Monday, March 30, 2009

Daffodils and finishes

It does my heart good to finally see real signs of spring. The earth awakens after a long winter's sleep. While most of the flowers in my gardens are just an inch or two high these mini-daffodils are blooming already! We needed the rain but the rains yesterday were more like monsoons. If you look closely you can see the puddle the daffys are in. I know we needed the rain but geez, not all at once.

The rain did mean I had no excuse not to get some work done. Work, work not houswork. It is deadline time at work and that means working at home on the weekend. I do try to find a little time to relax. And nothing is more theraputic for me than working outside in the gardens and stitching. I can't wait until May, June when I can do both! Stitch outside!
It has been a really good stitching week. I finished "Coming to America" by Little House Needleworks. Stitched on 28 ct mocha Lakeside linen using the called for floss. I love how it turned out. I changed the dates on the bottom to reflect the dates that I know my ancestors were here in America and the second date is the date my great-grandmother came to New York. (Note: on family line probably came earlier than 1750 but I haven't found that information yet.) Sorry that the photo is a little crooked.


My second finish of the week is also my 5th finish for March! WoooHooooo. This one was a really quick stitch and as soon as I find the right frame it will go next to the one I finished earlier, "Stitching Mends the Soul". They will look great together since I stitched this on the same fabric as the other. This is "My Needle and My Floss" by Waxing Moon. Stitched on 14 ct blue marbled aida by DMC. Using DMC and Weeks dye works floss.




With two more finishes for the week it's time for a few more starts and wips updates.


The photo to the left is one I started a month or so ago and decided to get some more work done on it. I love this saying. And when the border is done it will be pretty on the gold flecked fabric.

The design is by the Sunflower Seed.


I have two more projects started but I can't show them yet. Both are gifts.

Next up is the newest of my WIP. I started this one yesterday afternoon while takinga break from work to watch L'il Abner on TMC. (Love those old musicals. And I was in this one when I was doing community theater years ago!) Can you guess what pattern this is???

Well, it's back to work. Until next time......................

Love and stitches

Kathy

18 comments:

Alice said...

Great finishes Kathy. I am battling on with Little House Neighbourhood. I cannot wait to finish it and start with Rénato Parolin.
Alice

Vonna said...

Daffys are popping up around here too...make me smile :o)
And your finishes...Kathy...they are gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE the LHN finish and My Needle and Thread finish is just so cute!
Your Sunflower Seed WIP is great...can't wait to see that one all finished. You've been busy stitching your little fingers to the bone :)

Patti said...

Boy oh boy Kathy your needles sure are smoking and I love your finishes and your WIPs too.

Natasha said...

yes seeing daffadils and spring flowers always bring a smile to my face. Your finished look wonderful.
Take Care
Natasha

Mel said...

I'm so jealous you have spring. Where I am... we got another 4 inches of snow yesterday.
Your WIPs are looking great!
Mel

Charlene said...

Wow - all those March finishes and such fine, pretty work, too! You're getting ready to spend some spring-time in the out doors; arent' you? Hope you show the two Stitching Mends and My Needle and floss when you have them finished!

Emily said...

Coming to America came out great, like how you changed out to dates to reflect your family history, that was very clever.

Katrien said...

wow, you're on a roll :-) Your finishes are lovely.

Meari said...

Congrats on your finishes, Kathy. I agree with ya... sitting outside and stitching... ahhhhhh!

Vicky L said...

Coming to America came out so wonderful. What a nice way to remember your ancestors coming here to live. My Needle and My Floss is lovely. You stitch wonderful patterns. I also love what you stitch. Your wips are looking great and maybe you will have 6 new finishes next month.

Gabi said...

Congrats with these 2 beautiful finishes. Lovely flowers. Spring is great isn't it. We're having here now Autumn.

Mylene said...

Beautiful finishes, Kathy. Congrats!!

Shelley - ILCS said...

Could your new WIP be Happy Birthday Earth by Lizzie Kate??

Rene la Frog said...

Love your finishes....great job as usual.

Wish I could sit outside and stitch but it will soon be too hot here to do that.

Nancy said...

Your coming to America would be perfect in all the 300 year old houses I just saw in Charleston!! You are certainly on a roll. Since we got back Saturday night and it rained all day Sunday and I worked all day today....I haven't been able to walk around the house and see what's blooming!! I don't have a clue what your new start is....I'm not very good at that guessing game.

Carolyn NC said...

Love your finishes, especially how you personalized Coming to America! Great starts and WIP's, too. So nice to see the daffodils; we've been monsooning here, too. And we're supposed to get another several days of it again...sigh. Did I mention that I really hate rain (even though I know we need it, but four solid days at a time, two weekends in a row? And it's starting again. Give me sun!!! Ah well, I'm sure we'll be begging for the rain this summer when we hit the normal drought time. :)

Milly~ said...

Coming to America turned out great!

Debbie Jo said...

Great finishes and beautiful spring flowers. Looking forward to more finishes.