Cheery Chicks …

The chicken cross stitch that I started a couple of months ago, were finished last night. Today, I finished them off completely by ironing and then framing them:

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I love the design and the colours used, these chickens are now a very cheerful addition to our breakfast room.

My next cross stitch project is much more challenging with more colours and different stitches, I may need to take my time with that one!

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Phew, what a Scorcher …

Now that Wimbledon’s over (very exciting towards the end), I can get back to some painting. I went to paint once the day had started to cool a little (down to only 32ºC in my ‘shudio’!) and was struck by how perfect the weather would be for a hot air balloon ride. Bristol is well known for its balloons, we have the fiesta in August and it’s not that unusual to see several balloons flying across the city throughout the summer months. It was thought of these that inspired this painting:

Whilst watching the tennis, I’ve been doing a cheeky chicken cross stitch, there will be 9 of them when I’ve finished, so far, 6 are complete: Lunch today was a very summery affair, my mother-in-law came for a pre-Wimbledon final lunch – I prepared the caramelised red onion and goats’ cheese tartlets and sausage rolls earlier this morning: We had these with a green salad which included beetroot and ‘tomberries’. The latter are the smallest tomatoes that I have ever seen, literally the size of berries. They were deliciously sweet and juicy.

To follow we had our old favourites of raspberries and shortbread biscuits – again, made before the day became too hot. The ice cream was a new recipe, lemon,vanilla and cardamom ice cream. The mixture had been infused overnight with lemon zest, lemon rind, a vanilla pod and lots of crushed cardamom pods. The result was a rich yet lightly refreshing ice cream which went incredibly well with the juicy raspberries. I look forward to trying out more ice cream and sorbet recipes over the next few weeks – hopefully our summer will last that long!

This last photo is of the beautiful sky this evening, I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are.

iPhone Fun …

One of my favourite gifts that I received for my birthday last week was a cross stitch iPhone cover. Yes, that’s right, it’s now possible to cross stitch a cover for your phone! There are a surprising number of kits available with a vast range of designs. Mine was bought from notonthehighstreet.com. I chose the chevron design and here’s the result:

It’s taken me a week to complete it. I’m now on the look out for another more long term project. I think I’ll be getting my knitting needles out again – either that or I’ll look for a modern tapestry design.