Friday, April 13, 2012

John's House

Last night I finished the very large house on John Foster. You can see some rather odd spaces where John didn't stitch. I went ahead and stitched the same as John. I didn't like his choice of the chimney and door colors so I changed them. They were olive green that I didn't like at all with the green roof. I saw the chimneys as a sort of slate gray. So I stitched the chimneys and the front door with GA "Garden Gate". I'm pretty happy with the color change. Now on to the steps and the bottom motifs.
Today is just beautiful up here. The sky is so blue. Plus it's the SBA birthday. We went for a nice walk and we'll go out to a restaurant of his choice! I'll take the camera as he has picked a place on the water. Tomorrow we are having his brother,sister-in-law, our daughter , and son-in-law for a small party! I want this to be a very happy day for him!!

The white linen looks so much better than the color in the photo. sorry for the wrinkles. I usually don't iron till I'm finished. Have a wonderful week-end!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Liebster Award

By now many of you have seen this award. In case you haven't, the word Liebster means favorite in German. This has started as a way for bloggers to help each other spread the word about cross stitch blogs that have less than 200 followers. In the beginning , my most constant follower was my dear daughter, Laurie. Now that I have grown a bit, it is so nice to have contact with people to share my passion for cross stitching.

I was given this award by three wonderful bloggers. First, Beth of "Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles" , second, Chris of "Tot Hill Farm Stitches" and last but not least, Natasha of "A Stitcher's Ramblings. I have loved reading the blogs of these great ladies! Thank you so much! Now it's my turn to pass this award on to 5 worthy blogs.

1. The Blue Star Stitcher. I love her great smalls and the clever way she displays them.

2. Mary at "Stitches and More" Mary does lovely work. We share an appreciation for Sheepish Designs. She has stitched an amazing Santa!

3. Amy at "Sew Amy" While it is not cross stitch, Amy got my immediate attention with her amazing Halloween quilt!

4. Laura at "Stitching My Life Away" There are so many great designs . I was especially drawn to the French Country Bunny.

5. Michele at" Just another Stitching Blog" The last time I looked Michele had exactly 200 followers but her blog was one of the first ones I followed. Michele is a fellow Seattle area stitcher. When I e-mailed her for advice on where to find supplies, she responded very quickly. Thanks , Michele

As part of accepting the Liebster award, it is asked that you pass the award along to 5 bloggers that you have enjoyed. You are asked to do the following:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
2.Post the award to your blog.
3.Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

Thank You so much to all of you that take time to read my blog. It's become a community of friends that I value very much!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Finish!

I finished Sheepish Designs, "From Every Mountainside" last night. I got it ironed today so I could take a photo. I still need to think about framing it. I do like the way it turned out. I changed many colors. I think it was worth the time it took. With this one , I changed as I went rather than making all the changes at the beginning. This is one I will use this summer. Now that I have it done, it reminds me of summer for some reason. I also changed the date from the time I did the design to 1776 to honor the Revolution. I'm back to John Foster and should have some pictures in a day or so to show progress.
The weather here has been perfect. We have spent lots of time in the yard and garden. We still have lots to do! Hope you are all having a great week!

The colors are much brighter than shown in the photo. Plus, I stitched on antique white, not sure why it looks gray!
Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Great Easter

We had a great day! We started with an inspirational service at Church. Then to a very tasty brunch with our DD, SIL, and SIL's father. I usually cook for the holidays but since we just got home from our trip, I had so much else to do that we decided to go out. The day was beautiful and the little cafe was on the water.(Sorry, forgot the camera!) We could see both the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges very clearly! After a tasty brunch we came home and worked in the yard. I plan to stitch tonight, maybe finish "From Every Mountainside." I stopped working on it during our trip because I really had no fill stitching to do. So I started "John Foster". I'm very anxious to get back to John. Now doesn't that sound like a near perfect day? I hope your day was as great as ours!

Here's where the day started.

This is a gift from our very talented daughter! I just love it. I keep spring things out beyond Easter, so this little guy will be out for quite awhile.
Thanks so much for taking a look! Have a great week!