Saturday, February 25, 2012

Christmas Garden and a new one in the mix....

Hi everyone!  Life has been a bit crazy round here this last week so it's been longer than I intended before I blogged again.  I've hardly lifted a needle in the past week and I am missing that (while I stitch because I love doing it there is no doubt it can also be a great stress reliever when I need it!).  My parents have had a few issues this week, at 94 and 89 they still live in their own home and want to continue doing that for as long as they can.  However, this week something that the rest of us would take in our stride turned into something that seemed to knock them sideways so they’ve been my priority.

Okay, stitching, that’s what I’m here to chat about.  First up, here’s where I’m too on Christmas Garden
(yikes, I did iron this before taking a pic but goodness, it doesn't look like I did!!!)

The large middle motifs are next up for me to stitch. I’ve been undecided as to whether to stitch the wording at the bottom or not.  I was leaning more towards leaving the wording section out but having seen Katrina’s alphabet idea……well, I just love that and might do something similar.

Remember at the end of last year, I said that I wasn’t going to tie myself down to more than one monthly stitching commitment this year?  That idea didn’t last long! Turns out I’ve missed having something other than just a Christmas-related thing each month and I went back to an idea that had been going round in my head towards the end of last year. 

I’ve started this one….
PSS Halloween Hornbook Sampler on 32ct salamander Elne of Lynnyn using the suggested DMC

I’m planning on stitching a block each month so that by the time we get to Halloween I should have this one completed.  

And that’s about it for this time.  As always, thanks for your continued visits and comments.  For now I have turned off the word recognition thing for leaving comments (at least I think I have, if I haven’t can someone please let me know!).  I know I’m not alone in finding the new system frustrating! 

Until the next time…..

31 comments:

Sally said...

I hope your parents are OK Lois. It is a worry isn't it.

Your Christmas Garden is looking gorgeous and I love your new start!

That word verification is a nightmare! I know they want to make us safe but really????

Catherine said...

So sorry to read of your parents. It is so hard watching them go through such things. I hope everything will be okay for them.
Christmas Garden is looking beautiful and yours is really kicking up my desire to start mine!
Love the Halloween Hornbook and your idea to do a block a month so it will be done in time for the holiday!

Denise said...

Hi Lois! I'm up early and read your blog before I'm off to work!
Love what you've done on Christmas
Garden! I know the Halloween project will be interesting.
Hope all is well with your parents.

Carol said...

Oh, dear, Lois--I'm sorry to hear your parents are having difficulties right now. It is so hard to see them age and although we want them to remain independent as long as possible, there comes a time when that independent streak makes things so hard for their loved ones...I'm up in NY again helping out my parents and haven't stitched a bit in four days either so I know how much you're missing the calming influence of needle and thread. Do hope things have straightened themselves out for now for all of you...

Your Christmas Garden is gorgeous--just wonderful. Hope you can return to it quickly. And I do love your new start, too--looks like a fun piece to work on each month...

Thinking of you, my friend...

Bertie said...

Oh Lois, it must be a worry for you having to deal with your parents difficulties and of course they are your priority, it would be lovely to live in your own home for as long as possible. Wishing you well with whatever you have to do.

Christmas garden is lovely, nice to put your own stamp on it if you change something.

This hornbook sampler is lovely, I am so tempted but will have to look at yours, too much stash lol.

Take care now and spend precious time with your parents:))

Margaret said...

I'm sorry to hear about your parents' difficulties. It's so hard when our parents age. I love your Christmas Garden -- so beautiful! And the Halloween Hornbook -- great idea to do a block a month! Love it so far!

Krista said...

Hi Lois,
I am very sorry to hear about your parents difficulties, I hope everything will be ok.
Your Christmas Garden looks so pretty and love your new start so far, cute peacock. Have a nice weekend.

Mouse said...

ohhh hope the parents are ok and well done to them for coping well up to press at any rate .... love the Christmas garden I have now got this pattern :)
and cute halloween one as well :)
take care of yourself too ok :) love mouse xxxxx

Mary said...

Hi Lois, your comment about how something small for most of us is such an obstacle for elderly parents certainly rings true for our circumstances too. It's heart wrenching to see and have so little control over.

