Soooooo. It’s HOT here. Now, my daughter is in Texas this summer, and she assures me that as hot as it is here (on the East Coast), it is hotter in Texas. She’s probably right… but still… it’s HOT. So the best thing to do is to just stay inside and be grateful for air conditioning. I consider this “summer hunkerin’-down”- it’s pretty much the same as “winter hunkerin’-down.” As in, when the weather does not cooperate, it’s a good time to stay in and draw and sew and watch Jane Austen or other period movies. (Yesterday’s selection-  Poldark– have you seen it?? Some are calling it the new Downton Abbey- it’s very different from Downton, quite a bit darker and broodier. I love it.)


The only difference is that in the winter, I also like to make soup and desserts while I’m stuck inside, but in the summer I depend on hubby to bring home take-out food so I don’t have to cook, ha ha.

In the studio, I’m working on a little Autumn project, with this wool applique sunflower:

Sunflower Preview

And the giant hexies (5″ across) continue to pile up. I am cleaning out the fabric stash for this (who am I kidding- there is no end to the fabric stash…)

Hexie Pile- Jacquelynne Steves

The Sew Sweet Simplicity 50% off sale has been very popular, so I’ve extended it another week! The sale now runs through Aug. 6, so if you haven’t gotten your pattern yet, now’s the time! The pattern has gotten lots of wonderful feedback, I think people really like the easy to follow, step-by-step diagrams. Please continue to post your photos of your finished projects on my Facebook page and the Pinterest group board– it’s never too late to show off your pretty projects! Click here to get your pattern half off.

Sew Sweet Simplicity 50 Percent off sale-Sale Extended

I also have some of those lovely decorative pins in stock in the shop! They just make a pin cushion super-cute, don’t you think? They are the perfect finishing touch if you are making pin cushions to give as gifts. There are several different styles in stock right now, click here.

Decorative Pins- Pin Cushions- Jacquelynne Steves