Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Thank you Andrea and Merry Christmas to all!

Hello? I know I've been gone for a long while and I will catch up in a minute, but first I want to thank the very kind and talented Andrea of The Craft Room for this beautiful surprise.
It's from Prairie Schooler Book 36 - St Nicolas II. It is, as usual, beautifully stitched and finished. Thank you so much, Andrea, for your kindness.  As you can see it is hanging on my little Charlie Brown tree on my mantel piece where I can easily admire it every day!  It's right along side another ornament I received as a RAK from Andrea a couple of years ago (see below). 

Thank you so much, Andrea! Love 'em!
So, catching up... I have not been stitching. I still love cross stitch but my body does not. It is literally "a pain in the neck".

As I've said in earlier posts, I've taken to sewing like a little happy duck finding a long lost pond! Last month another bug bit me and it was knitting this time. I took a Beginner's Knitting class mid-November and have made three hats and a big scarf, all gifted. Knitting seems to be a very soothing balm to me. My other blog is here.

So, I say, "Go with the Flow!" Cross stitch will return whenever the time is right. In the meantime, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A river walk and peek at my garden

Hello! Happy First Day of Summer!  Actually we have been having summer weather for well over a  month now so my head is a bit confused! The fantastic weather makes anything and everything beautiful.

Last Sunday morning, we went for an short walk along the river. Come and have a look.

It was such a lovely time of the morning. There were only a few people out, along with some duckies on the water.

In our garden, I've found two surprising lovely ladies blooming in our back lane! These are Hollyhocks and this is the first time I've seen them bloom. They are so gorgeous! 
Pholx in pink-purple shades. 
I love this photo of the white hydrangeas. You can see how huge this shrub is! Looking at it I feel like I am looking at an orchestra! 
In case you are wondering, Daisy is doing just fine, loving napping by the open window.
Comatose Cat!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week my friends!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Summer is Here!

Hello there! I thought I'd just stop by quick to say hi so you don't forget about me!

We are already in the heat of summer and summer has not even officially started!  "The weather is crazy" seems to be a phrase that can be heard from anyone's lips these days, no matter where you live!  A lot of my roses have had their first flush of blooms and are resting up for the next round (I hope).  Here are a couple of roses still blooming.
Benjamin Britten, a David Austin rose

Abraham Darby, a David Austin rose 
 I have not been stitching at all. I am cheating by showing you an old finished piece. It sits right by my computer and I'm looking at it now. It's "Be Kind and True" by Blackbird Designs. (In case you are wondering, I don't have this chart any longer.)
Further to issues with my neck that gets worse with stitching, I now seem to have a problem with the muscle around the base of my spine, from sitting. Whenever I get up from sitting, it hurts like a bruise. (Has this happened to you?) This just tells me I have another area to figure out exercises for! The dark side of getting older! So I try to do more active things, and despite the heat, I am gardening more.

Here's Julius saying "Hiya!"
Hope all is well with you!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Welcome to my mid-Spring Garden

I find mid-Spring here is the best time for blooms. Here's a peek at part of what's blooming chez nous.



Golden Celebration Rose

Golden Celebration Rose (bush)

Tea Clipper Rose

Strawberry Hill
 These roses are all David Austin roses. They are doing tremendously well this year. The yellow rose's blooms are the size of my hands!

I was the lucky recipient of this RAK from Carol of Stitching Dreams. As anyone who has seen her blog, you know her work is exquisite and I can attest to that!  She made me this beautiful pillow and she even changed the design to include my kitties, Julius and Daisy.  You can read all about it here.
 Carol also included these goodies! I love everything! Thanks so much, Carol!
RAK from Carol
Daisy says "wha? I'm immortalized in stitches?!" 
"Cool! Now back to my snooze."
Cats have got it good!

I hope you are all finally enjoying some nice spring weather. I know there's been freakish snow in parts still!  I'm busy but not stitching so it's highly likely that you won't see me back here till June sometime. Take care!

Monday, 4 May 2015

May - Gardening Mania

Happy Monday! I have been busy in the garden with very little stitching to show but here's my next start on my fourth Prairie Schooler Santa.
As you can see it's Book # 47. It is the first PS leaflet that I bought, way back when. I have stitched the Santa in red balloon ages ago and wanted to stitch some more of these designs. You can't go wrong with any of the PS Santas I think!

