While my wool and rug hooking supplies currently sit idle on the shelf, Gayle continues to work daily on her rug projects.
It was so fun today to have her at my house, to see her work on a project, and to reminisce.
Seeing Gayle's beautiful colors of wool was inspiring and makes me want to pull all my supplies out again. If only there was time to do it all.
I worked on finishing up on my wool applique pillow (Fire Coral Flower by Woolylady) that I started last weekend.
I machine appliqued the button hole stitch on the vines of the pillow. I used a brown (Superior Threads) "Brytes by Caryl Bryer Fallert". This thread is a 30 weight polyester, and is a little thicker than a regular thread. Because of the thickness the stitching stands out more.
I then hand appliqued with a button hole stitch around the circles with a pearl cotton. Kind of fun to combine both techniques on the pillow.
A few months ago we had dinner at Mr. Cactus' sister's house. Kathy served the most wonderful homemade pomegranate jelly. Her husband Stan is a Master Gardner and he showed us how easy it is to grow pomegranates here in St.George. Since then, I have dreamed about having my own pomegranate tree.
Now that it is spring my dream came true. Mr. Cactus planted this for me today. It looks a little lonely in the red dirt, but I am told we have the perfect conditions for this tree.
Today our temperatures have been in the 70's, with blue, blue skies. I have several rosemary plants throughout our yard, and they are in bloom with beautiful purple flowers. The bees have been swarming the flowers of the plants.