It is starting to feel like spring here. I worked outside in the yard all day yesterday and can hardly move today. The first big clean after the winter months is a lot of work! I have these growing all over my backyard - does anyone know what they are? Wild violets perhaps? I know they are probably some sort of weed as we don't have a good stand of grass in the back yet. They are pretty though.
Last week I experimented with coffee/tea dying. I had this piece of cream Belfast linen and needed something a little darker. So, I brewed some coffee and some tea, poured it into a big bowl and dunked my fabric right into the concoction. I let it sit for 4 hours or so, rinsed and had a lovely shade of brown. Here is the before/after pic.
This is the reason I needed a brown piece of fabric. :o) I had wanted to stitch this piece since I saw it in the JCS Halloween 2008 issue. It is "Batty" by Monster Bubbles. I changed the colors a bit as I wanted my bat to be a little darker. I plan to finish it as a flat ornament as pictured in the magazine and am looking forward to displaying it this Halloween. (I know it is a long way off but I am trying to plan ahead for a change!)
I will leave you with an action shot of Lola playing with her basketball. See the purple flowers in the foreground? I have more leaves to rake today - no rest for the weary when it comes to yard work. LOL