Monday, 30 March 2015

Spring Forward

With the change in season but particularly the time change, I think my mind is just a bit more slider-y, all over the place. There are so many things to do and enjoy! For this post though, I will focus on stitching! "Focus" is the word!

Here are some finishing of my smalls. The first is a part of an OOP design by Birds of a feather called Anne Wells. I am so glad I decided just to stitch it as a small so I can really enjoy the little house surrounded by flowers and two lovebirds. ;-)  I used a pink fabric to bring out the pinks in the flowers.
Anne Wells by Birds of a Feather
 The second one I love too for those orange flowers! Actually I think Paulette picked really wonderful colours for this one. This is stitched on a 32 count linen and ended up quite big. Imagine if you are a over one stitcher...this would be so adorable as a much tinier pincushion!
My Pinzzzz by Plum Street Samplers
Here is my start on my third Santa for my Prairie Schooler Santa SAL with Carol and Hilda. I am still stitching from the same booklet. 
Edited later to add:
Oh I'm so forgetful these days. I just found this photo in my camera. I wanted to show you these goodies that I got from Paula of Kelmscott Designs. Paula has started a new line called Whimsical Edge Designs. They have been mentioned in the latest Attic Newsletter too.  Thank you, Paula! These designs are so sweet!

I have to tell you about this book I read recently that I just loved - A Man called Ove.  It's about a grumpy old (though I don't consider him old at 59!) man - my favourite kind!  Not! But it's a great read: funny, sad all rolled up in a lovely story.
It's been very wet here lately but I am not complaining as I still see plenty of snow back east! It makes for good reading weather! Have you read a great book lately? I would love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely week. I can't believe a quarter of the year is over already!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Green Santa for St Paddy's Day!

Unintentionally, I have finished stitching my Green Santa, just in time for Saint Patrick's Day!  On St Paddy's Day, we are all Irish, right? ;-)

He's my second Santa this year. As you can see below, I am stitching my Santas on one piece of linen stretched on my scroll frame. I have space for a third Santa (to the right of the green santa) to come before I cut the linen away and maybe attempt some finishing!
Speaking of finishing, I did spend a few days last week finishing about 10 smalls! Oy, I shouldn't wait till the pile is that big! Here's a bunny pulling a cart of shamrocks - called, of course, Shamrock Bunny by Homespun Elegance.  
Next up, is Thankful Heart by Heartstrings Samplery.  I left out the words as I like the clean, simple design. 
Here's the fabric I used on the back. Love it. It's leftover from one of my homemade tops. 
It's been raining on and off for a few days so I will show you one of my blooming orchids.  I wish I knew the name of this orchid as it's just the best and it smells like vanilla, and keeps on blooming, just about!
Now, let's talk audiobooks. I find a good audiobook really helps with focusing on stitching. These are ones I've listened to lately that I've enjoyed. The links are to my reviews on Goodreads.
1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
4. Requiem by Frances Itani

Do you have any audiobook recommendations?

What's on your menu for Saint Patrick's Day? I am thinking Lamb Stew with Guinness or Corned Beef (recipe to be sorted still). And something green ...Broccoli! lol.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week and I hope Spring comes in with a kiss of sunshine for you!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Hello March!

We are a week into March already!  I find the days just passing by so quickly. We have had amazing weather and I can share with you some photos and, because I'm Canadian, I have to say "sorry" to those folks still in the depth of wintry weather.

First off...the cherry trees started blooming two weeks ago! That's about a month earlier than normal, although I don't know what "normal" is these days with regards to the weather!
I love seeing the blooms lining the streets.
Yesterday we were out in Richmond and saw these breathtaking views. 

It was just one of those perfect days! I think when I first saw the sun sparkling on the waters, I literally gasped it was so stunning.

I have been stitching on my PS Santa and I'm almost finished so I will wait to post it. Also, I have started some hand finishing work so "show time" will be coming soon.

In the meantime I can show off my March shelf.  I decided to put some past exchanges in there from other wonderful stitchers along with two of my own.
Let's see if I can remember...going from left to right:
1. Angel is from a local designer, stitched by me.
2. The design is Friendship Pin Pillow from Heartstring Samplery
3. Little round box is stitched over one (!) and is from Blackbird Designs but I can't remember what it's called.
4. Center pillow is done by me, and was a Blackbird Designs exclusive kit (I think)
5. The half moon is a Mary Garry design.
6. This is from dear Anne, and is a freebie from Threadwork Primitives.
7. This last one is from Andrea, it's Spring has Come from Prairie Schooler.

I can't remember who sent me 2, 3, and 5. Apologies!

Hope to be back with some real stitching and finishing soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great week!