Saturday, June 30, 2012

Elizabeth, Julius and the magic bubbles!

Lots to update you on today so let's get started!

First, some stitching! I've been stitching a lot to catch up on Elizabeth Savilles. The borders meet - sort of. I fudge everything with this sampler so I am just whistling as I go. Doesn't fit, no problem, let's fudge it!

I had fun with this basket on the left hand side. I took complete liberty with it and I like how the basket design itself worked out! It's different than anything I've seen before. It started off as "should I frog a lighter colour out or not?" then I tried weaving in a darker colour to fill in the basket and the rest just grew from there!


Here is how Elizabeth is looking! Oh, she is so pretty! (If I may say so myself!) 


Now I just want to get the flowers on the border done! They take quite a bit of time to do but I'm getting the hang of it.

Have you seen this cat toy? It's like a doughnut with a ball trapped inside. I showed the cats how to play with it. Daisy got bored quickly but Julius with all the boy testosterone, loves going crazy with it. The blurry photos are precisely because he was moving so fast!
 The concentration!

 Let's try a backward manoeuvr!
 Let's get the paw right in there and catch that rascally ball!
 How did I do Mom? I'm hungry now. Got some food for me?

Lastly, I want to update you on the work front. Thank you for all the lovely positive thoughts (I see bubbles everywhere!) and the prayers. Since last week, another job posting went up and I put my name in for that too. I have an interview on Tuesday morning! Cool, huh?!!! 

So, fingers crossed, we shall see what happens!  (Keep those positive thoughts zinging this way please!)


I will close with a shot of our beautiful yellow rose by our front entrance. Every time we walk by we are gifted with their wonderful fragrance!
Thank you again for your visits and supportive comments! For my fellow Canadians, Happy Canada Day tomorrow, rain or shine! For my friends across the border, Happy Fourth of July to you!  

33 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh wow! Elizabeth is looking oh so marvelous!! Gorgeous! I've always wondered about those cat toys and whether they are worth investing in. I wonder if Mia would be like Julius or like Daisy. lol! Your yellow roses are gorgeous! Fingers still crossed for a job to come through for you!

barbara said...

I sense a great gift for the kitties from Santa Paws! :) Thanks for the idea!

Still thinking all those good thoughts for you!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your ES is stunning! I love how your basket turned out! The roses are gorgeous! Good luck on the job interview and I'll keep sending good thoughts your way!

Laura said...

Elizabeth is gorgeous!!!!! What a great piece. Your kitty pics are so cute!!! I love watching them play like that......your rose bush is fabulous!

Happy Canada Day!!!!

marly said...

That floral border is so beautiful. Love the cat pics! Good luck on the interview.

Annette-California said...

I am so excited for you Melissa! YESSS! Of course I am still praying for you and won't stop till you get a job that your very happy with. ES is looking amazing - I mean Gorgeous. You really put some time into her and it shows:))Happy Canada Day to you and lovely photo of roses (and the house across the street - lol). love Annette

Marie said...

What a gorgeous piece Elizabeth is. I love that basket and I especially love that your "fudge" to make things work. :)

Such cute pics of your cute cat...I think my Yorkie would like that toy.

My DH and DS spent the past few days tending the front yard but ours does not look as nice as yours.

Hope you get the job that you are seeking...Good Luck!

samplerlover said...

Oh I love ES. It is such a lovely sampler and I fell in love with it years ago. Will have to do it one day. Oh your roses look lovely. Good luck with the interview and Happy Canada Day.

merumo said...

Beautiful work! Good luck with your job interview next week. Wewill keep all f our fingers crossed for you ;) BTW, I love your succulents!! I've been thinking about getting some since this past spring, but haven't done yet. As seeing your last post, I couldn't believe someone else but me is also thinking about giving them names like pets! That's what I feel about them when I see them. I know where to get them, so will haventombrng them home with me really soon... Thanks for a great inspiration!

