Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Good Things

Happy Tuesday. Happy Earth Day. Happy Sunny Day here! Lots of things to show you today...

First up, giveaway win from Annette's Blogoversary celebration. While I did not win the 'grand' prize, sweet Annette drew 2 more names and I was one of them. Her gift held many wonderful things. 


Annette included a project bag which was wonderful as I don't have one yet. She also included a needlebook and lots of wonderful goodies. Her handwork is beautiful. Thank you so much Annette! 

Next up, my progress on Seven Sheep Sampler.  





I am almost done with this half of the sampler. I just need to complete the two small urns of flowers. It's a very fun piece to stitch. 

As some of you have asked about my art classes, I thought I would show you some of my work so far. Last week week we did a red apple in class.
The orange colour is used to 'prime' the canvas so, as homework, we had to find the right green shade and paint in the background.  

While the red apple looks terrific, I can't take the credit. The teacher did come over and help me. She would wave the brush around, dab at this paint and that, swish, swish, presto, change-o...Magic! 

We started painting a green apple (from a real apple rather than a photo as we did with the red apple) today and it looked yucky until she showed me what I should do (I needed more yellow in my green).  

So there is lots of homework to finish it! The class is basically for newbies like me to learn colour theory first. I have to admit to a bit of mental fatigue at the end of the 2.5 hours! There is so much to learn!

Lastly, can you spot what I want to show you in the next photo?
It's a bird's nest built in our rose bush! This has never happened before! I will have to figure out the name of the bird. It's a little tiny grey thing and chirps and when it flies it's like it's a sailboat bopping up and down; so cute! 

That's it for another week chez moi.  Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

23 comments:

Margaret said...

I love the Seven Sheep Sampler so far! It's so gorgeous! Sigh. Love your paintings too! I'm duly impressed! You are so talented! So cool about the bird's nest! Wow!

blue star stitcher said...

How fun taking an art class, it's so fun to use our creativity in different mediums.

Beth said...

Seven Sheep is awesome as are your paintings. You lucky girl I think you have a Bushtit nest. Their nests hang like that and they are tiny little gray birds. Try Googling Bushtit and Bushtit nest and see if you agree.

Laurie Arp said...

Your Seven Sheep sampler looks fabulous. I'm impressed that you've taken up painting.YGG... I'm sure it will become easier the more you paint.

valerie said...

Your needle is smoking on that seven sheep sampler! You've gotten a lot done and it looks wonderful! So do your paintings! Remember you're a beginner! My apples would have looked like blobs with sticks coming out the top for stems. :)

Laura said...

What a great post to read! Lovely gifts, great stitching, fantastic artwork and a sweet surprise at the end :) I hope you have fun watching the birds nest and grew!

Laura

Frances N said...

Yay for winning any prize, and this one looks great!
Your sampler is gorgeous and your stitching is lovely. And, I'm really impressed with your painting! What talent you have!!!

LaNelle said...

Just beautiful! You are so very talented...enjoy your wonderful gifts...

Teresa said...

happy Easter.
Teresa

Annette-California said...

You are most welcome Melissa! Enjoy your gifts. WOW Seven Sheep is so beautiful. You've been making incredible progress on her.
Again WOW your paintings are lovely.
You are so talented. thank you for sharing.
love Annette

Chris said...

Your 7 Sheep sampler is looking great, such lovely colors and beautiful stitches.
What a lovely package from Annette.
Very cool bird's nest.

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely prize & great progress on your beautiful sampler. Have a great day x

Vickie said...

Yes, Annette does lovely work. So do you! Those paintings look great. :)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely prize with very pretty pieces. Your sampler is looking very nice indeed Melissa, it's a very appealing design. You should be proud of your art class work, it's very rewarding to create something from scratch.

llknbillburg said...

Congrats on your win! It looks like a lot of fun stuff. Love the look of your 7 Sheep. I am looking for a linen to sub for the one listed too and yours is just gorgeous!! Laura

Carol said...

How cute are those seven sheep!! I really love this one, Melissa, and I'm so impressed by your painting. I don't care what you say--they look great! Mine would look like a solid red balloon--I guess it really is the different shades of colors that make all the difference.

Oh, I hope the nest is chirping with baby birds very soon--that is so unusual to see a nest so close to the ground.

Enjoy those goodies from Annette--her stitching pouches are wonderful and so useful :)

Kay said...

Gorgeous stitching, I especially love the soft pink flowers on the sampler.x

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a lovely gift from Annette! Everything she sent was lovely, as was the package itself.
Your 7 Swans sampler is really coming along and it is so beautiful - your stitching is always lovely and I really enjoy your up close pics.
Great artwork, GF! I can't draw anything - no talent whatsoever. I admire you taking it up and learning a new craft that you clearly have a talent for.

Andrea said...

Beautiful progress on your sampler. Wonderful gifts from Annette and what lovely wrapping.
I admire anyone who picks up a paintbrush and paints.

Karoline said...

Your Seven sheep sampler is looking gorgeous, great progress

Your paintings are lovely

Anne said...

Wonderful prizes from Annette! She is so talented. Sheep Sampler is growing beautifully! I love this one! Yet another sampler for me to try and stitch!! Your apple is amazing Melissa!! I always find artists have this knack for swirling/swooshing brushes and having something come out exactly how it looks in their mind's eye, whereas my swirling and swooshing never comes out that well lol!! Hugs!

Faye said...

You just marvel me!!!! I like those paintings and LOVE the Seven Sheep Sampler!!!

Brigitte said...

So great, all the things you won in Annette's give-away. She is such a sweet stitcher and blogger.
The more I see of your sampler the more I love it. I am totally fond of it.
I really loved to see your painting.