Christmas Garden is looking beautuful! If I keep an eye on your progress I may just have to begin this one for myself. And a block per month on Halloween Hornbook is certainly doable. It will be fun to see what turns up on it next time!

Lynn said...

I'm so sorry to hear your parents are going through some difficulties. It's hard watching them age, isn't it? Just last night we were on the phone with my MIL(93)when she fell. My DH called the front desk of her home to let them know she needed some aid.

Christmas Garden looks lovely so far! I popped over to Katrina's blog to see her finish and that alphabet at the bottom does look nice too.

Great idea for the Hornbook. Stitching a block a month guarantees a finish in time for Halloween. It looks great so far!

Katrina said...

Hope you parents are doing okay!!!! Love your Christmas Garden. I am hoping to post a picture of mine this week. I think I should be finished by Monday or Tuesday :-). Cute monthly project too.

Lesleyanne said...

I hope your parents are okay. I know how much we miss our stitching when we don't do any. Your stitching is looking great.

Giovanna said...

Great going on Christmas Garden, and lovely start on the Hornbook. Have a good weekend!

Penny said...

I can relate to some degree with the difficulties that come as our parents age. It's very hard and I hope your parents are doing better.
You are making beautiful progress on Christmas Garden and I love your new start too!

Nicola said...

I am sorry about your parents, we are going through the same with my parents and MIL.

Bless them life is not easy when you are old.

Melissa said...

Lois, I am sorry to hear about your parents. It's a dilemma we all have to work through. I think too how it would be when it's "our turn". *sigh* At least they've been able to be at home all this time.

Hey, your Christmas Garden is coming along beautifully and I like your new start too!

Take care!

Nancy said...

Christmas Garden is beautiful! I need to get mine kitted up soon! Love your new start too!

Hope your parents are doing ok now. It's not easy getting older and it's not easy watching it happen to your parents. Hugs...

Mary said...

Christmas Garden is beautfiful - the colours so delicate.
It is wonderful that your parents are still in their own home at their ages, but I know what a worry that would be for you and I do hope the problem will be sorted for them.
Thanks for the info on Karen too.
Mary

Elizabeth said...

I'm sorry to hear about your parents but I hope things will work themselves out. Hopefully you will find some more time for stitching in the near future. And you work is lovely - I just love those colors in the Christmas Garden, so soft and relaxing.
-Liz

Deborah said...

Love both of your projects. I have both in my stash and look forward to your progress. Hope your parents are doing okay.

Christine said...

Hope your parents are OK.
Beautiful stitching

valerie said...

Hope things are ok with your parents. Older parents are very worrisome. Both of mine are in their 80s and they need quite a bit of help.

Your Christmas Garden is looking wonderful! I just love the colors. And great start on your Halloween Hornbook piece.

Cindy in Virginia said...

Hi, Lois so happy to have found your lovely blog, what a treasure!

It's so hard having our parents getting older. It's very stressful when caring for them gets thrown into the mix with our already full lives. Thank goodness you live near them, and are able to care for them.

Your stitching is absolutely wonderful! I keep seeing Christmas Garden, and realize I am going to have to break down and add it to the stash pile! Looking forward to watching your progress!

Anne said...

Lois, I hope your parents will be okay. Having one's parents fall ill or be sick is very worrisome.

Love your christmas garden. It's coming along beautifully

Hugs for you!

CATHI said...

Hope that your parents are well and everything's fine with them!

Both your WIP's are gorgeous! I am looking forward to seeing them finished! :o)

Cathi

Nicole said...

Your Christmas Garden is such an inspiration to me! I can't wait to start mine!! :)

barbara said...

I'm hoping your parents will soon be feeling back on an even keel. Best wishes.

Your stitching is utterly lovely, and your pictures of the BBD design are going to force me to start it, too!

Susan said...

I love the halloween hornbook start and am eagerly awaiting more stitching!

Happy Stitching!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful progress on Christmas Garden! Love the new start and the thread winder.

Natalia said...

Love your Christmas Garden, Lois !! I hope your parents are feeling much better

Siobhán said...

I hope things with your parents are okay, Lois. I know it's not easy when you're not so close, distance-wise, to them, too. Thinking of you! xoxoxo

Your stitching looks great! The Christmas Garden is lovely and love the Halloween start!