Saturday, October 10, 2015

stack of stitchery


I've surrendered to Nature. The garden and grass are all hers from now on even though we are still having summery days. No more pulling weeds, mowing (well, one last go-round maybe), or deadheading....hopefully not much more watering. It is time. Every day I transfer one potted plant from the patio back into the house after a quick shower and grooming. And each day, I sort of decide who's next so they know what's coming. It's working out pretty well, I haven't had any complaints so far -- the string of pearls, Senecio rowleyanus, actually started blooming since coming back inside.

Canning was not something I wanted to do this year but I am making tomato sauce to freeze. The recipe is here and it's a dandy. Every single batch I've ever made ever has been good. The secret is to use a generous amount of cherry tomatoes for sweetness. The batch in the photo up there made six cups which is a lot.

The indigo-dyed napkins are the first three of a set of 10 or 12 -- or however many stained white napkins we have. On these three the stains are mostly covered even after being machine-washed one time. I hope the color holds up but if not, back into the vat.

My super blood moon pathway turned out to be an easy red zig zag trail with moon knots in the zigs (thank you for the suggestions). Embroidering pathways is my 2015 moon stitch ritual -- one for each of 13 moons.

Books, magazines, papers, stitchery -- stacks everywhere. Here a stack, there a stack. Happy weekending.


10 comments:

jude said...

love the numbers!

Nancy said...

Hey Peggy! I love it all :) What a great idea to dye...and number the napkins! I'm imagining how Dana would set a table with them! The string of pearls pic is so pretty. That is a plant that has always caught my eye, as it has such a unique look to it. Remember at the first of the year when I was unsure of your moon pathways choice (I was so used to seeing a MOON from you the previous years)? It has really grown on me over the months. I was thinking about it the other day and what a good lesson in accepting newness. Enjoy shifting seasons over there my friend, Nancy

Peggy said...

Thank you, Jude, there's something about red on light blue.

Peggy said...

Nancy, thank you -- yeah, I think this year for me it's more the process of the stitching than it is the outcome. Although I hope the finished work is good, too. The previous years' pieces were more representative-based, if that makes sense? It will be fun to set the table, hadn't even thought of that!

yvette said...

here via Grace

will return for sure!

Chip Butter said...

The table set with indigo-dyed napkins, with numbers...how special is that! I am looking forward to a not-so-far-away-day when I can "surrender to nature." It is time (almost)...time for a different pace. And, I so understand your comment, "It's more the process of the stitching than it is the outcome." Your stitches, however, are oh-so-lovely!

Ms. said...

Now that I have Indigo (thanks to you) there are definitely more blue things to come :->

Suzanna said...

Oh those tomatoes!!!

handstories said...

Numbers…brilliant! Maybe I could put our lucky numbers on our napkins?
Your moon pathways grow more and more intriguing, love where cross & contrast in texture.

deemallon said...

I tell my plants when I'm going to move them, too!