I was lucky to win a give-away from Tatting it Up. The shuttle looks like woodgrain, but it's actually made from vinyl. She also included some thread that she dyed herself. Isn't it pretty? She had instuctions for dying thread on her blog a day or too ago. Thank you so much.
My new house's previous owner was quite a gardener, and I am enjoying the plants very much. I don't know much about them, so I don't know what I've got until it blooms. I was happy to find out a couple of bushes were hydrangeas. Some tall skinny plants turned out to be lilies. (The rather hardy fern at the base of a leggy rose bush turned out to be plastic -- can't win them all.) This weekend, this stunning thing appeared. It's huge, at least 6 inches across. Hibiscus, maybe?