This little darling was peeking out from the trees when I rolled out of the driveway yesterday. I had my camera in the car and snapped his picture from the driver's-side window. Deer are shy and often lurk in the shadows, waiting and listening, before moving closer to the house, where the deer-candy grows. They are sneaky that way. That's what was on my mind as I drove away. Would he, or wouldn't he, move in on my rose bushes during my absence.
When I got home several hours later, I went around to check on them, still curious to see if The Mister's magic concoction was working, bracing myself for the worst, just in case it wasn't, but to my surprise not a single pink bud had been beheaded. More joy, that the flowers were making it into bloom. So, only time will tell. Since I already used up the whole batch spraying every other day, instead of once a month, as recommended, (I want to believe, really I do!) we'll be mixing up another batch this weekend, and I'll share the recipe when I figure out what all goes into this.
In the meantime, I'll try and answer a few of the questions I've been asked recently, since I don't have any crafty sewing to show today. I'm actually thinking of making Friday my FAQ day since I don't seem to be able to respond to emails and comments as often as I wish to. So ask away, and I'll pick a few inquiries each week to address here on the blog.
Q. I'd love to know what rose that is in your garden. It is absolutely beautiful!! Would you be able to post it on your blog? Thanks so much!!! Kari
A. I'm not really sure. It was planted long ago by the previous owner, unfortunately no tags. But, it does resemble the David Austin "old rose" shrub variety like this one. Its growing habit is somewhat rangy and bushy, with smallish three-inch wide blooms. The stems are spindly and not the best for cutting, although I do use them in squat bud vases.
Q. Your cat is just adorable!! Would you consider sharing your pattern? or will you be putting it in your shop (I hope)?? Thanks -Helen in Malden, MA
A. Thank you Helen, and to everyone who commented about Miss Kitty! (She's stealing the show over here, pouncing and prancing all over the place, hoping desperately for a dance partner so she can compete on DWTS. She dreams big. ) Anyway, sure I'd be happy to share the pattern. It isn't ready for prime-time yet, so to speak, but if enough people are interested I might be persuaded to draft something up, so stay tuned....
UPDATE: Miss "Calico Kitty" pattern is now available in my book: Embroidery Craft: Stitching Through the Seasons.