Sunday, 13 February 2011

Snow Garden Finish!

Wahoo!!! On Friday evening I put my final few stitches into Blackbird Designs AotH #1 Snow Garden. Even though the dye lots of the GAST have caused some headaches I have absolutely loved every single stitch of this although I will admit I am ready for the brighter colours of Valentine Rose! After much deliberation I decided to dedicate this one to my Mum so have added her initials, her year of birth and her parents initials.

Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart #1 Snow Garden

36 count Rosewood linen


Started 6th January 2011

Finished 11th February 2011

I made a start on Valentine Rose last night and this is my progress. I'm stitching this with GAST, one WDW and DMC!

Wednesday evening I picked up Little House Needleworks Be Merry- Belle Pepper which is my LHN SAL piece with Lisa and Lesleyanne. I am throwing myself into my stitching as much as I can in an evening as it helps me relax ( most of the time!) and forget stuff so I managed to get quite a bit done on this. I am loving every single stitch on this as it's such a gorgeous design.

Yesterday afternoon after finishing stitching a wee gift for my DH for Valentine's Day I decided to start The Drawn Thread Spot of Autumn. I've had this kitted up since I finished Spot of Summer way back last year so thought it was time I stitched it up and then not leave it as long to stitch Spot of Winter!

Another piece I really should have stitched ages ago is the final Prairie Schooler seasonal piece from The Gift of Stitching. I stitched three of them and never got around to stitching the last one. Clare who hosts Needlecraft Haven has set up a PS SAL on there so I'm going to find the chart and sort some fabby and threads for that.

I had a lovely RAK from CarolR the other day. For those of you who don't know Carol is a designer of some absolutely gorgeous charts. Do go take a peek if you haven't already. I already have a couple which she sent me in a trade but haven't got around to stitching them yet. Anyway she very kindly sent me Sew Lavender which is absolutely beautiful and as you can see I have it printed out with every intention of starting it soon. Thank you so much Carol {{{hugs}}}

Whilst catching up with blogs the other day I had a wonderful surprise. Dear Becky had picked 4 names, from the comments she had received on her Halloween Cove finish, to receive a goody bag from her and one of those names was mine!  Thank you so much Becky {{{{hugs}}}. 

Later on I intend to pass on the kindness of my fellow bloggers and have a giveaway but it may be a while before I get myself sorted and have time to stitch something nice up. 

I have just updated my for sale page so please go have a look and let me know if there's anything that is of interest :) Thank you :)

Finally just want to say thank you to all those who left such lovely comments on my last post. I am definitely not finding things easy right now but am hoping, as time goes on, that I will improve and things will get better. My DH had that chat with my Dad yesterday but whether he actually takes notice we shall see. I need time to deal with everything and heal. I know some people might not understand although I have not come across any negativity from anyone as yet. I am just waiting for some backlash from my sister if my Dad tells her but I will not hold back if she starts!!!! I am here, she is not and although she's only 20 odd miles away she may as well be at the other side of the world!

That's all from me for today! Thank you all for your friendships, your comments, your advice and your wise words. You are all wonderful and I treasure your friendships.

Love and Hugs



Marlene said...

I hope you are feeling good today, sister's are not what they should be, cherish your freinds, they will come through for you always, and your blogg chums.
PS yes my sisters, I have two, have let me down in the past year!

natalyK said...

Beautiful stitching! I love your Snow Garden finish. I had the same problem with color choices on that one but Valentine Rose came out beautiful.

Michele said...

Congratulations on your finish and on your progress! :)

Catherine said...

Congrats on the finish! Great wips as well.

What a fun surprise from Carol. Looks like a fun stitch!

Continued thoughts and prayers your way!

Cath said...

Love your finish ,and great progress on your other works . Hope you get some peace soon . X

jane said...

Congratulations Sally! Snow Garden looks great and I love your start on Valentine Rose too.
Your LHN piece is lovely too as is the DT.
Well done for being able to concentrate on your stitching in the evenings, I'm sure it will help.
Hope things get easier with your Dad now that DH has had a chat with him.

Christina said...

AotH is coming on a treat Sally. The rosewood linen is a beautiful colour.
I'm looking forward to seeing Sew Lavender finished. Carol's designs are so lovely. I purchased Sew Halloween last year but never got around to stitching it - it's a must for this year!

Scattered Threads said...

Hello Sally... Congratulations on your BBD finish. It is beautiful dear. All your WIPs are coming right along too. I look gorward to seeing your progress on them.
Hugs to you darling.

