Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Greetings

A very happy and blessed Easter to all my family and friends!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

April WIPocalypse

Not a lot to report this month. I've nearly completed Three Tulips which has been at a standstill the past week until today. I've been awaiting the arrival of floss to complete the urn and then it's truly done. The floss arrived today so I should be back on track and have it completed by this weekend. In the meantime I started a small Easter freebie by The Nebby Needle. If you haven't already seen these on my previous post you can find them here.

The only other significant stitching I've done has been Love Thy Neighbour. When I ran out of floss on Three Tulips I picked this one up again and gave it some quality time. Here's where it is at this point:

I'm really loving the colours in this piece. I was running short on the Walnut to be used on the larger house so I substituted with Old Covered Bridge. I think it was actually a much better colour for this fabric. 

The rest of my time has been taken up with choir preparation for Holy Week, some spring decorating at the house and income tax preparations. 

As you can see, the spring decor has been a welcome change and the weather was also starting to reflect this until today. Yesterday it was 26C (79 F), humid and I was in shorts as I cleaned the gazebo windows. Today it's 2 C (36 F) and snowing again!!! Good thing it was the inside windows that I cleaned and not the outside ones. We are expecting temps below freezing overnight as well as some possible ice rain or more snow. The poor birds are confused as are the rest of us! Fortunately this is short lived and we should return to more seasonal temps by the weekend.

The second offering in the Colonial Gatherings club arrived in my mail this week and I can't wait to get started at it.

Love the large strawberries! This comes as a complete kit. As much as I want to get started at it now I think I should finish up my current large projects before I start anything else. I have lots of ideas for small finishes this month. It must be spring fever or perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I joined the Primitive Stitching Society on Facebook. If you're a primitive fan, go ahead and check them out and then join in the fun. You won't regret it!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Up and running again

My camera cable issue has been fixed and I'm up and running once more. The cable was defunct and since it is camera specific I couldn't just replace it with a generic one. Naturally Sony wanted an arm and a leg for the cable so I opted for a cheaper option. I now have a device that will simply upload the pics from the SD card directly to the computer. So here we go! I can now show you some pics of where my stitching has been taking me.

First up, remember the Torah stitch? Well a few of the ladies in my Tuesday stitching group got on board for the project and we joined for a group photo of our accomplishments last week. Two others were unable to join us and are missing from the photo.

From left: Louise, Sally, Lynn and Sylvia
I've got a few closeups of the stitching. Louise's verses were based on Noah and the Ark and she has stitched the most wonderful ark with some animals on hers. Sally has the beginning of a chapter of verses which is why she has the border at the top of her piece. Mine was a Celtic border since the verses didn't really lend to stitching anything in particular. Sylvia stitched the most adorable little bee and honeycomb on hers!

The pieces will now be mailed back to Toronto where they will eventually be assembled into a scroll.

My Three Tulips has progressed very well and I am merely waiting on the arrival of more floss before I can proceed to finish off the urn. That is all that remains of this piece with the exception of the bunny's whiskers and some line stitching for the feet of one of the birds.

So with any luck this piece will in fact actually make the Easter deadline that I set for it.

I received two RAKs this past week, both of which were totally unexpected and served to brighten up my day. First from Cath, two of the sweetest little needleminders. Both are snowy owls which are meant to serve as a reminder of all my snowy owl ventures this past winter. I know that Cath and her children really enjoyed the pics that I snapped of these wonderful birds.  

The needle minders are resting on my latest start, a small freebie by Bonny Woomer of The Nebby Needle called Hoppy Easter. I have chosen to stitch this one over one for a smaller finish.

The second RAK came from my dear stitching friend, Vonna. Vonna had generously offered to supply me with some wool for trying my first pillow with a wool finish. I was expecting the wool but what I didn't expect was this!

A pretty and bright project bag meant to bring a little spring our way. Thank you so much Vonna and Cath for your sweet gifts. I've been feeling a little down lately and these really cheered me up.

Most of you will know that I have been suffering from significant pain in my right hip. The pain gets to me over time and having spent most of the winter indoors hasn't helped. Finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have been scheduled for a hip replacement at the end of May. I was originally told March but OR dates for the surgeons are few and far between so May it is. This means I won't be driving for about 8 weeks post-op and we will more than likely be cancelling our annual trip to Muskoka. Recovery from this surgery is anywhere from 3-6 months and I'm just afraid about how well I'll be able to get into and out of the boat. The cottage is on an island so there's no getting around the boat issue plus I would have to deal with uneven terrain at a point when I'm still using a cane. Better to be safe than sorry! 

I'll be back next week with a WIPocalypse report and an update pic of Love Thy Neighbour. In the meantime I'm off to check out possible new starts.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Glitch

I know I haven't posted in a few weeks and was all set to do so yesterday but I have a minor glitch that prevents me from posting my photos. It appears that the USB cable for my camera has given up the ghost. The computer ports are all fine so that's not the issue. I'm heading into the city today and I'm hoping that a new cable will solve all my problems. If not, I'm really afraid that there might be an issue with the camera itself. Please keep your fingers crossed that all goes well!

In the meantime I can show you a couple of pictures of recent stitching finishes that I managed to upload before the cable died. The first is a sweet Blackbird Designs piece called Breath of Spring which I completed the stitching on a couple of years ago. I've been wanting to try a finish involving lace with this one but I'm sewing challenged so I've been putting it off for some time. Finally I got up the nerve and gave it a try. Here are the results.

