Sunday, July 12, 2015

Heading Into the Dog Days

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.





10 comments:

krayolakris said...

Such a sweet face! Love your stitching too!

marly said...

Renny is just a gorgeous creature! I'm anxious to see your friend Hannah all completed. Always loved that sampler but also doubted I could stitch those motifs.

Margaret said...

What a cutie you have with you for the dog days of summer! I'm absolutely loving your Hannah. I bet you will miss stitching her once you are finished. She is so lovely. As for Seven Sailors -- I swear we have very similar tastes! I love Hannah and Seven Sailors and both are in my to be stitched list. lol! Beaufitul so far! I saw your milk paint sampler on Faye's blog and knew who she had done the finishing for. It is wonderful! Enjoy those dog days!

Barb said...

That dog is just so sweet. Hannah is looking wonderful and it does look like a finish soon. The sailors are great!

Melissa said...

I love that photo of your doggy at the end of the post. Such an expression!

Miss Pepper is looking grand. Faye did a wonderful finish! She is awesome, isn't she? I love your Seven Sailors too.

I have lost my stitching mojo and live vicariously through blogs like yours, Mary! Keep up the great work!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love seeing Hannah's progress and the Milk paint piece is so very pretty. Those sailors made me giggle their faces remind me of buttons. Hugs and squeezes to you and Renny!

woolwoman said...

Oh OH - I saw your lovely piece on Faye's blog - lucky gal to have such a wonderful finish. You are going to town on the 7 Sailors - I have always admired that piece. Dog days indeed ! I hate summer, the relentless heat with only brief respite from 100 + degree heat index when it rains. I'll take what break I can get. It's good for nothing but hibernating and stitching. enjoy ! Mel

Carol said...

Faye's finish of your lovely stitching is amazing, Mary! And I just love the 7 Sailors WIP--what fun...

Hope the hurricanes leave you alone this year--that would be so frightening!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Such beautiful stitching! I love the way Faye finished your sampler - wow! blessings, marlene

Faye said...

I can't wait to get my hands on 7 Sailors and let the creativity flow~~ Again, please cherish your Milkpaint Sampler.... It was an absolute joy to create.....