We have coasted into our summer holidays at a lazy speed. We get up late; stay in our pyjamas longer than we need to; then occasionally go out and do semi-essential stuff like grocery shopping. So far - no complaints!
Though I was a day late for Canada Day I did finish this blackwork Canadian flag heart.
I have to say I did not enjoy working on this project. I love the look of black work but it's obvious it is not the needlecraft for me. I didn't even try to keep my back looking neat after I made my first mistake. I pulled it out every so often, but found it tedious and then I would put it away. I have been working on it off and on for the last three or four years: I have lost track now. Putting the final touches on it didn't even make me excited: I am hoping that next year when I pull out my Canada Day decorations I will be happy to see it.
Something I did enjoy working on was my new felted bag.
I think if I had just used one colour I would have gotten bored quickly, but I enjoyed making the colour changes. It was fun/nerve wracking each time I opened the pillowcase after washing to see how much the bag had felted and shrunk each time. The white yarn didn't felt as well as the blue and yellow, but I didn't want the bag to get any smaller so I left it after three washes.
I used a vintage sheet to make the lining: the sunny yellow and white remind me of the wallpaper I had as a kid. The handles are from a mixed lot I got at the thrift store. Today was it's first day out and I was happy with its roominess and the way it feels on my shoulder. I still may crochet and felt a big yellow flower for the side, but it feels OK without it too.
I couldn't go a week without getting a few thrifty treasures. Today we had a short stop at Salvation Army and I picked up this pressed glass bowl and a jar full of old buttons. I will have fun sorting through those!
I was gung-ho to make a Charlotte Russe in the bowl when I got home but my ladyfinger biscuits have mysteriously disappeared. I think I have two favourite little people to blame for that. Perhaps tomorrow, though I just realized I said last week I was going to make a lavender cake. Decisions, decisions...