Wednesday, 31 March 2010


It's cold, rainy and very non-Spring like here in Southern England so I am thrilled to have received a gift of pure Sunshine :

This lovely award was given to me by Cath ~ The Stitchin' Chicken and I am very touched that Cath chose my blog as one of her nominations ~ thank you soooooo much!  As I am a fairly new Blogger my 'followers' list is not huge and I think most of you on it already have this award so I send a big thank you to all those who read my blog and who take the time to comment on it.  I thoroughly enjoy reading all your Blogs and it is truly inspiring to see pictures of both the progress and completion of your stitching projects that I would normally only ever see as a chart!

Can you believe Easter is almost here?
Where did January, February and March go?
Today was the last day of school term for my gang of three and now they have a long 18 day break (will probably feel a lot longer to me!!!!) and although they are all now non-believers in Santa, the Tooth Fairy etc., the Easter Bunny WILL be making an appearance!  I have been stitching as often as I can in the last 10 days and despite shutting my fingers in the car door last Saturday and spending nearly 2 hours at A&E with thankfully no broken bones I today finished two Easter stitches . . . .

'Happy Hoppy Easter' by Lizzie*Kate stitched on 28count Sand Minster Linen in Gentle Art Sampler threads with purple ribbon & small coloured buttons

The colours I chose were not too different from those listed on the chart but Buttons and I agreed that my 'Burnt Orange' sampler thread was not the colour of any carrot Buttons would want to eat so chose 'Bittersweet' instead, I stitched all the wording in just one shade ~ 'Purple Iris' (similar to the colour of my nails after being shut in the car door) and the carrot foliage is in 'Spring Grass'.  My choice of colours were inspired by the picture below which was a joy of colour to finally see appear in the front garden - not sure what my neighbour was thinking when she saw me planting fully grown carrots in the ground - probably that I was cheating with the vegetable patch!!!!

My second Easter completion is one of the charts bought at the recent Olympia show:

'Easter Blessings' by Lizzie*Kate (contains 3 different charts) stitched on 28count Cashel Raw Linen in Gentle Art Sampler threads and flower/heart embellishments

I've found it really difficult to choose my next project but finally decided to stick with the Spring theme and have just started the 'Cluck Cluck' kit I bought recently at Olympia.  I haven't stitched this designer before but the thread colours are so gorgeous and I know it will look great hanging in my Kitchen when it's finished.
The kit came with white Aida and it looked really stark against the soft muted colours so I am stitching it on the Minster Sand Linen I used for the Happy Hoppy Easter and I think it will give it a much more country rustic feel! 

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope the Easter Bunny is kind to you!  My strict routine of 10,000 steps a day and a careful watch on cholesterol levels mean NO eggs of any sort for me (how boring!) but you know me . . . . . a cappuccino and I'm in heaven!


Pumpkin said...

Oh wow! Those are super finishes! I just love the bunny (of course) and had to laugh at you putting carrot in your garden ;o) LOL!

Nice start to you new WIP and congrats on your award :o)

Deb said...

Those are some wonderful finishes. And I like the pattern for your new start!!! It really looks like its going to be a lot of fun to stitch. And I feel your pain with the kids being home, but mine are only going to be home 11 days - I think I'd go nuts with them home 18 days. I love them but......summer will be here before you know it and they'll be around every day then!! :o)

Cath said...

Happy Easter . Glad you like the award , I am loving reading your blog.
Great stitches, I am a big LK fan ,but I'm eagerly awaiting the new one , as I love my chooks too.
Take care ,

Lesleyanne said...

Both your finishes are gorgeous. Your new WIP looks as though it is going to be another lovely finish. I daren't work out how long my two boys are off for lol. Happy Easter. Did you watch the dancing on ice final?

Myra said...

Congratulations on the award. I always enjoy reading your blog. Love your finishes and had to LOL at the full grown carrots. OUCH! about your fingers, that had to hurt. I hope they are better now. Happy Easter!

Carin said...

Thanks for visiting my blog ! What a great finishings you have. Love the one with the rabbit.

BeckySC said...

Hi Jane :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment :) I just LOVE your finishes!! TOO adorable :)

Sally said...

Very cute Easter finishes Jane!

Lois said...

Hi Jane! You have some very cute Easter finishes. Hope the fingers are feeling better - ouch!! Welcome to blogging, I'm still a relative newcomer too. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

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