Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Little Tulip

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I've been cheating on Hare Pyns again. I took a few days and stitched up another Christmas ornament for myself. This now makes four that I need to do the finishing on. I stitched this one a couple of years ago for the guild's ornament exchange. I've been meaning to stitch it for myself since then, but hadn't gotten around to it. It seemed like a great way to avoid stitching on Hare Pyns time to stitch up something quick. Anywho, this is Angel of Tulips by The Goode Huswife. I stitched it with the called for NPIs on the recommended 40ct Daily Grind by R&R.

But lest you think I'm not working on what I'm supposed to be working on...

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Allow me to show you how Hare Pyns is coming along. I finally finished doing all that background fill in on the front panel. It was a beating, but I love the way it looks - makes the piece look "finished" to me. I'm now working on the back panel doing the Florentine stitching. After I get all the full rows done, I'll go back and fill in the gap between the first full row and the front panel. It does look pretty, doesn't it? Not sure if I'll get this piece done in time for the workshop, there's a lot more stitching to go on this piece. But, if I can stop getting distracted and working on other pieces keep moving along, I think I may be able to get it done.

And Monday was my birthday, so some of my dear friends took me out to lunch over the weekend. They completely spoiled me with gifts they had stitched!!!

I cannot for the life of me remember who the designer is on this one, but isn't it beautiful? She said it was actually charted with a little dog on there, but she stitched a pretty black cat for me instead. Now I have an Othello needlebook! And don't you love that crazy bird?!

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This one is a Chessie & Me piece, called "Chessie's Fern", I believe. Isn't that the sweetest? This one looks like Romeo. And look at the pretty miniature gold scissors. I love how they look against the black!

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And finally, this is one of the BBD Reward of Merit designs called "Wild Lilies". She changed the colors on it, and I think it turned out so lovely. It's filled with crushed walnut shells, and look at the pretty trim she used.

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Ladies, I can't tell you how much appreciate the gorgeous gifts you stitched for me. I will treasure them!!

It was a lovely birthday. I couldn't have asked for better. And now...back to playing on the internet Hare Pyns.

22 comments:

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow Michelle, all of your stitched gifts are gorgeous. Lucky girl!
Love the ornament and the dreaded Hare Pyns. Sorry it's such a PITA to stitch.

Gabi said...

Happy belated Birthday Michelle :)
Your Goode Huswife finish is SO very beautiful. Love it.
Hare Pyns is looking fabulous too. It's a pity that it drives you nuts.
Gorgeous gifts too. Your friends truly spoiled you. :)

Sylvia said...

What sweet Birthday gifties - they really stitched you some wonderful things.

I love your ornie - its definitely on my list to stitch as well. HP - what can I say, so pretty to look at, so painful to stitch...lol. Keep on keeping on, Michelle.

Jackie said...

Happy Belated Birthday! All of your stitched gifts are gorgeous and beautifully finished. I totally believe you'll finish Hare Pyns in time for your workshop!

Margaret said...

Wow, lucky you with all your lovely stitched gifts! So pretty! I love the ornie you stitched for yourself too -- I remember admiring it when you made it for the gift exchange. Your Hare Pyns is stunningly gorgeous! Wow! It will be so worth all the effort you're putting into it! Hope you manage to finish it before the class!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, you lucky gal! I'm so glad you were spoiled with such beautiful gifts for your birthday. :)

LOVE the progress on Hare Pyns. I can't believe the amount of stitching you've put into it. The colors are wonderful in it. Love love love the GH, too!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous gifts!!! They are so pretty :-). And I love Hare Pyns, hopefully when you finish it you will be happy you persevered!!!!

Vonna said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Your sweet friends showered you with lovely, gorgeous gifts! And although Hare Pyns is not your favorite...it sure is beautiful and your stitching perfect!
and the Tulips finish is wonderful too ;)

woolwoman said...

Happy Belated Michelle - my mom's birthday was Aug 22nd so I think lots of great people were born in Aug. WOW the gifts you got from stitchy friends were awesome - they are all so lovely but I really loved seeing Wild Lilies finished - I really want to stitch that one. All your WIP's look great ! hang in there on Hare Pyns it's looking marvelous! Mel

mainely stitching said...

STUNNING!

Berit said...

Love it! Esp. the ornament you stitched yourself and the Romeo tributes. Happy Belated Birthday!

valerie said...

Wonderful gifties from friends!

Cute ornie and Hare Pyns looks wonderful even if it is being a diva.

Hope you had a terrific birthday!

Kathy A. said...

Belated but heartfelt birthday wishes Michelle. Love your little stitch and your gifts are beautiful.

Amish Stories said...

Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.And watch-out folks for Irene if you live in the east coast. Richard from Amish Stories.

KarenV said...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to you Michelle! You got some beautiful gifts. Love your Tulips ornament, that design is one of my favourites and Hare Pyns is looking wonderful, despite being a bit of a trial!

The Scarlett House said...

Beautiful gifts, Michelle. I know what a pain HP has been, but wow is it pretty. I love your GH ornament, too. I need to look for that one, I'm sure it's here somewhere....

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Michelle. You received some beautiful gifts.

Lovely ornament and Hare Pyns is coming along beautifully.

Andrea said...

Happy Belated Birthday. You received some gorgeous gifts. Hare Pyns is looking wonderful.

Karoline said...

Your gifts are gorgeous, Happy birthday.

Your ornament is lovely and great progress on Hare Pyns

Laura said...

Every item you have pictured in this entry is AMAZING!!!! Total beauty!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Love the ornaments that you received for your birthday, happy belated birthday. Your procrastination on Hare Pyns sounds just like me, I know what I should be stitching on but starting new projects is so much more fun.

Giovanna said...

What is it about deadline stitching that makes one want to procrastinate? I get that too, sigh... But it really is beautiful, and I'm sure you'll get it done on time. Love your GH ornie, and all the gifts are just fabulous. Many happy returns!