As fall begins.

I didn’t do much in the way of handiwork this past week as I was nursing an injury to my left hand.  No big deal, but I’ve learned to honor my body and slow down when necessary.  This understanding is probably enhanced by the major birthday looming in the near future.  Age does give one wisdom and perspective.

Fall has begun and it couldn’t come soon enough for me.  Summer is not my favorite season and this one was especially very long, very hot, and very dry.  I took a tour of the perennial gardens and in spite of the dry conditions, there are still things blooming and even re-blooming in the prolonged heat.  I’ve posted photos of some of these hardy plants below.

I’m about to design a super-secret rug.  Yes, another one!  The deadline is March first and it won’t go public until next August.  I have a fun idea for it and it will be something very different for me.  I’m ready to branch out, so this will be fun.

I have done a bit more stitching on my wool appliqué project and will keep at it until it’s finished.  I will wait until then to post a photo of it.  I guess I will have to begin a hooked rug that I can share with you as I hook along on it.  I have a couple of ideas in mind.  

I'm also taking a year-long online rug hooking [and more] class with Wanda Kerr.  It's called Spark and you can still sign up until the beginning of October.  This class is designed to spark up creativity and I'm excited to be involved.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the flowers that soldiered through the long hot summer.

I love this dark sedum backed by anise hyssop.

I love this dark sedum backed by anise hyssop.

The sunflowers hang their heavy heads.

The sunflowers hang their heavy heads.

This hibiscus refuses to quit.

This hibiscus refuses to quit.

I don't know what this vine is, but is has sweet little red flowers.

I don't know what this vine is, but is has sweet little red flowers.

I love when the asparagus is left to grow and produce these small berries.

I love when the asparagus is left to grow and produce these small berries.

My favorite Russian sage is bedraggled, but still attracts big fat bees.

My favorite Russian sage is bedraggled, but still attracts big fat bees.