I hope you all are enjoying this first weekend in July. It is EXTREMELY hot and humid here - in the 90's. I'm not a hot weather girl one bit so I am mostly miserable. But I have been working on my garden - getting it mulched - in the heat. I moved over 2400 pounds of mulch hay in the past two days in the heat - yes, I said it again - the heat! Smelly rotting stuff and hot and miserable but it is done! Once I get the mulch hay down, I don't have to weed much more. It is worth the bother. Next week, I'll start planting sunflower seeds.
We couldn't shear the first batch of sheep because of all the rain and their fleeces didn't dry enough to clip them.
Some of my perennials are starting to bloom. I love this helianthus that does a bit of self-seeding but not too much. It looks great in a vase and lives a long time. I'm doing a bit of garden destruction - getting rid of different perennial beds of plants that I never get to weeding. Sometimes you just have to make things easier for yourself and this is the year for that task for me. I'm letting it go!
I'm big into working on my new book Crafting the Colorful Home. Rather exciting work for me and a big change from knitting and crochet books. I am having a blast doing it. It won't be out until 2015 but my deadline is this fall!
Hope you all are staying cool and enjoying family and friends on this holiday weekend.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.