Monday, 14 March 2011

My First A & E

Posting on a Monday is unusual for me, I know. I'm actually home, trying to get some rest so this bug doesn't get any worse. Hopefully an afternoon nap will help later. This will be a short post!

I didn't stitch much during the week since I went back to work, but I did spend a few hours yesterday catching up. I am stitching my first A&E! It is Permit me not to stray, by Heartstring Samplery. It is full of flowers and lovely colours, which unfortunately are not really coming through in my photos due to the dull day. 

The first photo shows up the colours much better. It is stitched on WDW 'Parchment' so the linen is a soft yellow-brown.  It's another one with a border! Hmmm, I think I will have to make sure to do my next project without a border. It's a lovely stitch though.

I will now try and follow my kitties' example and get some rest!  Oh, before I forget - go and check out this video on Heidi's post. It's great, especially if you are a knitter! 

Thank you for visiting!


Sunday, 6 March 2011

Frogs, Houses, Farmgirl and Chickens

Frogs - since my last post there have been lots of frogging going on around here! Frogging out the stitches from the too-small project that didn't work out. Thankfully, the linen survived unscathed. Then more frogging as I tried out different projects, having a hard time settling down to anything! 

Finally, I settled on this House:

The design is The Brown House Sampler by The Middle Row, a very old chart. I made a few changes as you can see:

I made the Brown house Red and spiced things up a bit. Hope that looks ok. 
That border was what caught my eye about the design, but oy, I paid the price for it! It was not what I would call an "even" border in that sometimes the design was a stitch + or - here and there. I've never frogged and re-stitched so much as on this piece! But I suppose it was worth it in the end!

Don't ask me what my next project is as I'm still trying to figure that out. In the last two weeks I waited for my silks and/or linen to arrive. Nada. There's something wrong with the mail system somewhere as things seem to be getting stuck. I figure it must have something to do with the winter weather. 

Now comes what I think is the fun part of this post.

First, I have to get you prepped. Imagine yourself in your Farmgirl (or farmboy) outfit, in your country kitchen. Got that? Me - I am dressed in a country dress with funky flowers, with worn cowboy boots and surrounded by some feathered friends. 

Ready? Sing it with me now!
OH, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick
Chicken, Lay a Little Egg for 
ME...Chick Chick Chick Chick
Chicken, I want One for My 
Tea. I haven't had an Egg
Since Breakfast, and now
it's 1/2 past 3.   SO! Chick,, Chick
Chick Chick Chicken, Lay a
Little Egg for ME!...
Isn't that brilliant?  The pillow comes from designer Kate Toms, and is featured in page 14 of the February 2011 issues of Country Living (British Edition). I thought it was so cute, except I was browsing the magazine at bedtime so this little ditty, that I put to music in my head, just kept playing in my head and I had a hard time going to sleep!!!

Also, I dedicate this little song to Barbara and her gang, feathered and otherwise at Chateau Chaos.  If you have been following her blog then you know her adventures with her (growing) flock in the last year. Visiting her blog always put a big smile on my face. 

As I've said I've had a hard time settling on a project. I can blame waiting for supplies to arrive in the mail, but I think it may be a hint of waiting-for-spring fever. We had some snow last week but it's gone and this weekend has been brilliant. The snowdrops are all out nodding in the sunshine. 

Last bit of news - I'm back at work! Since mid week I've got a new assignment and even a new location! Downtown! How cool is that!? That will be fun as the weather gets nicer and I can go on exploratory walks at lunch time. The dangerous part of working downtown, of course, is all the opportunities to eat out, and also to shop! ;-)  Ah well, it will be a test of willpower. 

Thank you for stopping by! Have a good week ahead.