Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A progress update

It's been a little while since I've posted a pic for you of my BBD Awake the Dawning Day. This piece got put aside for a bit but now I'm back on track and making an effort to make a serious dent in this one.

 This is a housewarming gift for my friend Pam so I'd like to get it completed fairly soon.

This is the only thing that I've stitched on during the past week. The springlike weather earlier in the week got me on to some spring cleaning especially since I knew we were having a house full of guests this past weekend. We hosted a potluck dinner for one of Bob's choirs and about 25-30 attended. Clarisse loves it when we have people over! She acts as hostess and greets everyone at the door. Mind you, she got a bit lazy at one point and in typical Ragdoll fashion flopped down at the top of the stairs to watch the proceedings from there.

She was a big hit and there were many who would have liked to take her home with them!

My Wednesday afternoon craft group are really getting into preparing for spring and Easter's arrival. These are some of the projects they're currently working on.

Thea's Welcome

Another of Thea's lovely applique

Shirley's Easter Chick

Thea is our master of applique and I swear she churns out 1-2 new pieces each week. 

I allowed myself to place a small order following the Needlework Market to purchase a couple of the new releases. I also included a couple of recently released charts. 

I'm a huge fan of both of these designers and can hardly wait to get started on one of these new additions. Aren't they lovely?

The school winter breaks in our area have come to an end and the kids returned to school just in time for our latest snowstorm. We are supposed to receive 15-20 cm of snow today but it's currently stopped and we only have about 8 cm on the ground. I'm not disappointed though. I've had my fill of winter and can hardly wait to see green grass once more. I'll leave you with a pic of my grandchildren celebrating their school break. They thought perhaps a swim at the local pool would be a great change of pace from toboganning.


  1. Wonderful oics and wonderful stitching.
    After some warm springdays winter returned with grey sky and snow. Hope it will be over soon!
    Greetings from Germany

  2. Sweet pic of your grandchildren! Good idea too.
    Nice new stash you allowed yourself.

  3. Considering all your accomplishments (including the dreaded Spring cleaning) you are certainly due some fresh stash... and a rest from the snow :)

  4. I would love to take Clarisse home with me! :) Great new stash enhancement, I can't wait to see which one you decide to stitch first. Lovely progress to, what a lovely gift.
    Best wishes.

  5. I love your BBD design and what a beautiful cat you have :-)

  6. Great progress on Awake.
    Not much more to go now.
    The applique pieces are so pretty.
    Clarisse is such a pretty girl.
    Great stash also!
    Cute pic of the GK's too.

  7. Your Awake is so pretty! Great progress!! Sweet pics of Clarisse and your grandchildren!!

  8. You've been busy! I love your cat :)
    And new charts are so beautiful, congratulations!


  9. Hey, that BBD is just fabulous! Nice stash enhancement too, way to go.

  10. Pam's housewarming gift is coming along nicely!

  11. Love the stitch progress...and the new stash. And, I don't know who's cuter...the grans or Clarisse :-)

  12. WOW! That's going to be one very lovely housewarming gift ~ think I need to move house so you can make me one too!!!
    Nice new stash, all the charts are lovely, how will you decide which one to start first?
    Nice posing by Clarisse, think she probably knows she's a cutie!

  13. I have Awake the Dawning Day and your WIP of it is beautiful. It makes me want to start.

  14. Lynn, I think I've said this before, but we have nearly the exact same tastes in cross stitching! Those charts were the charts I was going to get from the Nashville Market, plus the BBD's Honey Bee. But I stopped myself as I have loads of other projects on the go. Lovely BBD finish. The purples in this design are so pretty. Love the appliques too! Oh that Clarisse, flopping down in the middle of things! She's a gorgeous gal and very brave, unlike our chicken, Titus!!

  15. Awake the Dawning Day is really coming along and is lookin great.

    It looks like Clarisse had a good time cause she looks so content! lol

    All of the appliques are gorgeous! So bright and cheerful and perfect for spring.

    Glad to hear you didn't get too much snow. We're getting pelted...again.... I had to clear at least a foot of snow off my car yesterday morning and they're saying we're getting more this weekend. YUCK! Just wish spring would get here soon.

  16. Aww...your grandkids are adorable, Lynn... Swimming at this time of year is a great idea :)

    Love your BBD WIP. The colors in this one are so soft and pretty.

    No signs of spring here--we got snow yesterday and today. Mr. Winter is not giving up without a fight this year :(

  17. Beautiful progress Lynn and lovely new stash :)

    Your grandchildren are so sweet!

  18. Just getting caught up on your blog, Lynn, and all of your lovely finishes. That Valentine sampler pattern looks enticing; I love anything hearts. Just looking at your GK in their swimsuits makes me shiver. LOL They are cuties.

  19. I think that I would have taken Clarisse home :)
    Lovely stitching for Pam. I know that she will treasure it.
    The applique workis all wonderful.
    Great new stash too.