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 rubber-y...as 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! 

32 comments:

Beth said...

Pink Sparrow is very pretty. Congratulations!

Blu said...

Very pretty finish!

Congrats on five years. I'm getting back into blogging. I'm not a fan of Instagram, Facebook etc for stitching. I like reading about all the details and thoughts that people have and you don't get much of that with microblogging.

Linda said...

Love your sampler! Every time I see it, I am wanting to stitch it...

I still do my blog - and sometimes I will link it to FB. I don't do instagram or twitter...

Linda in VA (congrats on five years - I really enjoy your blog)!

Vickie said...

Beautiful work! I blog only, none of the others.

Cole said...

Great finish! I use Instagram, and Facebook a little (but just personally, I don't have a page set up for my blog).

Congrats on five years of blogging! :D

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Very pretty stitching Melissa. The weather has been mild with us today - in fact up in the twenties down south.

Melody said...

Your stitching is lovely. Thanks for the photos of the banana plant, very interesting.

It's a beautiful fall day in central Illinois, temp about 70. Sunshine.

samplerlover said...

Congratulations on finishing this beautiful piece. I think that you are right about it looking wonderful on a higher count.

I haven't been into blogging lately, just haven't got there. But I have put photo's of my samplers onto Facebook and Instagram. Must do a post on my blog very soon :). - Sandra.

Deb said...

Congratulations on five years of blogging. My five year just went by and I missed it! I guess I've been out of the loop somewhat. I've used Instagram more for posting things because it's quick and dirty. The problem is that when I get around to doing my blog, I don't feel like I have anything to say because I've already said it.

I love your finish. The colors and the linen are really wonderful!!

I love Fall too - lots of good books and time to be inside quilting or something when it gets cooler.

valerie said...

What a sweet sampler! I love the soft colors in it. Happy Blogiversary too! I've been blogging 8 years altho now so sporadically. I don't really use FB other than connecting with friends and seeing what other people do and don't have Instagram. I still like to blog surf. :) Your banana plant is so weird but cool! Too bad the fruit isn't edible but it sure is interesting.

Monica said...

Wonderful finish! Nicely done. The colors are gorgeous!

Margaret said...

Ah, such a gorgeous finish! Sigh. I am trying to resist this one, but anything you stitch is hard for me to resist. Great books to read -- love me some good books! The banana plant -- ah well, it looks neat at least, even if you didn't get edible bananas.

I do Instagram! It's fun! Much faster than blogging. But I like doing both myself. Very fun! If you start doing instagram, let me know!

P.J. said...

Beautiful! I do like the pink.

Annemarie said...

Melissa, I saw your GORgeous sampler popping up in Bloglines, and thought I'd drop a line. Your stitching is lovely, as ever. And your banana plant! Wow! Very impressive. Pity about the lack of bananas, but still...

As for the blogging thing - well, you know I'm a quiet one myself. I don't think I would ever make the switch to Facebook or what have you. I like the quiet-ness of Blogland.

It was lovely catching up! Can't wait to see what your next project is going to be!

Love,
Annemarie.

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful work on the Sampler!!! It is gorgeous :)

Katrina said...

Woohoo on 5 years!!!!! That's awesome. I desperately need to get back to my blog.

Love, love, love your pink sparrow sampler, so pretty.

BrendaS said...

Beautiful finish Melissa! Can't wait to see what you start next:)

Jackie said...

Congratulations on 5 years!

This morning was a rainy one for us too. I'd much rather it rain in the afternoon while I'm at work vs during commute time!

Andrea said...

Pretty sampler.

Congratulations on 5 years. I don't do FB, Instagram etc. I like to do the rounds of the blogs at my leisurely pace.

Deborah said...

I love, love , love the Pink Sparrow finish! Beautiful. Congrats on 5 years.

Catherine said...

What a beautiful finish! Love this one. So fun seeing your banana plant ~ too bad they aren't edible. I do use Instagram and still blog, although with my boys keeping me so busy, I don't get to blog as much as I'd like!

Catherine said...

Oh ~ silly me ~ Congrats on five years!!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Congratulations Melissa on both your beautiful finish and your wonderful blog's anniversary!!! I've loved visiting all your postings.

Penny said...

A beautiful finish, Melissa! This is definitely in my to do pile. :) Can't wait to see what you pick next! The banana plant is still an interesting plant even though it didn't produce any bananas. :) Congratulations on five years!! I post some things on Facebook, but would never give up my tiny little blog - I enjoy blogging much more than Facebook. Looks like you have some good books there. :)

Sharon said...

Pink Sparrow looks beautiful! Congrats!

Carol said...

I'm always amazed at how quickly you finish these larger pieces, Melissa (large to me, at least!!). This one is just gorgeous--such pretty colors (as you always choose!).

Congratulations on your five year blogoversary. I didn't realize you had started just a few months before I did. (I will turn "5" in January--ha ha!). I don't use either Facebook or Instagram, but I think a lot of stitchers are--it just doesn't seem as busy on Blogspot as it used to, does it?

Enjoy your new library books!!

Maggee said...

Congrats on finishing Pink Sparrow--it is lovely as ever! The weather here has been lovely! Warmish days in the 70's and cool nights. Perfect Indian Summer weather. That banana plant is quite unusual looking. I lost track of my blogoversary...I know its February... Thanks for sharing!

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing Pink Sparrow, it's gorgeous and also on five years of blogging.

Blogging is still my favourite way to communicate, although I like instagram for quick progress shots. Most of my Facebook updates are links to my blog or instagram!

Lois said...

I'm still chasing my tail as regards keeping up to date with blogs and leaving comments! Love your finish. I hadn't really taken this one under my notice but it's popped up a few times now and it is a beauty. I'm quite into Instagram mainly because you can just take a quick progress pic and leave it at that. I'm on Facebook but very quiet on there and don't do much at all.
Congratulations on coming up to your 5 year anniversary!!!! Where does the time go?!?!?!?!

Riet said...


Hello Melissa, I like your work and books. Karen Fossum ans Jo Nesbo are some of my favorit authors. I didn' t know Carol O' Connor, I put the name on my reading list, Burial Rites is even an unknown name for me, these books are not translated in Dutch :(
Have a nice weekend. Riet

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, what a beautiful finish you have here. I dearly love this design. I'm looking forward to seeing your next start.

I also belong to the ones who love rainy days every now and then, just the perfect weather to catch up on stitching or quilting which are my indoor activities, whereas reading is more of an outdoor activity for me. I just love reading in my garden, even on some cooler days, lol. But of course, I also read inside when it gets too cold on the terrace. Have fun with your library books.

I'm only present in blogland, and it's enough for me. No Facebook, no Instagram, fortunately, because that would mean to spend even more time on the computer. I just love reading the blogs in my reader and commenting and staying in touch with some blogging friends.

Natasha said...

Love, Love Pink Sparrow! Such pretty colors. I have been away from blog land for awhile but looking forward to catching up on some blog reading.

Hope you are having a great day!