A non-stitching week! We left for Columbus for the Simon Says Stamp "Create 2014" event and returned on Sunday. Could't have stitched then if I wanted to --- given hotel lighting and all, and the fact that two straight days of crafting were more exhausting than you would think! I will be posting the projects started there as they are completed on my new stamping blog, Carol Stamps.

On Monday,I was busy sorting the swag I accumulated at Create!

And yesterday, in addition to Girls' Night Out (which always interferes with stitchery - last night it was a demo by Stacey of Stacey's Stamps), our hot water heater gave up the ghost, requiring a service call late afternoon to prevent the 40-year flood in the basement! Thank goodness for service contracts but... a new water heater isn't covered under that warranty so today, the installer comes. Then we can shower, do dishes, do laundry, etc...

Of course, while I was gone, getting "inky", the next two blocks (10 and 11) of the Save a Stitch SAL arrived as did the third circular mandala in the Roll Your Own series. Add to that that I have made no further progress on my June Crazy Quilt Journal Block or my June Bead Journal ATC-sized ornament, and you can see, I'm drifting further and further away from any completions!

So, nothing stitchy to share but I can show a few pics of our garden, which switched into summer mode while we were gone. The Iris are now blooming:

as are the clematis:

and hostas are getting HUGE!:

And my veggie garden is planted:

It's hot, humid and definitely not spring anymore!