Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spring Blooms, New Starts a Few finishes and Gifts

I am always trying to get some good photos and they usually escape me, but I think I managed to capture a few good spring blooms that I will have through out the post.

 A few weeks back I received a wonderful gift from Nicola -Stitcher Extraordinaire
It was Ann Medd a sampler that I have wanted to stitch for years, but always talked myself out of so now I have no excuse and I am very glad of it.  I'm gathering together supplies so it will soon be a new start!
Thank you Nicola

While I'm sure that I do not get done as much as many of you, I did manage a few finishes this last month.
At the Nashville Needlework Market in March La D Da had this wonderful needle/floss keep as a kit.
Even though I was in La D Da's booth 3 or 4 times I did not even see it, I don't know what I was doing, any way Jean saved the day by seeing and buying it.
Now you ask why do I have three????
Well you see Jean stitched hers and then asked if I would do the finishing she would stitch me one, so of course.... The third one I stitched for Candi just because.
Just a note the stitching goes faster then the finishing, but one without the other is just not the same.

Love in the Mist

 We have a sweet new addition to the house, Cissy.  I think I might have a problem with collecting cute kitties what do you think?

Baby and Cissy learning to play together.


Cat and Mouse Pinkeeps and Slipper
beside some fabrics that looked good for finishing, now just to decide

Love in a Mist among Ice flower 

Mansion House at Fox Hollow 
I saw this antique for sale on ebay and I wanted it so bad, but I was paying some bills off so I just quit watching the bidding as it hurt to much. 
Then a month or so later the pattern was charted so I think that I got the best end of that deal, now to find the right frame.

Mothers day gift
A bookmark by Nickys Creations
 along with coconut toffee from Divine Art Toffee
I had to hurry and deliver this gift get it out of my house so I would not eat it, it is so good I was tempted to deprive my mother, what kind of daughter am I.
I added the link so you can order it up and try it for yourself.

Last but not least two new Scarlet Letter starts
Jane Parish

Manifesto on 40 count silk gauze

So I think I will be able to keep myself busy this summer.
How about you what is in your workbasket?


Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Your new little kitty is precious and I love your Spring blooms. BUT.....now I want to stitch that La D Da roll thingie:) Smiles, Nan

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

oh that little kitten is thee sweetest! cats are like potato chips...can't have just one :)
the stitches are beautiful, so are your blooms ~

Laurie in Iowa said...

Sweet kitties, beautiful flowers and stitching.

Shirlee said...

Cissy is so beautiful! She is exactly the type of cat my husband has always wanted : ) Great finishes & lovely flowers : )

Deb said...

The kittens are so cute. I love your starts and the more I see the Manifesto on 40 ct gauze, I think that I'm going to have to do it. And I can't wait until you start Ann Medd - it's a large sampler but so worth it when it's done.

Faye said...

Ok..... The needle roll is just too cute!!!! I love them.... AND your new little furbaby..... I admire all the SL Manifesto ladies.... It's a biggie, but will be so worth it... Will live vicariously through your progress!!!! Nice post Carmen.. :)

marly said...

What an adorable kitten. Aren't they all? Ann Medd? I've had her for years and doubt if I would ever have the gumption to attempt the project. OR to finish that needleroll which you've done perfectly. OR to attempt the Manifesto.

Peggy Lee said...

Aw shucks...now I have to look that needle roll up by La D Da. I usually like most everything she designs! You have been busy!
Your new fuzzy addition is adorable and I love what you've named her. How did you come up with it?

Gorgeous flowers!

Chris said...

Lovely update!
Your stitching is gorgeous. I love the La-D-Da piece. Your SL progress is pretty.
The new baby is so fluffy! so sweet.

moosecraft said...

Great gift from Nicola! Awesome finishes! I have that Mansion At Fox Hollow... but nowhere near finished! Congrats to you! All your starts are great too... and who doesn't enjoy seeing pics of cute kittens? :-) Beautiful flowers.... can't say I've ever seen an ice flower before, but now I want some for my garden! :-)

HollyXSing said...

What a great post...from kitties to silk gauze!

I am glad you are stitching Manifesto on silk gauze...I welcome company on that front! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. I am finding the silk gauze very easy to work on! How about you? It's going to take a boat load of time:)

Happy stitches,


Sandra said...

Hi Carmen,
What a wonderful post. Loved everything about it. That kitten is just about the sweetest one I have ever seen.
Homespun Elegance

Mary said...

Hi Carmen! Ann Medd is on my very short list of "must-do" projects, so I will watch your pregress on her very closely.

What a aweet littly kitty!

Heritage Hall said...

God speed to you on the Ann Medd,
Carmen... what a challenge, but
when an accomplishment when completed.
Where did you find Cissy? We are in TN and have been looking for
just such a little one. Would
appreciate knowing the source.\
Blessings ~