Sunday, November 13, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching, Landscaping Job Complete

Last week, my landscaping job was about 85% complete, but due to our intermittent rainy weather this week the guys didn't complete the work until Thursday.  I am so excited about my new bedding areas.  I have gone from 1 tree to 8 trees now.  

The side street area formerly had 2 half-dead 40 year old birch trees and dead grass and crabgrass.    It now has 4 Japanese maples, bark, and drip irrigation to the trees.   There is still a pile of  bark I need to spread around in my new beds.  



In front of the garage, I had a cinder block garden, planted with herbs, and some bulb plants.  I now have a larger garden area, with a Tulip Tree in front of the garage.  I am still transferring plants from pots, and still have a bunch of bulbs to plant.   This area also has drip irrigation to the tree and sprayers to my new garden.  

In front of the house they took out two failing camellia bushes and used a bobcat to the big garden bed, added some nice soil, and drip irrigation.  The one area with the remaining camellia bush, I usually keep a lot of my begonias in pots under, and I have a shelf on the side with succulents.  The larger bed, I am still transplanting things from pots into.  It is such a pleasure to be working in these, I am in heaven!

The area in front of the half circle area in front of the driveway with the big Deodar Cedar, they took out some juniper tams I was sick of.  They have been there for 40+ years.  They have a tendency to spread out over the place.  The driveway has these strips of wood in between the cement slabs.  They dug out the wood in one of those sections and ran a line over to that area, but the irrigation to that area hasn't been hooked up yet.  I am hoping my brother can show me what I need to do.  I plan to take some of the plants in that area out, plus I plan to scrape that area off a coating of about 4 inches of pine needles so it gets better saturation.  There are also some random plants coming up out there I didn't plant.  

Out back I had no shade, no at all, and the tree from the neighbor's I depended on was removed.  The neighbors are putting in a pool, and took that tree down.   I now have a Chinese Pistache tree.

And a Pomegranate 

This week grandson Keaton received a medal for Most Valuable Player in Water Polo.  He's the one with the blond curly hair.  

My projects this week have consisted of collecting a bunch precut neutrals and blue strips and cutting more for my project for the Shades of Blue Blog Hop in January.  

Last Sunday I did finish this stitchery.  This was a free pattern by Jenny of Elefantz.  I am going to make it into a pincushion.  

What I plan to do this week for Slow Sunday Stitching is work on sewing down this hanging sleeve, and work on this Kathy Schmitz Stitchery.  

I'll be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to.  

Thanks for stopping by!  


  1. Congratulations to Keaton for winning the water polo medal. Your Japanese Maple trees are gorgeous, Karrin.They have the prettiest coloured leaves. Oh my, the garden is looking great. So much work has gone into the revamping of your yards. Love,love,love the colour blue of your house. Enjoy your hand stitching. Cute stitchery.

  2. all the landscaping looks great - you must be having fun with it.

  3. The landscaping looks terrific!

  4. Nice stitching going on. Landscaping looks great.

  5. Anonymous8:34 AM

    The yard looks amazing Karrin, you must be so pleased. I love all those beautiful trees! Kathy R. Blogger won’t let me comment even though I’m signed in so I have resorted to anonymous!

  6. Your new landscaping looks great, the trees are looking stunning already!

  7. Anonymous10:27 AM

    So nice to have a freshly landscaped yard. You will enjoy it for years to come! Enjoy your sewing time this week. Please congratulate Keaton for me. Gail at the Cozy Quilter

  8. That landscaping really adds a lot of curb appeal to the house. It looks fantastic. Glad to see I'm not the only one going through my stash looking for something appropriate for the Shades of Blue Blog Hop. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Happy quilting! -Andrea

  9. I love your embroidery from Jenny and I downloaded the pattern to make my own - so sweet!

  10. Your landscaping looks very pretty. Enjoy putting in all those plants. I like your embroidery. You have an awful lot of strips cut. I am looking forward to seeing what you will make with them.

  11. Anonymous5:57 PM

    You're having just too much fun with the landscaping change. Way to go Keaton! The do more things is so cute :)

  12. Keaton is a doll, and that is quite an achievement! Your landscaping looks so neat and clean and inviting. I know you are glad the bulk of it is done. Love those backyard trees too. That is a pretty stitched piece for your pincushion.

  13. Your yard looks gorgeous! Keaton looks so happy and proud! I love your handstitching projects! You and your family are on my heart this week.

  14. Your yard looks amazing, Karrin. I really like that tree in the back yard, beautiful color. You must feel like you moved into a different house! Keaton has really grown into a young man. Your stitching looks great. I'm going to be looking forward to seeing your Blue project. I had mine all planned and realized I couldn't do that one, because it has a lot of red in it, too, so now I'm prowling around for another idea.