Monday, October 27, 2008

Garlic, and some foliage

I tried to get some housework done last week. Things were getting really out of hand around here and even I couldn't stand it any more. I ended up turning the computer completely off for most of one day to avoid the distraction.

Everything is scrubbed, dusted, and vacuumed now, and some of the clutter is gone, but I'm afraid that I will never live in a completely clutter-free home. When you have four people living in a home, some (or all) of whom read, craft, draw, write, play music, cook, and bake, there will be messes. It's a fact of life. I try to keep the "permanent" clutter confined to one or two areas of the house, but clutter is infectious. It spreads. Right now things are looking good, but I know it won't last more than a day or two.

I did get two Christmas presents done over the weekend. The recipients don't read my blog, so it's safe to share.

Meet the garlic tea towel!

When I saw this pattern from Sublime Stitching, I literally laughed out loud. My late father-in-law was notorious for his garlic consumption. He ate raw garlic every day, a fact which escaped no one's notice! I stitched two towels in his honor, one for each of my husband's sisters. I like this little garlic so much I might have to make a third towel for us.
I'm a wee bit nervous about stitching on a towel. I've never embroidered anything that was actually going to be used. I tend to treat my stitched items like museum pieces. It is weird to think that Garlic will be wiping up spills and getting thrown in the laundry like a common dish towel!
The foliage around here is absolutely glowing. I am trying to look and look and look at it, really soak it all in, because soon the trees will be bare, and winter drags on forever in these parts. These photos were taken the other morning as I walked home after dropping my daughter off at school.