Monday, March 25, 2013

Quaker Biscornu

A glass of wine 

A kite 

A riverside view 

I finished my Quaker biscornu.

Stacy Nash Primitives design 1802 Biscornu PinkeepStitched on 32 Natural Linen
DMC threads

Carolyn from Just one more Stitch RAk'd me this lovely design.  Now I would like to pass it on to someone who would like to stitch it.  Leave a comment stating you would like to be entered in a draw to receive this lovely pattern on this post.  I will do the drawing in a week.

I have had a splendid week of cycling, kite flying and stitching.  One more week and it's back to the grind.

A Prairie School finish.  Stitched on 32 Limestone Belfast with DMC threads.  I have an idea of a nice finish for this which I hope to get done this week. Stay tuned!

My little basket of smalls is growing.  I hope to replace the St. Patrick's finishes with some Spring finishes. 

That's all from me for now.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!



Monday, March 18, 2013

IHSW, TUSAL and Hail!!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post.  I had a wonderful time eating blini and drinking tea with my Nana.  Great way to spend a Sunday.  Today is the first day of Lent and I am going to prepare a big batch of borscht this evening.  It will be yummy!!

I have to make this post in a hurry...hubby is antsy to get down to the beach to fly his kite in this glorious sunshine and wind.  The other night, we attempted yet another bike ride and we got caught in a torrential hail storm!! Just our luck!
This weekend was not so successful in the stitching department, but that's okay.  I did manage to throw in some stitches onto Hannah and Knotgarden.  I plan to stitch up a storm this week along with more finishing. 
I finished the basket but forgot to take a photo of it.  It's such a pleasure to stitch Hannah and all her little motifs.
Knotgarden so far.  I'm hoping to fill in the knot this week.

I've also worked a lot on the little BBD I was gifted from Carolyn.  I'm enjoying the satin stitching part and looking forward to trying out the buttonhole stitches for the flowers.  
Pretty isn't it?!

My Tusal threads hanging out with my little Irish figurines my Nana brought back from Ireland when I was a girl.  

Some gorgeous daffodils I bought at the Winter Farmer's Market.  They are all abloom!

I've also been blessed with more generous gifts from fellow bloggers.  I received quite the selection of buttons from Mouse, two issues of SANQ magazines from Nicola, and some lovely charts from Maggee.  I can't wait to start some of those charts and I've used one of the buttons already.  The magazines are so wonderful to read! Thank you all for your kindness.  I cherish everyone of my gifts!

Oooh, hubby just said "You better not be blogging! I hope you're ready to go!"

Okay, so I am blogging...I lied and said I wasn't...heheeeee.  I will add the links to the blogs later.

PS....half way done through commenting!!

Much love and hugs to you ALL!!!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

I finished this little "Slan" which means welcome, or peace...really not all that sure about the meaning of it as I've come across different sources.  I used HDF silk ribbon to edge the little pillow.  I think it turned out great.
Two finishes for the month of March! Now onto Spring finishes!!

Today is not only St. Patrick's Day, but it is also Blini Day for those who are Orthodox.  Blini is a Russian pancake, or crepe, which we eat with all sorts of different toppings.  We eat the blini before Lent begins, which begins tomorrow.  I will be missing having my coffee with cream and tea with milk the most.  That's always the hardest for me.  Not eating meat and dairy isn't such a big deal, but my COFFEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! As always, I adjust and then before you know it, it's Pascha!!
After church, and after we eat the blini, I want to take my Irish Nana to David's Tea to get a free tea if we wear green, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  It's a duo celebration day for both cultures!

Tomorrow is the IHSW update and I realized I forgot to do a TUSAL post! Oops! Lots to share with you...and lots of blogs to read.  I did see that Google Reader will be closing on July 1st which makes me mad.  I really enjoy Google Reader and found it so helpful for making sure I didn't miss any posts.  I found Blog Lovin' and will use that once Google Reader goes dark.

Cheerio and enjoy your day of stitching!!

P.S. Welcome to my new followers! I just realized I am close to 300 followers! WOW! So that means I need to think of a really good 300 follower stay tuned!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Got Luck?

Reports are finished! Thank you to all of you who wished me luck and good thoughts while I wrote them.  I finished them with plenty of time before they were due.  I have a lot to share with you but I will save that for later on this week.  I just wanted to share a finish! FINALLY!!!!

I managed to whip up a finish today.  I stitched this fun little freebie from Plum Street Samplers about two or more weeks ago.  I had plans to do a lot more finishing today but this one took awhile.  I'm rather pleased with the results.  I got inspiration from Carol for the two button layering.  Her finishes are superb!! I stitched this on 32 count Raw Natural linen using a mix of HDF, GAST and WDW threads.  It was a lot of fun putting this together and I'm so happy to finally have a March small to put in my basket...also inspired by Carol.  

This weekend, my hubby and I got to go for a bike ride and look what has come out to greet us....Crocuses!! So excited to see these happy flowers blooming in my favourite colours!!

With Spring Break around the corner, I am looking forward to catching up with all of you, finishing, stitching, cycling, baking and relaxing.  That's my plan!! I'm sorry I haven't been commenting as much.  I am reading people's blogs when I have time and also have been drooling over MANY Nashville releases.  Unfortunately, I have enough stash to last me awhile so I have to hold back.  Plus, I have been blessed with more RAK's from some lovely ladies, which I will share with you all later on this week. 

Take care and happy stitching!

Titus says Hi!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Report Cards and a New Bike

March is here all rainy and like a lion...hopefully out like a lamb? Please?!

It's also report card time and I've only managed to write half of them.  Each comment is taking me forever.  I want to make sure I'm writing positive comments interlaced with helpful tips for parents to support their children.  Thought I would take a break and write up a quick non-stitchy post!

This quote is at the forefront of my mind as I write these reports.
"Let the student’s strengths and not the disability define who they are as a
person” (Shaywitz, 2003)

So important to remember this because often, we focus too much on what the students can't do instead of what they can do.

I really wish cats could write reports....

Just this morning, my husband went out and bought us two new bikes!! They are really good bikes and the price was right!  Check out my new ride!!

It's so light and the tires are very slick.  We had to test drive them, but got caught in a torrential downpour.  Not the best idea!

Just before the storm.  Very murky river.

That's it.  No more procrastinating....I'll be back after March 8th...when the reports are due.

Hugs to all