Irene said...

WOW the sampler is looking good ! As do your roses, lovely yellow. Good luck with the interview. Happy Canada Day !

Patty C. said...

What a gorgeous sampler

April said...

Beautiful Sampler! The pictures of Julius are so cute!! I love to watch cats play.. lol

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...

What a wonderful sampler. The colors are so pretty. Really nice.

Greetings
Anja

Анна - Зонт said...

Sampler is Gorgeous! Marvelous work!
And your cat is so sweet :)))
Very interesting toy, I never seen nothing like this ....

Cath said...

Good luck with the interview . Still got those bubbles going , lol .
Love the cat pics , they are so funny .X

Giovanna said...

Your sampler is just beautiful!

Siobhán said...

Happy Canada Day!! Enjoy your day--I hope the weather is good for you!

Your Elizabeth looks so nice. I fudge most things--I figure it adds my own special touch to the sampler. LOL Your roses--oh my gosh--soooo pretty!

Best of luck with the job situation!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Both Elizabeth and your yellow roses are gorgeous. Enjoyed the action shots of Julius playing with his new toy.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh very beautiful fabric !!! I love the stitching, and the lovely cat !
bisous de FRANCE

Deb said...

Oh I just love how Elizabeth is coming out. Will you share your conversion? She's been in the stash pile for a long time, but I'm loving yours so much I'd love to do her soon.

Fingers crossed for your interview on Tuesday!!

Glenna said...

Love Elizabeth and your lovely yellow rose. Hurray about progress on the job front. Many good thought bubbles coming your way!

Lennu said...

It's such a beautiful sampler and the basket is just perfect! I always want to start stitching a new sampler when I see your stitching. The rose is gorgeous, I just love, love, love to see photos of your garden.

Oh the photos of Julius are hilarious, thanks for sharing. I realize I've been neglecting cats in my blog, I must take some photos soon.

I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday!

Lois said...

Elizabeth is looking pretty indeed! Such gorgeous colours and what nice progress you've made! Fun pics of Julius!! He certainly looks determined to get that ball!! What a beautiful rose bush. Such a gorgeous colour of yellow.

Carol said...

You certainly MAY say Elizabeth is lovely, because it's true!! I love how you add your own little touches to your work as you go, Melissa :)

And another possible job?! Wishing you the best of luck--still sending positive thoughts your way... Keep us posted!!

Hugs to sweet Julius :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Elizabeth is looking so good! I actually like the two different colored baskets too! I'll send positive thoughts your way today and tomorrow toward your job interview! Let us know how it goes!

Anne said...

J'adore Elizabeth!! Fudge away my dear cause it's working!! Love that vase! Very unusual! LOL! Look at Julius play with that ball! I love how he tried different positions!!

Hugs

Anne said...

Forgot to say how I adore your roses too!! And to send you more positive thoughts! Here's to a new job!!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I am so sending good thoughts your way for the job interview!!! Fabulous progress on "Liz"!! Your cat is darling and your roses are truly a gift. Take it from someone who can't grow any!!!
Linda

Grit said...

Eine wunderschöne Stickerei.
Und ein super Spiel für die Katze.
Auch die Rose sieht wunderschön aus.
Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

Penny said...

Elizabeth is looking beautiful! She has such lovely color! I have a thing for orange, stripey, spotty cats! :)
Julius is such a handsome, sweet boy! That last picture looks like he's thinking "Wait a minute, what am I doing?" :D Hope your interview went well! And those roses - GORGEOUS!

Veronica said...

Beautiful, beautiful Elizabeth. I really love the pink fabric you're using. Really shows off the reds in the design.

Julius is too cute! His expression in the last picture is just priceless.

Gorgeous roses you've got there.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Mindi said...

Elizabeth is looking absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors you're using for her.

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitches! What fabric are you using ~ it's so pretty!
Great shots of kitty fun!! And those roses, simply beautiful!