Sunday, 19 August 2012


It was bound to happen. Silver linings have clouds in front of them. Work has gotten crazy busy. Late last week the company went through corporate-wide budget cuts (again). Last time it happened I got cut and had to look elsewhere for work. This time someone else got cut and I got to inherit more work. It doesn't mean more money, just more work. Yes, I just have to be thankful I have work, I suppose. 

So, that means I am going to take a break from blogging. It's just too crazy right now.  I haven't had any chance to stitch. Instead I spent a few hours working at home today! Oh well, Feast-or-Famine in action!

I do have some finishing to show you though as a "parting" post. Before I went back to work I decided to do some little pillow finishing and I completed two. I also got to try out stitching with some 1/8" chenille trim that I received in an exchange. I just love how it just picks up and accents certain colours in a design.

Here we go. I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

I so enjoyed finishing these! They are just stuffed with poly-fill. I love the skinny trims. I will definitely do more of this style of finishing!

Well, my dears, know that I am thinking of you even if you don't hear from me. I haven't been online much and please do excuse me if I have not been corresponding as much as I have in the past. I am just trying to keep my head above water!

Thank you for your visit. Hopefully it won't be long before I am back stitching and posting. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of summer! xoxoxo

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Elizabeth Savilles, framed

Here is my Cinderella, Elizabeth Savilles, all dressed for the ball! We'll start with a close up of the frame. 

She is now hanging right over my work table so I see her every day. Now that I see the photo, she looks splotchier than she really is. Some of it may be reflections off the glass. Anyway, I am so pleased!

Thank you for your comments and well wishes in the last post. I am still adjusting to my new work schedule. I did not stitch at all this past week nor did much of anything else! It will take awhile to get into a state where I can carve out time to do other things when I get home. I confess I have not been visiting blogs nor answering emails much but I'm sure you understand. My goal is at least try and keep posting once a week! 

This is probably the shortest post in a long while and if I sound tired...well, I am! I am happy though!

Thank you for your visit. We have company from out of town coming for dinner so I'd best get a move on! Have a great week!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Summer's Here!

Hello, my dear stitchy friends! Thanks for your well wishes and emails about my new job start last week. I survived and am still smiling! It was  an exhausting week as you can well imagine after having months off work. In addition I am spending 2 hours each day on public transit and we are finally having very warm summer weather here! If we had a pool I am sure I would've walked into it each evening when I got home!  

As it was, I think I laid down on the yoga mat each evening and zoned out for half an hour or so to revive myself. Needless to say, very little stitching or anything else happened last week, including making a coherent sentence in the evenings! 

It is August, and the "dog days of summer", as they say, are here! It is also a provincial holiday today and that's why I am home and can blog. Thank goodness for a 3 day weekend to balance out my first week back to work!
I did pick up some framing so I can show you a new sampler wall! But steady on, let's look at the new pieces that I picked up. 
I love this first piece (above) for Nellie's Garden Revisited. Originally I had selected a brown frame but then I thought I would do the unexpected (as my framer noticed) and picked something fancier. I quite like it! 

The next piece (below) is Permit Me not to Stray by Heartstring Samplery.  I had picked out a really pretty frame then gulped at the price and had to scale down by choice. This one will do nicely!
I have a third piece, Elizabeth Savilles, but I will save it for next week's post as I don't know if I will have much stitching to show for awhile. 

However, we did manage to pull pieces together for our newest sampler wall. It is in a small corner of our living room, a dimly lit corner at that so it was difficult to take a good photo. Here it is. I call it my "Blonde Ambition Wall".
I do have a habit of moving my framed pieces around. I actually "stole" one piece from another sampler wall to complete this one. What do you think? 

On Saturday morning I was dressed almost all in white and my DH said let's take a photo of you under the banana tree. One click. We didn't realize my eyes were closed till today. Oh well. I was probably trying to catch up on my sleep! lol. The banana plants are loving the heat!

BTW, someone asked me if our banana plant has ever produced fruit. Well, last September it had flowered and it started to fruit up. However, as you can imagine, it was too late in the year so the fruits never made it but it was a first!

Here is a photo of part of the front garden. All I need is a dog smack dab in the centre of the lawn to complete the photo! ;-) 
Someone asked me where to purchase Little by Little charts. I could not answer your question as you did not have an email attached to your profile. The answer to your question, however, is that you can purchase them at Homespun Samplar.

Well, that's me for another post. Hope I can keep up posting weekly even if a little at a time. Thanks for your visit. I am hoping for the temperatures to cool a little around here too! Take care and have a wonderful week!