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Sunday, 2 October 2011

I'M CONFUSED . . . .

I turned the calendar yesterday . . .
and Big Nutbrown Hare definitely said it was October?


I looked out into our back garden . . .
and there were definitely leaves and conkers dropping from our Horsechestnut Tree?


SO  . . .


Why when I listened to the late news last night did they say the UK had had its hottest day on record for the 1st October ~ 29.5 degrees?


Why when I went down the bottom of the garden this afternoon and heard rustling from one of the shrubs . . .
did this little fellow appear?


YEP, I'm confused ~ we have Autumn, Summer and Winter all rolled into one, how's that meant to help a cross-stitcher choose their next project?

Ooooooh well ~ sunshine and Autumn ~ what a wonderful combination!
 I don't think any Artist's pallet could ever portray the natural beauty of this time of year but perhaps this little Happy Dance can have a good try . . .


I did have a frame for this one, the right size as well, but I also had many fabrics that so complimented the thread colours that it seemed a shame not to use them so this is the final finished Happy Dance . . .


'Gather a Harvest' by Lizzie*Kate stitched on 28-count 'Barely Bronzed' linen with my choice of hand-dyed threads finished as a pillow with matching fabrics & leaf buttons


OK now my admission to my guilty pleasure .....
NO, NO, NO now behave you lot!
I'm talking  S T A S H,  ahhh! see, you all know that word!


My long awaited on-line orders have started to arrive and whilst they are going to give me sooooooo much pleasure, OMG! do I feel guilty as well!


I chose some charts for different times of the year ~ 'Nightwatch' for Autumn, 'Sixteen Gobbles' for Thanksgiving, 'Birdie Holiday' for Christmas, 'Red Snowman' kit for Christmas, 'Ah 'tis Spring' for (no guesses here) . . . Spring! and 'I Thee Wed' to commemorate our 25th Wedding Anniversary (but could be 26th, time I get round to doing it!)


Hand-dyed linen to try and suit the charts above!


Naughty aren't I?? But they were all in Sales and desperately needed (well that's a whopper Jane, if ever you told one!)


SO what shall I stitch first and on which gorgeous fabric . . .


Well, you'll have to come back and see!!!
(or to be honest, I've now over~indulged so much, I can't make my mind up!!!)


Thanks for stopping by
HAPPY STITCHING
xxx



18 comments:

Gillie said...

Tut, tut, such extravagance, shaking head sadly! Those fabric are quite gorgeous, no wonder you fell from grace, lol! Today was really dreich, drizzly rain and much cooler in the north west. Since I have an exchange piece to finish, quite fortuitous, but I am sad to see the sunshine go :(

Mouse said...

coooo you have been busy .. cushion looks fab :) and way to go on the stash haul ... I see some sparklies fabbie there do I not ??? and lovely charts too ... had sunshine and a wee bit grey later on but dried the washing before we had a light shower .... can't wait to see what you finally decide ..lol :) love mouse xxxx

CalamityJr said...

Love your finish! I think you absolutely made the right choice. And your stash - I think I may be a wee bit jealous, tee hee. Can't wait to see where you decide to start. Enjoy!

Hazel said...

Love your finish. The cushion is a perfect finish for that piece. Great stash too. x

Pumpkin said...

Your finish is A-DO-RA-BLE! Very nicely done Jane :o)

Love your new stash. Yum!

Lesleyanne said...

Your finish is gorgeous Jane and the fabric is a perfect choice. Great new stash and fabric. Look forward to seeing what you start next.

Carol said...

I'm so envious of your warm weather, Jane--we are enduring a gray, rainy, and very cool autumn here this year. Quite depressing actually :(

Your finish is so cute with the little leaf buttons added! And oh, that stash--amazing fabrics and I so love the Notforgotten "Ah, Tis Spring!" I bought that for myself this summer--hope to stitch it next spring. Enjoy :)

Vicky L said...

Oh my I love your new stash! Especially those fabrics! Your new finish is beautiful! Congrats!

butterfly said...

Its so hot here also, i sat out in my garden in the sun stitching today.

Love your stitching and all your stash you are going to have so much fun.

Teresa said...

I love your harvest pillow, very nice. Hope you enjoy all your fun new stash.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Myra said...

Jane, I love how you finishe your Gather a Harvest. How clever to use the little patches and buttons. Lovely new stash too - will be looking forward to seeing your finishes on these.

Carolyn said...

What a cute finish for Autumn. I love how you finished it. Good decision.

look at all those charts and you even have fabric to go with them. Your going to have so much fun with these.

I can't wait to see those stitched up.

Lynn said...

Enjoy that warmth while it's still around! It will be cold before you know it.
I love your pillow finish. It's adorable! I'm also drooling over your new stash and all those pretty fabrics! I can't wait to see how you'll use them.

Sarah said...

Those fabrics are absolutely gorgeous, very envious! The weather is like that here too. . . it's meant to be spring but we've had torrential rain all day :(

Your latest finish is lovely, especially love those leaf buttons. So cute!

Anne said...

Crazy weather!! It must be so hard to figure out what to wear! Love that pillow you stitched. The colour of fabric matches it perfectly!! Looks like you have loads of fun projects to start! Fun!!

Hugs!

Anne

Maureen said...

I am loving that fabric you chose - lush! where is it from?

Sally said...

I'm so happy that the temps are dropping now and by the end of the week we'er supposed to have normal ones! I really don't do well in the heat we had. I'm glad we live on the east coast and it doesn't get quite as hot as it does inland.

Lovely Autumn finish.

Oooh so glad you're finally getting your stash orders through. You got some gorgeous stuff and I love that fabric!

Annette said...

Yes here in Europe it was very hot tha last weeks... Now slowly Fall weather is comming
WoW great stash.. and love the fabrics...
Enjoy them