Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Sunflower finish!


BBD Sunflower House
32 Ct Ocean's Siren Lugana

This morning I put the final stitches in on what has been a delightful stitch. Blackbird Designs Sunflower House is now complete and ready to be stretched and framed. I've enjoyed this one so much that I haven't touched anything else in the past week.  I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out. If I had to do it over again I would swap out the colour of the stems and leaves on the sunflowers. I used the recommended GAST Grecian Gold but I'm not sure it worked all that well. I realized from the start that it might not work for me but I didn't have anything else in my stash that would. Ordering anything else would have prolonged my start by a couple of weeks and I'm trying to be a bit more frugal these days. I find it so hard to pick a floss anyways when I don't have a LNS and can't see the colour in person. So Grecian Gold it is!
Although it's not meant to be an autumn design, this one felt so much like fall to me with the colour scheme it uses as well as those gorgeous sunflowers.
Here are a few more upclose pics of the design. .


Don't you just love this house?



I noticed that when you click on this one and look at the left edge of the vase, you'll see Clarisse's contribution to the design.



Now I have to decide on a new start although I really think I should be finishing off some of the other WIP, but really, how much fun is that?

I've also got a few pictures of my newest stitching spot, our gazebo. I know that I posted a pic of the outside but I've neglected to show you how comfy it is inside. I spend most mornings out there with my coffee, stitching in hand, and again for a short bit after supper. Clarisse has  been joining me out there too but as you can see from the pic below, she was far too busy this morning!









My youngest sister Lana gave me this sign to post in the gazebo. It's the perfect sentiment! It was a retirement gift along with a really pretty bird feeder which hangs just outside the gazebo. Bob and I love to sit and watch the birds as we sip on our coffee.

The days are growing shorter and the evenings getting cooler in our little corner. On our way into the city yesterday we noticed how much colour is starting to appear on the trees. It won't be long before I'm digging out the sweaters once more.

Now I'm off to get ready for my stitching time with the Tuesday group. I'm heading in a little earlier to run some errands. A stop by the market for apples just might be in the works!
Hope you are having a good start to your week and that it includes lots of stitching time.

30 comments:

Vonna said...

Oh your finish is just perfect Lynn, I think it is gorgeous! Can't wait to see the frame you pick :)
And that gazebo...oh mercy! That's a wonderful stitching, bird watching, coffee sipping retreat :)

Anonymous said...

Wow - it sure turned out beautifully. What a great place to sit and stitch and birdwatch. It's too bad Clarisse doesn't enjoy it. lol
Judie

butterfly said...

The yellow house is so lovely great stitching.
Nice sitting area to relax.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Nice finish Lynn and what a comfy womb. Can't think of any better way to begin a morning, stitching in one hand, coffee waiting for the other. oh, and I totally have to agree on it being far more fun to start something new than to tackle those WIP's.
Be always in stitches.

Deborah said...

Love, love , love the gazebo! Beautiful finish and I look forward to see the framing.

Angela P said...

I love your stitching spot, it looks very relaxing :) The Sunflower finish looks fantastic, I love that fabric you stitched it on too. Hope you have a nice time with the group stitching!

Blu said...

Sunflower House looks lovely. Grecian Gold looks fine to me.

I'm so jealous of your gazebo! It looks like such a relaxing place to sit and stitch.

Patty C. said...

Beautiful Finish !!
(I like the look of your blog - lovely colors !!)

AnnMcD said...

Sunflower house is beautiful and your gazebo looks fabulous!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous finish! Congrats! Your gazebo looks amazing!

Katrina said...

What a pretty finish Lynn :) Such a happy spot you have there, and I love the perfect sign from your sister!

Maggie said...

Wow, what a lovely finish, I've not seen this one before!

Your gazebo looks like the perfect place to sit and stitch, and just the perfect place for your sign :-)

What a cutie Clarisse is!! looks like she found just the right sun spot :-)
I always find cat hair on my pieces too, sometimes even stitched into the threads, lol.

Anne said...

It's beautiful Lynn! Makes me think of autumn too with all the golds and reds. I love that house too! Clarisse is adorable, lounging around and leaving her hairs everywhere. Enjoy your gazebo! It looks so relaxing :D

Kerry said...

Hi Lynn,
I love your sunflowers. I am working on two wedding pieces. I will post a photo soon. It is looking and feeling more like fall.
We are having inventory at our store this week. So there might not be a lot of blogging this week.
Take care!

Beth said...

I love your Sunflower finish - so cheery! Of course, I would be cheery if I had such a delightful spot to stitch in. To be so close to nature and yet safe from the buzzing nature would be fantastic!! Enjoy your spot to the fullest!

natalyK said...

Gorgeous finish! I love the sunflowers reminds me of summer turning to fall.

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish Lynn. That is such a beautiful piece as I have told you more than once lol!
The gazebo looks so inviting. Maybe next year I will get to have a cozy visit and spot of tea there with you.

Bekca said...

Congrats on the lovely finish Lynn. I think you're right, it does have quite an autumnal feel. A gorgeous picture of Clarisse! She's so adorable.
Your gazebo looks like the perfect place to stitch, and to look out at the birds too sounds like bliss. Hope you enjoyed your stitching group, best wishes.

BrendaS said...

Beautiful finish Lynn!

Your stitching spot looks very inviting. I can see why you and your husband enjoy it out there.

Your cat is so cute:))) What a wonderful way to spend the day!

Elaine said...

Congratulations Lynn that is such a beautiful finish. Just love the colours.
Your gazebo looks such a relaxing place to sit and stitch wish I could come join you. Happy Stitching!

Carol said...

Sunflower House is such a happy piece, Lynn--you did a wonderful job on it and I think the stems and leaves look just fine :)

Oh, what a wonderful spot to stitch--I think I would spend all day out there during the warmer months. We're heading down into the 40s for a low temperature tonight--fall is moving in way too quickly for me!

Cathy B said...

Lynn, your Sunflower House finish is wonderful! Congratulations!

Kathy Ellen said...

"Sunflower MOUSE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL! i LOVE THE RICH AUTUMN COLOUR in that piece too; I ffinished it and hung it our guest room, where it matches the other colours in that room.Your gazebo looks so inviting. What a wonderful place to relax and take in all of the surrounding beauty, while you enjoy some coiffee and special time for stitching!

Judy S. said...

What a great view from your gazebo, Lynn. Your cat looks about as ambitious as our two! Nice piece of stitching; are you going to have it framed?

Karen said...

Sunflower House is so pretty! The soft blue fabric you chose complements it perfectly. I LOVE your gazebo! It's the perfect spot for stitching. I'd spend entire days out there and don't even know that I would want to come in at night cause I'd just sit there and look at the stars.

Kajsa said...

Love Sunflower House! It's such a treat to stitch and yours came out beautiful!

The gazebo looks wonderful, you did a good job on it.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Love the finish Lynn it is gorgeous. LOL at Clarisse, the back of our chairs is a favorite spot for Puddles also.

Franny said...

Lynn, your sunflowers look wonderful and your gazebo looks like the perfect place to sit and stitch.

Suzanne said...

A beautiful finish with Sunflower House. I love your stitching spot, it looks very comfy and relaxing.

Tatkis said...

Such a lovely, shining Sunflower House! Beautiful!

Hugs,
Tatyana

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