Friday, July 13, 2012

Catching Up............

The sun's been out here until today when we had thunder, lightning and hail, all most unusual, so it was back to blogging and catching up.

During the rest of our stay in Minnesota, we enjoyed a couple of days at Jane and Ted's cabin, watching bird and bird wanna-bes.

How come our state bird is so far from home?

Despite Ted's best efforts to discourage him, this cheekly little fellow and his friends think this restaurant is theirs to enjoy.

No trip anywhere is complete without visiting a few yarn shops and quilt shops. Darn. Knit. Anyway. is in Stillwater and was decked out in honor of the owner's 40th birthday. Clever way to celebrate, eh?

Our friend Linda who was visiting from NM thinks the same way, so we met her and her friend Mary for brunch and shopping. Mary is a wonderful quilter and embroiderer as you can see.

Our clematis welcomed us home with this surprise. And has continued to spoil us with 4 more blooms. It seems to have wintered rather well!

On sunny days, precious little stitching gets accomplished. However, I did learn and use both the bonnet stitch and the up and down buttonhole stitch on this month's Sunbonnet Sue block. There are a few things on the needles, too, but nothing's been finished yet.

Have you seen one of these? I hope to get some photos of this contraption in action tomorrow. Till next time, enjoy summer!

11 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Looks like such a relaxing place! Did you hear the loons in the evening? And don't you just love Stillwater. So many fun places. I love the selection at Darn Knit Anyway. Must go back sometime this summer.

Just got back from Indiana. The corn fields and even yards are burning up without rain. So sad. Here it's lush green.

Dee said...

Oooooo...bike blender! It's margarita time!

Linda said...

I'm glad you had some sunny weather...we have had heat and rain and humidity here...very unlike are area...crazy! What a cute little chipmunk...I wouldn't chase him away either!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh such fun to shop with friends who share your passions! Your embroidery is so beautiful. I cannot wait to hear what in the world that contraption is. blessings ~ tanna

Nancy said...

Love the bird feeder photos.

Your friend's quilts (Are they both Crabapple Hill) are lovely as is your embroidery. I haven't embroidered in years, but it is a wonderful way to relax.

Merry said...

Terrific photos...the bird is lovely and colouring and the squirrel too cute. Oh and your stitching is so neat.

Carol B. said...

The bird feeder photos are great. Would love to sit nearby and watch, it looks so peaceful.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I'm going to research - is that a Yellow Finch (in my next post). And the wanna be seems so small - was he a baby? Always enjoy your fun visits and photos!

kathy b said...

Love the view from their lake home......so enticing. I could sit tree and knit there....

swanski said...

everywhere I go, I stop at yarn stores, it is a must!! Love the cabin views and the critters :)

Rian said...

I love the tree sweater. What a great idea. I don't get the blender contraption, though. I'll have to wait for the more pictures. Lemonade?