Winter Flowers

Winter Flowers

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Year Update!

Hi There cloud friends!  I hope 2018 is going well for you.  Things are just so so here.  The DH and I have come down with a nasty virus, lots of coughing, nose blowing, and feeling very tired in general.  Nothing serious thank goodness but enough to keep us pretty much house bound! At least I can work on my stitching and reading !! I did want to share with you some photos of our yard.  While much of the country is freezing, we are mild and rainy here.  Our weather was marvelous over the Martin Luther Week-end with temps in the 60's and sunshine.  Too bad we felt too ill to really enjoy it! I am once again working on the LHN  "Early Americans."  I had a temporary stop when I realized I did not have all my floss.  That's what happens when you buy the fabric and floss months before you stitch the project.  I was missing several colors and did not have enough of several others.  How did I ever make such a stupid error!!! I know from years of stitching that when you are using over-dyed floss, you need to buy enough for the entire project!! We all know about dye lot problems.  Well, 123 Stitch came to my rescue but I did have to spend quite a bit of money to get the floss all matching. I just put the ones that I did not have enough of into my stash and used the new matching floss for my project. A big lesson learned.

 This is much prettier in normal light.  This photo makes it look very faded.  I finished Betsy last night and have started on block two,  John Hancock.

 The daffodils are coming.

 These hellebores  have been blooming since Christmas!

 These will be blooming in February.  They are a pretty shade of pink.

  If you live in the Pacific NW you will learn to love moss and lichens.

These were both growing on the fence in my garden.

Thanks so much for joining me today.   I hope you all stay warm and healthy!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!!

Hi there cloud friends.  I can't let the holidays pass without a post and a chance to wish you all a great 2018!  I hope all of you in the Eastern part of this country are staying warm.  We have had a fairly quiet but very nice Christmas and New Years.  We spent Christmas with our DD, and last night was a cozy evening at home.  I even got in 2 hours of stitching on my new project.  Which brings me to the photos.

 I have chosen LHN's "Early Americans" for my new project.  I will be doing it on a large piece of linen with all the 9 squares together.  The middle square should be fun to design.  I have 2 Patriots in my direct line. Yes, I am a member of the DAR, not very active as I just hate to go to meetings! However, at Vonna's suggestion, I will be honoring them in the middle square.  I want this project finished by Memorial Day as that is when I put up my patriotic designs.  I  am excited and happy to be doing this design.

 I stitched this Santa during December.  He was lots of fun.  I had seen him on Marly's blog and when Prairie Schooler reproduced the design, I bought it right away. His colors are much prettier.  He looks a bit faded in the photo.  By next December, he will be made into a pretty pillow.( I hope!)  He is a fairly big guy even on 32 count. Too big for a pin keep.

 I have to share the beautiful felted ornaments that my DD made for us.  This is so special.  Can you see all the tiny beads that she put on the top?

 Next year these will have very special places on the tree.

Laurie is a member of Blodel Reserve a beautiful place on Bainbridge Island.  We took a walk there on the day before Christmas Eve.  One reason I love the NW is you can see things blooming even in cold December.

The other morning I was walking upstairs and noticed  the reflection on one of the windows.  I think it is the perfect way to end the post.  I hope good health,love and happiness are with you all this year.  And let's hope for more peace in our world. Thanks for joining me today.