Monday, 7 April 2014

Counting Sheep

Happy Monday to you! I will jump right in and show you my progress on the Seven Sheep Sampler. 

I am using Vintage Sand Dune linen and the colour is a lot darker than what you see in the photos. In the lower left hand of the first photo you will see my "test patch" as the Italian Gold silk was not showing up too well. This is not evident in the photo but, trust me, the colour just melts into the linen so I am choosing various floss that I have on hand as a replacement. 



I am so enjoying this sampler it's hard to put it down but evidence of my enthusiasm is showing up in the form of a stiff neck! So I gotta take more breaks. I just noticed this last photo is not that clear. Sorry about that. I took the photos using my phone so maybe my hands were not so steady on that last one. 

I was contacted by a new blogger last week, Frances of A Symphony of Stitches. Please visit Frances and have a look at her wonderful ornaments! 

I am a bit heavy-hearted today.  I have a good friend whose birthday is a few days before mine and we always have a small celebration together. We got together today after not having seen each other for a few months. Her husband has terminal cancer so it was a somber catch-up.  

I will leave you with some beautiful cherry blossoms casting their magic over our fair city.
Thanks for stopping by. Give those close to you an extra hug today! 

28 comments:

stitchersanon said...

I love your stitching..beautiful. I am so sorry to hear about your friends husbands diagnosis. We are going through a similar thing; heartbreaking. Hugs and prayers for all concerned.

Vickie said...

Your stitching and the flowers are gorgeous. I am sorry about your friend's husband.

Margaret said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's husband. So sad. Lovely stitching! Oh I love this one! Beautiful colors! Lovely cherry tree too -- we aren't even close to having flowers on trees yet.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I really do like the new sampler you're working on - it's very appealing. The cherry blossom is stunning when you see it up close and in full bloom. Along with magnolias they make this time of year very special. Life is so tough Melissa and so unfair too.

samplerlover said...

Your Seven Sheep is looking lovely. I love this one and it's sitting beside my chair waiting to go. So sorry to hear about your friends husband. It's always very sad when the ones that we love become ill. Ohh your Cherry Blossoms are looking beautiful.

Beth said...

Seven Sheep looks wonderful. Your idea of test stitches is brilliant!

valerie said...

OMGosh, you've gotten a lot accomplished so far! It's looking great! I'm sorry to hear about your friend's husband. That must have been such a shock. I hope he is as comfortable as can be.

Natasha said...

Seven Sheep is coming along nicely! I am sorry to hear about your friends husband. Sending ((HUGS)) and hope he can be comfortable as can be.

Love seeing those Cherry Blossoms, so pretty.

Anne said...

Oooh another beautiful sampler! I love the progress you've made so far. The people and sheep? (they look like doggies!) are so sweet! So sorry to hear about your friend's husband...extra hugs to the both of you.

(HUGS)

Barb said...

The sampler is just beautiful along with the cherry blossoms. Sorry to hear about your friend and her husband, very sad.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I adore your Seven Swans (ahem, sheep - LOL) sampler! The little couple are darling!
Like Margaret, it'll be a while till we have any blooms of any kind. Not even sure we have any buds, yet.
I'm terribly sorry for your friends husband. Such tragic news. Lifting you all in prayer.

Kim said...

The sampler looks like fun!!! No buds here in Ohio, can't wait for them!!!! Such a beautiful picture!
Sorry about your girlfriends husband, such a sad time for them both.....

Annette-California said...

Your sampler is Gorgeous! Love the new color gold you are using. I too have been switching up colors so that I can see them better on the linen. I'm happy that you get to spend some time with your friend in her time of need. So sorry for her husband. love Annette

Mii Stitch said...

Your latest sampler is lovely! Love the colours:)

LaNelle said...

What a beauty! Sorry to hear of your friend's husband extra prayers being said....
Love the cherry blossoms so spring!

KimM said...

How beautiful!! Lovely work - so sorry to hear about your friend's husband.

Irene said...

WOW ! Great finishes.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Your start is just beautiful! And those Cherry Blossoms are stunning! I'm sorry to read of your friend. I will keep him in my prayers...that is one thing that just makes a person speechless and a heart full of sore.

Mary said...

I'm charned with all of it, Melissa! Seven Sheep Sampler - what a wonderful start you have, and I felt as though I could smell the very scent of those cherry blossoms from your picture,

Evelyne said...

Beautiful start of your Seven Sheep Sampler.
Lovely flowers!

Have a great day!
Evelyne

Theresa said...

Your WIP is gorgeous!! The colors are just so lovely~~~
Love the cherry blossom pic!! So beautiful!!!
I am sorry to hear about your friends husband, it is always difficult when someone you know is sick...

Andrea said...

Lovely WIP. Beautiful cherry blossom.

Brigitte said...

This is really a big step that you took from stitching smalls to stitching this large sampler. from what you have already stitched I can see why it is hard to put it down.
Our cherry tree is also blooming but it will soon come to an end. But then it will be the apple tree and some bushes will follow. So wonderful to have a garden in full bloom.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Melissa,
I have the supplies for Seven Sheep and plan on starting soon. You have made so much progress already. The cherry blossoms are wonderful.
Melinda

Carol said...

I think you always choose the sweetest samplers to stitch, Melissa! How do you go about choosing them? The Seven Sheep are adorable and I love your idea of a test patch for your questionable colors, too.

So sorry to read about your friend's husband--what devastating news for her family. I've had a particularly hard week here, too--just makes you wonder about why bad things happen to such good people...

Thanks for the cheery cherry blossoms photo!

Karoline said...

Gorgeous start on seven sheep.

Glad to see spring has put in an appearance, sorry to hear about your friends husband

Sharon said...

Melissa, your Seven Sheep sampler looks wonderful. I have started mine but I started at top and I don't have much to show. This will be a long term project for me. I also have been drooling over Plum Street Samplers new one On Prudence. I am a terrible serial starter ;-) (Yes, I will be getting asap) bad I tell ya!

Love, love all your smalls finishes. they are gorgeous and I wish I could be as quick with the needle as you are. Hope you have great week.

Shebafudge said...

Gorgeous stitching. I am sorry to hear about your friend's husband. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. xxx