Thursday, 21 May 2015

DETROIT: Flower Day at the Eastern Market

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The first Sunday after (American) Mothers Day marks the arrival of Flower Day down in Detroit's Eastern Market. You may remember me mentioning the Eastern Market last year when we paid a visit -  it's a huge farmers market which comes to life on Saturdays with all things plant, food, live music and local memorabilia you could put a name to. For Flower Day which began in at it's present location in 1967, the Eastern Market hosts local growers alongside those from neighboring states and those from over the river in Ontario, Canada. Here you'll find 15 acres of all the flowers, hanging baskets and containers, garden accessories and vegetables you could ever dream about. Think of a sea of flowers of all sorts, colours, sizes and varieties piled up, laid out and you're half way there.

Now that we finally have a garden, it was time we got around to checking it out for ourselves. We only went with the idea of finding something colourful for our endless shady parts, but as you do, came away with a little more. Mainly in the veg department (hopefully get to show you my latest veg patch developments in a post soon!), but with the quality and the price, you couldn't really say no. We did learn that we need to invest in a garden cart and again because of the price, we'll just get all our plant veg from here once the 2016 growing season rolls around.

But it's not all about the flowers no matter how beautiful they are all on mass. There's live music, some awesome street food (we treated ourselves to an pulled pork sarnie each for an early lunch - yum) which I burnt off no doubt with all the digging and planting on our return home.

Even if you don't have a garden, just for all the colours, the sights and sounds, it's well worth popping through.




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Monday, 18 May 2015

LIFE: Blossom Filled Zoo Trips

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Like I mentioned last week, part of Joe's birthday weekend involved a trip back to our local Detroit Zoo. A year late and we finally got our Detroit Zoo membership renewed. Better late then never they say. It's a pretty exciting time to be members again - construction of the new $29.5 million penguin exhibit is well under way (set up to open next year), work is also under way building a biodigestor turning 400 tonnes of manure into a methane rich gas. Not to mention the born of a giraffe last September and the Polar Bear exhibit was voted the second best zoo exhibit in the country by USA Today.

With the Red Panda hiding away in the trees, the big cats sunbathing to the tree kangaroo (second photograph) finally making an appearance it was nice able to walk around the zoo, see all the wildlife, the crowds, all the blossom of the trees to wildflowers. I noticed they even have a butterfly garden I need to poke the next time.

I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of our regular zoo visits that's for sure.



Friday, 15 May 2015

CREATIVE: A Garden Party Stitch Along #4

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With April passing us by, I'm a third way through the year of joining in with the stitch along with Cross Stitch Magazine.

Bar some of the backstitching, most of the first two (middle section pieces) are complete - yey. So we can finally see the house and a couple of the guests. The chart has be now moving to the left of the page where some more guests, some servants and children feature. 

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I've been aiming to complete half a page every month (which doesn't sound a lot but there's a lot of detail going on) and luckily I'm a bit ahead of schedule which has given me the chance to focus on some smaller projects like the Pennsylvania blackwork and my London scene. Working on such a large design has been a bit of a challenge, sometimes I think of all the other designs I could be stitching with all the time it's taking, but then I see it and I love how it's all coming together.

Although saying that I really need to redo the lips of the lady in the blue dress, she's got some really bad trout pout going on ...

Anyway ...

The design still remains the biggest and most challenging cross stitch design I've ever worked one and even with twenty years of stitching under my belt I think it's helping me learn to be a better stitcher. My stitches I've noticed have become a lot neater, I'm becoming even more careful about having a neat reverse side, the importance of balancing time with this, life and other projects, battling the guilt when I'm not working on this and working on other cross stitchy things ...

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Progress - January, February, March through April 2015

I'd love to hear what you've been working on, crafty or otherwise!



Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SNAPSHOTS: A Birthday Weekend

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All you can eat sushi, The Avengers, zoo trips, an evening at the fun fair and a visit from the nephews and niece was how we spent our weekend celebrating Joe's 30th birthday. Funnel Cake (mmm) coated in a thick confectionery sugar layer with the most deliciously squeezed lemonade with a gorgeous rainbow covering Detroit's sky was how we finished Saturday. A day spent with the kids raiding Uncle Joe's Transformers collection and completing on his video games. After a dinner of Coney Dogs, a trip (our first in over a year) to the zoo to not only renew our membership (more on this to come) but to see the blossom, watch the butterflies fluttering around and try to seek out the Polar Bear. And while it's fun being an auntie, they sure tire you out, that iced tea cocktail in a bath on Sunday night felt very well deserved. 

How was your weekend?