Sunday, 30 June 2013

Playing with a box of Crayons

For stitchers, the equivalent of playing with a box of crayons is playing with masses of floss that we've all acquired over the years! This is an old design and while I tried to match up the floss colours (I am using silks), I ended up switching up colours as I went, which meant quite a bit of frogging as well. 

Guess the sampler, Part II...


If you guessed "Jane Harris" you are correct! If you didn't, it's not a surprise as this is quite an old chart. The little photo was all that was attached to the chart.  I had to squint!

I am so enjoying this happy, colourful piece!
No post in the spring/summer would be complete without flowers...


Lastly, here is a framed piece I had forgotten to show earlier this month. It's Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. 
As you can see, I have photos to share but not too many words right now. I'm a bit all over the place recently. When you have time there is so much you want to get done. While we had some rainy weather in the last while I managed to get some much needed de-cluttering started inside. Not every exciting, is it? 

Thanks for your visits and I do appreciate your taking the time for comments on each post!

Have a great week! To my Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day tomorrow!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Contemplation

I have been off work now for a little over two weeks and I've had the luxury of time to breathe, time to nap, time to contemplate!  

Before I left work I had planned things to do for my first week off (clever, eh?). I had scheduled get togethers with some friends I had worked with many years ago just to get back in touch. It was fun. We all laughed that we were grayer and a little wider!  I was back in the loop, so to speak, regarding what everyone we worked with was now doing. 

Fast forward a few days and I get an email forwarded to a group of us who had worked together to let us know that one of the guys we had worked with had died, and very suddenly.  It was like there was a giant intake of breath, a gasp of shock. This guy was probably my age with a son graduating from university just a few days after his death. It was tragic and oh so sad. 

Hence, my contemplation. Life is too short. I have passed through the midway mark and pondered how to make the best of the rest of my life. Something like this happens and you realize how fragile life can be. I am thankful I made the decision to take a break from work! I am thankful that I and those I love are all healthy.

I got out to the garden yesterday and spent a few hours tidying up. It felt good to be outside, hearing the birds doing what they do, even the crows with their annoying cawing! It is this sweet life, complete with annoyances so just you do not fall in love too much with it!
I got my veggies planted and added a few flowers to brighten things up! 
Adjacent to the previous photo is another corner of the backyard.
The above shows astrantia and a Charles de Mill rose. I contrived the photo by dipping the rose into the picture! (It's like the kid who peeks his face in just as you click the camera!)

Now, here's a photo of my current stitching. I started this BAP after Christmas but knew immediately that I was in no shape to plod through it so only had about three of those strawberries done in the border. She's big and she's BRIGHT! Whoa - she is much brighter than the photo shows! 

Just for fun - can you guess what I am stitching? Maybe I won't mention the name of it until someone guesses the right answer! ;-)
Two posts in less than a week - surprises abound! Thanks for stopping by and I do appreciate every comment! Happy Stitching!

Friday, 14 June 2013

A Finish and Summer Reading

Hello again! I'm so pleased to have a finish to report, and I have some summer reads to recommend. 

First, the finish - Bird in Bough by The Scarlet Letter.What a handsome bird! 

This was a fun stitch but I am looking forward to "the next exciting project"...So, what's next, you ask? I think I will go through my UFO's for my next one as I would like to get one or two of them finished! Stay tuned.

Now, for summer reading. Lately I have been fortunate to find some fun reads. 

(1) The Golem and the Jinni - fantasy, history, love story.  Love the book jacket! 
(2) The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - magic realism, that's the genre. It's heart-warming and just made me feel like I've just had a big hug!

(3) The Rosie Project - this must be my favourite, filled with a very quirky character looking for a wife. It's quite funny and charming. 
The weather has turned rainy today but it's been so unsettled lately you can never tell what the weather will be like in a few hours. Here's a photo from the garden of our peonies in bloom a few days ago.
I'm hoping for some dry weather for Father's Day! Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Sundary morning post

Gosh, what a difference a week has made! I feel so much better now than I did a week ago! Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. For that, I have a few things to show you in return!

First all, framing! I absolutely love this piece by Blackbird Designs and knew I wanted it to be on my wall where I can see it every day.
As you can see, I've added it to a small collection which hangs above an old kitchen table that I use as my "work table".   Notice the funky lamp on the lower right? It's great fun and throws out a lot of light and oh, yeah, makes the tinkling sound everytime I go to turn it on/off. Sweet!
 Next up, an oldie from last year, finally framed.The design is from Little by Little. I love the calmness of the piece.
I will save a couple of other framed pieces for the next post. 

Now here is my progress on Bird in a Bough. It's a funny little piece. The colours of the pink and blue are so at odds with the browns and greens bu,t somehow, they work as part of the folk artsy design. I can't wait to get this done now so I can move onto something new. So much to stitch, so little time! ;-)
Since it is June and the month for roses, here are a few. The first photo is a combination of two different roses (Leander and Strawberry Hill) and the combination is my favourite of peach/apricot/pink. 
Here is a close up look at a Leander bloom for the garden. 
This next one is Pink Peace and it's gigantic. I'm holding it up with my hand so you can just imagine the size of the bloom. 
Finally, not a rose but a gorgeous poppy. 
Well, I feel so accomplished as it's just shy of 9am and I'm done with this post!  Now, onto breakfast - I hear my husband cranking up the cappuccino machine! 

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for the comments - I really appreciate them!  Enjoy the rest of Sunday and have a great week ahead!

Monday, 3 June 2013

A New Day, A New Chapter!

Hello there!  Can you hear the big Smile in my voice? Yes sir-reeeee, I'm a free woman: free from getting up with the alarm clock, free from worrying about work, free from a pay cheque...never mind about that last bit for now! Whew, last day of work was Friday and on Saturday it was like someone let all the air out of me, I was a puddle on the floor and I was just exhausted.  

I am glad to report I am feeling much better now after a couple of days of leisure, AND there is also a change in weather and we have sunshine!  All in all I'm slowly perking up from my wilted state.  

I will have some framing to show in later posts. For now, I will show you my next project - Bird in Bough by The Scarlet Letter. I have had this in my stash for ages and because of Nicola's Challenge I decided that this would be a great first project.


I just loved stitching with AVAS silks again - so buttery! 

I wasn't kidding when I said I was just bagged out the last 2 days. I was feeling sick complete with sore throat threatening to take me down! So, I sat and read. I napped. I didn't stitch though as I thought my tired brain would just let me make too many mistakes! 

Today I felt better so went out in the sunshine and brought these beauties inside for my vases. 

That's it - a very short post today but I hope to be back more often this month! Thanks for visiting and I hope you are getting some nice early summer weather your way too!