Where Does One Get A Crest?


My weekend away was fantastic. I spent it making close friends with a four-year-old named Caitlin who very well may be the most beautiful little girl on earth. She is stunning, sweet and full of life. When she couldn’t remember my name, she’d come screaming through the forest, calling after me, “Friend! Friend! Grandpa, what is her name again? FRIEND!!” Finally, I’d stop, nearly dying of laughter and wondering how far I could push her until we could repeat the scene.

My crafting has been sparse lately. It is terribly hot outside, as to be expected of Arizona in June. So hot that the thought of baking, holding knitting in my lap, or working in my long-since-dead garden seems trite. Why bother? There are popsicles to be enjoyed, books to be read and swimming pools in which to float. There is something about 100-plus degree weather that evaporates nearly every ounce of my motivation and leaves me a hungry, lollygagging heap. Some people lose weight during the summer. Who are these people? They surely need another margarita.

new labels

Even my pretty new labels haven’t provided much inspiration.

In the interim, I’ve been spending time huddled in my dark studio, under the comforts of both an overhead fan and the ice cold air conditioning, reading blogs. I suppose I’m not only reading them, but wishing I could transport myself to them. For example, Ms. Weirdbunny with her Welsh farm makes me hurt to be outside in cool weather. Wisecraft and her Pacific northwest gardening isn’t doing my envy any favors either. I found my very first based-in-Africa craft blog last week and if I could send myself over to LuckyBeans for an extended vacay, oh, how I would. Hello Zambia! I hope to see you one day.
More than anything, I find myself wanting more domesticity. Many of you are collecting summer berries for preserves. Others are tending glorious gardens — ahem, Ms. Finny — and still others are finding the summer months their happiest times to pair quilt fabrics and yarns. I’m trying to pair bikini pieces with Nicaraguan tan lines.

Chicks and hens, cobweb

Speaking of gardening, I’m thinking of an indoor succulents collection. Any suggestions?


Any idiot can keep succulents alive, right? Or so I thought before my aloe vera died. Aloe vera. In the desert. My black thumbs’ prowess surprises even me.

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Obviously not from my garden.

The cherry that takes it all — of course — is Ms. Martha with her impeccable summer jams. (Seriously, have you seen the July issue? Go buy it already.) Is it wrong to dream of delivering to neighbors tiny, perfectly jarred homemade jams with my home’s own crest emblazed on top? Lordie. I think I’ve just booked myself a one-way flight to Stepford and there’s no stopping my arrival.
Y’all keep posting. When I come in to reapply sunblock and fill up my Cha-Cha glass, I’ll catch up.


13 Replies to “Where Does One Get A Crest?”

  1. Most succulents that live outdoors can live indoors. Mine do and they’re happy and unscorched. Try Tree Aloe (different than aloe vera), jade or any of the other varieties at your nursery. They’re usually all clumped together in teeny pots in some forgotten corner. Plant in a shallow dish with sandy soil and water when the soil is dry — about once a week.

    I’m going to make sun tea now — LOVE SUMMERTIME!

  2. Yay for new blogs to visit! 🙂 I think a succulent garden is an awesome idea. Have you visited Yougrowgirl.com? There is info on there about making a succulent garden.

    The fact that you have a tan at all makes me jealous. I have a small one, but allergies are posing issues with really getting out to enjoy the summer.

  3. my mom has a black thumb of death. if she even looks at a plant the poor thing dies. i on the other hand have had the same aloe plant i bought when i got my first apt. he seems to grow everyother year. mr. aloe needs to be relocated to a bigger pot. you can have one of his babies!

  4. Oh Kel, you would be so inspired here! Tonight on my bike ride I saw a lake full of beautiful Geese.. they were so graceful swimming in the sunset. Even little tiny fluffy goslings (I swear..thats what the babies are called! The spelling I may be off on). I bet you could take some beautiful pics of this area. I literally ride with a smile on my face.. people probably think I’m insane!

  5. What a gorgeous looking friend you made on the weekend/I am off to pick strawberries at “erdbeer land” on Friday and then I¬¥ll be making strawberry jam in this heat becaue my kids love it-I think I¬¥m ready for Stepford too/I have a big terracotta plate on my living room windowsill, there¬¥s a pile of rocks on it and succulents are planted between them, looks quite nice/ I like the way you handle the early morning cranky people. Keep smiling!

  6. I,too,like your new labels! They are awesome, where did you get them?
    I think summertime is the perfect time to sew…nothing in your lap to make you hot, but wintertime is the best time to quilt the layers together. It’s just way toooo hot to do in the summer. So I try to concentrate on quilt tops in the summer and finish in the winter. Keeps the variety alive, boredom at a low, and still remain productive.
    The succulents are delicious, very very pretty. They even have cactus in South Texas, really suprised me!

  7. I have two Cha-Chas and a Senor Bob. In order to know which Cha-Chas you are spekaing to we renamed them Cha-Cha and Chi-Chi. Gotta keep it straight.

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