We had a great time celebrating her birthday this weekend. Jody and I went to the lake on Saturday afternoon - we decided since we are so close to vacation time that we would just hang around the lake and have a catfish fry and maybe take a boat ride. That was what my mom requested. I got some beautiful flowers from the local flower shop and my assistant and I arranged them for my mom. I went foraging outside the office and found these great fox tail ferns growing in abundance so I clipped off a few and I think they made a dramatic statement in the arrangment.
Here is a closer shot
I can't believe I didn't get a single photo of my DM (sigh) I should have gotten one with her flowers - she loved them or with the special coconut essence cake I got from a local cake designer. I guess in the world of cakes you are better if you are a "cake designer" instead of a bakery LOL. No photo of that either.
After we had our delicious fried catfish, my dad's world famous hushpuppies and a few glasses of iced tea - we hit the lake for a long sunset ride. It was so much fun !
Here's Jody trying to catch some bugs LOL ! and my DD driving the boat. My mom said "don't you dare take a picture of me" - her hair was blowing and she had on no makeup - AAACKKK - I should have anyway but she was the birthday girl and I did not want to upset her.
Isn't that the most blissful sunset - the lake was so calm and beautiful and all the egrets were heading for their roost in the cypress tree around from my folks house. It was getting a little to dusky to get a good photo of them. Happy Birthday to my dear mom - the "special" BBD gift is on it's way and I'll give that to her this week - maybe I 'll post a photo of her then.
Can you believe I had a knitting finish ! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOT - I bought this yarn in the spring and this was intended for me however I need a special gift for a special GF of mine - she is a knitter too so she will appreciate the effort and hours that went into this. It is the Mara Shawl - a free pattern produced and available on the Madeline Tosh website. This shawl is so easy and I found it to be a very relaxing knit - the yarn is exquisite but the color Port is very dark - almost black with little flecks of dark pink.
Can't see a thing in that photo except the shape but here is a closer view of the tip and you can see the beautiful ruffled edge.
I loved making this SO much that I have already decided to order more MT yarn and make another one for myself. When I was on their website today perusing around - I saw another cute pattern I am now coveting and want to make out of their sock weight yarn. You get so addicted to these hand dyed yarns it's hard not to be day dreaming constantly of casting on your next beautiful project.
Speaking of beautiful projects - I just have to say - Miss Merry Halloween has come out to play after a long hot summer of hiding in the old red cupboard. She is a little more than 1/2 finished - if I would get to work - she might get to make her debut for the Halloween season this year.
Isn't she the cutest thing !
This is one of my favorite seasonal pieces - I showed her in a previous post but I've gotten lots of new followers since then and I just thought she should be seen again. It will give me incentive to keep working on that BORING inky green black backround. It looks black but it is really a very dark green plaid. This color plan was done by Diane Stoffel and is predominantly in a 6 cut but of course the tiny detail is in a 3 & 4 cut.
I don't know why this looks so washed out - the colors are really very vivid on this canvas. Oh and the design is by Lori Brechlin/Not Forgotten Farm adapated by Spruce Ridge Studios.
Thanks so much for coming around to visit me and for your comments. Without you - it would not be much fun to do a blog - so please come and visit me again real soon !