Monday, 28 October 2013

Visited by the Ghost of Goldilocks

Thank you for all your comments about my last finish, Manor at Peacock Hill. It was interesting to hear your comments about the drastic change in dye lots lately with the Gentle Arts floss. Funny enough I got proof of it with a project I just finished a few days ago but more in a minute. 

The ghost of Goldilocks visited me after the finish of Manor at Peacock Hill. I could not settle into a project but thrashed around like a fiend - this one was too big and unwieldy, or I didn't like the floss colour of this one, or I didn't like the linen and on and on it went! It was pure Goldilocks and I sat pouting for awhile growling grumbling to myself.  Usually when this happens it's a reflection of something unsettling me in real life and this was the case.

I took a couple of days off stitching then decided to do a change of scenery and stitch some smaller pieces. That seemed to have helped!

Here's the first one - Wild Garden by Blackbird Designs. This was a full kit from last year, I think. This is where I encountered Otter Creek and it was a deep turquoisey-blue! That would've been great for the peacock! 

Then I pulled out an old one from the WIP pile where I had started that little bird on the bottom left. Can you guess what this is? 
The snowman "thimble" was something I purchased probably 20 years ago when we used to be able to buy precious handmade ornaments easily. 
I just love this snowman. This design is Winter Holiday from Birds of a Feather. What a fun stitch. I want to do more BOAF designs now!

I am in the mood for stitching Christmasy things now! How about you?

Daisy says stitch what you like, just let me snuggle down in my new box!  
Thanks for visiting! Have a great week!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Winner of Giveaway #3 is...

Terri of Rosy Stitches - Congratulations! 

Thanks to everyone for checking out the giveaways. There will be another one in November and I am sure this will be another popular one.

Today - shortest post ever as I pulled a muscle in my right low back/hip area yesterday. Ouch. Hopefully this will go away in a couple of days. I don't usually get these. If anyone has any tips let me know. I can still move around but I am hobbling a bit. 

TTFN (Ta-Ta-for-now). 

Sunday, 13 October 2013


It's a beautiful long weekend here and we are celebrating Thanksgiving. There are many things I am thankful for. I will start with a finish!

This is Manor at Peacock Hill by With thy Needle and Thread:

I took these photos, as I usually do, with the linen on the dining room table. I usually turn on the light but as this was late afternoon, the sun streamed in and I thought I would try this natural effect. What do you think? Are these clear enough to see? 

Anyway, I am so glad I got this one done. I was pretty grumbly with this piece. The bird is NOT blue! This is what happens with dye lots, things photographed showing colours differently, etc. As you know I am fond of substituting colours but I was tired out from doing so with the two reproduction samplers I did this summer and I just didn't have any more energy to substitute colours. You can see the difference in the photo below. 

The colour on the chart for the bird seems more like a peacock blue, very rich and regal. The colour of Otter Creek, used for the head and tail, is more of a mossy forest green. The highlight is Mountain Mist. So if you want to stitch this and want a blue bird you may want to check the colour of the floss you've got in your hands! 

Anyway, it's finished and I'm so Happy! 

Another happy, read this post about Hal Lasko, the Pixel Painter and definitely watch the video! It will put a smile on your face!

Now I am off to cook a little bird for dinner (gee, doesn't that sound terrible?)

Remember to check my previous post for the last giveaway for October.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Giveaway #3 - Santa for over one fans

The winner of the Schoolhouse kit is:
Faye from Carolina Stitcher
Congratulations Faye! 

The next Blogoversary giveaway is a Santa locket. This came to me by way of Margaret when I won this little kit back 4 years ago! Yikes. I now know I won't be able to stitch it as it's really hard for me to stitch over one. So my loss is your gain. 
You can see more photos on Margaret's blog. It's really a cute Santa.
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. This giveaway will close end of day Monday, Oct 14 and I will announce a winner Tuesday, Oct 15. 
This will be the final giveaway for this month. I have one or two that I am saving up for later this year! So stay tuned. 

I can't end this post without wishing my Canadian friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. However, my heart is also heavy as I read last night about Cathey's passing.  I didn't know Cathey but had participated in the" Pumpkins for Cathey" event and heard about her story. My condolences and prayers to her family and friends. 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Giveaway #2 - NFF kit Little Red Schoolhouse

Good Monday morning to you! I am here with more Giveaway news! First off, the winner of the BBD Midnight Ride chart and floss is: 
Congratulations, Rowyn! 

Continuing on with the 5 year Blogoversary Celebration, here's your chance to win another giveaway. This one is a kit from Not Forgotten Farms. 

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. (I've noticed many of you are still not doing this.)
  3. This giveaway will close end of day Thursday, Oct 10 (I`m speeding up the giveaway windows) and I will announce a winner Friday, Oct 11.
Meanwhile, I`ve been out in the garden the last few days due to some rare sunshine! (We`re back to rain this morning.) I`m tired from all the digging and planting but happy that I am able to get the much needed "rejuvenation" work done in the garden - some things were so overgrown! 

Now that the rain is back today I hope to get back to some stitching!

Thanks for visiting. Have a great week!