Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Stitches and Garden Update

Another Sunday and that means it's time for a little Slow Stitching reveal and a link up over at Kathy's Quilts.  where you can view what Kathy is working on and many other talented bloggers who like to slow down with a little hand stitching, but before I reveal what I am slow stitching I want to post about a few things that have kept me from making more progress on my stitching.

First there was last Sunday and I had nothing stitched to share mostly because I was away for the Mother's Day weekend.  My son and I drove to the Georgia Renaissance Faire held in Fairburn Georgia, just a short 7 hour drive, with a stop or two to browse an antique shop. The weather was perfect for the Fair, sunny, breezy and low to mid 70's and the evening dropped to 46 and I was chilly.

Copper dragon fountain
some vendor shops
The grounds where the fair is held is a dedicated area with permanent buildings, stages and arenas, I was so impressed with the area many of the vendor shops had little gardens or fountains. This was the 30th year of the fair and my first visit.

A week or so before Mothers Day my son cut back all the over grown shrubs in the front of my house that I had wanted to do before I became ill, then we went on a little shopping spree for plants to put in the space.  I wanted flowering plants and leafy easy to care for plants and came away with some lovely choices. I blogged about the new plants here:

Yesterday I spent most of the day transplanting the plants into large pots since I don't want to put them in the ground. I just have them placed in the sun until I decide exactly where to place them. You can see in the photo below the shrubs are gone, there is a bit of debris to bag up then I can lay down the mulch and place my pots.
Yesterday while transplanting I ran out of soil and I was short a pot or two so it was off to the store, an hour later I return home with soil, pots and 4 more Persian Shield plants you can see them in the front I left a tag on one of the pots. I had to buy the two concrete planters from Wal-Mart they were priced too good to pass up at $11.00 dollars each, in this area you can't get that size at wholesale prices.
one of two concrete plantes
I have a potted Hibiscus in there right now though later this week I want to buy a larger Jamine plant for the planter.

I snapped the photos early this morning before the Mexican Petunias had a chance to open those lovely purple flowers. Here is a photo before the shrubs were cut down to the ground.
It really was a massive mess with several species of shrubs growing nearly on top of one another. I am happy to have them gone and I think the flowering plants will be a nice change.  I plan to add a few rose bushes too.

As for my Slow Stitching Sunday progress, the hand embroidery for block 7 of the Hocuspocusville Quilt is started, I don't know if I mentioned this before but I love stitching the trees on these blocks.
block 7
I plan to get more stitching done today, after nearly 8 hours in the garden yesterday my body aches so slow stitching is just what I need.

One thing I can say is the month of May has been good to me I am finally recovered from that nasty lingering bug or I wouldn't have been able to spend as much time in the garden as I did or walk all those hours at the Renaissance fair last weekend.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day whether you are stitching, gardening, reading or just sitting back sipping tea. Now I am off to see what other bloggers are stitching today and once again here is the link to Kathy's Quilts stop on over and have a peek.


  1. So glad to hear you are on the road to recovery :)
    Slow stitching is just what the Dr ordered!
    Love the words on this block you are stitching!

  2. Ha! We've linked up with the same project! You're ahead of me.

  3. I've seen several working on the hocuspocus piece -- I'm very tempted to order it for myself!! It just looks so *fun*!! :)

  4. So glad you are feel so much better and had a good time at the fair, and in your gardens. You got some lovely plants.

    For pots lately I've been buying 5 gallon black plastic ones from a nursery for $3.50 each. They aren't the prettiest pots, but they do the trick and for me the price is right.

    Have a great week and I hope you had a nice day slow stitching.


    1. I use those black pots too, all the plastic pots in the photo are from General Dollar for 3 dollars each.

  5. So happy to hear you are feeling much better. 8 hours in the garden - you go girl. That is a long day. Hope you are enjoying some stitching while looking at your pretty plants.

  6. Hi Deb,
    Love your embroidered tree, it's very pretty. Are these per-stamped or do you transfer them. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!