I have been very fortunate this month and throughout my life.
My cottonwood, which I planted in the 1990s) became infected with small white worms. During the horrific winds two weeks ago, the main limb broke away from the tree. The very tip hit the roof and skitter down the metal siding. It missed the satellite dish, solar panels, and everything else. Just a small dent down the siding to the ground. It could have been so much worse. If it fell to the north, it could have taken my neighbor‘s garage or car, Falling to the east would have taken a different neighbor’s car. Across the street, it may or may not have hit another neighbor’s vehicle.
The neighbor behind my house offered to saw up the limb. I put out a free wood sign. Neighbors down the street took the wood. My neighbor across the street, being a lumberjack, offered to fell the tree and hit the exact spot he said he chose. That takes experience. He sawed up part of the tree and again the free wood sign went up. Another neighbor picked up the wood. I still had a lot of limbs on the ground. Once again the neighbor behind my house offered to saw them up in pieces. Again, the sign went up. Again, another neighbor took the free wood.
Thank you to all my wonderful neighbors.
Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery
I’ve decided to change the direction of my embroidered tea towels. Now, there will be dog towels that can be personalized with the dog’s name.
Also, I have added towel designs with a western theme. Anything else you would like to see in a tea towel? Please let me know, I will see what I can do.
Winter came to Bozeman, Montana like the click of a light switch. This morning started out sunny with just a few clouds around. At 3:15 p.m. it is cloudy and cold – possible snow. Burrrr…. I really hate giving up autumn.
I made Lily (my new dog as of April) two coats. I need to finish some detail on both. They are fleece t-shirts. Now, I need to go to the fabric store and find a pattern for a dog coat. I tried searching for one with no luck. Funny, because I searched and found the t-shirt, which was a free pattern. Any dog people who may be interested in the free pattern, it is at http://www.barlowscientific.com/technotes/home/sweater.htm. Lily is around 40 to 45 lbs. and it fits perfectly. She is a pit bull mix. I used freezer paper to design the pattern pieces from the computer layout pattern. I drew lines whenever needed. It is a very easy shirt to make.
On another note: I have some new bookmarks in my shop along with working on new items to embroider and carry. I am adding some snowflake Christmas ornaments in white embroidery thread. Also, Simply Montana is selling some of my towels, wild animal towels with Yellowstone embroidered below, on sale for $10. They were left over from a shop in West Yellowstone. If you are or going to be in Bozeman, stop by Simply Montana in the Gallatin Valley Mall, to take a look at my towels – great gifts for Christmas.
Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery
Sun and Moon Bookmark
Bison Scene within Bison Silhouette
Grizzly Bear Outline with Yellowstone
Grizzly Bear Face with Yellowstone Text
I just picked up some Mylar balloon (without the air) to use in new bookmarks I have gold and silver. Today I bought blue, green, and red colors for new bookmarks. There will be a dog, a salamander, cat, and other designs that will be showing up on my website shortly. They will be fun for everyone.
It’s tough to sit inside embroidering when the weather is warm. Today’s rain seems to be skirting around my house. I may wait until tonight to start on the bookmarks.
Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery
The summer season is slowly coming to an end. Winter is just around the corner. I d,on’t want you to think that I am writing a downer blog. I look forward to winter – a change of season and a time to catch up on projects that have been waiting all summer.
Actually, there is one more market at the Gallatin Valley Fairgrounds. However, next week my dog, Lily, and I will be walking in the Belgrade Fall Festival Parade. Lily’s trainer, Ron Murray – Montana Murray Kennels, will have a doggie drill team in the parade as he did last year. He is asking his doggie clients to participate in walking behind the drill team. This is a great opportunity for Lily to interact with hundreds of people. She remains reactive to some men in ball caps. She is comfortable in her expanded pack at Ron’s kennels. She will know most of the people and dogs in the group. She will be fine.
To celebrate my end to the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market, I am offering a discount for merchandise on my Etsy website. I am offering 25% off until September 30. If there is anything you want to purchase for Christmas, this is the time to purchase it. Use coupon code ENDOFSUMMER. I hope to hear from you.
Embroidered Tea Towel, Yellowstone Grizzly on wheat colored towel
Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery, charlenesbags
For those of you who never heard of Fray Check, it is a great product even for non-sewers. If you get a small hole in your clothes, use it to keep it from fraying more and more after each washing. Just remember to heat it with the iron, otherwise it will get stiff. Just heat until dry. I find it indispensable.
Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery, http://www.charlenesbags.etsy.com
I decided to try the brain game, Lumosity and quickly found out I am addicted to the games. They are great for seniors to keep their brain flexible and useful. Try it yourself at http://www.lumosity.com.
Charlene, charlenesbags.etsy.com, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery
I awoke at 7:30 a.m. with plans to take Lily to the group dog walk at Montana Murray Kennels. I just couldn’t get going. We will walk around the neighborhood then join those at Montana Murray Kennels on the evening walk and training course. Some Wednesdays are like that after yoga on Tuesday, I need a little space.