In the garden, some of my roses have started to bloom. 

Then there's this sweet columbine. I planted it last year and was very happy that it returned this year!
Bougainvilleas do not grow here naturally. I decided to try a pot of it this year and bring it in to overwinter and see what happens. Our deck is hot so I think it should be happy this season. 
I've been busy on my sewing blog, unofficially participating in something called Me-Made May 2015. You can read it on my May 1 post. Basically it's a fun challenge you set for yourself. Perhaps you want to wear one handmade 4 times a week, or every day, or whatever. It's just fun. I've decided to try and post every day and see what happens.   It's been fun seeing all the hand-made clothing (sewn or knitted) out there!
Now, back to a bit of stitching. There was a question from Linda in VA (no reply) about whether the Bird Song chart  in my previous post allows for DMC equivalents. Nope. It only shows Gentle Arts threads. The linen called for is 40 count Vintage Examplar. I am using 36 count.  Perhaps you can email the designer to ask about DMC equivalents?

I will close by joining a bit of gardening and stitching. The pink flower is my tree peony bloom, and the sampler in the back is Manor at Peacock Hill by With thy Needle & Thread. 
So, I will be happily busy this month doing lots of gardening and sewing I think!

Oh, one last thing before I forget - I've finally found the answer to my problem with commenting on some of your blogs because of the Embedded option.  The answer -  "Third Party Cookies" on your browser must be turned on before Blogger recognizes you! Sounds so simple when you find the answer!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week my friends!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Finally, stitching a sampler!

Good morning. It's a rainy Monday morning here. The weather (what else do we talk about?) has been very windy, even stormy at times lately. We even had some hail in parts of the city! When I go outside I have to double check what weather to dress for! How about you?

Here's my start on a new sampler. Can you guess what design it is?

Well, back at Nashville Market, my eyes were caught on this sampler.
It's called Bird Song. I remembered looking at it and thinking it looked awfully familiar and that's because it reminded me of this beautiful antique sampler I saw a few years ago!  I had loved this antique sampler from afar and thought to myself "maybe I can chart it one day" ...ha ha ha.
So I was really pleased to see the Bird Song chart.   This will be my summer project. I am not stitching so much these days because of all my sewing projects and I also need to go slowly because of my neck issues.
The garden is in bloom. Here are a group of "pinks".


Bleeding hearts
Beauty Bush & Primula Auricula
Who doesn't love a cat in a box? This is crazy Julius playing with his the box! 
 Then he settled down for a snooze. It says so in the book of Cat Regulations - play, then snooze!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week. Hope the sun shines down on you!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Santa n' Da Blooms

It sounds like a good name for a band, don't you think? Santa and Da Blooms? At least a Christmas band...maybe an Ooompapa bank?! ;-) 

I've finished my third Santa for my PS Santa Sunday Sal with Carol and Hilda.  I love the dove in this one!
 Here are my three Santas so far.  Prairie Schooler makes such great designs!
Thanks for all your Birthday wishes. As it was my small package did arrive before my birthday - yay! I had a nice afternoon out with a friend where we went to explore a part of the city we haven't visited for awhile (changes, changes everywhere), had a nice lunch but the weather had changed drastically that day and the winds picked up, and I caught a chill. Yup, I was in bed the whole weekend. Ah well. I told my husband I am taking a rain check on the birthday meal!  Slowly, the weather has warmed up and I've been feeling much better.

I was out in the garden today and Spring is just my favourite time in the garden. I've said this before - it's like meeting old friends again as the new buds emerge.  One of the best feelings in the world is to be out in the garden with the cool spring sun, uncovering your old friends and listening to bird song. It is just wonderful. 

The next three photos are of the grand ladies in my garden - the tree peonies. They just get more majestic as they grow and age.

Not to say I only pay attention to the grand show-stoppers. I also love uncovering the little blooms for which you really need to get down to the ground to appreciate. These are primula auricula and I've been fortunate that I've had luck with propagating them each year so I am getting more of them popping up through the garden. 

This last beauty is a really an old plant and I love it to pieces. They have such happy "faces". Can you imagine them in a children's story?

I am saving more stitching to show you next week so I have something to post each week. Otherwise it's every two weeks I'm afraid!   The garden is doing so well right now so I am sure I will inundate you with more blooms next time too.

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful week!