Monday, March 2, 2015

Bitter Flower Sampler Finished!

Well, it's my second finish and my third post of the year.  I'm on a roll. NOT! Oh well, life gets us busy and things go to the wayside when you spend most of it sick, writing reports and going to appointments all the time.  Thankfully, I'm on the mend with Spring break to look forward to.  I have a number of little projects in mind for Spring break so we will see if I get them done.  I want to attempt making a cloth diaper, make those cute crocheted booties and a wet bag.  Should be manageable right? We will see! 

Onto my bitter flower finish.  It's a BOAF design that I had kitted up for awhile.  It was a pleasure to stitch in hand.  I used 32 ct. Ray of Light Belfast with the recommended WDW threads.

The linen is a bit topsy turvy for some reason. Hopefully it'll straighten out when I frame it.  

I've made some progress on my other big WIP's so here are the photos.



Sarah Chapple
I'm itching to do a little small but not sure which spring one to do. I'll have to look through my freebie charts and other spring charts to see what speaks to me.  

Speaking of spring, we have had an early start to spring.  Many of the blossoms and flowers are out although we are now going through a bit of a cold snap.  Hopefully the flowers will be okay!

I've also done a wee bit of knitting just to practice my knitting skills.  I'm attempting to make my hubby a scarf for next winter. So far so good!

Knitting in the BClabs waiting room
Hum, nothing much more to report other than I'm having loads of fun with my acid indigestion and pregnant insomnia.  Thankfully I smile when I feel Bean roll, kick and push parts of me.  It's such an amazing feeling to have in my belly!

Of course I can't forget my first fur baby...Titus!

Helping me with reports

Hiding under a blanket

Giving me "I want kibble" eyes
Hugs to you all and thank you for visiting!!



Linda said...

Congrats on the adorable finish Anne. Nice progress on your other projects. Cute pics of Titus.


Annette-California said...

Your look beautiful Anne! Congrats on your beautiful finish! Love the flower & bee. oooh your JCS is gorgeous & Knotgarden & Sarah are looking great! Darling pics of Titus! Lovely flowers. I am just about ready for some spring stitching too!
love Annette

Brigitte said...

OH, what a lovely finish you have here. A wonderful design with a beautiful flower and great saying, I think. It shouldn't be a problem to straighten the fabric when you frame it. You can also straighten it when you put a damp cloth on it and then press it until the cloth is dry, that's waht I usually do. But that works only with colourfast therads. BUt you wuill find a way.

Very nice progress on your WIPs, too.

And good to hear that little bean is growing and moving and having fun in your belly, lol. And yes, acid reflux and insomnia are sometimes the fun that we are having while being pregnant. These times are far away for me but I can still remember this, lol.

butterfly said...

What a Lovely post , love your header and all your beautiful stitching. Your flowers are beautiful.
How exciting to have a little one moving around in your tummy a beautiful feeling .
Acid reflux is not nice , hope it gets better soon and hoping you are now flu free, Hugs & xxx

Justine said...

Wow beautiful flowers and a gorgeous yummy mummy to be! Your stitching is lovely. I especially like the bitterest flower, such a true saying, and the gorgeous colours in Sarah Chapple.
I had acid reflux both times I was pregnant - not pleasant! Hope it gets better soon xx

Justine said...

Wow beautiful flowers and a gorgeous yummy mummy to be! Your stitching is lovely. I especially like the bitterest flower, such a true saying, and the gorgeous colours in Sarah Chapple.
I had acid reflux both times I was pregnant - not pleasant! Hope it gets better soon xx

cucki said...

Congrats on the adorable finish dear...
Nice progress on your other projects. Cute pics of Titus.
Big hugs x

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! Hope you feel better soon. Hugs to Titus! :D

Pull the other thread said...

Fantastic finish!! Great progress on your other projects. Great to see you looking so well :) The knitting looks great, can't wait to see more. Take care.

Annie said...

Gorgeous finish and looks like a really fun stitch. And you have made a lot of progress on all those beautiful WIPS.

Love those Spring flowers... no early Spring here... expecting yet another winter storm today. Yuk!

Sounds like the flu has kind of abated so now it's digestion issues. Always something, huh? Hope that eases off soon too.

Vickie said...

Oh what a pretty finish Anne. Such gorgeous spring flowers blooming by you. It is snowing here right now. ;)
Look at you! Oh I could just squeeze you! You truly are glowing in this pregnancy look. I love the knitting/tummy pic.
Titus has that look DOWN. ha!

Margaret said...

Love the finish! Such pretty colors. Hooray for knitting! :D Hope that acid reflux goes away. Give Titus some kitty cuddles from me. Feel better!

Mii Stitch said...

Ooh yes, feeling that little one inside your tummy is the best feeling ever!! I totally agree :)
Congrats on your finish, it is a great design.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Nice progress on all your WIPs. Your finish is wonderful--I love that piece! Your flower photos are all so gorgeous. We've had nothing but snow and cold here.

Rhona said...

