Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Panama Trip

We have just returned from a cruise to the Panama canal. We visited a butterfly farm in Aruba and I found it so interesting. Now I  plan on planning butterfly friendly plants in my yard. They gave us a web site that will tell you the plants that work in your area. Cool idea.
 We were also able to go to Costa Rica and go on a zip line through the rain forest. It was so much fun and the trees were magnificent.
In Cartagena, Columbia we visited a monastery and the flowers and architecture were so beautiful. In the desert where I live, flowers do not grow quite the same way.
 This photo from the internet was a close to the sting rays as we got on our trip. The seas were rough the day that we were to snorkel with the sting rays so we had another day at sea. Not quite the same as visiting the turtles and sting rays in person.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Embroidered Cabinet

I have signed up for a fantastic on line embroidery class. It is The Cabinet of Curiosities by Thistle Threads. I have always wanted to stitch what is called an embroidered casket ever since I first saw one. Here are a couple of pictures of the 17th century originals.

The class will run for 18 months and at the end we will have most of the knowledge that we need to stitch our own box. The first stitched piece of the teaching lessons is a pincushion. Here is mine with a picture of the back also. I love daffodils so I decided to stitch one for the front of my pincushion.