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Sunday, 17 October 2010

Just say "MOOooooooooo"

Does a cow have horns or not? Because I thought this cow was a girl, hence "Betsy, rather than a boy "Benny. As I was stitching it, I realized this cow has near invisible horns (stitched in that beige again). Interesting. I thought (silly me) I would look in wikipedia for a quick answer. There is never anything 'quick' in wikipedia because it has more things than you ever thought possible to learn about the cow

Here's "the red beast" in Isabella Johnstone:

 
So happy to have gotten to this part! I am using Belle Soie silks - very yummy. The leaves on the trees / shrubs call for Wheatgrass but I found that too light so I used Scarecrow instead.  Isn't this a beautiful sampler? I just love it!


We've been having a very mix bag of Fall weather. Fortunately this weekend has been sunny so I've finally gotten out to do some garden clean-up.  As a result, I brought some flowers indoors. 



The yellow flower in the first photo is a dahlia. The pink flowers are schizostylis coccinea, or kaffir lily.  I love this fall-flowering beauty. It also comes in a medium red colour. One note of warning about planting these - they spread everywhere! As pretty as they are when in bloom, they can look messy (grassy) when they peek up out of other plants where they don't belong. So, I've dug them up and will put them in a big pot so they can grow happily "contained".





I'm keeping heads down these days. I think there are two more weeks to this "madness" at work then maybe I can breathe a sigh of relief! :-)


Thank you as always for visiting my little corner of the world. Take care!


33 comments:

Chris said...

Isabella is looking great!
Hope this week is easy at work for you!

Glenna said...

Pretty Isabella! And such pretty flowers as well! What a cool dahlia!

Margaret said...

Oh my! Your Isabella is gorgeous! You always stitch things that I want to stitch! Love your flowers too -- beautiful! Good luck with the work load!

Katrina said...

Love Isabella!!!! Aren't those cows cute :-). Hope work settles down soon.

Littlebit said...

What a beautiful sampler AND beautiful flowers!

sewcreative said...

Your sampler is coming along quite lovely.

In answer to your question....the sex has nothing to do as to whether or not a 'cow' has horns. It's the breed.

Terri

Irene said...

Wonderful sampler and lovely flowers.

Blu said...

Interesting question! (and of course you didn't answer it) but I see that Terri knows. But doesn't this greature have a distinct lack of udder too?

Theresa said...

How interesting!!! We can learn new things everyday~~~ Your Isabella looks great~~~

Those are some beautiful flowers you have there~~ Great idea to keep them contained. Thanks for sharing!!

Sylvia said...

Isabella is looking quite lovely, as are your flowers.

Annemarie said...

Your Isabella is stunning. Funny how the same sampler can look so different when stitched by someone else! Silks do make a big difference.

Andrea said...

She's gorgeous so far Melissa!! I didn't know that cow had horns either, until looking closely at your picture after you mentioned it! I declare! Guess I won't be surprised now when coming upon them as I stitch ;-)
xox

Siobhan said...

Isabella looks great!! I didn't know that cows had horns, either--well, I knew some had horns. I am still scarred from when my cousin, who has a degree in farming or something like that, visited and as I drove her around the area, she pointed out each cow and commented on whether they were meat cows, dairy cows, etc. YIKES.

Beautiful flowers!

Carol said...

Both Isabella and your flowers are lovely, Melissa! I can't believe you still have such pretty flowers--our have long gone. It must be much more temperate in the Vancouver area--lucky you :)

I could get lost for hours (days even!) on Wikipedia--one interesting entry just leads to another, doesn't it?

Vonna said...

Isabella is gorgeous! Some day I'm going to dive in - if I ever get a free moment to breathe :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Oh Melissa! Isabella is gorgeous -another one on my "want to do one day" list. Your flowers are gorgeous. I hope work settles down for you soon, my friend. I owe you a note ~ it's just been nuts for me for a while, but I'll get there! Be well!

Ann in Scotland. said...

Very pretty flowers , I love seeing flowers from different parts of the world.

KarenV said...

Lovely flowers and wonderful progress on Isabella! Hope work settles down for you soon :)

Deb said...

I love Isabella Melissa! Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous too. I wish we still have some color outside, but it's pretty much done for other year with the exception of the leaves changing.

Hope that work calms down for you soon!

Barbara said...

Stunning flowers!!!!

Girl cows can have horns, depending on the breed. ;)

Dona said...

Absolutely love Isabella! Can't wait to stitch it! Your flowers are just as lovely!

Nancy said...

What a beautiful sampler! I love the red cow!

natalie said...

Isabella is so gorgeous! Is this sampler in the summer Quarterly from this year? I am dying to get it!

Cari-in-VA said...

wonderful progress - love the cow! Melissa, your flowers are just beautiful - that yellow flower is just exquisite!

Enjoy your week.

Beth said...

Your sampler is lovely. I remember when my DH first took me to farm, and the cows with horns started walking towards me. I was scared to death and DH just laughed.

Your flowers are beautiful. We have something similar to your lily that blooms in the spring. If you turn your back it spreads throughout the garden. It is called a primrose.

The Scarlett House said...

Beautiful progress, Melissa. I wish you could see the antique Isabella. You'd be surprised at how big it is.
I can't believe all the different looking flowers that you share. Most of them I have never seen before.

Lois said...

Wonderful progress on Isabella and what pretty pics of your flowers. I've added some pansies to continue the colour in the garden for another little while. I'm not ready for everything to look dead!

WoolenSails said...

MOO!

LOL

Debbie

Nicole said...

You are making beautiful progress Melissa! I definitely want to stitch this one sometime soon!! :)

Karoline said...

Isabella is looking gorgeous, great progress

Natalia said...

Hello Melissa, I found your blog through my friend Lois' blog (Of Needles Pins & Stitching Things). She won your give away :-). I love your Isabella sampler and your flowers !! No idea about cows horns either !!!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Beautiful stitching, and beautiful flowers, Melissa!

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, your sampler is growing and growing. I love to see your progress pictures. Next time you blog it will be finished, won't it?