Monday, 30 September 2013

Giveaway #1 - In time for Halloween!

Hello there! Don't you love seeing "Giveaway" in the title of a post?  Well, as I had mentioned earlier, my blog is 5 years old.  I haven't had a "celebrate my blog" giveaway for awhile now so I am going to have 3, or more, and they will be spaced weekly!  This is my way of thanking my readers.

Giveaway #1 - Midnight Ride by Blackbird Designs complete with floss and you can still stitch it in time for Halloween!

Here are the "rules":
  1. Please leave a comment on this post letting me know you want to be included in this giveaway.
  2. Make sure that either your email is included in your Blogger profile, or you can leave me your email in your comment.
  3. That's it! Easy Peasy.You are welcome to post this to your blog if you'd like.
Edited to add - Giveaway #1 will end Sunday night. 
I will announce a winner next Monday, October 7 and also post Giveaway #2. 

Good luck!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey

By now you would've seen the blogosphere sparkling with posts with this same title, the brilliant idea of Sharon/Daffycat.  You can read more about it here

Here are my pumpkins for Cathey...
The first picture is not my own but one I borrowed from Googgle images. I wish I had such a set of pumpkins on my steps!

The next two photos are courtesy of Olga from Plum Street Samplers design.  

Here's to you, Cathey! Happy Blogoversary and wishing you with all "super powers" in overcoming this cancer! We're all rooting for you!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Pink Sparrow Sampler

Good Monday morning to you! It is raining buckets here. We are told we are in for a few stormy days here on the We(s)t Coast.  I can't get out into the garden to do Fall clean-up but I have a great excuse to stay in and read. How about you? What's the weather like where you are right now?

I have finished the Pink Sparrow Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread! It brings a bit of Spring colour to the otherwise dark rainy days. 

I used all the recommended fibers which included 30 count linen. I think this would be lovely worked in a higher count linen - imagine in 50 count what a little treasure you will have! 

I know your next question, what's next on my scroll frame? I don't know yet but will spend today preparing linens.  I can't decide between something smaller like this piece or go for a bigger sampler. I have noticed that the darker days have affected my eyesight already - more squinting required!  Or maybe I should say more lighting required.

Meanwhile I was happy to get these four holds in from the library! New releases! That's another thing I love about fall. 
Some of you have been asking me what's happened with the banana plant that flowered in the early summer - did we get edible bananas? The answer is no. Apparently not from the type of banana plant that we have. Here are a couple of recent photos.

It was interesting to follow its progress though. What was really interesting are those peeling yellow "petals" that you see. They fall off but they are like if you could fashion thick washing-up gloves with them!

Lastly, I want to mention a sale at Traditional Stitches this week (till Thursday). It's their annual sale (20% off). I thought I would mention this especially for other Canadian stitchers.

Oh, one last-last thing, my blog is FIVE years old this month! Yup! Can't believe how time has flown by. Do you still blog or do you just like to visit blogs? I've heard that many stitchers are using Instagram, Facebook for posting their work. I am curious to see what you have to say. I stay pretty quiet in my little corner of the world and am not always aware of changes happening. 

I have to figure out a giveaway this month for the Blogoversary. Stay tuned to this channel! 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week! 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Three and a half months

Interesting fact popped into my head this morning. It has been exactly 3.5 months since I finished my last work contract and it is 3.5 months till end of 2013! Wow. Either way I look at it - wow!

The time off has been a blessing. Sometimes you don't know how hard you've been running till you stop running, ease back to walking, and even sitting still at times. Sure, I've started to worry about finding my next contract. As I've said before things have changed "out there" and for me, it will likely be like learning to walk all over again.  

However, a few days ago, I found out another work friend has come up against the big C. Cancer. I only heard through this through the grapevine and needless to say, those who have worked with this lovely, dynamic woman are in shock. It sure puts my life back in perspective.  So, the priority to stay healthy and positive and enjoy the time I have right now. To that end, I am going to spend time now on yoga (taking 2 classes a week) and doing some artwork (still trying to figure that out). I will see how they go and post on those topics if I have something to say later. It's good to get back to a couple of things I have loved but abandoned. 

Now, onto some positive - stitching! This is Pink Sparrow Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread. I am using the recommended floss and linen. Gosh, my brain can take a rest now from the contortions I put myself through with my last two samplers!

This is stitched on 30 count linen using 2 strands of floss. After stitching the last two samplers with 1 strand on 36 count, this feels like I'm working needlepoint! This is a fun, relaxing stitch and the colours are such pretty ones. 

We have entered a rainy spell since yesterday afternoon but we had some hot, sunny days last week. I think we might have broke records a couple of days. I came in from the garden to find the kitties conked out by the open windows. 
It is rare that I can get this close to take a photo without them waking up, especially Daisy. They must've been really drugged by the heat!
Daisy did wake and looked at me like "hey, what are you doing with that camera?"
Well, I am glad to have gotten this post done with minutes to spare. I am off to the dentist (groan) to get a filling fixed that he did last week. *sigh* I hope it gets fixed today with no pain! 

Thanks for your visits and taking time to leave me comments. Have a great week!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Waltzing with Matilda - a Happy Dance!

I was hit with a stomach virus a couple of days ago and feeling still drained. However, I am very happy to tell you that I I have finished stitching Matilda Ann Charles! 

Here she is in all her prettiness. 

As I had mentioned earlier, I had made a mistake with the tree being off by 8 counts to the left. Since the original verse was pretty crowded in the design I decided to replace it with an alphabet. So, this version is not a reproduction of the original. I made a few changes, including the colour palette. 

I am very happy with how she has turned out though! 

I also mentioned that I won a chart as part of the Scarlet Letter Challenge last month, and Nicola included this sweet threadkeep too.  I love the card with Nicola's "pups". Thank you so much! 
The weather has been very unsettled - storms, torrential rain, sunny breaks. Hopefully the sun will return this week to give us a break. Hopefully I will be bouncing around in the garden too. Right now, it's back to the couch for me! 

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of Sunday and have a great week! 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Hello, September!

The weather is definitely saying Autumn is here. We had a record breaking dry July, then the rains started sneaking back in, little by little. We had a tremendous thunder-and-lightning show last week with torrential rain! Thankfully Saturday and Sunday were beautifully sunny but we are back to rain today.

Yesterday while it was sunny, we stopped off in a new area along the Fraser River which is being redeveloped into a new residential neighbourhood. The area was industrial for many years slowly it's being transformed. Of course any land around water is highly prized. 

See the plane in the air? That way lies the Vancouver International Airport. 
A lovely walkway along the river.
It was low tide. 
The Fraser River is used for moving logs to their destination.
On one side of this pier is the "older" part of the development.
On the other side are the beginnings of the new development. There are lots more to come - I think the density will be high with more multi-family dwellings than single family homes. I quite like how this new area is coming along.
Ahhh, not to neglect a show of the progress on Matilda Ann Charles... The colours in the basket remind me of buttermints! No, I didn't have any to eat but they just reminded me of them. Funny how colour combinations can bring back memories so sharply! 
As much as I love Matilda, I am really hoping I can finish this piece soon! 

I hear the rain, the rain, the rain! It's a good day for stitching and reading! Those of you with a day off with Labour Day, enjoy it! 

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! Have a great week!