Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Starting and Finishing

Finally I have a picture to share with you of my latest finish, Warm Winter Wishes. I'd forgotten that the pattern does call for the use of some snowflake buttons. They're not necessary but I think they'd add a nice touch. I do have those buttons somwhere in my stash, I just have to hunt them down. It's one of these times when I wish my craft room was organized and finished to make finding things easier. Right now all my supplies are scattered between three rooms.

In any case I've decided to try adding some of the buttons and I hope to have this finished in the frame called for. I've found a supplier who will make frames similar to those used by the designers at a much reduced cost. They're called Nice Frames, formerly Wood 'N Needle Crafts.

They have a large selection of designer frames which they make to resemble those used in the patterns.

Monday I got started on my new project which is The Wedding by My Big Toe Designs. I decided against going with the called for colours. After emailing my cousin, I learned that the bride was using teal green in her colour scheme. This is the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses and it was also used in the invitations. So on my way home from Ottawa on Sunday I made a pit stop at Michaels and picked up the floss. Here's my progress so far. I'm using an ivory 32ct Lugana for fabric.

I think that I will be working on this more often right now and my CdC is going to have to take a back seat. I want to be sure that I have this one finished in time for the wedding in May. It's sounds like I have plenty of time but things seems to conspire against me at times and prevent me from getting to my stitching. Take this week for example. I haven't returned to work yet because we've had two deaths here, our honorary assistant rector and friend as well as my ex-MIL.

The death of my ex-MIL has meant gathering up my boys and bringing them home for their grandmother's funeral. We picked up the youngest in Ottawa following the first funeral on Monday and drove him to his brother's in Cornwall where the oldest joined them after arriving from Drummondville. Their Grandma or Memere as they called her was just short of turning 95! Her husband had been 95 when he died 8 yrs ago. She was a lovely woman and my ex was her only child whom she had given birth to when she was 45 yrs old. I don't know about you ladies but I can't imagine starting with babies at that age. Wherever did she get the energy?

It's not too often now that I have all three of my boys home at the same time. We were lucky that it was reading week for the college so that Chris isn't missing any school and Jeff had not been back to work since Christmas. He makes roof trusses and the demand for these has been put on hold because of the large amounts of snow received this winter. Not much construction taking place right now. He returns to working on Monday. This made things much easier to get them home. I had a fun visit with them at Dan's place in Cornwall and managed to get a really good picture of the three of them. Following the funeral today they're going to spend an extra day visiting with their Dad and then we should have them all here for a visit on Friday before they return home.

Gotta scoot now and get ready. We've had another 10 cm or so of that white stuff overnight and I know that Cornwall got considerably more (20 cm or so). I want to take my time on the roads. Tonight I'll be back home with time to check in and see how all of you are doing this week.


  1. I like the color combo in the wedding piece - I think it's wonderful that you're personalizing it to the wedding itself. I try to do that whenever I am stitching a piece for a special occasion as it makes it so much more meaningful.

    And may I say you have some very handsome boys!

  2. I just love that Warm Winter Wishes!!! It is just the cutest.
    and speaking of cute - those three boys of yours are sure handsome.
    I wanna live to 95 too - that sounds like a good age to me. Sorry to hear of the passing of your friend and your ex MIL. It is always sad to lose those we love.

  3. I love your snowman:) It looks great!

  4. Sorry to hear about the loss of your MIL.

    You've made a great start in your wedding piece! I'm sure you'll have it done in time. I have been shopping for a wedding sampler to do many choices.

  5. Congratulations on the Warm Winter Wishes finish. It is adorable. I also like your new wedding piece. And that is a very nice picture of your three handsome boys...or young men.

  6. Hello Lynn,

    I found your blog via Deb at Lavender Roses page. I've nejoyed all the photos, including the eclipse, your boys and the snow and deer photos. Your stitching photos are lovely too - your work is beautiful!

    You posted at Debs site about her Halloween RR and I wondered which patterns the houses were from, especially the green and red one on the left as you look at the photo....could you help please? :-)

    See you again soon!

    Jackie in UK xx

  7. Lynn I'm sorry to hear about your losses! What a trying week for you.

    Your finish is lovely, and I'm sure you'll get that wedding piece done in no time!