“Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen,
The hey-day of the year;
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”
~~ R. Combe Miller ~~
August already! And once again I am overwhelmed with the feeling that summer is passing by too quickly. Remember how delightfully long the summers seemed as a child? Ah, to have those long, slow days back again where no real responsibilities pressed upon you. Well, perhaps a chore or two, but then it was off to the corner store to spend your allowance on candy and comic books - and you could get a lot of candy for a quarter in those days - sometimes even two for a penny! The afternoons were lazy and wonderful - spent lying on the grass and picking familiar shapes out of the clouds, or better yet in the shade of a blanket tent made over the backyard clothesline. At supper time mothers leaned out front doors and called us in with lilting voices. As evening approached there were games of Kick the Can and Captain May I. When darkness finally descended we would sit on the porch, and amidst the gentle murmur of the grown-ups talking, we would light cattails or eat ice cream and watch heat lightning dance across the sky. Ah, the good ol’ days of summer!
"The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me."
~~ James Russell Lowell ~~
Early Work Mercantile
Visit my Early Work Mercantile page where you will find a sweet little cross stitched pinkeep featuring Sister (remember Sister and her Chickens a few months ago ~ she’s back in a new design), a humble wood sign, dried yarrow bundles from this year’s harvest, and Clun Forest wool!
This month I’m pleased to introduce two new patterns ~ “Sister’s Farm Fresh Eggs” and “Bushel & a Peck”. A pair of small, quick stitches that are worked in the rich colors of August. Available under Featured Items as well as on Pattern Mart.
Flea Market Sale!
Enjoy 20% off all items on my Flea Market Goods pages ~ now through August 15th! You will find lots of wonderful treasures including vintage autumn plaid wool, cinnamon velvet, ironstone, buckets and baskets, tarnished silver goods, old signage and more!
That’s all for this month! Until next time, I wish you many a pleasant hour…
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"Adorn thyself with grace & truth."
~~Old Sampler Verse~~