Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Long weekend stitching

I hope all my fellow Canadians enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and my American friends enjoyed their Columbus Day weekend. Having a long weekend usually means extra stitching time and this weekend was no exception. Mind you, I decided to do more finishing rather than stitching. It was time to bite the bullet!
Here's what I accomplished by weekend's end.




 I'm getting used to using my sewing machine now and I'm proud to say that the Dutch Tulip pin pillow on the right is my very first finish completely on my own.

Once I'd done a bit of finishing I pulled out my stitching. First up, Paradis Perdu. I added a few new motifs to it.









Sorry about that first photo. I got lazy and didn't feel like taking the piece out of the frame to photograph. This one is coming along, slowly but surely.
I decided on my first Halloween small to stitch....The Stitcherhood Hocus Pocus.



I have several other smalls I'd like to stitch but I have a lot going on this month so we'll see how far I get.

Our holiday Monday turned out to be a gorgeous day so when my friend Pam called me and invited me to shop with her in the village of Merrickville, I jumped at the chance. The village is filled with craft and gift shops and often features displays by local artisans. Naturally I forgot my camera so I don't have any pics to show but I can show you my purchases of the day.



I found the jar first, which is similar to my other ort jars. Then I found the rusty bells as well as rusty pins for finishing.



This lovely reproduction of a dough bowl was a must have. I'd been searching for one for awhile but they were all out of my price range. This one was far more reasonable in price than I ever expected.



It will be perfect to display more of my pinpillows.
My final purchase for the day was a smaller version of my large ort jar. I'm using this smaller one to hold cinnamon pumpkin potpourri.





It's filling my living room with such a lovely scent!
You'll notice my LHN Acorn Hill on display. Since it's been stretched but not framed yet, I thought it would look good displayed on this little easel.



 Hope I haven't bored you with the picture overload! That about covers everything for now. Several members of my family will be joining me at the end of the week for a memorial service for my cousin's wife who passed away recently. Despite the reason, I'm really looking forward to seeing them all. It has been far too long since we've all been together. Enjoy your week, I'm off to my Tuesday stitching now.

26 comments:

Marie Smith said...

Beautiful work and finishes! The displays are adorable also.

Deborah said...

Your little pillows were finished perfectly! Great purchases. I love the bowl.

Helen said...

Wow you have been busy! A lovely post full of gorgeous autumn colors, love the stitching & am looking forward to seeing more of your halloween smalls :)

Rhona said...

Great finishes and well done for mastering the sewing machine!

Daffycat said...

Wonderful stitching! All your autumn smalls look fantastic! Great job, Lynn.

I love the rusty bells and pins. Those will be handy for prim finishes! This is my favorite time of year...so don't stint on the photos - they are great!

Nicola said...

What a beautiful easel and a great way to display a finish.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

i love your taste in decoration - so very pretty - you have a lovely collecton of autumn themed stitching as well - hugs and stitches, Amanda

Kerry said...

I love all the great things you found Lynn. I have a cousin who lives in Nepean, last year at Easter time we were visiting and we went to an Anglican service there. They have a beautiful church there and we enjoyed the service. I love the rusty bells and your lovely stitching.

Patty C. said...

Everything looks beautiful - i love the idea of just using an easel! It's awesome

Veronica said...

Oh, your pictures could never be boring, Lynn. I really enjoyed looking at your stitching and finishing. Great job on the Dutch Tulip pin pillow. Love the idea of using a dough bowl to display your pin pillows :D

Hugs,
Veronica.

CATHI said...

Lovely finishes! I especially love the Dutch Tulip pin pillow! :o) And it is a good idea to use the smaller jar (I have the same a bit larger) for potpourris! :o)

Cathi

Krista said...

What beautiful finishes for fall! Especially love the JBW pumpkin and the tulip. Awesome finds, love that bowl for the pin pillows!

Chris said...

Your finishing looks wonderful.
I love your autumn smalls.
It looks like you had a wonderful day out with your friend!

Vickie said...

Your tulip pillow is wonderful. Your stitching looks great, as does your home.

Sally said...

Gorgeous stitching and finishing:) You've been very busy.

dixiesamplar said...

Bored??!! I should say not Lynn...it was all lovely to see :o)

Lois said...

What lovely finishes Lynn and what great finds on your shopping trip.

Tatkis said...

So many lovely finishes and processes!
And the JBW pumpkin is so cute!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Dani - tkdchick said...

Glad to hear you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Your finishing skills are coming along beautifully!

Mindi said...

I love all of your autumn stitching! Your display of Acorn Hill is great, I actually saw the picture before reading and thought what a great way to display something to save on framing costs!

Karen said...

You're finishing is looking great! The little pillows really turned out well. I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving! :)

Angela said...

I love all the pillow finishes but my favorite is the Dutch Tulip :) Acorn Hill looks lovely displayed like that.

Siobhán said...

Great finishes, Lynn! You did a great job on them. Love your Acorn Hill, too! Your purchases are nice, but that dough bowl--LOVE! I'm glad that you had a good Thanksgiving. My daughter went to a shop in Dublin that sells a lot of American goods & the owner said that the Canadians had cleaned them out of a lot of stuff for their Thanksgiving. ;)

Catherine said...

Wonderful stitches and finishes!! Love all of your shopping day finds too! Lucky girl!

Gabi said...

The bowl is wonderful! Beautiful stitching and finishes. Wish I could spend Halloween in Canada!
Greetings from Germany.

Carol said...

I'm way behind on commenting after being away for two consecutive weeks, Lynn!! You sure have some lovely finishes to share with us today. And I LOVE the doughbowl you found--you will have the best time filling it up with your smalls throughout the year :)

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