Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Leopard Appears and TUSAL

Hello my lovelies!!

Welcome to my new followers! I am now at 301! That is amazing and that means I'm going to be figuring out a great 300 follower giveaway for all of you as a way to say thank you.  I have been very busy now that school is back in session and this weekend is very busy as well.  I hope to work on some giveaway ideas for next weekend.  

Although I have been busy, I have managed to put in some stitches into Hannah.  It's so important for me to forget my stress at the needle after a long day of work.  Even if it's ten stitches, I automatically feel better.  So all of my stitches have been dedicated to Hannah.  I couldn't wait to stitch the outline of the leopard so I abandoned the border and moved along into the middle of the sampler.  



I simply adore this flower with all the buds and leaves and bright colours.  Hannah is definitely moving along nicely!  When I told my husband I'm going to focus on just Hannah, he asked "What about Tea Bath Fairy?"  I told him to not worry, she will get stitched when I'm finished with Hannah.  I think it's funny that he is worried about her! 


I did stitch a wee bit on my LHN's Blackbird and I think I will finish it as a little box.  I want challenge myself to try some new ways of finishing this year.  I have quite a number of finishes to finish up.  I wanted to add more Spring finishes to my basket but that has not happened.  I need to get my behind in gear and start sewing!!




My mailbox has given me a couple of surprises last week.  Pumpkin, from Pumpkin Patch and Co, sent me this adorable little guy to stitch.  I won a secret giveaway on her blog.  He reminds me of a Hummel figurine and will be perfect to stitch for my hubby. Thank you Pumpkin!!


Nia sent me the cutest little lavender bunny for Easter.  It's perfect timing for me since I don't celebrate Easter (Pascha) until the beginning of May.  Thank you Nia sweetie!!





Here's all my "strings" from last month.  Lots of silks in there.  I think I'll try and reuse some of my orts and stuff a pillow with them as I have seen some of you do.  It's a good way to recycle!


I'll leave you with some pretty spring pictures I took.  It has been up and down here with lots of rain lately.  I've been wearing my big Hunter rain boots a lot.  I can't complain though because we really have been blessed with a beautiful spring.




A cool photo of a knotty tree.


That's all for now. 


Take care and hugs for you all!


Anne


39 comments:

Vickie said...

That IS a cool photo of the knotty tree!!!
I keep asking myself how you can have all these pretty flowers and flowering trees up in Canada and we still have zero here in Wisconsin?! I don't know.
I automatically assumed that was a Hummel pattern from Cathey. You have very nice gifts!
Your Hannah is so pretty.

Catherine said...

Great stitches! And what beautiful pictures of the spring ~ that treeis awesome!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Hannah is really looking beautiful! Great Spring photos. We got snow flurries today!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The blooms and blossom are just gorgeous, they are so welcome after such a long winter.

Kaisievic said...

Such beautiful Spring photos - just gorgeous and your leopard is very handsome. I am at 304 followers now so I am planning a giveaway too, I hope to get it organised today - so watch out for my post about it.

hugs, Kaye

Kaisievic said...

P.S. Yes, that new design does look like a Hummel figurine.

Lynn said...

Beautiful stitching Anne! That is one neat tree with all those knots. Do you know what type of tree it is?
Thanks again for sharing your beautiful spring pics. They cheer me up!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Hannah is looking great! Stitching has become my way to cope with stress as well!

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Hannah is looking very pretty, love her colours :)

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Hannah is simply gorgeous! Love the items that the postman brought you! You have wonderful spring flowers while we here down south in Illinois had a blustery day with snow flurries. The stores are getting their annuals in, but they remain covered up to prevent them from succumbing to the cold!

cucki said...

Swee stitching and sweet new design to stitch...
Sweet gift from nia
Hugs x

Mouse said...

well done on the stitching front as you say it de stresses tremendously :)
love the spring photos .... and that wee boy is a Hummel they were based on them :)
can't wait to see your new finishes ... if you need help squeak :) love mouse xxxxx

Annette-California said...

