SAL Update with a whale of a tale

The time is here again to show our progress, encourage and support one another in ‘getting the job done’ at what ever pace you choose. With summer officially here, it is hard to find the time to sit when the outdoors, family, bbq’s, outings, gardening all calls for more attention. Luckily the background for my piece was 1/2 stitches which went fairly quickly. Still left to do is the red border. Here is where I am


Here is where I was compared to now πŸ™‚




I thought the above picture was a fun contrast between winter and summer fun. Mentioning fun – the daughter that I am making this for was down from Alaska for a visit last Thursday – Sunday. Shhhhh – I don’t think she follows my blog so I am safe!

The highlight of the visit was a mother daughter whale watching cruise https://whales.comΒ  Β through the San Juan Islands with a first stop at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a stretch.

We hit the Lavender Store in the town; one of my favorite places ~ PelindabaΒ Β

31Pelindaba Lavender Farm looking across San Juan Valley to Mount Baker | Photo: Teren Photography

I think we bought just about one of everything from lavender salt and pepper grinders, lotion & oils, herbal vinegar, insect repellant, cookies, chocolate, fruit & lavender chutnies, soap, sachets, then topped the visit off with a lavender icecream sandwich and my daughter bought a lavender sorbet with spoons to share with our table mates back on the boat. And since were bloggers I have shared a link to their beautiful blog if you care to take a peek.

Once on our way again we crossed into Canadian waters in search of Orcas and/or Humpbacks and were not disappointed. I didn’t get any amazing photo’s, but we spotted a pod/family of about 6 Orcas who did no disappoint and put on quite a lengthy show for us. It seemed a shame to view them through a camera lens so I chose just to delight in the moment. In addition on the return trip we spotted a humpback – his spout spray and the tail as he was going down.







I hope you will take some time to relax and enjoy the works in progress and blogs of the incredibly talented crafters below. Thank you for visiting my page ~ Sharon

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan,Β Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

If you are interested in joining this SAL please contact Avis above and she will be happy to explain the goup and walk you through the process. It’s painless, easy and most of all fun!

33 thoughts on “SAL Update with a whale of a tale

  1. Christina June 30, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    Wow! Looks like you’re enjoying the summer so far! You still made great progress and I’m loving how those half stitches look for the background. Lovely garden too πŸ™‚

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    • nwpaintedlady June 30, 2019 / 8:12 pm

      I am so happy they were half stitches. It made the stitching quite easy and fun too. It’s been lovely weather in our neck of the woods making outdoors easy to enjoy πŸ™‚ Sharon


  2. kathyreeves June 30, 2019 / 3:29 pm

    What a wonderful adventure, and still huge progress! A happy dance is coming your way!

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  3. gingerninjacrafts June 30, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    Great progress, the blue sky really makes the rest of the colours stand out beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing pics from your whale watching, how beautiful to see these souls. Jenny x

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    • nwpaintedlady June 30, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you! The sky reminds me of the water actually. They are beautiful souls for sure πŸ™‚ Sharon

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  4. craftycreeky June 30, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    Great progress with your background! I agree with you that sometimes it is better to enjoy the special moment and have the memories, than trying to get a photo and missing it.


    • nwpaintedlady June 30, 2019 / 8:07 pm

      The background is fun and turned out nice. Actually reminds me to the water πŸ™‚ Sharon


  5. Carmela Gulino June 30, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    Hi Sharon ! Beautiful embroidery! Thanks for sharing the images of the wonderful orcas and the link of the lavender shop.I love it and we grow a vase on the balcony.Good Summer!


    • nwpaintedlady June 30, 2019 / 8:06 pm

      Your so welcome. Hope you enjoyed seeing the lavender farm blog πŸ™‚ Sharon


  6. magpiesue June 30, 2019 / 9:37 pm

    Lovely post, from one end to the other! That blue sky really makes a difference in the look of your cross stitch. What a lot of progress! How fortunate you were to see the whales in person. And the lavender farm! {sigh}

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    • nwpaintedlady July 1, 2019 / 12:58 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ We were fortunate as you don’t always get to see whales and I’d love to work in a lavender shop too!


  7. claire93 July 1, 2019 / 11:05 am

    now the background is stitched, it really makes that igloo look whiter than white ^^

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    • nwpaintedlady July 1, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      I hadn’t noticed that and I went back and looked and your so right . That igloo is so darn cute and white πŸ™‚ Sharon

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  8. Deb July 1, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Lovely winter and summer photo! The advice from the whale is great.. love the no blubbering part.πŸ˜€

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  9. Jocelyn Thurston July 1, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    As you say the sun shining brightly on your igloo is quite an interesting contrast for the photo. Lovely progress. How nice to do a mother/daughter cruise. What a wonderful time together I’m sure.

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    • nwpaintedlady July 1, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      We don’t get to get together to often but when we do it is such a blessing πŸ™‚ Sharon


  10. Catherine July 2, 2019 / 9:49 am

    What a wonderful way to spend time with your daughter. And your project is coming along so well.

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    • nwpaintedlady July 2, 2019 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Catherine. I hid the project and she was none the wiser I had a secret hidden πŸ™‚

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  11. KerryCan July 2, 2019 / 10:01 am

    You’re almost finished your project! It’s looking wonderful. And what a fun visit you had with your daughter. While I’d love to see photos of the whales, I still think you made the right decision to live in the moment!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 2, 2019 / 1:28 pm

      I never thought I’d see this completed but the finish line is truly in site! Thank you Kerry it’s been a fun project. Lets always remember to live in and enjoy each moment πŸ™‚ Sharon


  12. teamwilsun July 4, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    I love how the sky really makes the igloo “pop” — looking forward to your happy dance next time! And so happy to hear you saw orcas and a humpback. I worry about how they are faring in the Salish Sea.

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    • nwpaintedlady July 4, 2019 / 4:34 pm

      Love the sky too and the igloo “pop” πŸ™‚ You are so right with the concern for these gorgeous creatures. Sharon


  13. Lindashee July 5, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Making great progress ! I also don’t know what to do when making things that are likely to be spotted due to social media !! AAAH


  14. Texas Quilter July 7, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    I love this! I need Kathy to teach me knitting and you to teach me cross stitching – Maybe in 2021!
    You guys would have to come to Texas! Hey bet you’ll would love it in the winter time! Hugs

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    • nwpaintedlady July 7, 2019 / 5:56 pm

      You never know. I have a grandson there, working on the windmills – I’m pretty he’s sure in Aberdeen. If he would get married I might just need to make a trip.


  15. Renee Younger July 21, 2019 / 5:50 am

    Wow! Look at your progress! It sounds like you had a wonderful visit, too. πŸ™‚


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