Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, Monday

I have bunches to share with you all today. Lots of photos. (They say it better than I do. And with fewer words.) Lots of stitching going on. A couple of finishes to show. A couple of wips. And a lovely giveaway prize that I won. And of course Rory.
First photo above shows some of the daffodils that are blooming around my yard. I have tons and they bloom at different times. These are the early ones. Aren't they pretty? The sight of their yellow faces dancing in the wind brings a smile.
Next up. A while back I won a giveaway on Jennifer's blog, Feathers in the Nest. I completely forgot it until she emailed me about a slight delay. And what a delightful surprise to open my mailbox and find this in the package. A chart from The Sampler Girl, a large piece of the prettiest plaid wool (just perfect for the needlebook!), a sweet little card and the cutest, most adorable pair of scissors called chocolate. Aren't they just darling? I must make a fob for these so I don't loose them down the side of my stitching chair. (Does that happen to you too? Or am I the only one with a scissor hungry chair?)
I also had two finishes this week. Finish one is Needle and Thread by Little House Needleworks. I just love this one. (Thank you to my dear, dear friend, Deborah who rak'd me with the pattern and the mattress that goes with it.) I just need to wait for Deborah to finish hers and we will do the actual finishing together. I also need to stitch up the fob that goes with it. But the "coverlet" for the mattress is done.
The second finish was done a little while ago. I wanted to use it for an exchange until I noticed that my count was off much too late to frog and restitch. Oh well, this is another I will keep. So then I thought I would stitch the companion piece and use that for a Birthday gift for another dear friend. Well, that didn't happen either. You see this was the piece that I had lost the silk for.
(And thank you so very, very much to the sweet stitchers who offered to send me the missing Gloriana silk. You know who you are. And you really touched my heart with your kindness.) I ordered a replacement. Had to order two different greens since the photos all looked right I couldn't remember which green I had been using. I have it now and should finish it up this week. (And NO the silk will not be leaving the house!)
I have another three small pieces that are close to being finished. Maybe over the Easter weekend. I also want to finish them and the piece above into pin pillows. Again maybe this weekend. And one of these small pieces will be for an exchange. I figure whichever one doesn't have a noticeable mistake. But one wip I can show you is my Little House Needlework's He Is Risen. It still has a ways to go but this will be my focus piece this week. I am still hoping to have it done for Easter. Yes, Yes, I know. But I can dream, can't I?
And last but not least. Rory in all his Easter bunny glory. Now I am sure that if you were to meet him up close and personal you would never believe that he can be so well behaved and sit so still. He is so full of joy and life and exuberance. Something I just adore. You can never be depressed or down for long with hime around. And I have these photos to prove that he can be still! Rory doing his dead bunny routine.
Okay, not all the time.
I did have to chase him for a while to get the bunny ears back. A little worse for wear. Sigh.
Do you think he was trying to tell me something?


Thank you one and all who read my blog and enjoy my photos. And a bigger thank you to those who comment. Each and every one are precious to me. From the bottom of my heart:
Thank you.
Until next time.......................
Love and stitches
Kathy
and licks from Rory

50 comments:

Missy Ann said...

I love mail days like that. :)

p.s. I sent you an email over the weekend, I think maybe your email may still be acting up. Please send me your mailing info when you get a minute.

Vonna said...

Look at all the pretties on your blog! From finishes to flowers to that darling Rory looking at us like...why does this woman constantly dress me up?! :) LOL!
Just kidding...how could you not? He's a doll!

Joanie said...

Beautiful stitching and I love the pictures of Rory! He is an adorable Easter bunny imposter.

Cindy in MA said...

Rory is adorable as always. Brandi tolerates being dressed up once in awhile but not for long.She'd rather have us chase her for the item she was wearing.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Congratulations on your win.
Your stitching is beautiful as always.
Rory is tooooo cute.

Deb said...

I think that Blogger is having a bad dan and I can't see half of your pictures. ;o( I'll try again later, but I do see Rory all dressed up for Easter! I love it!!

Natasha said...

I love your stitching I really do but I come here for Rory LOL He is so dog gone cute I love his expression in the second photo.

Yes, dogs do bring great joy.
Take care

Janaina said...

Beautiful stitching! And such neat pictures! Love them all!=)
Big bunny hug on Rory! Gotta love him!

Margaret said...

How lovely! I love daffodils, and I love your finishes!! You are reminding me that I really want to stitch up that LHN design! Yours is wonderful! Rory is so cute! I love his bunny ears! He seems like lots of fun!

Emily said...

All your stitching is great and don't see anything wrong with the one you say is off. Only you know. Rory of course is cute in his rabbit ears, though he looks like he would rather eat them.

Mylene said...

Lovely daffodils picture and all your stitching look beautiful.
Rory's pictures are so cute.

Rita said...

Beautiful daffodils and stitching, Kathy! Rory is as cute as ever in his bunny ears.

Tricia said...

What a wonderful win! And I absolutely love your Needle & Thread finish. Can't wait to see it on the mattress. :-)

Mel said...

Wow, awesome stitching.

And love the ears on Rory. So cute!

Vicki in CO said...

Great stitching and what a GREAT Easter bunny Rory makes! I would never be able to get Murphy to cooperate like that..he'd grab the ears off and eat them. Your blog always makes me laugh. :)

htimcj said...

I love all of your stitching and I just ADORE Rory! I love all animals dogs especially and you are right. You just can't be down for long with such a loveable animal around!
Heidi-ILCS

April Mechelle said...

