Thursday, March 28, 2013

March's Daffodil

Well, I've kitted up Cottage Garden Sampling's "March's Daffodil" and have begun to stitch it.  This design has the most complex border yet.  Good fun! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Primrose Tuesday

I finished "February's Primrose" the 2nd in the new series by Cottage Garden Samplings. 

Design - "February's Primrose"
Designer - Cottage Garden Samplings
Fabric - 32 count White Chocolate linen
Fibers - DMC, GAST, & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 March 2013
Completed - 20March 2013

Another fun border - who knew borders could be fun?  I like the crown and key motifs.  Plus an appropriate sentiment for February.  The colors used for the flowers are lovely - my photo does not do them justice. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

February's Primrose - Progress Report

Here's my progress on "February's Primrose".  The flowers are quite lovely.  Now to stitch the sentiment.  "March's Daffodil" arrived in the mail, but I find I need to order the fabric.

One year ago today March's Daffodils were buried under 8" of snow.

It's hard to believe that a year ago I woke up to this landscape.  It is highly unusual to have a snow this late in Winter.  It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cover Page

I finished the cover page last week and am planning to start January's chart soon.  I'm trying to get a long time WIP finished first before starting a new one.  Easier said than done!

Jessi -

February's Primrise - The Border

Sunday was Green in many ways...

Stitching Green Things...

I've begun stitching Cottage Garden Samplings "February's Primrose".  Vinniey did it again - another fun and interesting border.  Vinniey has a Facebook page and was kind enough to feature my January finish there.  She also has a blog which details her newest releases.  For anyone interested in stitching the series, Parsley has started a blog called "My Garden Journal SAL".  I've joined the SAL - thanks Parsley!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Joining and Growing

I am so excited to see new friends here! Continue to spread the word about our stress free SAL!

Don't forget anyone may follow and comment BUT in order to post your progress I need to add you as an author. Email me at ruparanoid2 at yahoo dot com

Also, don't forget to visit new friends and follow their personal blogs! If I don't already follow your blog, PLEASE give me the link so I can keep up with your crafting, etc.  This is going to be fun!


Friday, March 15, 2013

February's Primrose - A Start

Here's the chart, the linen, and the fibers for Cottage Garden Sampling's "February's Primrose".  To my eye, the flowers on the chart look nothing like  primroses, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief for artistic license (and also because they are such pretty flowers too!)  The daffodils in "March's Daffodil" really do look like daffodils.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

January's Snowdrop - A Finish

I could not be more pleased.

Design - "January's Snowdrop"
Designer - Cottage Garden Samplings
Fabric - 32 count French Lace linen
Fibers - GAST, WDW, & DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 6 March 2013
Completed - 12 March 2013

This is the first time I've stitched anything by Cottage Garden Samplings.  I must say my finished piece greatly resembles the photo on the chart - the colors are very true (which is not always the case).  The border bears mention again as it has several different elements and thus never got boring.  I really, really, really like the snowdrops too.  They use WDW 'Icicle'.  A warning:  The color dye lots vary greatly.  My first skein was very blue and I did not like it at all, the next skein I bought had just the slightest blue undertones - success!  

I'm in the process of kitting up "February's Primrose", and I've just received notification that the chart for "March's Daffodil" is on the way.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's a Start...

 I've been working on the cover page for My Garden Journal, with a little help from Max! 

I already made a little mistake so I'm working around it and I decided to make the flowers pink to add some colour to it.  I had actually picked out different fabric, but when I went to start it, I didn't like it.  Oh well, luckily I had this Misty Blue to use instead.
I really need to finish this so I can get started on January!  How's everyone else doing?


Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Morning Progress Report

I continue to enjoy stitching "January's Snowdrop".  Usually I find that the border equals boring (in my book anyway), but this border had several different elements and thus retained my interest.  I have a few snowflakes to stitch and then will start on the Snowdrops. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

January's Snowdrop - Progress

This photo does not do "January's Snowdrop" justice.  The colors are very pretty.  I am enjoying stitching this even though before I'd hardly started I had to frog out most of the flower on the upper left.  Stuff like that just serves to keep me humble!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

February Primrose FINISH

The stitching is complete! I can't tell you how fun this pattern was. I loved every stitch!

I stitched it on Golden dyed Monaco with DMC threads since I didn't have the specialty floss in stash.

I really enjoyed this stitch and can't wait to see what others do with these patterns. I think I will finish these flat, with ribbon for hanging.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I've Joined the SAL

It appears as though 3/4 of the country is blanketed under several inches of snow, and Spring seems very far way.

As a show of support, I thought I'd begin stitching "January's Snowdrop".
I've got it all kitted up and am ready to begin stitching. 

Thanks to Parsley for allowing me to join this SAL.