Monday, 12 April 2010

Sunshine on my shoulders...

 ... makes me happy!

I had a lovely birthday weekend - thank you for your well wishes. The best present has to be the fact that we've had sunshine! Even if it was sometimes a bit overcast, it was dry and it was not windy (as in stormy).  You could see it in people's faces and the spring in their steps! 

My guys brought me some lovely orchids. 

Miss Jane sent me a wonderful present! 

Look at those wonderful scissors! And she had tied it with a lovely ribbon, and the card is so cute! Thank you so much, Jane! I love it! Such a treat!

I stitched a bit more on the Blackbird Designs sampler, which I keep referring to as the Honeysuckle Manor sampler because I can't remember the proper name!

At first I thought I would stitch the entire border, then do the pieces in the middle. But I caved in. Repeating the flowers just got a bit too monotonous for me! Variety is the spice of life, right? ;-)

Before I end this post, I want to send you here to see a really cute (and short) video. If you're a knitter you'll doubly love it.  You can also see "the making of" as well. 

I don't have much to say, so I will close now with a photo of this very shy tulip - isn't she cute? It's like she's curled up one petal like a hand over her face! 

Thank you again for all your comments. I always enjoy reading them and they really make it worthwhile to keep blogging!  Take care, my friends! Have a great week!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Exchange from Annemarie

Ahhh, it is a beautiful SUNNY Saturday morning. Please let not my eyes deceive me but I think it is sunshine out there!  And there's no great wind gusting out there that brought the sunshine! I don't want to be too overly confident about it but we're off to a good start to the weekend! (knock wood)

The exchange piece that Annemarie made for me finally arrived on Thursday!  She was worried that it was lost as it's been over a month since she had sent it. However, when you see what she sent me, you may guess why. 

What a great package! She made a beautiful scissor fob with matching cording that she made, and it's attached to these great scissors! I think it was the scissors that probably caused customs to hold this package for awhile! But it arrived safely. Thank you so much, Annemarie! I love everything, including the pretty card! This is also my first strawberry fob so it's extra special.  I was just giddy when I opened this package! 

I don't have any stitching to show you yet, but I will show you these tulips. 

Now you may wonder why I'm showing you wrinkled dried tulips. However, I don't see them that way. Tulips are the flowers, to me, that look even more beautiful as they "go past their prime". It's like all the essence of their colours , their markings are condensed and become more pronounced. To me, this looks like a painting.

Thank you all so much for your comments and your caring about my blues. We all get them I know. A lot is tied to the weather but some are just there even if it's sunny out. I am feeling both better because of the sunshine, and because I've adapted to my current work situation. 

I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend. Thank you again for visiting me and leaving me comments to tell me what you thought of the post, and also to tell me what's happening with you in your part of the world! That's just the best.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Who's got the blues?

I don't know how to start this blog post so I'll jump right in...I've had the Blues all last week. If you guessed it had something to do with returning to work, you'd be mostly correct. The other part is that Old Man Winter noticed he had forgotten our part of the world so decided to come for a visit - temperatures dropped, storms raged, rain poured down. Occasionally, just as a joke, the sun came out for a bit just to toy with our sanity!

I was so thankful for the 4-day weekend! I haven't had the blues like this for awhile so I gave myself an "attitude adjustment" talking to. Hope it helps. Only time will tell. The weather forecast says rain, rain, and yeah, more rain!

I have to apologize that I haven't been visiting your blogs much this past week. I just had to drop out and be quiet. And I did a bit of stitching which is always a good thing.  I managed to finish the alphabets on this beauty:

A Very Fine Sampler
by Birds of a Feather 
used all the recommended fibers

I was very happy to complete this on Good Friday. I have wanted to stitch this for many years and I'm so glad I've finally managed it! 

I was able to start on Hannah Lovina Joslin which is the design on the front of the Honeysuckle Manor book by Blackbird Designs.  It is just a lovely stitch, very calming! 
I am using the recommended floss on 35 count WDW Parchment linen, with 1 strand over 2. The colours are a lot lovelier than what you see here! 

Thank you for your comments in my last post. I realized now that flower frogs usually do come with a top and a  bottom, but often you get just the top part like I did.  The queen of flower frogs have to be Deb! She keeps finding them and it's great that she shows them on her blog.

Sorry for the blahs. Hope it's not catching! What do you DO when (if) you get this way? 

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you had a great weekend, and wishing you a great week ahead!