Friday, 13 March 2015

A Quick Update

It's been absolutely lovely here recently. We've had a couple of milder days with lots of sun and our snow is melting, bit by bit. I know spring is on its way but I always dislike this time of year. The snowbanks are a dirty gray from all the road spray and there are potholes and puddles everywhere. Besides the potholes on the roads, the roads themselves start to heave and dip due to the freeze-thaw cycle. It's impossible to drive certain routes at this time unless you want to do some serious damage to your vehicle. 
On the up side, the days are longer and now the time change has occurred so are the evenings.

Today is a dull, cloudy day but despite that we've had a few visitors to our feeder.
 First came the purple finch and exactly why do they call it purple when it's obviously red?

He was followed by a common redpoll. We don't see as many of these. They are sub-arctic birds and only venture south occasionally. He looks a bit chilly, doesn't he?

We've heard robins singing but haven't actually seen one yet.

I've had some quality stitching and finishing time this week and have a few finishes to show you.

This is Threadwork Primitives Wintertime. As I finished stitching the border I realized a small error. I counted wrong on my deer to the right which resulted in the placement of the upper snowflake being too high by one row. Consequently the border touches it. At this point though I was not about to frog the whole deer and snowflake. It's my own unique version! Interesting though because this type of mistake would have driven me crazy in the past. Am I mellowing? Who knows, lol?

Then I finished up this sweet little pillow for a very dear friend. As soon as I laid eyes on this pattern I knew exactly who it was going to. The last pic is of the fabric I used for the backing. This design is by Annie Beez Folkart.

 I also finished up a cute St. Patrick's Day finish for this months Smalls SAL commitment but you will have to wait until the 25th of the month to see this one.

I've been working on Briar Rabbit over the past two days and I'm making progress. Just a couple of leaves, a couple of letters and the bunny himself and then this will be done.

The lighting here today is just the pits and I can't get a decent photo of my stitching. The fabric I'm stitching on is actually much darker than it appears.

A new start I have on the go is Threadwork Primitives My Work. 

 This one will also be going to a friend as a housewarming gift.

I've picked out a couple more small starts for Easter stitching including He Is Risen by Country Rustic Primitives.  
I also have a couple of ideas for some larger designs but they will have to wait until I get home from the hospital, during my recuperation. Perhaps one of the new market releases?

I probably won't be posting again until the end of the month after I'm home. I'll see how well I'm progressing with my physio, etc.
See you soon!



  1. What sweet stitching and finishing too. :)
    I hope all goes well with your surgery.

  2. What nice visitors you had! Hope your surgery has no complications and all goes well.

  3. I enjoy seeing all of your finishing..lovely work.

    I wish you well with your surgery.

  4. Great bird pics.
    I've also wondered why they call it a purple finch. They are pretty though.
    Nice projects too.
    Good luck with your surgery,and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  5. Great progress on your small projects. You really wouldn't know that snowflake was incorrectly placed, it looks lovely.

  6. Fun stitchy pieces, and loved the little birds. It's starting to warm a bit here too, and like your area the potholes are now just awful, so driving is like an obstacle course now at time. Hope all gets well with your surgery and recuperation is smooth for you.

  7. Can I just say how nice it is to see you posting in the Freebie Gallery blog. You are inspiring me to post a few of my freebie finishes there too.

  8. I hope all goes well with the surgery and you are soon home and recovering well.
    Lots of lovely stitching, a beautiful gift for your friend.

  9. What beautiful stitching! I love the pillow you made for your friend. Your Wintertime finish is gorgeous and no one but you (and us!) would ever know the personalisation.

  10. Sweet stitching & beautiful finishes :)

  11. Love all that pretty stitching, Lynn. Great bird photos, too. Happy First Day of Spring, and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  12. Spring has arrived here as well and DH and I were working in the garden a lot. No more snow and the first flowers are blooming. So nice! And every morning the blackbird greets me with its song.

    You have stitched and finished some beauties indeed. The frinedship pillow is so sweet and Wintertime is too. If you hadn't mentioned the little mistake in it I wouldn't have seen it. Mending a mistake is good when it's necessary. But here it was not :) Briar Rabbit is coming along great. I stitched mine a couple of years ago but haven't made it into anything yet.

    I hope you are recovering well after your surgery.

  13. You have been so productive Lynn but then its been a cold, icky winter who wants to go outside???!!!???

  14. Any chance you can remember what DMC you used for letters in La D Da rabbit?