Thursday, 30 June 2016

June Smalls

My smalls post is short and sweet this month. I've recently stitched three smalls but I can only show you one of them because the other two are for gifts and I don't want to spoil the fun. 

A lot of my time stitching is spent in our outdoor solarium or gazebo. In it I'm surrounded by the flowers in our yard and as I stitch I've been watching the bees stopping by at our planters. This little stitch by Prairie Schooler was inspired by my buzzing friends!

There is no name for this piece. It's from one of the PS mini cards. I simply call it Queen Bee. This is the first time I've stitched on black linen. It's a 32 ct and I found it time consuming. I've only stitched on black Aida in the past and that was bad enough! I have an idea for a finish on this and will share a pic when it's complete.

Continuing on the bee theme I've started another small by Blackbird Designs called Her Majesty - Pincushion. It's found in the Honeybee Hill leaflet. I might just stitch Honeybee Hill as well since I have a shaker box that it would look lovely on top of. 

See you next month!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

June WIPocalypse

So I'm late posting now two months in a row. Life has been so busy lately but one of the main reasons I held back on this post is because I knew I was so close to finishing Dreaming of Tulips. I put the final stitches in today and I'll be sad that I'm not spending anymore time with this lovely design. I can't wait until I can have it framed.

 Rosewood Manor Dreaming of Tulips

Love the Algerian eyelets on those letters!
I think what I love the most about Karen Kluba's designs are all the different motifs within the piece. Each one could be stitched separately as a small. I still have her Summer Quaker all kitted up and ready to stitch. I'll get to it sooner or later!

The other stitching I completed I can't show yet because it's for a gift and I don't want to spoil the surprise.
 June is the month of not only weddings but graduations. My niece Dana graduated this past week with her undergrad in Social Work. I was unable to attend the graduation but she sent me these pics.

With her family..... lt to rt - Her brother Andrew, Mom(my sister Lana), Dad (Marty) and Dana

 We are all so proud of you and I wish you well in all your future endeavours!

Canada Day is fast approaching and this year Bob and I decided we'd take one evening and go see the RCMP Musical Ride. For those of you not familiar with the ride, just click on the link above to learn some background info. The ride was visiting a local attraction a week ago Sunday but it was just way too hot and the field was in full sun with no shade to be seen. So instead we headed down to the RCMP stables in Ottawa where every June they hold a sunset performance free for the citizens of Ottawa as a thank you for their support. 
Although the day had been warm, it was a lovely evening to bring a chair or blanket and sit back to watch Canada's pride.

Summer has finally arrived. Bring it on!