I love transitional months. There is always a feeling of expectation. Of what is to come. The weather, though usually fickle here in Oregon, can't seem to settle on warm or wet. Today we have both. And it is heavenly.
So, after a flurry of serious housekeeping this morning, I went outside for some fresh air and found this . . .
It was practically waving and shouting, "yoo hoo", I have arrived, and am ready for my close-up."
So gorgeous. A complete wonder. It just appeared one day. We thought at first it was some sort of exotic weed, but couldn't put our finger on exactly what kind of weed it might be, so we just left it alone and forgot about it. Then buds formed. Aha! A Dahlia. And such a lovely one she is too! Ten inches across. A classic "dinner plate" Dahlia. Who knew. I love surprises like this.
Over the weekend, I finally got around to lining an old drawer with some pretty scrapbook papers. This was an easy project that took about twenty minutes. Not really blog-worthy, but while I was working on it, I was reminded of a massive decoupage project I did inside my closet when I was 13. One that sent my dear old Dad into a tizzy fit, because you just did not glue things to furniture or walls or closet doors (as far as he was concerned). I was always doing crazy stuff like that in an effort to "decorate", because that tiny dark bedroom, along with my life then, was so dismal. Sad but true.
Anyway, I worked on my secret closet project for months and months, cutting out and gluing to the walls, my favorite outfits from the latest fashion magazines (which I spent all of my babysitting money on). The closet remained that way for many years long after I grew up and moved away. Eventually, Dad took a power sander to it. Oh, and how he did fuss about it too. For years!
As you can see, I did use a little more restraint this time and kept it simple.
This is what I am working on now. I've had this vintage transfer sheet for a long while, an old WorkBasket freebie, and have used parts of it for various things, but never as a complete set with all the farm motifs. The calf is unusual, and the piglet is cute with a bow on her tail. And that rooster is just awesome! The Amish couple are darling too. A fun little pattern. If I finish it this month, I'll add it to the PatternBee website, otherwise look for it in October under New Additions.
That's it for today . . . take care everyone!