Monday, April 5, 2010

long time no blog



Greetings everyone, I hope you all had a happy Easter holiday! My kids conducted their usual annual experiment on the effects of eating chocolate all day (the results are pretty much the same every year) and we 0had an additional experiment on the effects of a 7.2 earthquake on a swimming pool (it makes really big waves). Needless to say this will be an Easter we remember for a while!

Things have been tremendously busy at work lately (with no end in sight) but I have managed a little stitching and finishing in my absence from blogland. Here is my son's bunny which I was able to finish in time for Easter. The fabric used to finish this piece was a lucky find in the bargain bin at Michael's--I think it looks like speckled eggs!

This LHN piece was DD's Easter offering. I always thought this was a cute chart and it stitched up very quickly, done with the recommended DMC threads on natural linen. I simplified the border a bit as I was running out of time to complete it.


Some more of my recent purchases arrived in the mail and I could not resist getting a start on BBD's Snow Garden, done with the recommended GAST and WDW threads. I am liking this one too even though it seems that the colors in photos of the BBD model are quite a bit different from the colors of my stitched pieces. Valentine Rose is next on my to-do list though I am not stitching all the small houses on one piece of linen.


And I had one more small BBD finish-- since it is never too early for Halloween, I dug into my stash for the 'Tis Halloween booklet and finally stitched up one of the small stockings. I hope to have many more completed for display in a few months!
I had hoped to have pictures of my veggie garden to show off in closing--I grow tomatoes, pumpkins, corn, peppers and whatever else happens to catch my eye every year, but this year things have been so busy it hasn't exactly gotten off the ground yet--so I leave you with some pictures my DD took of a few things that are blooming around here. The kiddies are on spring break and we are taking the train to the misson at San Juan Capistrano in a few hours, so I should have some good pics to share next time.
Until then, have a great week and thank you all for the nice comments!









15 comments:

Shelley said...

Adorable finishes. Love the flower pics. Have fun at the mission.

Emily said...

The bunny pillow came out great, and the fabric does look like eggs, great find. Love the pics of the flowers, mine do not look that good, three year old pull off all the petals. LOL

staci said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing! Glad that you made it through the earthquake ok!

Margaret said...

Glad you survived the earthquake ok. It sounded scary! Love all the stitchy pics! Great flowers too!

Rene la Frog said...

Great stitching and the flowers are so pretty.

Vonna said...

I love your bunny pillow and that frame for the Rose piece is gorgeous it is perfect for that!
All your flowers are pretty...nothing like that to show around here yet. I hope soon things slow down so you can get your vegetable gardening started :)

jaz@octoberfarm said...

that bunny pillow is soooooo cute. did you ever receive your giveaway package?

Diane said...

Such pretty finishes, and I love your BBD start. It seems like a lot of times the designs stitched in overdyed threads are different colors than their photos. It may have to do with dye lots, but sometimes I think that folks over-"correct" the colors for better contrast, making them totally different than IRL.

I slept through the EQ yesterday - yes, I was asleep at 3:40 PM, Saturday at Disneyland wiped me out - but my daughter felt it and freaked. The kids wanted to leave DL early on Sat and go back again Sunday. I'm glad I stuck to my guns and finished out the day and didn't do the turn around. I would have been scared to death if I was on, say, Space Mountain or California Screamin' and the ground started shaking!

JOLENE said...

Scary.....earthquake!!!! I don't think I would like that too much, but glad to hear things are ok. What pretty flowers and I love the bunny pillow!!

Katrien said...

nice finishes. Pretty flowers!

Catherine said...

Great finishes and start! Love the speckled fabric!

htimcj said...

I LOVE the bunny pillow! What a great idea for Easter.
Heidi-ILCS

Linda said...

Wonderful finishes and start too. The bunny pillow is darling and I love the finishing fabric...just perfect.

Hope you have a fun trip...hugs, Linda

Meari said...

Cute finishes, Marjorie. Sounds like a good Easter, despite the earthquake.

Pumpkin said...

What lovely finishes Marjorie! I agree, that fabric does look like speckled eggs :o)

An earthquake on Easter? Yikes! That's one thing that's kept me from visiting California. (shudder) Glad that everyone is okay though.