I just finished quilting and binding "Hot Stuff". I made the top in Key West using flamingo fabric. It's the quickest quilt ever and it only needed 1 yd of the polka dot background, 1 yd of the flamingo applique and 1/2 yd of the hot pink fabric. I stitched it in an afternoon. If you have made anything with Curvalicious, you don't need any directions.
I am working on a really cute project that will surprise you. I'll share it as soon as I have it done. Maybe Wednesday.
In the meantime, I have been contemplating my suburban Philadelphia wildlife sanctuary!
In the Spring. a misguided robin made a nest on the railing of our deck underneath some lilac leaves. There were 3 beautiful blue eggs, that hatched into 3 baby birds.
(Photo credit: Olivia L.)
Unfortunately, they were easy prey for some animal One morning, the nest was empty and there was blood and feathers on our deck. I will spare you from the photo.
I have been very kind to the deer this summer. We ripped out some old shrubs around my house's foundation and I decided I wanted to grow some Brandywine tomatoes. They are my favorite. I really thought deer were not fans of tomatoes, but I guess I was wrong.
3 tomato plants and a cucumber plant look just like this. I did discover that deer do not like basil and eggplant. I just fenced in the "garden", if you could call it that at this point, with netting. I don't know if it's too late or not, but I thought it was worth a shot.
We did have some wildlife success. Check out this window well.
For those of you that don't have basements, it's meant to keep water from entering the basement though the window. I saw a toad one morning in the mulch and thought it jumped in there by accident and couldn't get out. I was busy tending my "garden" and forgot about taking the toad out.
When I went back the next morning, I saw a couple of toads, partially buried, peering at me.
There were baby toads too. I did a bit of research and learned that toads multiply by laying eggs. I don't know how many babies there are. I just hope they escape anything that may jump in the window well and eat them.
I look forward to summer so that I can have my favorite meal of the entire year. I call it "summer on a plate". Brandywine tomato, mozzarella cheese from Trader Joe's and fresh basil plus an ear of delicious summer corn and a few slices of toasted french bread brushed with oil and garlic is a meal that I could eat very single night.
(But some nights there's no lovely bread and an english muffin will do.)