Despite my pack-rat tendencies, I really love having my surroundings simple and serene. Every so often, I spend a day clearing away the clutter that seems to creep in around me, and for a few days at least, things have the serenity that I strive for. This large abalone shell was a recent find at a flea market in Colorado. it sits on the table beside my living room chair where I sit when stitching. The combination of shells and shades of white just says "summer" to me!
Another area that received a tidying up is the top of the china cabinet. Here I've displayed some of my stoneware. The coffeepot was my mother's while the other items are things I've found here and there. The old mirror with it's aged silvering catches the light beautifully!
My summer mood has been carried across into my stitching as well. A vine has sprouted across some patchwork which will be on the side of the bag.
Over the past few months, as I've learned about various types of decorative quilting type stitches, I've really come to love the texture they add. The process of adding the stitching is lovely and slow, a chance to savor handling the cloth and watching it grow. Though I must admit that I'm getting anxious to finish this so that I can use it!