Sunday, 25 May 2014

May's Stitching From Stash

Sweet May is upon us and the good weather has finally arrived....minus the hailstorm which passed by yesterday afternoon and once more damaged the gazebo roof. Only the outer panes have been perforated and the panels are still holding for now. You may recall that this happened to us last year and I ordered replacement panels for the damaged pieces. Fortunately we haven't put those in yet but it does look like I will have to order one or two more panels.

So okay we won't count that storm and will revel in the mild sunny days which we've had lately. I've spent this month stitching on some lovely spring designs. Actually one was designed as a Valentine offering but the motifs in the piece do resemble spring.
First up is my completed Blackbird Designs Spring Tulips.



I love the soft, pastel colours in this piece. I'm hoping to finish this one as a pinkeep which I can display on a small easel.

This was followed by my second finish, With Thy Needle and Thread Forget Me Not Postcard Pinkeep. I stitched this for a fellow choir member of mine, Joanne, who is returning home to Hong Kong after spending 4 years in Ottawa for her university studies.  I changed the wording to Forget Us Not to represent all of the choir members and edged the piece in some green lace which matches the leaves.



I gave this to Joanne yesterday when we all took her out for lunch. She was thrilled and told me that it touched her heart. 
I finished this piece just as the designer Brenda suggested by ironing the pillow finish flat to resemble a postcard. I love the finish although it does show up just how crooked my sewing is!
The rest of the month I spent time working on Primitive Betty Live, Laugh, Love which has been hiding in my stash for at least a year or so.



This is slowly coming along and will probably be my go to piece in the next month. I'm also working on a small piece for my Smalls SAL which I will post a pic of on Wednesday for this month's commitment.

I did dip into my allowance this month and ordered a couple of patterns which popped up on eBay. I have been looking for these for some time now and didn't want to let them go. They are Blackbird Design patterns which are OOP. The total for this purchase came to $23.18. May is my birthday month so I was gifted with two patterns of my choice as a birthday gift from a friend. I ordered two of Jenny Hoffman's patterns from her Etsy shop which I have been eyeing for a while. Also my youngest son gave me a $25 GC for 123 Stitch which I can put to use when the urge strikes me! 
Here's a pic of me celebrating my birthday which happened to fall on Mother's Day this year. My family took me out for a fabulous lunch at a favourite restaurant in Ottawa's Byward Market. Only my eldest son and his family were not able to join us since they live at a distance.



That about covers it for this month. My stitching might be limited somewhat for a little while. I'm going into hospital tomorrow morning for a total hip replacement. Hopefully I will recover well and can spend many hours stitching when I return home later in the week. After all, I won't be going very far at first!  I hope all my US friends are enjoying a lovely long weekend. Take care and I'll see you all soon!

29 comments:

Marilyn said...

Your 2 finishes are so pretty.
The P Betty's is coming along nicely too.
Happy belated B-Day, it sounds like you had a fun time celebrating.
Best of luck to you tomorrow with your surgery.
Marilyn

Gabi said...

First I say: Happy birthday to you.-
Very nice stitching. Sorry to hear about another hailstorm.
The pic shows a very happy family.
Greetings from Germany

Gabi said...

Sorry, I forgot to wish you good luck for the surgery.

Penny said...

Beautiful stitching, Lynn! And wishing you all the best with your surgery and recovery! Enjoy your extra stitching time. :)

Cath said...

Beautiful stitches .
Good luck with your op. I will be thinking of you .xxx

Vickie said...

Oh such sweet stitching. What a wonderful gift. :) Happy Birthday a little late. ;)
I am praying for you.♥

P.J. said...

Your finishes are lovely. Again what a wonderful memento that Joanne can always remember you all by; very sweet indeed. Best wishes for a speedy recover dear friend. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Giovanna said...

I hope you recover quickly from your surgery - all the best! Your finishes are really pretty, congratulations.

Judy S. said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Lynn. I love your new stitcheries!

Von said...

What a sweet remembrance for your friend, even though it's not perfectly straight. That kind of perfection doesn't happen often, at least not for.me!
Hope your hip replacement goes well tomorrow and your recovery swift!

Thoeria said...

Lovely stitchy bits :) Belated happy Birthday wishes....looks like you had fun! And wishing you all the best for a swift and trouble free recovery from your surgery x

KimM said...

Beautiful stitching. Best of luck with your surgery and a speedy recovery.
xxx

Carol said...

I'm thinking of you today, Lynn, and hoping for a painless and speedy recovery for you... Best of luck!

Jennifer said...

Best wishes for a safe and successful surgery and a quick recovery!

Barbaral said...

Beautiful stitching, your tulips are lovely!:)

Julie said...

Sending healing thoughts to you for a speedy recovery after your surgery.
Beautiful gift for your choir friend.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Spring Tulips is gorgeous, so delicate and pretty.

I am pleased that my namesake loved her gift too.

Happy Belated Birthday and ouch for the operation! Hope you make a swift recovery and enjoy some pain free recuperation time.

Melissa said...

Lovely stitching! That's a beautiful gift for your friend.

Good luck with the hip replacement and recovery!

Mouse said...

lovely finishes and glad you had a great birthday :) good luck with the surgery and don't forget to do the exercises as well as the stitching ...lol love mouse xxxxxx

Angela P said...

First of all Happy Belated Birthday! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Love your Spring Tulips finish :) Take care, thinking of you!

Elizabeth said...

Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday - looks like you had a wonderful day with your family. I hope your surgery went well and you are on the road to a speedy recovery. Love your ornaments for this month.

Andrea said...

Your finishes are beautiful. Sorry I didn't get here in time to wish you well for your surgery today ... but I do hope everything has gone OK.

Faith... said...

Nice family picture. Your tulips look amazing, such pretty colors.

Faith... said...

and Happy Birthday!

Tatkis said...

Sweet and delicate Tulips, and I just love you Forget Us Not finish!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Bekca said...

It looks like you had a blast celebrating your birthday, looking forward to seeing what you get with the GC. Sending hugs and best wishes for your surgery!

Chris said...

Lynn! I hope that your recovery is going well. I knew that it was coming up. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. I love your stitching and finishing in this post!

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Brigitte said...

Your two finishes are so beautiful. I have never seen the BBD design before, it's a wonderful spring piece with very delicate colours pastel colours. And the piece you finished for your friend is looking so great, too.
I'm so curious to see the OOP BBD charts you found on ebay. Some of these are very difficult to get(at least over here).

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