What you're seeing is a lot of jade plant. The backyard is right up against a canyon, with nothing behind us, until you get down to the freeways below. Perfect wildfire land (and coyote heaven, there's a pack or 2 back there). When my parents first move here about 15 years ago, my dad was trimming back a jade plant and just chucked the cut branches back into the canyon. Imagine his surprise when they actually took root and started to grow. Now you're asking why would he want jade back there? Jade holds water, and doesn't really dry out, meaning it doesn't burn very well. After 15 years of cultivating jade on that back hillside, they now have a very effective "green" firebreak. The fire crew that comes out to cut the real firebreak every year or so loves it, and makes a point of keeping their ugly scar of naked earth well below where my dad has planted the jade. Plus, the jade helps with erosion, establishing a root system on the very steep hillside.
Over the last couple of days I've had a few ornament finishes. Fa La La was one of the new small kits Shepherd's Bush had at their Christmas open house, and I started stitching it right away up in Utah. Very fast and easy stitch! I switched out a couple of the colors, since purple and pink don't scream Christmas to me. I really can't claim the "finish" finish on this, since mom did 95% of it. What started out as being a lesson on piping for me, turned into a refresher for her, and she made the mistake of saying quilting would be cute on the back. Watch what you say mom, I'll take you up on that offer. So, my small piping lesson...
turned into this.....
|Shepher'ds Bush Fa La La, stitched with kitted |
supplies, except swapping a couple of colors
Nest up was Primitive Snowman by Ewe, Eye and Friends. I love the patterns these guys make, and have stitched a few of them (we won't talk about how many more I have in my chart stash that still need stitched). They're usually cute, on the small side, and have specialty stitches in them. At the time I was actually stitching on this, I wasn't really in the mood to mess around, I just wanted it done! Part of the chart got cut out (the year) and I think I forgot to go back and add in a satin stitch diamond on one spot. Oh, and confetti stitches got left off. But I hate confetti stitches, so they'd have been left off anyway. It got the rusty wire and bells treatment, since I couldn't figure out what to do as a hanger. Really I forgot to sew some ribbon in when I was at the machine - both times. Yep, the first time it got sewed up, I had my backing fabric on backwards and didn't even notice until I was turning it. That will teach me to try sewing something while I'm playing a computer game and sneaking over to the sewing machine on down time.
|Ewe, Eye and Friends Primitive Snowman, stitched on 40 ct scrap|
with HDF silk floss, pattern adjusted