Hello out there.. Thanks all for reading this, as I know there have been lots of you looking, I'm soooo happy
Anyway, today was a bit messy.. Fabric all over the floor, odd visitors from all over the place, including my favourite doggy friend and her humans. I made mostly little books, here are a few in silk
And finished a few odds and ends, including this mega-shopping bag which has been hanging around forever
(Oakshott fabrics and one delicious dark batik) - I started this for me as a possible computer-bag, maybe it will stay mine..
And there was humming-of-microwaves again, and Terri made more nice woolly pieces (I hope to get some images of these tomorrow)
A tweedy pincushion bag
And here's a brooch in mustard wool and cotton threads
and an accidental selfie - the camera is playing again..
Much humming-of-the-microwave today, as Terri was dyeing lumps of blanket for her Big Curtain
My slightly-random patchwork blocks came out just cosy, and the squares too..
And I made some little books with silk or tweedy covers - I have a lot of these, they will be for sale later this week on this page
Everywhere I went in America's Mid-West, there were flags.. This bunch were some kind of memorial to fallen soldiers, on the road to Lake City
These lovely drapes appeared almost everywhere, inside and out
On the Wisconsin River ferry
And the border with Iowa
And on lamp-posts in Lake City..
Almost every house has one.. They are completely unselfconscious and express a sense of place that is most interesting to me - I find (particularly this year) that the sense of place here is both defensive and rather small-minded in so many ways..
This is where I've been staying... http://thefrogandbear.com/
and I'm in Mr Frog's House, a small room with a very big bath.. Exceedingly comfortable
And the four-course breakfasts are an Art Form in themselves..
Lake Pepin is a sort of wider place in an exceeding wide river, the Mississippi.. After sundry sewing-machine mends, shuttle-finds, and little walks for lunch
Past this nice bit of carved stone
We had a trip out on the lake on the rear-paddle steamer Pearl Of The Lake
A couple of hours of delightful warm sunsetting-and-chatting,
Slightly sinister silhouetted men
and lots of sailboats in the marina
To say almost nothing of gulls, mainly above us...