Jacquelynne Steves

In the studio (and garden) today…

The saga of our poor tree continues. Remember last week I showed you the damage that the big storm did to our 100+ year old sycamore tree? Well, the tree trimmers came and… took care of things. They cut almost everything out of the tree- way more than we thought that they would (and much more than we had been told beforehand.) They assured me that it would grow back… but I don’t know if I’ll live to see it as it was before. (Don’t be fooled by that tree behind it- that stick coming up out of the ground on the right is all that is left of it!!)StormDamage2

I haven’t done much in the studio lately in the way of sewing or painting. But whatever I do, rest assured that Alfie is on the case and supervising to be sure that I get all of my work done:

Alfie the Chihuahua in my studio- Jacquelynne Steves

Speaking of Alfie- we went to the beach over the 4th of July weekend, and Alfie had a really great vacation (as you can see from above photo, he was desperately in need of some respite). This Chihuahua is Captain of the kayak! Lol.

Alfie at Beach

We returned home to find that we will have a bumper crop of blueberries and blackberries this year (apparently, all the rain we’ve been having is good for something):

BlueberriesBlackberries-Jacquelynne Steves

And the oregano has completely taken over the garden. The bees are just loving it- you wouldn’t believe how loud the “buzzing” is in that section of the garden!


Hubby and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary last week. It fell on a Wednesday, so we opted to just go out to a nice dinner in the city. Here is the view of Philadelphia from our table:

Anniversary Dinner-Jacquelynne Steves

And, of course, the obligatory dessert photo:

AnniversaryDinner-Jacquelynne Steves

Then we walked along the riverfront. The weather was just perfect that evening:

Summer Evening In Philadelphia- Jacquelynne Steves

Totally random thought… I saw this in the grocery store the other day. I thought they had stopped making it about 30 years ago. Weird. Did you know that they still make it??Parkay

So that is basically my first week of July! Now I really need to get into the studio and get some work done!

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    Posted July 9, 2015 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Oh, your poor, poor tree – I’m sure you must feel sad every time you look at it. Hopefully you will soon see lovely little green shoots sprouting all over that bare trunk!!!!! Blueberries are so yummy – nothing like fresh blueberry muffins. How wonderful to have such a bountiful crop coming on. Where I live in Australia fresh blueberries are expensive so they are a very rare treat!!! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary – what a way to celebrate with a special dinner and a really decadent dessert.

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted July 9, 2015 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Hi Sarah!
    I’m actually still surprised every time I look out the window and see all of the branches and shade that are no longer there! I am so used to it being there!
    And we will have some blueberries, yes- but tons and tons of blackberries! I think we may have to make some jam!

  • Janet
    Posted July 9, 2015 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    i really hate you lost so much of your tree. We have lived in our home 30 years. We had two enormous oaks in the front yard that framed the house perfectly…we called them the twin oaks of course. Eight years ago lightning struck one of the oaks (which in turn caught our downstairs rec room on fire)! Needless to say, we now refer our place as Lone Oak! After all these years the house from the street is so unbalanced.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      Oh no, Janet! At least our tree didn’t make the house catch on fire! But it takes a long time to grow an old tree! It is an adjustment when it’s gone. Maybe there is a fast-growing tree that you can plant there? It won’t be the same, I know- but maybe it’s something?

  • Jan G
    Posted July 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh the poor tree!! It will take sometime..I hope..to come back! Here in Cali our drought has cause us to lose a bunch of our trees (pines and Oaks, we live on 16 acres) on the Ranch! They all need cutting down now, but we will have fire wood for a long long time to come..I guess that is a good thing! I have been sewing/embroidering and cutting out fabric for my orders and the Cozy Afternoon BOM (when I can!!) Plus all the cleaning here our Ranch is soooo dry, and dusty my house needs cleaning every 2 days or it is awful!! I will be looking forward to your new ideas, tuts, patterns and etc…I just love them all!! Thank you <3

    • Jan G
      Posted July 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Oh and Alfie is too to cute!! Congrats on your Anniversary!! And many more!!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 13, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      HI Jan! While it’s been so dry in CA, it’s been really wet here on the east coast. But I totally understand the dust thing- our house is surrounded by 100s of acres of farmland, which is constantly being worked, so it kicks up tons of dust, and somehow it gets into the house even with the windows open!

  • Margarita García
    Posted December 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Seguro que vuelve a crecer su Sicomoro. Son árboles muy fuertes y una poda drástica es lo mejor que podían hacerle. Me encanta su Chiuaua: es un gran nadador y no le tiene miedo al agua. Dele un beso de mi parte. Yo tuve un perro mestizo grande que nadaba conmigo en el mar, donde cubría. De eso hace años. Pero cada vez que voy a la playa me acuerdo de él. Saludos de Margarita.

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