The middle of July in Florida means a turn into the dog days of summer. Thunder, lightening and more rain every day, tropical humidity and steaming temperatures, power outages at the most inconvenient times.....lovely! It can only be that hurricane season is a few short weeks away. But dog days this summer also come with a greeting and an enthusiastic waggle from Renny, who's managed to prove in a very short time that alpha dogs come in all shapes and sizes.
So, let's do a stitching update, shall we?
Lisa, I sooo loved your last comment that Hannah Pepper has become my sanity piece. Truer words were never said. Hannah has been a very faithful friend this summer, one who lets me wonder off from time to time, but always welcomes me back when I'm ready. Funny, now that her end is beginning to seem like it could actually happen, I'm starting to savor each stitch along the way. Here's how she looks - not all that different from last time, but surely moving along.
And speaking of a momentary wander away from Hannah, remember this little Milkpaint Sampler ditty I knocked off earlier this spring?
Well, I mailed it off to Faye and am absolutely astounded at what she transformed it into. Check this out - it was sooo beyond anything I could have even imagined.
But as if this wasn't enough, the really special parts are what she added inside. Like this beautiful needle park, with all the perfectly chosen shades and tiny details....
....and the most perfect addition of all, a replica of the tiny stitched pink blossoms hand appliqued on an inner pocket.
Thank you so much Faye! You created a very bright spot in a dreary place for me.
And in case you're wondering what might have taken me away from my sanity piece (as I'm sure you were, weren't you?!), I've been spending some evenings with 7 different men...sailors to be exact.
These little dudes will eventually find their way into the lid of a cigar box, but they may also have one last voyage to Ms Faye as well. Once they set sail, it's back to the ever faithful Hannah.
So that moves me into the end of July and the start of the real dog days of summer. Here's hoping your stitching is good, your summer is easy and your dogs are all alpha.