Great Pictures !!! and did explain to Rory he is a bird dog and not a Rabbit dog !! LOL

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely stitching and lovely Rory! But he is a dog not an Easter bunny. He is definately Irish, so he survived all those green decorations but... bunny???

Anonymous said...

Love your stitching, don't see any error in your picture.

Rory looks so cute with his bunny ears.

Marl

Donna said...

You and Rory always bring a big smile to my face. Glad you finally have some daffys. Ours are all gone. Roses are starting to bloom and of course, the Texas Bluebonnets!

Vicky L said...

Your finishes came out great. I love how Needles and Thread came out. It is so beautiful. I love the daffodils. Rory with the bunny ears are fabulous.

omashee aka Barb said...

Kathy, Rory is gorgeous,as usual! The 'dead bunny' trick doesn't fool me.
Your stitching is beautiful and I can't find any mistakes. They're called personalizations now. Who is the "scattering moments" by? Also love "Live Simply". May have to put those on my 'to do' list.
Happy Easter!

Irene said...

Very pretty stitching, can't find any errors. I love the 2nd pic of Rory, looks like he is trying to say enough is enough I want to chew these ears off :) I so enjoy reading about him.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Well done on the giveaway - it's a fab prize. I have a competitionon my blog http://aimetu-clare.blogspot.com/ it's open to everyone.

Your stitching is lovely, I am really falling in love with Little House Needleworks.

As for Rory - what a start - I'm sure Ruby would just eat the ears if we tried that with her.

Nic said...

Very pretty finishes! And as for Rory - hasn't he got big enough ears of his own? LOL

DJ said...

LOL Rory is too cute for words! I loved his dead bunny imitation! LOL Congrats on your winning the give-away. Can't wait to see what you'll do with the pattern and the plaid! Your stitching is always amazing! *Hugs*

blueladie said...

Loved seeing Rory... so cute made me laugh! Stitching is LOVELY. :)
Cathryn
LHN/CCN group

Alice said...

Your daffodils are just beautiful, ONCE AGAIN, while mine looks totally miserable!! Poor things, they are so short and small this year you can see they suffered with me this winter. Lovely finishes and stitches. Rory gave me a good chuckle with those bunny ears in his mouth. Have a lovely Easter dear Kathy.
Alice

PennyB said...

Kathy - I love reading your blog. I think Rory's personality must take after you -- always upbeat and happy. He is SO cute! Your stitching is great too. I love the way you present them in the pictures with added flowers and such.
PennyB

Carolyn NC said...

PS - great gift, too!

Anonymous said...

Your finishes are beautiful!!!!! Your WIP is looking great. Rory is a cutie. He acts just like a little kid when you dress him up in silly costumes. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading about your stitching & about little Rory.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

staci said...

Look at all that good stuff! Congrats on your goodies from Jennifer. And all your stitching looks wonderful too! But my absolute favorite photo is the last one of Rory with the bunny ear in his mouth, LOL!!! I think he'd rather "hunt wabbits" than be one, LOL!

Katrien said...

your stitching all looks great. Lovely pic of Rory :-)

VinGirl said...

Aww, your bunny dog is so cute, Kathy! He certainly has gotten the posing down! Gorgeous stitching too, your pieces are so inspirational. :)

*hugs*
Michelle

stitchkat said...

Congratulations on all your finishes! Don't worry so much about an error only YOU can see - we stitchers are WAY too hard on ourselves about this. I envy you your daffodils - just lovely.
Finally, I've decided that Rory is a true "camera hound"!

Katherine

Catherine said...

What great goodies you've shown us pictures of! Your dog is too cute in the bunny ears!

Meari said...

Always love the pics of Rory. He's too cute. :)

Nice stitching, and what a nice giveaway.

princesssara said...

Beautiful stitching and Rory is too cute :)

silentsgirl said...

What beautiful stitching, and of course Rory is adorable with those bunny ears. When I had a dog (my late, beautiful Gilda) we had reindeer antlers for her - they didn't stay on long.

Berit said...

So many pretty pretties--I love them all! The silk was definitely worth that pretty finish! :D

Trecie said...

I love reading your blog. got to admit i sure enjoy the pictures or Rory and what he get up to they are so cute. Happy Easter from the Gang in Ky.

Suzanne said...

Great gift you received. This is a lovely chart.

I love all your stitching and both my girls love the photos of Rory.

Parsley said...

Had to drop by again and see your lovely dogs! Happy Easter.

Lynn said...

Beautiful stitching. That Rory is so cute. I have a picture of Marty Jay in his bunny ears. I do enjoy your blog so much.

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finishes, Kathy! Almost as adorable as your pup. ;) I love your new goodies, too. Have a blessed Easter! I hope the Easter bunny is good to your furry babies.

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Rory is just too darling for words, he should be doing the 'Cadbury' Easter Bunny chocolate egg commercial!!

Your Daffs are beautiful, and love the Sampler Girls chart you received.

Carin said...

Beautiful stitching and I love the photo's of Rory.

Nancy M said...

Great stitching update! I just got back from vacation to see my daffodils blooming too. I need to get outside today and enjoy them! Rory is just so adorable and I would think no matter what he does wrong, it would certainly be hard to stay mad at that face for very long!

Mare said...

Loved the Rory shots & I can't help picturing you taking these photos, lol. Your flowers are lovely and wonderful stitching as usual. congrats on your prizes & Happy Easter!

The Paper Princess said...

Kathy,

Your blog is SUCH a delight - I LOVE the photos of Rory (and your flowers and everything else as well!) What kind of kitty is Rosie? I have 2 Maine Coons, she looks like she could be friends with my boys!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com