information on the internet.
This is a very good thing . . . and I'm sure it won't be long until we have new laws here in the US.
BUT . . . it's also very difficult for a small time artisan and business person like me to figure out!
The great majority of you lovely customers are here in the US.
However, I do sell to some wonderful international customers as well.
The Mercantile shop, with kits and supplies has opened the door to an amazing international group of stitchers! Stitching and the love of the needle knows no boundary or border. Styles, techniques and colors may differ from region to region, but this world of ours is joined together "stitch by stitch".
Now the reason for this post!
(My website builder, Newsletter builder, Shop host and everyone in-between is making me change things up a bit for safety sake, I'm doing my best to weed thru jargon I don't understand.)
If you are on my Newsletter/email list you will have just received a notice to "update your settings".
It's a quick click and will make sure that your info won't be shared or sold to a third party.
(I never did that anyway . . . but this adds another layer of protection for you.)
All this mainly affects those in the EU, but it's a good idea for everyone to update settings now and again!
If you missed the email or want to sign up to my newsletter now . . .
Just use the link below or the one in the sidebar of this blog.