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Some of the silver plants in my yard provide the best foliage and year round good looks. The Helichrysum Icicles is a really good performer. It grows fairly quickly and loves the heat. Seems to be drought tolerant. The best thing about it though is it’s fragrance. I have it in my front yard right up against the walk because in the it smells like maple syrup. Many people stop and ask what it is because they notice the fragrance first. It’s just a bonus that it’s easy to grow.

It is in the foreground of this photo. Another great silver plant is nestled up next to the mums. It is Cerastium or “Snow in Summer”. This is a nice ground cover that hangs over walkways very nicely. It doesn’t have a fragrance, but it gets covered in white flowers that are quite pretty. These are two great silver plants that add some contrast against the darker plants in the yard.

Sometimes when I stitch a new pattern it’s fun to play around with the colors to create a theme. I found a pattern that I really like which has everything I love – flowing lines, and nature. It is an Aunt Martha pattern and you can see it here for $1.50. The colors I decided to work with are a different palette than I usually use. I decided to go neutral in subdued greens and blues. I like the effect. I am probably going to make a pillow – this completed piece currently lays in the ‘now what?’ pile in my sewing room. I should probably take a weekend and have a ‘now finish’ party, but I haven’t been that ambitious yet.

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Stitching is one of my favorite hobbies. I love to take a line drawing and transfer it to fabric to stitch. I drew this a long time ago in an art class and have always liked the texture it represents. I made the first stitched pine cone into a table runner that sits on a buffet in our entry. I have another ready to go, but am not sure what to make with it.

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Not every line needs to be transferred;  it’s more appealing to the eye to have less when stitching in my opinion anyway. This is the table runner. I made it out of Sew classic linen from JoAnn’s Fabric and a gold metallic fabric I found at Wal-Mart.

This is on the buffet in our entry and reminds me of the mountain backpacking and camping trips we take in the summer. One little stitched pine cone = summertime memories.