I think there must be Spring Fever around, and I don't mean of the allergic kind. I've read that some of you have not been keeping up with your blogging or your blog reading. *gasp* Well, I'm just as guilty and I chalk it up to Spring Fever. Not that, mind you, we've had sunny gardening days. We've actually had a lot of rain, even a bit of storm to make it dramatic, even a bit of snow in places, and then just to shut us up, some sunshine every now and then! But nonetheless, I think we're feeling restless.
I've been stitching a bit more on A Very Fine Sampler. First, 2 more houses of the teeny variety.
Then the big basket, in progress...
I like that little village!
Next, I can now show you the other exchange I stitched last month. which was a pinkeep for Goldie.
The design is Stacy Nash's Monogram Pinkeep. I've stitched this before and I'll stitch it again. It's one of my favourite things to do and I like to personalize it for each person. I used various HDF silks that I had kicking around. When I found out that I was stitching for Goldie, well, I could instantly visualizing stitching this for her, with the 'G' in a gold colour!
Then, I found a nice surprise waiting for me - Beautiful Blogger Award from Kellie. Thank you, Kellie!
I will start off by passing on this award to 7 bloggers though I could name many more!Now, here's the hardest part - list 7 little known facts about myself:
1. My favourite magazine is Country Living (British edition). I love the gardening, the cooking stuff, the home decor, the crafts, the far away idea of life in a small English village. Please don't spoil my fun and tell me how awful it is to live in an English village. I once talked to someone who was British then emigrated to Canada who told me how horribly crowded it was back in England, etc. and kept on turning the little sunny English garden in my mind into a grey, soggy mess. *sheesh*
2. Some of my favourite books seem to come from authors from England/Scotland/Ireland. Examples: Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Ian Rankin, Minette Walters, Monty Don, Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater, Sarah Raven, etc. These books range from fiction to gardening and cooking.
3. My favourite narrators of audio books appear to be mostly with British accents! Examples: Simon Vance, Josephine Bailey, Neil Gamian, Hugh Fraser, etc.
4. My favourite show on HGTV is "Location, Location, Location" and/or "Relocation, Relocation" hosted by Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp. A few years ago R/R was on and now it's been replaced by LLL. It gives me a chance to see various areas of the country and see inside the houses of course!
5. By now, you're probably getting a hint of where this is going...I appear to be an Anglophile! Not sure how that happened. I suspect it's more induced by books and some good ole BBC programs!
6. I did not read Jane Austen until well into adulthood, and probably after I saw the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice. I think seeing the story, the visuals helped me understand the storyline and therefore navigate the language of Jane Austen's times. Before that it was tough for me to dive into her books. However, once in, I'd felt like Alice in Wonderland!
7. After all that, one English thing I don't like is a trifle. It's kind of a mess, isn't it? A whole pile of flavours drowned out by booze. However, a bakewell tart is a different matter!
That's it, seven things! Not terribly exciting I know. For some good read of their own 7 things, check out Terri's and Deb's blogs as well.
By the way, I'd forgotten this but the 2010 Paralympics just started! We watched the opening ceremonies last night and it was really good. There was a lot less pomp & circumstance, less razzle dazzle but it was one big party atmosphere with some amazing performances. Tonight we'll be catching up on all the events I'm sure!
Thank you for visiting with me. I really enjoy reading your comments and telling me what's happening in your world. Have a happy weekend! (And remember the dreaded time change tomorrow - my body just doesn't like losing the hour!)