I'd be so lost if i didn't stitch. Hannah is very pretty. I love the colors of the flower motif too. our weather has been beautiful here in the bay area - California. now its cooler tonight thank goodness.
love Annette

Annette-California said...

Anne! What is the name of your tea bath fairy wip? or who is the company? Now I have to see what this chart is. I love fairy's. All your spring blooms are beautiful. Sweet gifts you received. love Annette

Emma Lenton said...

Congratulations on the 301 followers!

Your stitchings are lovely!

Maggie said...

I feel as though I've had a wasted evening if i don't stitch, so i know what you mean.
Lovely stitches and the spring photos are lovely! They remind me that we may at some point this year have some sun, lol We have temps in double figures (at least 11, lol) but showers are spoiling our days!

Have a good week x

Chris said...

Great sampler progress Anne! Congratulations on 300 followers!
Thanks for sharing the beautiful spring pics too.

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching update & lovely presents, that new chart is very pretty! Great picture of the tree, it looks amazing! Have a lovely weekend, x

Julie said...

The colours on Hannah just stand out on that fabric.And i'm with Hubby on the fairy front. ;)

Shirlee said...

Beautiful photos! Hannah is looking lovely, & what a sweet gift from Nia! And hooray ... someone else knows the word Pascha!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gorgeous stitching on Hannah. I'd be going for the leopard too after all the top border.
Nice gifts too.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Gorgeous progress on Hannah! It looks fantastic. I know what you mean - when the stress piles up it feels great to accomplish little stitchy things. Those flower pictures look amazing too! It's already summer over here :S

Meari said...

Nice gifts from fellow bloggers. :)

Making good progress on your stitching.

Barb said...

I love your header! So pretty, Hannah is looking wonderful!Our spring is also just beautiful. We had some rain last week and it has turned the woods an amazing green!

Lesleyanne said...

Great picture of the knotty tree. Lovely stitching. Gorgeous gifts received. Beautiful flowers.

Giovanna said...

I so understand your need to de-stress through stitching! the sampler is beautiful, that flower and bird motif is particularly gorgeous. Lovely shots too.

Annie said...

Lots of good stitchy progress and lovely photos to boot.

Love the funky leopard!

Valma said...

sweet, sweet such sweet stitches =)
it's really beautiful
and the kit you received from pumpkin is adorable
I also received a bunny from Nia, they are so sweet =)
I love your Spring pictures, I want Spring too =)
have a great week
gros bisous =)
xxxxx

Melissa said...

Great progress on Hannah, and I love the pictures of your flowers :) Yay for Spring!

geeky Heather said...

You are making great progress!

My hubby gets concerned about my WIPs sometimes, too...though it may always be Peacock Tapestry. =)

Lovely flowers...and I adore knotty trees, too!!!

Sally said...

Beautiful stitching Anne :)

Lois said...

Hannah is looking lovely! What a nice one to be working on. Great Spring pics too!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Lovely stitching and patterns Anne and nice to see some spring flowers!! I live in Saskatchewan and it was -15 this morning and more snow is in the forecast. No sign of spring here yet.

♥ Nia said...

So happy to know you enjoyed my little gift =)
sweet hugs to you!!!! :D

Solstitches said...

What a lovely post Anne. The spring flowers are so pretty.
I love the dear little bunny from Nia and your stitching is beautiful.
Margaret x

Carol said...

Hannah is coming along beautifully, Anne, and your LHN piece looks so sweet--I find their designs so comforting to stitch. Lovely gifts from Pumpkin and Nia... I received one of Nia's little bunnies last year, too--so sweet :)

Love your spring photos--we've finally been getting some blooms here, too--yay!!

Kathy Ellen said...

"Hannah" looks beautiful, and I love the leopard! I know exactly the way you must feel, when, after a long and stressful day, you just take a few stitches, and the tension just seems to melt away.

Great progress on your LHN 'Blackbird' What a joy to receive such nice little treasures from your stitchy friends.

Blessings to you, dear Anne!

Karoline said...

Hannah is looking gorgeous & the BBD is lovely, Nice progress

Ewa said...

Your posts always make me smile, pretty lady :) Keep on stitching - I love it, and congrats on the adorable secret win.