Goodness, where did the time go? Suddenly we’re at the end of August. It’s been hot here – most days right around 105-degrees. But the air is dry, the sky is deep blue, and the sun shines forever and ever. The tall dry grasses on the surrounding hillsides shimmer pale and rich gold in the afternoon sun. And just yesterday I saw fallen leaves dashing along the walk. It feels a bit too soon to anticipate autumn, but the fist intimations of the changing seasons is always exciting. In the meantime, my favorite thing is watching the hot summer wind dance through the palm fronds.
This summer, aside from odd days out, we’ve become mole people. Our days are spent cloistered up in our little home, the AC humming, working long hours on a very special project. It’s wonderful and exhausting work. At nights we fall into bed with a thud, dreaming busy dreams. I look forward to more relaxed days ahead, and some time this year we’ll be able to share more about what we’ve been up to. In the meantime, we designed this little cross stitch treat for you – ‘Welcome Fall’! Just a dapper little scarecrow and his little blackbird friend. Autumn kawaii charm.
And as I rather love process pics, here’s a handful for you. (Isn’t it lovely how cross stitch designs unfold like a story?)
Keep an eye out for many more Trellis & Thyme kawaii cross stitch patterns in the coming days, weeks, months…
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The bee balm decided to flower this summer. I’ve waited three years for these little darlings, and it was so worth it.
I read The Beachside Sweet Shop earlier this summer, and loved it. Marnie and Beth became my dear friends, and I was sorry the book came to an end. Thankfully, Karen Clarke wrote The Beachside Flower Stall, and now I’m in the midst of that story (and loving it just as much!) Carrie and Ruby are just as delightful. And Megan – I rather enjoy a character that can induce a good eye-roll. Clarke’s prose is subtle and effortless. Her characters are believable and true to themselves. A pleasure to read, really.
I made a point of “lighter” reading the last few years, and it’s been a good thing for me. I take “lighter” to mean “not high-brow” and not emotionally draining. I look for stories that focus on the everyday things that make up a life – the ups and downs of relationships, making a living, overcoming challenges, and just keeping things together and making life better (with a touch of humor, of course.) It’s been so rewarding and inspirational. And there’s a big collection of just this sort of literature these days, so I’ll be busy for a while…
That little fabric bundle below the books is my next batch of pillowcases, all cut and ready to sew. I got them ready months ago but didn’t have the time to actually sew them. September will be Pillowcase Month at the Caetano Residence, I think. There’s something seriously satisfying about sewing pillowcases; Maybe it’s the fact that they’re so practical and necessary. And when you make them yourself you can create some very pretty ones. I know we’re always excited in the most goofy-silly way when there’s a set of fun new pillowcases to snuggle into.
Am I the only person who doesn’t mind playing with yarn in 100+ degree weather? Crochet (and sometimes knitting) are my non-stitchy passions, and I really don’t feel their enjoyment should hinge on the weather. So I sat down and crocheted granny squares for my (Karen Clarke-inspired) Sweet Shop throw in 107-degree dry heat, in the shade. I had an iced coffee to keep me company. And Cuddles, who blends in so well with the sun-washed garden stones.
Also somewhere along the way I finished my Rock Candy scarf. Now it’s ready for winter walks (whatever those are.)
It’s back to designing for me (for us.) This time of year there are so many autumn and winter patterns to work on, it’s a bit of a whirlwind! But we absolutely love it, so there’s that.
I’ll try harder to blog more often. Story of my life. Hope you and yours are doing great these days.
‘Till next time…