Friday, February 25, 2011

Tanglewood Progress

I have made some more progress on Tanglewood. I have almost finished the little dog.  I love the colours of the dog and how he is tangled in a ribbon!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Started Tanglewood!

Since the rest of my colours have still not arrived, I decided to start Tanglewood with the colours I did receive.  I was too impatient to wait! It's a small start but it's a start nonetheless! I decided to stitch 2 over 2 using the recommended lien, 32 count light sand Belfast.  The fabric is really soft to stitch with and the threads are lovely. I don't have Q snaps to work with so I am using my hands a little hoop which I think will be okay to do although Q snaps would be handy to have.  Here is my progress!

I'll try and take a photo in the sunlight for the next update (and iron the wrinkles!)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Snowdrops, Jasmine Tea, Radiohead

Hello all!

I have not been very well at all this week so no stitching was done, except for a wee little bit on my Hobbit Town.  So I thought I would write about some things that make me happy, especially today now that my fever has subsided and I'm feeling more like myself.  One of the best things in the world for me to see is the heads of snowdrops and crocuses pushing through out of a semi-frozen ground.  They are the first signs of spring, a reminder to us that our mornings will no longer be in darkness, the smell of the earth renewed and the flowers in bloom.

Another wonderful thing about today is the release of the new Radiohead album.  I have been a VERY big fan of theirs for a long time since their first album came out when I was in high school.  This new album does not disappoint.  In fact it is just what all of their fans needed: something soft yet still pushes forward.  

Thom Yorke dancing in Lotus Flower

My selection of teas

And about tea.  I received an amazing selection of teas from my mother for Christmas and I am still working through many of them, savoring each flavour. My favourite is the hand-rolled Jasmine flowers.  The tea is very delicate and subtle in flavour.  

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A wee bit of Hobbit town stitched when I was slightly feverish.

PS: the blogger format within posting does not match up what actually gets posted so I am still trying to figure out (fiddle around with) these details so please be understanding and patient with me!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! Unfortunately I got sick yesterday and got called in for work today! It wasn't too bad though because the school had Valentine's activities set up for the whole school and I just had to cover the morning and the cupcake station!!!  Plus a number of the kids gave me candies and chocolate hearts,  not such a bad day after all.  When I got home, my darling husband gave me three roses: pink, red and white. I love him very much and cherish him each day.  He loved the heart I made him and wants to sleep with it under his pillow! Haha, he's so cute!  I did start to make another Valentine's small but didn't get it finished in time due to feeling not so good.  The design is from Sampler Girl.  All her designs are adorable and fun to stitch.  I'll try to whip it up tomorrow because we have plans for a dinner tonight.  I hope everyone is having a good lovey dovey day!


DMC threads chosen by me, natural 32ct linen, Design from The Sampler Girl

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Celtic Scissor Fob Finished!

So it is done.  My first fob ever.  Loads of learning experiences this year (and last year).  I unfortunately made the twisted cord FAR to thick.  It was very difficult to stitch it into my tiny Celtic fob.  For the next time, I will use less thread and fill the corners of the fob with stuffing.
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Beautiful thick cord!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Heart Completed

A completed heart for my hubby.  I have to say that the heart is a very finicky shape to sew.  Next heart I sew, I am going to sew by hand.  I found that sewing the heart up was the worse part of the finish.  It's a bit of a wonky finish, but it's finished nonetheless! I take my hat off to all those ladies who finish things perfectly.  Good thing my cell phone doesn't take very good close ups so you could see all the flaws! Regardless of the flaws, my hubby will love it and cherish it (I hope!) Oh, and the little wooden bead I used was a leftover bead from my old Ukrainian dance necklace that I found lying around! I knew one day it would be put to use!!

Finished heart!
Backing fabric
Blurry close up of his initials