Friday, 15 October 2010

Some small finishes

It's a miserable start to the weekend here. Rain, wind, more rain, more wind! Sounds like a gale is out there. Perfect for cozying up with a cup of tea and a new stitch. And here it is, Helga Mandl's Halloween Sampler. As you can see, I haven't got very far yet. I'm in love with the fabric and wish I had more. It's a Limited Edition Silkweaver which I think I purchased on ebay several years ago. The colours in it are just perfect for an autumn or Halloween piece. And this one fits the bill!

I've really been enjoying stitching all these smalls lately. They give you more of a sense of accomplishment when you can see a finish so quickly. I have two other finishes, one which is finished as a pinkeep and the other will be finished into an ornament hopefully by the end of this weekend. First up is the pinkeep. It's another Helga Mandl piece called Autumn. I actually saw the backing fabric first in my stash and knew that I had a little stitch somewhere that would work with it. Little did I know that I'd find such a perfect match. Isn't it sweet? I'm getting better at these finishes with each one that I try.

Next up is the Boo Tree freebie by Rose Krizan. I've found a pretty cool fabric for the backing on this one too but you'll have to wait until my next post to see it. It's not quite finished yet. Here is a pic of the stitched piece. If you tilt your head to the left you should be able to see the little Boo which makes up the branches of the tree. It took me all of three days to finish it up which is a record for me!

It won't be long before Halloween is here either. I can't believe that the beautiful fall colours are already on their way out and that winter is almost upon us once more. Is it just me or does it seem like time is speeding up? I'm dreading the winter commute once more and according to the weather network snow flurries are forecast here for next Friday! But the weather's going to change, right?
Speaking of the fall colours, here's a shot that my DH stopped to take on his way in to work this past week. I never get tired of seeing those reds and oranges. Where I grew up in southern Ontario, you just didn't see those vivid reds. Mostly I remember a lot of yellow and browns. Living here is so much more colourful.

I've been invited to Rebecca's this weekend for our October SAL. I've been having sleep issues lately and knew that I couldn't do the whole weekend but I was really hoping to get there for at least one day. However Rebecca's is a little over 2 hrs from my place and I'm so wiped out after this week that I just don't think I can manage the drive. I know I could make it there no problem. It's the getting back that worries me! I commute so much each week that anymore I just don't feel like doing it again on my days off. I'm playing it by ear and going to see how I feel when I wake in the morning. If not I wish all my stitching buddies happy stitching! I'll catch up with you later. The kettle is whistling now so I'm off to make my tea and head down to my stitching chair for some quality time with Halloween Cove. Have a great weekend!


Cheryl said...

I love the fall picture - you dont get colours like that over here. Great stitching pics too!
I read your comment aloud to my DH about the Leafs/Anglican thing and he laughed :)
Have a relaxed weekend!

Bekca said...

The fabric on your new start is indeed gorgeous. I love the Autumn pinkeep too and Boo Tree looks familiar :) How aee you going to finish yours? I love all of the Autumn colours, that is a very pretty photo. Have a lovely weekend.

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

I love the BOO, it is very pretty. Hey, Congrats on the giveaway winnings from Carol. woooo hooooo.
Hope you get a chance for that drive so you can enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
Be always in stitches.

Blu said...

Very pretty stitching!
Gorgeous photo! The leaves around here don't seem to change colour. Seems like they're on the tree on day gone the next.

Brigitte said...

We've been having the same fall weather here this weekend - and there has even been the first snow in the higher regions nearby. Fortunately not here - yet.
I love your little fall and Halloween smalls, they must be totally fun to stitch.

Carol said...

I love sitting inside and stitching when it's rainy and windy outside--there is something very comforting about that...

I love your Autumn scarecrow, Lynn--haven't seen him before! Those giant sunflowers are so cute! And the Boo Tree is one I started last year but never finished up. Guess I should pull mine out :)

Congratulations again on winning my giveaway--I'm glad it is going to the home of a Halloween lover :)

Kathy A. said...

Lovely little scarecrow.
Love your Boo tree.
Missed you yesterday. We had a great day.

Crazee4books said...

Hi Lynn,

So did you stay home and stitch
in spirit with the gang at
Rebecca's or did you brave the
road and the long drive?? I
would have liked to have gone
as well but distance and lack
of transportation made it
impossible. So I stitched in
my own home, here in my own
stitching chair. And wished
like crazy that I could have
gone for the gathering just so
I could see everyone again.

Ah well.

The weekend weather turned out
to be pretty amazing for us. I
hope that some of it made it's
way down to you as well. Lots
of blue skies and sunshine and
it warmed up nicely in the
afternoon. A bit windy today
but over all nothing to complain
about. And you know how much we
Canadians love to complain about
our weather, eh?

Your Autumn/Halloween stitching
and finishing are wonderful!! I
love your new Autumn pinkeep
and you are so right about the
backing fabric being a perfect
match for the design. Very
nice finish, and a really great

The BOO design is cute too,
especially with the little black
cats and the black crows perched
on the letters. The candles are
a nice touch too.

Are you serious??? Snow in the
forecast for your area by Friday?
It is a trifle early for that,
don't you think?? I just checked
the forecast for here and we seem
to be safe with temperatures most
days getting to 12 or so.

Where do the weekends go?? I
don't wanna go to work tomorrow.
Four day work weeks are much
easier to handle. Hope you
have a good one Lynn.


Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

We missed you but I'm happy to hear you stayed home - safe and sound. Your stitching is beautiful, hope to see you soon :-)

Judy S. said...

Love your Halloween pieces, Lynn. How'd it get to be that time of year so fast anyhow?

Dani - tkdchick said...

Beautiful finishes Lynn! We missed you this weekend!

Siobhan said...

What a great autumnal picture!! I love your finishes, Lynn! I need to do more smalls--I tend to buy the charts and then keep stitching things that need to be framed. I think smalls make such a nice addition to having stitched things on the wall... kind of like window dressing. Beautiful finishing, too!