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Monday, 20 October 2014

Finishing some smalls and a Question for you

Hello there! Isn't time just zooming by? The rainy season is upon us but it's still fairly warm for this time of year, or so they tell us. A lot of the trees are still fully clothed in their leaves.

I have started working on some finishing of smalls that I stitched earlier this year. (All is not lost, she has not given up fully on cross stitch yet!)

The first design is part of "Forget Me Not" by With Thy Needle and Thread. I only stitched part of the design. I finished it with a green chenille trim and two little "rosettes".

This next one is the Merry Christmas Hanging Sampler from Pineberry Lane. I love her designs!
Oops. I ran out of the little rusty bells! I guess having them one one side is ok, but no, I gotta get more bells so I can make it a "hanging" pinkeep, as per its namesake!
Lastly is the lovely Beggar's Christmas. I love the "Beggar's" series from Nan of Threadwork Primitives. 
Hmmm. I think it's looking a little bare. Perhaps I need to add some chenille trim. What do you think? (Oh, that's not THE question.)
THE question of the day is, and I need your help with this - What type of lighting (e.g. lamps) do you use for your stitching?  I have been using a floor lamp version of the Ott-lite for probably 10 years. Just last week the bulb burnt out so I went back to Michaels where I had first purchased the lamp, and found that my model is no longer made, along with the bulbs! I searched online too and no luck.

So what lamp should I get? Another Ott-lite (newer model of the floor lamp) or what I've read recently, the latest and greatest - Stella (great but pricey)? I would love to hear what you use. Thanks in advance for your help.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

If you want to see Green...

We are lucky the weather has been kind and we are easing into Autumn with grace...


I started back to my acrylic painting class in September and here is my latest painting from a photo of apple blossoms.   I have to admit it took me awhile to get back into the swing of painting. I'd forgotten so much through the summer since I hadn't picked up a paintbrush at all! Good thing the same teacher was there to help.
I have stitched a Christmas exchange last week but, of course, can't show you that yet. I have found too that my body (neck, shoulder, low back) is not happy with stitching. I go back to the chiropractor for a snap/crackle/pop tomorrow then I should be fine. ha ha.

I have added more to sewn garments to my closet. Have a look here.

I leave you with some sunflowers drying up. I actually like them in this state as they remind me of Van Gogh paintings. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a lovely week!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fall is in the Air!

I went out to the garden this morning just to see what's been happening. I've been quite neglectful in the last while as the weather changed quite a bit last weekend. There are still a few things blooming but a lot of the plants are looking tired and worn out!


Remember the bushtit nest from the spring? Well, here's the evidence! The red roses are still singing though. 
I've been continuing my dressmaking adventures over in my other blog. Please come for a visit as I have more to show there than here!

Have a great weekend!