Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dog Days

"Dog Days" are the hottest, most sultry days of summer.  In North America, Dog Days are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August.  Since we had eight straight days of temps in the triple digits in June, I think the Dog Days of summer started early for 2012.  I am blaming the hot weather on my lack of motivation and ability to get anything accomplished. 

So. . . to get myself motivated, I started a new project! 

This is a Birds of a Feather design appropriately named Alphabet Sampler.  Looks simple enough, a nice easy project to help me beat the heat and get back on stitching track.  Famous last Betty words, "this should not take long."  

Hopefully will have time to put needle and fiber to fabric while chilling and watching some of the Olympics.  My Saturday "To Do" list has been long and unproductive.

I began my to do list with a trip to the Metro Vehicle Inspection Center for emissions testing.  AppleJack had told me to arrive early to avoid a long wait.  I arrived at 7:00 a.m. to learn the Saturday schedule begins at 9:00 a.m.  Hmmmm, thanks, AppleJack.

The Dog Days (hot day time temps and afternoon showers) have the weeds and grass growing at super speeds.  Cranked up the lawn mower, got one half of the lawn mowed before the afternoon showers forced me inside.  Am sure the neighbors and community will be impressed with the half mowed lawn.
Off to the framer with one of the Chartmakers Tombstone Angels and Carriage House, Houses of Hawk Run Hollow.  Cathy, the framer once again came to the rescue with excellent frames selections.

Tried to find some matching silk fiber to finish a project, but the dye lots did not match.

This weekend is a tax free shopping weekend and with the numbers of shoppers at the mall and in stores I was beginning to think it was Christmas instead of Dog Days!  


  1. Nice new project choice. Yes, I'm not particularly fond of the Dog Days of Summer. As for your getting to the emissions inspection way too early, that sounds like something I would do. lol! Tax free shopping -- nice! Time to avoid the crowds. lol!

  2. Great new project you chose to start. It will be fun to see what colors of floss and linen you chose.

  3. I like the new project. Perfect for porch size! I need a trip to the framer's too, but I need to get a loan first!! Yikes!!

  4. Love the Birds of a Feather sampler!
    I would rather pay tax than be in the malls with all of those other people. Lol!
    Wish we could get some rain..

  5. Oh, anxious to see your framed pieces! And the BOAF finish :)

  6. Love your new project choice! And I always love to see framed pieces!