Ladybugs and Gardens

Hi all! I have to apologize for being a bit absent on the blog the past few days as well as being behind on replying to emails and reading blogs. Eric had surgery this morning. He is doing just fine and has been at home resting today. I appreciate all of the lovely comments you have been leaving, while I’ve been slacking off on the posting. But, today…back to the stitching! First, though, I have to share that I received my Lady Scarlet’s Secret Garden piece that I pre-ordered from the Silver Needle. I just love this piece. Once Jenna and I finish our SAL on Lady Scarlet (the original Lady Scarlet), perhaps we will move right on to this cute piece. Barnabee must be finished first though!
I’ve also managed to get a fair bit done on Baby Garden the past couple of days. I finished up the flower band, charted and stitched the name band, and am almost finished with the grass. I blurred out the name band, obviously, but you get the idea. The name is stitched over one, and thank goodness for that, because it is almost to both edges!! I just love love love this piece, it is so fun to stitch on. The next row has the over one goldfish pond, which should be fun. I am figuring that if I can stitch two bands a week, I should be able to finish it by the end of April. Is anyone other than me snorting at the impossibility of that????
I still need to finish up my RR piece, and it is close to being done. I can’t wait to get Arthemise’s RR, she chose to do Just Nan’s Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments – so it should be a fun one too! Well, that is all the news I have for today. Thanks for being patient with me while I was off doing other things. I will probably stitch some more on Baby Garden tonight and see how far I can get. It’s amazing how much stitching you can get done when you’re home!
Walk to Rivendell: on a wee hold for this week. Back to the walk soon.
I am grateful for Eric’s successful surgery and healing.

Let Loose in the LNS

As you can see, I made a trip to my LNS today. Always a fun trip. I needed a couple of things for my exchange piece, some beads for my RR (I can’t seem to find my gold beads anywhere!), the threads for my sheep blankets, and some Floss-A-Way bags. I came home with a couple of extra things. Carriage House Samplings “Love” and two Little House Needleworks pieces “Colonial Homes” and “Hannah Purington” from the Dear Diary Series. I was seriously tempted to get a lot more.
I also received the new Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers “Their Song” with the fabric and threads. I love this piece. It will be just beautiful with those colors I think.
I stitched on Barnabee, and finished up Part 1. I just love stitching on this and am so glad that so many of us are SAL-ing on it.
And I’ve made a little start on Part 2. The whole thing is looking pretty good, I think. Sorry for the slightly wonky photos, I didn’t take it off the q-snap to snap the photo. My wonderful friend Pam is in town from Reno, so we get to go and have dinner with her tonight and visit. I am really looking forward to it. And instead of stitching on Mystery 9 this weekend, I may stitch on my RR and Exchange pieces. I am almost done with both and am starting to get a little nervous about finishing them. I am also a little nervous about finishing Baby Garden on time, so you may see that one start to get a little more attention in the next few weeks. My Goddaughter’s birthday is at the beginning of May, and I would like to have it finished in time for that. Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

I am grateful for trying on new sizes!

Bunny’s Treat

I thought I’d share an Easter door hanger with you, since it is now time to decorate for another holiday. This is Bunny’s Treat from Homespun Elegance. I finished this piece back in 2001. The carrot charm was supposed to be hanging from his mouth, but I just tied it on the cording with a bow. And speaking of Homespun Elegance…
My last three sheep blanket charts arrived yesterday. It looks like I may only be missing two threads for the April blanket, so I’m hoping my LNS has them. I can’t believe I’m at the last three of these. It doesn’t seem possible I’ve stitched nine of them already!
I stitched on my Water ACEO last night for the Wednesday SAL on the HAED BB. I was so excited to be moving onto the second row. I will work my way down this page of the chart, and then probably move over to the right hand side. I think there are six pages in all, but two of them are partial pages. I completed another 10 x 10 block last night.
I’ve hit a little snag on my biscornu exchange piece. I’m hoping that I can do some unstitching and it will all be fine. I may work on Barnabee tonight as well as tomorrow in order to see if I can finish up part 1. I would like to move on to part 2 that has the bunny, I think! And I’m still reading along in Harry Potter 2, such a great book. I’d forgotten about the dwarves Lockhart had dress up to deliver singing valentines. Hope you’re all having a great week. Frankly, I could’ve used a margarita today.
I am grateful for Thursdays.