What beautiful stitching! Pregnancy obviously suits're looking fab! Can't wait to see how those adorable crochet booties turn out:) Enjoy the Spring break.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Bittersweet Flower is so pretty! I've always loved this sweet piece and you stitched it beautifully! Your WIPS look gorgeous too and the scarf for hubby will be awesome!

woolwoman said...

Awww Anne I'm so proud of you for learning to knit. Your DH scarf looks very nice. Love the BOAF finish. Loved all the WIP photos, you are making progress on all. YGG
Glad you are going to get a break soon. Hope you continue to do well , hugs Mel

Barb said...

What a beautiful finish and the WIPS look great! In fact, you also look great and I'm happy to hear that Bean is doing well!

Julie said...

Fabulous finish, and you look blooming!

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

Great finish, the saying is definitely referring to the acid reflux!
I'm glad you have your crafting projects lined up for your break but you do know babies poo on diapers?!! Don't make it too beautiful LOL.

Melissa said...

Hello, Titus! Handsome Boy!

Congrats on the Bitter Flower finish! It's gorgeous. I stitched this years ago and I still love it. I think I love everything BOAF.

You are making great progress with your other pieces too! Girl, you are keeping really busy. I don't know how you do it, but then you are practicing to be a mom, eh!

Isn't this the most amazing weather? Take care. I hope you get a nice Spring Break coming up soon!

Barbi said...

I love stitching Bitter Flower when I did it. Great job!

valerie said...

Congrats on your Bitter Flower finish! Love your WIP photos too. I think you still manage to get lots done. Glad you are doing well (despite tummy and sleep issues). Pretty spring flowers near you. Those striped tulips are amazing!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely stitching and great flower photos Anne. Titus is such a handsome fellow, I love seeing him.

P.J. said...

Love the bittersweet flower!! Nice work too on your other stitching and knitting. Cute green belly. ;) Titus is so friggin' cute! Hope you have a lovely spring break. The Bean will be here soon... Joy, joy.

Carol said...

What a special time this is in your life, dear Anne... The final couple of months where it's just you and your husband (well, and sweet Titus). Your life will change forever, but in a glorious way and I know you will embrace these changes fully... I smiled when I read your words about feeling the baby move inside you--it really is an incomparable feeling and one that a mother never forgets.

Your knitting and stitching are all so beautiful and a big congratulations to you on that lovely BOAF finish :)

I'm so glad you have a break coming up with work--you'll have plenty to keep you busy, I'm sure. Hope the flu and colds leave you alone now that your weather is improving. We are such a long way from spring in this area :(

Take care now and know I'm thinking of you!!

rosey175 said...

What a lovely finish!! I admit I did have a good chuckle at your first picture though "The bee sucks"... and not knowing the rest of the phrase tickled my funny bone haha. The Sarah Chapple colors are just wonderful too.

You are having more of a spring than we are down here in the middle of the US! We're drowning in snow at the moment. My poor daffodils are getting tired of it, I think. You will have a fabulous break, with your adorable green belly haha. :D

Анна Гончарова said...

Очень красиво!

Melanie said...

Congrats on the finish! I've always loved this pattern. Yours came out great. :)

Stitching Noni said...

Well done on a lovely finish! Great progress on your other WIP's as well.
Sometimes it's nice to go away from the big designs and do a small or two. Good luck with finding your perfect Spring design :o)
I love your spring blossom photos and the photo of you blooming is lovely too :o) You look amazing!
Take care, hugs xx

Maggee said...

That's a really nice picture of you and Baby Bean! I always loved being pregnant and feeling that life inside of me--glad you are enjoying it too! Your BOAF project is terrific! Great finish! And you are making great progress on your WIPs! Wonder what you will stitch for Spring?? Hugs!

Carolien said...

Hello Ann,

Thank you for visiting my blog, that was a nice surprise!
I love to discover your blog and already saw some beauties ...
Making a Chatelaine pattern is still high on my wishlist; so nice to see you working on it!

Dutch greetings, Carolien

Frances said...

Your stitching is lovely!! Such beautiful colors!
I've just found your blog--I'm enjoying scrolling through and reading!
Congrats on your upcoming arrival! I remember so fondly the kicks, rolls, etc. So very sweet!
I'm a cat person and your Titus is a gorgeous kitty! He will love the baby. I remember rocking my son with my big kitty sitting in my lap, too! A big chair of happiness!

Lois said...

Lovely finish Anne! I've had this one in my stash but haven't managed to start it yet - one day I will! Glad all going well with the Bean! Feeling the baby move is such a wonderful feeling and one that stays with you for ever.

Lillie said...

Congrats on the lovely finish and your WIP are looking good and a big congratulations to the soon to be new addition to the family.

Beautiful Titus, love furry an long hair kiity, mine is short hair Apple face Siamese cat.

Rowyn said...

A beautiful finish Anne, and your WIPS are stunning. The colours in Sarah Chapple really seem to pop off the fabric.

It's a fabulous feeling having your baby kick inside you. And you have so many other wonderful experiences to come. Enjoy them all!

The Maiden said...

I love the "bitter bee" (haha) saying! I am glad you are on the mend and cannot wait to see your spring break progress! PS- I wake up to kibble eyes every morning, :p