Not bad for a first go if I do say so myself!

The second finish is Deer Pinkeep by Cottage Garden Samplings.

Besides these two, I continue to stitch on Three Tulips. This is actually completed except for the very bottom of the urn that the rabbit sits on. I wasn't figuring in the fact that I used two strands of floss on the 32 ct rather than one on 36ct so consequently I ran short on floss. I'm just waiting for an order which should arrive any day now and this can be finished up fairly quickly. 
For now I'm catching up with Love Thy Neighbour and weighing my options for my next start. I have several things I want to get to all at the same time in addition to a piece I promised to stitch for a friend this year. There are just not enough hours in the day!

I hope to be back very shortly with pics of the above two projects. I also received some very sweet RAKs this week (Thanks Cath and Vonna!) that I would like to share pics of with you. So until that time, I hope spring has landed your way and you are enjoying some milder weather. I'll leave you with some recent spring visitors to our yard!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

March Smalls SAL

March has been a fabulous month for me for stitching smalls. After finishing off the stitching on a rather large design in February I was in the mood for some quicker, smaller finishes. I managed to stitch four small designs and complete the final finishing on two of these in addition to finishing up some stitches from last year.

It seem only fitting to stitch some St. Patrick's Day pillows.

Lizzie Kate St. Patrick Flip-it

The Primitive Hare Shamrock freebie

These two smalls contributed to my bowl of St. Patrick's Day cheer.

After St. Patrick's Day it was time to bring in some spring themed designs. My two finishes were Threadwork Primitives Bloom and Primitive Stitchin' A Tisket A Tasket. These can be seen here on my previous post. I have plans for the finishing on Bloom but the verdict is still out on how I'll finish the other.

The two finishes from last year which I added the final finishing touches to are Printemps and Beehive, both of which were freebie patterns offered by their designers Martine and Esther.

There is another small start which I didn't quite get finished in time.
This is one of three eggs by Country Garden Stitcher which actually are meant to be stitched all together. I have chosen instead to stitch them individually. They are very similar to the Christmas packages which she has designed. Lots of beads, glitter and colour. Mine is stitched on a lovely lavender opalescent fabric using a Dinky Dyes overdyed silk floss.

With luck I'll have the finished product to show on next month's post! 
As the days get sunnier and warmer I have lots more ideas for small finishes to brighten up the house. I started off the year with a list of large designs which I wanted to finish by year's end but this may just be the year of the small!

Monday, 24 March 2014

March Stitch From Stash

Lots of stitching from my stash this month and I'm happy to report that not a penny was spent. Okay, so in Canada we no longer use the penny, but really I didn't spend anything on stash this month!

My main stitch which I really continue to enjoy has been Three Tulips.

Besides this, I continue to put in a few stitches on PPS Love Thy Neighbour.

I've put this aside for now because I think I'm going to swap out some of the colours with other floss from my stash. Being a part of this group has given me more confidence in using floss from my stash rather than ordering more for each piece. I'm getting more confident on my colour choices and schemes for a design.

I also had two finishes from charts in my stash. Both are spring/Easter designs which will add to my spring decor.

A Tisket, A Tasket by Shelly Auen of Primitive Stitchin'

Threadwork Primitives Bloom

It's amazing what lovelies you can find within your stash!

Monday, 17 March 2014

St. Paddy's Day WIPocalypse

A very Happy St. Paddy's Day to one and all! In honour of the occasion you can see that I've changed my header pic to reflect the celebration. For many years I understood that my maiden name (from which my blog name is derived) was of Welsh extraction. However I recently learned that although my relatives were indeed from Wales, the name is of Irish descent. So I proudly wear my green today!

Now on to the WIPocalypse report. Over the past month I've stitched up and finished two smalls for my Smalls SAL. I'll show pics of the two pillows when I report on the last Wednesday of the month. For now I will tell you that they make up part of that St. Patrick's display on my header pic.

After finishing up The Pink Sparrow I pulled out another of Brenda Gervais' designs. I wanted a spring theme and so I got started on Three Tulips.

I'm not using the called for fabric and as a result I've had to change several of the floss colours. I found one of Nina's floss in my stash from a giveaway win and found it was just perfect for the bunny. I'm still deciding on other floss colours as I go. As you can see I've just started stitching the tulip at the top left and I'm working with two different floss at the moment.The planter on which the bunny sits is a pretty large piece of mostly solid stitching. When I get bored with the dark colour I move around and stitch a few leaves or letters.

The floss on the right of the tulip is the called for floss. The one on the left is another of Nina's floss from my stash. I really don't know which one to go with. Can anyone help me out here? Which do you prefer and why? All input would be welcomed.

Surprise, surprise, another Plum Street Sampler design was my second new start - Love Thy Neighbour.

I'm also tweaking floss on this design as I go. At this point I may be froggin out the yellow portions of the design and replacing them with something a little darker. Paulette was kind enough to provide me with the Canadian/UK version of the chart which uses our spelling of the word neighbour.

I was in the mood for a quick stitch on the weekend and finished up this lovely spring piece by Threadwork Primitives called Bloom.

I have some walnut crystals which I may try out on this linen and give it a bit of an antiqued look. I just hope I don't screw it up!

I've already decided on some spring stitching for my April Smalls SAL which I will be kitting up over the next couple of days. My market purchases are slowing arriving and I may include one of those in another new start once spring arrives. If it ever arrives, lol! Until then, happy stitching!