Wednesday, 21 March 2012

In the Gazebo Stitching!

Spring has sprung and boy has it arrived here in a big way! We are having an unheard of heat wave for this time of year. Since the weekend the temps have been in the mid twenties Celsius which translates to the upper seventies in Fahrenheit. Today it's actually a glorious 27 C or 81 F! All good things must come to an end and this weekend the warm air moves out and we are back to more seasonable temps which means a drop of about 30 degrees F! Totally unreal....wearing capris and sandals one day and coats with gloves the next! No wonder everyone is getting sick! 
Illness hasn't escaped me either. I'm suffering from a virus of some sort which is supplying me with a sore throat, stuffed head and tightness in the chest. So I'm nursing myself by sitting in the gloriously warm gazebo, stitching my heart out!

I have two small finishes to show you this week. First up is my Sew A Brown Bunny. I started stitching this one with an overdyed Dinky Dyes floss I found in my stash which was in various shades of pink. I thought it would be a nice change from the green called for in the pattern. However the overdye didn't work out all that well so I pulled it and carried on in a DMC pink, the number of which escapes me at the moment. This one will be a pillow finish.

iStitch Sew A Brown Bunny
stitched on 32ct linen using DMC

The next finish is soon to be made into a carrot shaped ornament. Its from The Cricket Collection Rabbit's Delight chart. There are four ornaments in this series and I'm hoping to complete the one with the chicks next. 

The chart calls for 30ct linen but I had a 32ct Wichelt linen in Colonial Pumpkin which is a perfect colour for these little stitches.
So consequently my carrots ornies will be slightly smaller than those on the chart. The picture doesn't really show the colour well but if you follow the link to this chart I can tell you that this fabric is the same colour as the lighter fabric on the chart cover.

Having finished those two up I concentrated next on Feather Your Nest. This is a perfect spring stitch with its robin and robin's nest. I'm loving the colours in this one too!  

There are certainly plenty of robins in my yard at the moment, out enjoying the sun and digging up the worms from the soggy yard. 
My tulips are well on their way now and the lilac is even blooming. I even spotted some green shoots on my clematis and a lone viola in my garden.
Look at that blue sky!

 All this has me a bit worried since the warm weather has advanced their growth quite a bit and next week they will be thrown back into the cold. I hope everything survives! My sister told me yesterday that her magnolia tree in her yard has blooms on it which look ready to open and that is about a month ahead of schedule! She lives in an area further south and west of me but just the same, that's crazy!

We stored the lawn furniture in the gazebo but I haven't brought out the cushions yet because I just know we're in for some damp, cold weather in the near future. So for now I'm sitting on one of the plastic lawn chairs soaking up the sun while I can. 
Hope there's a little bit of spring in your neck of the woods!


Pumpkin said...

Sweet finishes!!!! Bunnies of course ;o)

Your WIP is coming along nicely.

It's been warm here too. Although I love it, it's too hot when you're pregnant so I'll be looking forward to the cooler temps to come back ;o)

Deborah said...

Wonderful finishes! Love the pink color change. Look forward to seeing your carrots finished.

Von said...

Enjoy those warm temps, Lynn! I had to go to Mexico to get into the 80s. Now I'm back home and it's raining and cold - but not quite cold enough for snow thankfully!! I'm so looking forward to some warmth and taking some stitching outside. :)

Daffycat said...

My goodness, you have been stitching! Look at you with two finishes and another project half finished!

The weather has been strange all over, hasn't it? One extreme or the other and it's hard to keep up!

Nancy said...

You know I was thinking about you and your gazebo just the other day and how nice it would be to have one in the yard! We have had very warm weather too with temps in the 70's and some days in the 80's. Wonder what the summer will bring us!

Very cute finishes and Good progress on Feather Your Nest!

Catherine said...

Sweet finishes and great progress!

Beth Pearce said...

Two great finishes!! Yes, we are in the middle of a heat wave as well, scary!

Judy S. said...

Hope you enjoyed a little extra sunshine for me! It was in the forties here today, and at least it didn't rain for our walk. You're right, the weather has been very weird. Love all your recent stitching projects. You've been busy!

Lana said...

Love your cute finishes!!! Great progress on your new piece! Can't wait to see more progress on it!

Veronica said...

I just love that brown bunny. He's so sweet. Oh, your carrot bunny is so cute. Looking forward to seeing it made into a carrot. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.


CATHI said...

Cute finishes!


Tatkis said...

Such a warm spring weather (we had 25 today, but it's autumn time in Australia).
Hope you are feeling better!
I love both your bunny finishes :)


Patty C. said...

Love the bunnies !!!
Enjoy that Gazebo ;)

Chris said...

Crazy weather!!#@$^
I love your sweet bunny finishes.
I can't wait to see more of your robin progress too.
Have a great weekend!

Vickie said...

Great stitches. I LOVE Sew a Brown Bunny. :) We are having almost the same exact weather here in Wisconsin, I know crazy right?!

Anne said...

Beautiful finishes Lynn!! I can just see you now in your gazebo lapping up the warm sun!! Sigh if only we got some warm sun here too!!

Sally said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. It's unseasonably warm here too and I hate it! It's more like Summer than Spring which is not good.

Love your Sew a Brown Bunny! it's so cute as is your bunny from your bunny ornament.

Looking forward to seeing more Feather Your Nest :)

Sally said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. It's unseasonably warm here too and I hate it! It's more like Summer than Spring which is not good.

Love your Sew a Brown Bunny! it's so cute as is your bunny from your bunny ornament.

Looking forward to seeing more Feather Your Nest :)