Monday, 19 July 2010

Garden Inspiration

One of the great things about Quebec-city is the abundance of beautiful parks across town. As a person of habits, I usually go to the same places, knowing that I can see birds on this particular lake or collect shells on this portion of the beach at a specific time of the year.

Sometimes, however, it can be very nice to go to less common places and discover new favorite spots. Last weekend, on our way to the museum (we visited this exhibition), we stopped at Bois-de-Coulonge for a picnic and a stroll in the sun. I had been there before, but not often enough to remember all the best spots of the park.

I just love this kind of umbrella tree, it would be so useful to have one around when you get caught in the rain.

Love this color combination, and I can't help but see yarn balls instead of flowers!

I mostly like how the gardeners are using existing structures to grow plants, like the ancient greenhouse above...

And this hairy pergola!
I also discovered some flowers that I would very much like to add to my own garden in the coming years:

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Gomphrena 'All-around purple'

Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy'

Wishing you a great week, this one is for me the last before long awaited summer vacations.


Saturday, 17 July 2010

When the temperatures rise over 30 degrees, what's a girl to do stay away from the heat?

Well, okay, playing with yarn may not be your ideal way to keep cool, but trust me, it was much better than sitting in my sewing-room-turned-oven! I made these without a specific plan, using Lucy's Summer Garden Granny Square pattern on Attic24. Now I think I'll just join them in a big square and use it as a pot holder.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Fabric Basket Prototype

We're going through a major heat wave here this week and I found it very hard to sit in my sewing room for more than a few minutes. The pool was much more appealing to me.

However, I managed to sew a prototype of fabric basket. I was looking for a cute and practical way to store all the FQ I have, most of them being buried in piles of fabrics everywhere around my craft room. I came up with a very simple pattern, which was good for using scraps.

Basically, all I needed were two fat eights for the sides, and some scraps for the bottom and ties.

And here is what it looks like all filled up. Of course, I will need a few more of these since it can hardly contain more than 24 FQs. That will give me a chance to make it better.

It's too hot in this room now, I must go back to the pool! Have a great weekend and don't forget to check out all the great posts on Amy's blog!