Ask and You Shall Receive

Thanks to Nicki‘s tip, I was able to purchase the Beatrix Potter Sampler from Em-Li’s. I also purchased Sarah Moon. Both charts are beautiful. I am so happy to have them! And speaking of stash, I am expecting my last three sheep blankets any day now. I’m hoping that any threads I need for April that I don’t already have will be easily picked up at my LNS, so that I can get a quick start on that one.
I’ve made some more progress on Baby Garden. I am completely finished with band 1, and am zipping along on band 2. Band 2 ends after the baby’s name is stitched over one. I’m working on the flower band right above that. I just love Nan’s bees and butterflies that she includes on her charts…they just really bring the garden to life.
Tonight I plan to stitch on my HAED Water ACEO. It will be fun to get back to it. I will get to start on row two tonight. What a treat! At some point I will have to stitch on this for longer stretches if I want to finish it this year. It’s cool to see it come to life though, and is such a change from the Just Nans.
Walk to Rivendell: Wood more dense, and lane went lower, running in a fold of hills, with hazel on the slopes alongside. Pippin quickly becomes sleepy. (Total miles walked: 44)
I am grateful for change.

Belated Shamrocks

Whew! It was a busy weekend. So, here is a belated St. Patrick’s Day photo for you.

This is Fancy Shamrocks by the Sweetheart Tree. I stitched this back in 2001, and finished it into a door hanger.
Here’s the back.
And, now I suppose it’s time to get the Easter stuff out, huh? Well, I spent some time this weekend working on the honeymoon album for Eric. I basically have it done, I just have some proofreading to do before I finalize it. But, I should be able to get it finished in the next couple of days. I was running constantly this weekend, and didn’t get any stitching in really. I decided though, in my limited time to stitch that I would work on Baby Garden.
I made some progress, and I just love this piece. I am gonna have to spend some more time with it, if I want to have it done for my Goddaughter’s birthday in May. I didn’t work on Barnabee on Friday night, because by the time I sat down finally, it was almost time for bed. So, Barnabee will be back this week! Yesterday, I went by my local quilt shop to pick up my block of the month. I actually completely forgot to pick up my block last month, so I picked it up too (luckily, they still had some!). I am now three months behind on piecing these, so I will have to take an afternoon soon to work on them. Can you believe we’re up to month 9 already? It seems like it’s been a while since I did any sewing or quilting. I am also reading along in Book 2 of Harry Potter. I’m not moving quite as fast on it as I did on Book 1, but I am enjoying it immensely. Re-reading them again is so enjoyable, because I get to be reintroduced to all those delightful details that I had forgotten. I am also still stitching along on my biscornu exchange piece. I should have the stitching finished up this week easily, and then can assemble it for the April 9th mail-out. My Just Nan RR piece is due to be mailed out the same day.
Lizzy mentioned my Bay Sampler in her comment on my last post. It is sitting patiently waiting for me to have time to stitch on it. I think the last time I worked on it was in August. What a pity, I just love this piece. And stitching with the silks is always wonderful! But, here’s a little reminder of it…
And, strangely last night I dreamed about stitching the Papillon Mystery Sampler that was featured in the first few issues of The Gift of Stitching. That’s it on the right hand side.
I’ve had the thread and the fabric for this since the second installment, I just haven’t managed to get around to it. I may see if I can work it in somehow as a travel project. Mainly, my travel project is something I work on Tuesday evenings between work and class since I don’t go home in between. I should be able to stitch a little motif each week. But, first to finish the biscornu! Hope you’re all having a great start to the week. Eric and I are changing some of our eating habits beginning today, so I will let you know how it goes!
I am grateful for the realization that things don’t have to be hard.