First, some flowers blooming on my linen:
The bigger picture
progress on A Very Fine Sampler by Birds of a Feather
There's a lot of stitching in this baby; lots of counting and colour changes. In other words, I had to really pay attention! ;-) However, the design is forgiving so if you miscounted, which I have done more than once, you can sometimes adapt instead of frog! The colours of this are really beautiful and much brighter than what you can see in the photos. I just love this one and would highly recommend it! In case you are wondering, the chart is still in print.
Now, I can show you some much awaited for stash! The first one arrived on Monday, then I worried until the second one arrived today, 4 days later.
Just love'em! When Honeysuckle Manor landed here I did consider starting the samplers but then I knew if I did not continue with AVFS I might run into not finishing it for a long time.
You see, I'm pretty much a one project at time gal. I have 3 UFO's. In the last few weeks I tried resuming 2 of the 3 but I gave up quickly. There were good reasons I had put them aside in the first place and they did not get better with time. So, I learned that it's best for me if I finish something...unless I really disliked it, then it's a moot point!
However, I will get a few projects kitted up from these designs. I will be going back to work in another week's time! Yes, thank you for all your well wishes and positive thoughts! I will be back working with the same client but different project. I will find out more details when I start. In the meantime, I will enjoy the rest of my free days!
Spring Fever has hit our house. The good part is seeing all the pretty flowers of course, but it's also like greeting old friends after a long time apart. The bad part is the inevitable seasonal allergies. Oh well. So, we bought 3 shrubs that were relatively 'small' as we don't have a lot of free space to plant stuff.
Camellia - Betty Ridley
* supposed to be more compact in growth. This will be my first camellia ever!
Rhododendron - Starry Night
* actually more intense purple in colour
Magnolia - Pink Star
* oh my - this is actually fragrant, as opposed to the white ones which don't appear to be. I've always wanted a star magnolia and my husband actually bought one for me today, a lovely early birthday present!
That last plant is a type of snowdrop I think? It's very pretty. The flowers usually hang down but today I noticed one of them opened face up so I had to take a photo! So sweet. It's like she's preening for the camera!
As I write, it's almost 6 p.m. but of course nice and bright outside. Thanks for the comments in the last post. It was interesting to hear from my stitching friends in England to reassure me that there is still plenty of beautiful English countryside - thank you that's very comforting to know as I will visit again one day! And also, for us non-Brits how many of us do love all things 'English'!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely weekend, Spring or Fall!