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!


Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely finishes Melissa, you've been a busy lady. I do like orchids and generally have a few at home as they seem to be the only plant that I don't kill off!
I never listen to audio books but when Matthew was younger we bought all the Harry Potter books which were read by Stephen Fry and they were very enjoyable (even for adults).

Hilda said...

Oh Melissa,
your green Santa is amazing - and so perfect for tomorrow. On St. Patricks Day even Santa wears green haha.
Both your Santas look so perfect together and am looking forward to the third ...

Your other finishes are so cute! Will you show the others of the 10 smalls too?

Have a wonderful new week!


Justine said...

Love your finishes - so inspiring. Please can we see the others?
I have never tried audio books but I recently read Station Eleven and thought it was brilliant. Will try the others you recommend.

Vickie said...

I enjoy audio books with stitching too. :)
Great finishes! Good for you getting a big pile of finishing done. Can't wait to see more.

Robin said...

What super finished finishes, Melissa! And your PS Santa in green is adorable. I am looking forward to seeing your next Santa.

I can't offer any suggestions to you about audiobooks as I can't use them.

Your orchid is very pretty.

Robin in Virginia

Christine said...

The green Santa is one of my favorites but love all of your pics!

Margaret said...

Love your Santas so far! Love the finishing too -- I recognize that backing fabric. :D Audiobooks. I'm in a sort of lull right now, sadly. But I did love The Luminaries and The Miniaturist. A funny audiobook I just happened to have stored away was by Kurt Vonnegut -- God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. Fun. Have you listened to or read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? A wonderful book -- a sequel has just come out too.

Barb said...

The Santa in green is just perfect for tomorrow! All your finishes are so pretty. We are going out for an Irish dinner with friends. The dinner, corned beef , cabbage, and potato pancakes all covered with an Irish beer sauce. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Enjoyed seeing your Santas and your finishes. If you can find them the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldan is great. blessings, marlene

karamino said...

Love your finishes!

Mdm Samm said...

lovely do choose lovely projects time after time mdm samm

Mii Stitch said...

Your Santa & other finishes are just lovely! I thought there were 10 of them?? Was looking forward to admire them all :D
Love your orchid & am so jealous your smells of vanilla!!!
I have 3, one is in bloom since December, the other one is growing a new stem so I should have flowers very soon and the last one is just "sleeping" at the moment. I think they are about the only indoor plants I don't manage to kill... probably because they don't require much watering :D

Loraine said...

I love the Santa's. Great idea to put them on one piece of linen too.
I also love the finishes. Perfect for today!
Have a great week!

Beth said...

I hope you noticed that your green Santa is carrying (fittingly for you) a Canada Goose! Shamrock Bunny is charming. Happy St. Pat's!

Lois said...

Perfect finish for St Patrick's Day Melissa!! Love all your small finishes too. I always drag my heels on the actual finishing of things! Love your orchid. I have one that is just about to re-flower and I am somewhat pleased with myself as it's the first time I've managed to do that.

Carol said...

Isn't your green Santa so handsome!! I do love this finish, Melissa--interestingly, I stitched the other green one from that book this month (the one with the birds).

I can't wait to see what you are choosing for your 3rd one...

Amazing how many finishes you got done--I am such a slow finisher. Wish I was faster, but I tend to get distracted easily :)

Thanks for the suggested audio books--I actually do have one to recommend. It is called One Plus One by Jojo Moyes--the voices were spectacular, especially the little girl's :)

Enjoy your day, my friend!

Ranae said...

Love the green santa, pretty finishes also

Anne said...

Love your green St. Paddy's Santa!! I'm sure your finishing will be great as I love your little pillows you whipped up! Yesterday was a gorgeous day and now today not so nice. I guess this is March though so we shouldn't complain! Hugs to you!

Evelyne said...

I love the Santa's, they are lovely!

Annette-California said...

Love your Green Santa, too perfect for St Patrick's Day...and those sweet finishes!!! How wonderful to get some of the pile of finishing done. Great job!!! love Annette

Mary said...

Melissa, what a fun post! Your lineup of Santas is growing. Who comes next?

I listen to audio books from Audible continuously, so it's always fun to share my current choices. Some recent favorites include:

1. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
2. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I'll definitely track down your recommendations!

Maggee said...

How apropos with the Green Santa! I made traditional corned beef, cabbage and red potatoes. Had made Irish Soda Bread first thing in the morning too--yummm! As for audiobooks--love them! But will email titles later...

Andrea said...

Wonderful Santas. Your finishing is beautiful.

Brigitte said...

During the last two days I tried to reach your blog but it didn't work. Today I finally get here and the first thing I see are your two Santas, gorgeous ones. And just perfect the green one for St. Patrick's Day. And the next things I see are your wonderful little pillows, so beautifully finished. Whenever I see some newly finished pillows on your blog (or on one of these other creative stitchers' blogs like Carol's) I feel highly motivated to finish some of my own stitched pieces. And I can need this motivation now because I have so many finishes lying here that I need to do something with them, lol.

No, we don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day here, it seems to be a special day only in the English-speaking countries with some Irish heritage.

I have never in my life listened to an audio-book although I can get them at the library, and I even own two that were given to me as gifts. But somehow I have never felt tempted so far.