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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cross Stitch and Flowers

Hi there cloud friends!  I just looked at my header, I had better get busy and change it quickly! Oh well, tomorrow will have to do.  I have some cross stitch and some very pretty flowers to share.  All is well here, our 80's are gone and the very typical cool damp weather has returned, my garden and I are very happy.  I have really enjoyed stitching on the vine next to the big house.  I had to do lots of careful counting but I was ready for that after all the house stitching.  I'm also showing you the bag that I sent away to Faye at the "Carolina Stitcher."  She did a beautiful job changing my simple design into a fun bag!  As I have told you before, finishing is not really my thing so the bag was just a bit too much!

 Here we have Barbara Ana's " Mary Pepper". Notice the pretty gold color on the top.  The entire bag is lined with the same gold fabric.  It matches the stitching so well.  I can't wait to put some bittersweet in it this Fall.  Thank you Faye for the wonderful work!

 I totally changed all the colors on the vine except the green.  The DMC colors were not to my liking as charted, so I switched. Some are DMC and the others are Gentle Arts.  I first chose the GA Gingersnap and then coordinated  the other two orange colors to it.

 It's almost as big as the house!

 These are my DH's alliums.  He planted them last Fall .  They are about 5 inches across.

I will close with this lovely peony!  Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a terrific Memorial Day week-end if you live here in the US.  Please take time to remember why we celebrate this day.

21 comments:

  1. Your Mary Pepper bag is great! What a wonderful WIP you have going.

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  2. Lovely stitchery, Barb and the finish is perfect.
    This has been a wonderful year for peonies and blooms of all kinds!

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  3. I love your color changes. Absolutely perfect next to that house. Love peonies too, favorite flower scent next to Lavender.

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  4. Oh, your bag finish turned out beautifully, Barb--you and Faye make a perfect team :) And your color changes are wonderful--what a cute piece.

    Your 80s have left your area, but have come to visit us. I wouldn't mind it, but our humidity is sky-rocketing along with the temperatures... Your flowers sure seem to be enjoying your spring weather--they look very "happy!"

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Love how the bag turned out! Faye is so very talented. Great progress on the PSS design. Pretty flowers!

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  6. Wonderful stitching and a lovely little bag.

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  7. Such wonderful stitching! That bag is gorgeous! :) But I really love the prim house! I wish I could live in a house just like that. And the flowers - one of my favorites are peonies. I have several in my various gardens and they are so wonderful! Have a lovely weekend. Happy Memorial Day to you!

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  8. Lovely stitching and fabulous bag!

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  9. So much here to feast the eyes on...where to start... first love the pocket... need to think about stitching something that could be finished that way...second... that is one BIG vine... I like your color choices... GA Gingersnap is one of my favs...third...Oh the flowers... I do love peonies and that variety is GORGEOUS! Enjoy the stitching and the gardening... both are wonderful!

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  10. The bag turned out great!!! I love it! Love the new stitching too! I think we have some of those purple flowers - or huge chives. Very pretty!

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  11. Mary Pepper is so cute.
    Great progress on Ghoultide!
    I'm still on the house. lol
    As always, your flowers are beautiful.
    The Poppy is gorgeous.
    Marilyn

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  12. Lovely stitching!! Your bag has turned out very pretty:) It's nice to have someone who can do the finishing in different way else only common option for outsourced finish is getting framed. I always love to see your beautiful flowers. You and your DH make a good gardening team:)

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  13. Love your bag! I've never tried that type of finish. And I think you did a nice job of changing colors - something I struggle with. : ) I always enjoy seeing your gorgeous flowers! I'm so late with everything this spring. The only flowers I have are some pretty purple petunias that I was surprised to see voluntarily return.

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  14. What a super creative finish Faye made for you - easy to see why you are so pleased. Like your color conversion. Peonies always make me think of Memorial Day. We placed flowers for family on Saturday.

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  15. I love the bag finish that Faye made for you. She is such an excellent finisher. This kind of bag is also on my agenda but I have to stitch a suitable design first that can be made into such a bag.
    Nice progress on your currant WIP. I love how that giant vine looks.

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  16. Faye made a wonderful bag that complements Mary Pepper delightfully! And that patch of flowers IS nearly as big as that house, but your colors are perfect! Hubby is growing some beautiful Allium! I have heard that Peonys are difficult to grow, but your are doing just fine. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Lovely stitching Barb.Your peony is glorious!!

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  18. Oh my gosh your Pocket is so beautiful I love Blackbirds.
    Nice stitching project.
    Beautiful flower photos.

    Blessings
    Catherine

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  19. How lovely the finished pocket looks. Beautiful work between you and Faye.
    The house stitching looks great and oh what a beautiful Peony bloom.

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  20. The bag turned out beautifully. I am with you, the finishing is not my favourite thing to do.

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