Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Blooms everywhere

Hello! Thank you for your kind words on my last post. It was especially interesting to hear from Julie who was married on the exact same date 30 years ago but half a world away, and Michele who was married on the same day but 41 years ago! I hope you both had a nice Anniversary too!

The roses have finally started to really bloom and some of them offer such wonderful fragrances when you walk by. The first one is Christopher Marlowe which we only planted late last year. It is gorgeous and such an unusual colour, like a salmon pink but when it fully opens there is a yellow center. So cool!  This sits on one side of our entrance.
On the other side is the Golden Celebration rose. It is a wonderfully robust, easy to grow rose and we get tons of blooms each year. 
Here is the nameless old rose that came with our house. It has wonderful colour but no fragrance. Look closely at the right side of the photo. The bushtit nest is still there. Beth, thanks for identifying this for us! The parents have been busy flitting around our garden!
Here is our striped azalea which, interestingly enough, decide to have some non-stripey blooms this year. 
Look at these purple clematis. The blooms look like they are each trying to elbow the other to the front of the show! 
And, here's some stitching. This looks so muted after all the flower photos. This is part of the Forget Me Not design from With Thy Needle and Thread. I just stitched part of the design as I wanted to finish it as a pin pillow. 
Here's Dutch Strawberries by The Goode Huswife. Love her designs. I wish she would design again! 
On Saturday I peeked into a charity shop and just when I thought there was nothing for me, I saw this on the wall on the way out. Initially all I saw was some lovely blue green colour. I stepped closer and just fell in love with this painting. It was so unusual and the colours are stunning. The photo does not do it justice.

 My DH calls it "Venice of the East".  Lucky me I got to bring it home with me. (It was a bargin too!)
Well, that's it, folks. Julius says "Spring is so pretty here. I just wish I could play with those birds!"
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Monday, 19 May 2014

The Garden mid-May

It's the Victoria Day long weekend here. The forecast was for rain Saturday and Sunday but we got sun instead. This morning I woke to the sound of rain at 5am. Instead of making me cringe, it made me smile. Thirty years ago today I woke to this same sound and told myself not to cry. It was our wedding day and we were having a garden wedding! The rain did stop eventually for our special day but it was too funny to see it repeat like history this morning.

I thought I would start by sharing some photos of our garden of late.

This next one is from a garden in the neighbourhood and we always like to go by and check out the blooms. Just makes me smile!
Here we go with some stitchy gifts I had made awhile ago. First up is a gift for Paula. 

Then for my friend Luca.

I have stitched this Stacy Nash design so many times and I love it. I first pick out the backing fabric that I think will suit the recipient, then pick out colours for the front. I really enjoy this process. It`s a great place for me to play with colours!

Daisy said she would rather snooze and dream in colour instead! 
I plan to muck about with my paints later and do my much neglected homework for my painting class tomorrow. Later, a class of bubbly to celebrate the anniversary. I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Seven Sheep Sampler - finished!

Hello, lovely people! It's been awhile since my last post. I've just been keeping busy...I think Spring gardening does that to me...and I think I've just been feeling scattered. Well, never mind, as I have a finish to show you! YES! The Seven Sheep Sampler is done!

I begin the parade with a photo of my pink tree peony bloom as it's the same colour pink as in my sampler! It's also a huge bloom, just like this sampler! Here we go...

Started March 29, 2014, Finished May 13, 2014 
Whew! It is the biggest sampler I've ever tackled. It was a lot of fun to stitch, though near the end, it seemed to take me forever. I felt the more I wanted to "rush" to get it done, the more I seem to be stitching with butter fingers! I am so happy it's finished.

 I did make small colour changes here and there.  It is stitched on 36 count Vintage Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens. I used most of the called for silks but I did have to find a substitute for the Italian Gold. I ended up using mostly Gloriana's Lacquered Gold. 

What's next? I have no idea and am not in a rush to stitch something straight away. We have so many plans for the garden that I will probably be spending more time outside (weather permitting) either in the garden or the garden centres! ;-)

My roses are not quite in bloom yet but I can show you our amazing white wisteria. 
The scent is heavenly too!

I hope to get back to regular posting next week! Thanks for dropping by. Your comments are always much appreciated! (Let me know what you would suggest for a next project.)  Have a great week!