Ranae said...

Beautiful BBD finish. I want to start this as a whole, but I have so much other stuff to stitch first.
The other stitches are looking mighty fine, my friend
Very nice RAK and congrats! on Becky's drawing
keep up the great work and take care!

Lesleyanne said...

Congratulations on finishing Snow Garden it is gorgeous. I am looking forward to seeing your progress on Valentine Rose as that is one of my favourites. Lovely progress on all your wips. They look gorgeous so far. Glad stitching is helping you relax.

CrazyStitcher said...

I've enjoyed looking at the pictures of your current stitching projects. They all look very good, but have to say my eye was drawn to Belle-Pepper.

KarenV said...

Congratulations on finishing Snow Garden Sally, it looks wonderful :)

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitching to see. You have been blessed recently with goodies from friends. Hope life is soon on the up for you. xx

Petites xxx et Cie ! Mon petit coin de Paradis said...

Beautiful stitching! Love your BBD.
Hope you get some peace very soon.
Take care & keep stitching.
Love / Bixxx

sammyjo said...

Snow Garden looks wonderful, its lovely that you've dedcated it to your mum! hope your well

Kind wishes

Kathy A. said...

Beautiful, beautiful stitching. I am glad that putting a needle to fabric helps to soothe you. I hope your family issues sort out soon and you have some peace.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Snow Garden is beautiful, congratulations on the finish.

Beth said...

You know, I feel pretty good when I can keep up with two or three projects at the same time, and here you show us five that you are working on, and I know that I have seen other WIP's of yours - VERY impressive. All of the stitching is beautiful, and you have really come a long way with them - great going.

I hope your sister does not show herself the way you think she will. As wonderful as it is to have family, it sure does also cause difficulties. Will be thinking about you and your dad. Good luck.

Elaine said...

SG is such a beautiful finish Sally and I can;t wait to see more on Valentine Rose.Great progress on your other wips too.
Hope Carl's chat with your Dad helps. Take care, hugs!

Dianne said...

Love your anniversaries ;)

valerie said...

Congrats on your Snow Garden finish! It looks wonderful and good start on your Valentine Rose as well. Great stitching!

starydreamer said...

congratulations on your finish huni xxxx

Christine said...

Snow Garden is gorgeous Sally, congratulations on a great finish! All your WIPs are looking fab too, and the RAK from Carol is lovely

Lindsay said...

Snow Garden looks fantastic Sally, Congratulations

Lois said...

I love your Snow Garden finish, it's beautiful on that fabric. Nice progress on your WIPs and what a lovely surprise from Carol. Congrats on your giveaway win and hope this is a good week for you.

Barb said...

Hi there Sally,
My goodness me those needles are flying. Your snow garden looks lovely, and the wips you have going I am looking forward to seeing those finished in a few days lol.
You certainly seem to have lady luck with you with your gifts etc,and none more deserving.
Take care sweetie

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your finish, the colours are very subtle!

I love to just throw myself into my stitching in the evenings!

Elisa said...

That is a gorgeous finish Sally and your WIPs are looking fabulous too. Lovely treat from Carol :0)

Mylene said...

Congrats on another beautiful finish, and you made a good start on the new project.


Ellen said...

Gorgeous, love your Snow Garden! Belle Pepper is coming along very beautifully too! It's great to follow your progress.

Happy stitching,

Lisa said...

Congratulations on finishing Snow Garden, it looks wonderful. I love your start on Valentine Rose, those colours just look so yummy.
Belle Pepper is looking great as well, that DMC variations is perfect for the house.
And you're making quick work of Spot Of Autumn!
Congrats on your win on Becky's blog and on your RAK, it's so nice how stitchy friends can put a smile on our faces isn't it.

TeresaB said...

Congrats on finishing Snow Garden! And both of ours feature our moms, which is a wonderful way to start a sampler like this one. You'll love working on Valentine Rose, it's so different.

I'm glad your stitching is helping you to relax a bit and hopefully deal with the other things going on in your life. Isn't it lovely how that works? No matter the mess that is going on around us, we can always rely on putting needle to fabric and creating something that is lovely. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish Sally! Hopefully, things will ease up soon.

paulafrances said...

Could you please tell me which colors you actually used for Snow Garden.
I'm stitching it right now~ if I use the colors called for on the chart, for the house, I cannot see the windows because the colors are too close!


Paula Peck