Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cross Stitch and Flowers

I am hoping that by now most of you are experiencing a lovely Spring.  We have our usual supply of rain but have had several lovely days.  I took some Spring flower pictures yesterday. There is so much green everywhere you look.  I think of Autumn as my favorite season but Spring is certainly beautiful here in the NW.
I'm still busy working on the antique sampler.  Yesterday I found a history/genealogy group in the region of England that Elizabeth is from.  I emailed them about the sampler and hope to hear from them.  According to a dear British friend, Yorkshire is a lovely region of England.  Her small village is called Ingleby Greenhow.  I have a band to do tonight and then all the family initials.  I think I am finally finished with the alphabets.  I can't wait to get to the motifs at the bottom.
I do have a bit of personal information to share with you.  A week from Friday I am going to have knee replacement surgery.  The time seems right as I am in good condition and sooner or later this would be necessary.  My walking is limited to about 30 minutes a day and with our beautiful summer coming, I want to be able to do much more than that.  I am looking at the recovery time as lots of time to read and stitch-two of my favorite things!!  Of course with lots of PT worked in!!I hope to keep all my blogging and answering blogs up to date.

 I would say it is about half done.

 Some of the letters are done in a way that I have not stitched before,  maybe unique to this 10 year old.

We planted several different kinds of daffodil bulbs to flower at different times.  We have had a daffodil blooming in the yard since January!

 I love the color of this Japanese Maple.

Do you remember my orange whiskers that I planted in the Fall?  They survived the winter and are putting on quite the show.
Thanks for joining me today!


  1. Your reproduction is coming along nicely. The colors just sing!! Hope your surgery goes well and your recovery time is short, but filled with lots of stitching!! Laura

  2. All the best for your knee surgery

  3. Your sampler is looking lovely Barb.
    Best wishes for your knee surgery,it is wonderful what can be done for us these days.
    Spring is slow arriving in the NW of England but we are forecast warm weather very soon.Lovely garden pictures.

  4. ooo well done on the stitching progress and yes Yorkshire is a wonderful part of the UK I know coz I live here good luck with the knee surgery and get lots of stitching prepped to keep you out of mischief :)

  5. Your sampler is looking beautiful .
    Good luck with the surgery. Hope everything goes well .xxx

  6. The Sampler is turning out beautiful.
    I hope they reply to your request.
    It will be interesting as to what they have to say.
    Good luck with your surgery, and hope your recovery time is short.
    As always, love your flower pics. :)

  7. Your sampler is beautiful,Barb ! Hope your knee surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery ! Love your daffodils ! Mine are only about 3 inches out of the ground :)

  8. Now I gotta add daffodils to my garden for next spring! I've been meaning to but just haven't gotten to it.
    Praying all goes well with your knee replacement and you're back to all the activities you want to do this summer!

  9. beautiful flowers! spring is just starting here. our next three days will be in the 70's so it should explode here.

  10. No daffodils here--yet. I do have a couple little violets though. Your sampler is coming along nicely. What letters were new to you? Good luck with the knee surgery. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Sampler is looking very nice..wishing you the best with the knee surgery & a speedy recovery. Many blessings to you.

  12. Good luck for the knee surgery. The sampler is looking lovely.

  13. Oh Barb! We are due 10 centimeters of snow tomorrow. I am so glad for the beautiful pictures you have posted! I fear winter will never end here - such a strange winter for us. Good luck with your knee surgery - you will be able to enjoy the healing time with lots of stitching!

  14. I love the cute blog header and the pretty spring flower pics.
    You are making great progress on the sampler.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery from the knee surgery.
    Happy weekend,

  15. Your sampler is looking lovely. I hope the knee surgery goes to plan and you have a speedy recovery. Beautiful flowers.

  16. Wonderful progress on the sampler! I am wishing you the best on your knee surgery and a quick recovery.

  17. That was a good idea to email the genealogy group, Barb--hope you get some response from them. Lovely progress on your sampler.

    That is very wise to have the surgery now when you are in good health... One of my co-workers just had both of her knees replaced (not at the same time, of course) and is very happy with the results. Will be thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery!

  18. Your antique sampler progress is wonderful, and won't it be fun when you receive a reply from the geneology group that you contacted?

    I will keep you in my prayers that your knee replacement surgery and recovery are successful next Friday. Hope that you have lots of stitching and reading hours as you recover.


  19. I don't know how I missed this post! Your sampler is lovely! Good to get that knee thing out of the way! Hope it goes well!

  20. Beautiful progress on your sampler Barb! I really like the colors. I love the colors in your garden too.
    I will be keeping you in my thoughts as you go through your knee replacement journey.

  21. Just getting around to reading this post tonight. I hope surgery goes well and recovery is very straight forward. Am enjoying your sampler progress.