Sweet August Greetings!

"Fairest of months! Ripe summer’s queen,
The hey-day of the year;
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear."

~ R. Combe Miller ~

 

There is a unique feeling about August that I love. The feeling that it hangs deliciously in the balance, somewhere between summer and autumn.  I love that it still feels like summer ~ the air is sultry and the landscape lush.  But it is also a month when everything begins to soften and mellow.  The wheat, once a sea of green, rippling waves, has been cut, leaving the field combed in restful shades of brown.  Cornfields turn the color of parchment and in the garden, sunflowers bend and nod, flashing yellow and red and rust.  Rise early, just before sunrise, and you will find silvery ribbons of fog stretching across fields and roads.  In the house, it’s time to set my favorite pumpkin cornbread candle on an ironstone plate and fill the old dough bowl with dried gourds.  I plan to make time to enjoy this lovely month and all the gifts she has to offer.  My wish for you is that you may do the same…

 “The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me."

 ~ James Russell Lowell ~

Early Work Mercantile Offerings

Visit my EWM page where I’m offering some wonderful items that celebrate the golden hues of August, including a little pinkeep, dried yarrow from this year’s harvest, an old buttermilk-painted tote, and a tiny yellow-ware bowl.

New Pattern ~ Ode to the Busy Bee

As promised, I’m releasing a new pattern this month!  “Ode to the Busy Bee” includes two projects.  One is a sampler bag featuring a golden summertime garden, a bee skep with plump bumble bees, and a delightful verse from an Isaac Watts hymn.  The other is a sweet beehive-shaped pincushion.  Either one is a perfect late summertime stitch.

 In Closing...

As always, I thank you for your friendship and patronage and wish you all the joys this lovely month has to offer.

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