Yet many flowers are still going strong or just starting to bloom — long-term projects are progressing well & new projects are being started.
Summer is still happening — with many weeks of rainless weather ahead.
I’ve managed to fit quite a lot in the month since returning from the crazy ups & downs of helping little sis move in Calgary.
1-Yr Puppy Celebration
Almost before I could catch a breath, Sunday, July 10th arrived — along with a bit of cloud & chill to the air. Oh, please don’t let it rain — at least not until after the afternoon gathering of the 1-yr pups from my dog’s sister, Princess.
Most of my pics are like this — a blur of heads & tails! Thankfully, Janet sent me some wonderful photos from the day. Our attempt at a group photo:
Janet got a wonderful picture of me handing out treats — with Great-Grandma Missy [brown], Mom Princess [far right], Auntie Daisy [mid], & George — the biggest pup of all:
And then there were the yellow-blondes — buddies when they were 5 weeks old,
they were often found playing together again:
There were lots of black dogs, the gorgeous yellows, a brown representing Grandma Truffels [died July 1, 2009] & Great-Grandma Missy, but only one mixed pup — Tucker, who delighted in chasing his aunt:
All-in-all, it was a wonderful day but most precious for me was seeing the little pups from last year all grown up. 😎 See pics from last summer at Pups at Play.
Stained Glass Projects
Reddie, my bored redneck carpenter, had all the frames ready for the sliding shutters that co-ordinate with the corner bookcases to complete my ‘Wall of Glass’.
That led to a third planter with even more glass & a much nicer stain on the wood. Of course, later, I painted the tallest, dark brown one a pretty blue — still itching to paint the little dark one but that means taping the glass — hmmm, later. . .
Pursuing the mosaic design, I used mostly glass scraps–bought a small sheet of brown & a large sheet of white–to make the first set [of ‘uber‘ many] windows for the porch. Drum roll, please . . . 😉
Beautiful any time of the day. 😎
I love them! Seriously L-O-V-E 😆
I love having them open:
I love having them closed:
But hey, summer is not over yet –we’re only halfway through. There’s still lots of fine weather to enjoy with the doors & windows open — still lots of work to do when rain won’t damper the process.
Future Stained Glass Projects
I have two doors &, hmm, let’s see . . . only EIGHT more sets of windows to make for the porch:
I’m working on a few designs for the other window pairs — first, a simple, mostly-clear window for the main porch door. I’ve got everything I need — the glass, lead, & even some zinc for the border.
But my project table is a bit messy right now — my new bookcase is being built & the wire shelves I was using need to be painted & then incorporated in as shelves. So, I’ll have to hold off on window-making for a couple of days — but not for long, because . . . big, big drum roll here please, . . . 😆
I’m extremely excited to be offered the chance at my first commissioned piece in stained glass for Dawne Design — a medium-sized mosaic in beautiful blues.
I need to make a few conception drawings in Photoshop for the presentation near the end of the month.
Then, if all goes well, I’ll be working on this in early September. 😆
Right now, I’m off to finish the window for the porch door. It’s mostly clear but I am doing a bit of a fancy border for it. Oooh, can’t wait.