Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This, that & the other....

Hi everyone!  I’m realising that it’s been a while since I stitched a larger project. I was more than ready to have one on the go but there’s no doubt, when all I seem to be doing these days is blog about my progress on Christmas Garden, I begin to wonder if anyone out there is starting to think ‘another post about CG, she sure is a slow stitcher’!!!!!  Now, of course, what doesn’t help is that I finished the top section about a week ago and I’m only getting round to sharing now (and not one more stitch have I put in her since last week!).  I’ve been doing that thing of jumping from one thing to another (in everything, not just stitching) and getting myself into something of a funk because I’m being totally distracted.   So, let’s see if I can concentrate for more than five minutes and let you all see what has been going on around here.

First up, said Christmas Garden.   Still a joy to stitch (even if I feel it’s all I’m talking about!).

Then, given that we’re almost to the end of March (how did that happen?!?!) here are two PS Santa finishes.  One from last month which I realised I didn't share in February and the one I stitched this month.  The Feb one is from the PS leaflet, Old World Santas II - stitched on 32ct natural light linen using suggested DMC -

and this month’s is a PS freebie that I’ve had for a number of years.  This little fella is meant to have teeth but I put the backstitching in for those and really didn’t care for how it seemed like he turned into a scary, grinning Santa so instead I’ve gone for the more genteel look of lips!
Stitched on 32ct natural light linen using suggested DMC

Hope all is well with you and yours!  Like many places we’ve been enjoying some glorious sunny days with temperatures way above what they should be for this time of year.  If the sun is shining in your part of the world – enjoy!  As ever thanks for taking time to drop by and read/comment on my ramblings!

Until next time ……  

32 comments:

Annie said...

CG looks lovely. Little by little you will get it done and as long as you enjoy stitching it, no harm in going at your own pace.

Your Santas are quite cute. Love 'the genteel' change!

Laura said...

Love, love, love everything you are working on....and now I am obsessng over PS Old World Santas!!!!!

Krista said...

Love your progress on Christmas Garden, Lois! It is beautiful. I understand how it can take time for a piece this size. I am working on three large projects at once and it seems like forever! LOL
Your Santas are so sweet!! Love Prairie Schooler.

carol fun said...

Love the Christmas Garden piece - good work takes time. The Santa are wonderful too. Glad you went for the not so scary look - LOL!

Debbie said...

EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY... I WOULD LOVE TO STITCH THOSE SANTAS, TOO!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching.

Margaret said...

Your Christmas Garden is gorgeous! I'm just drooling every time I see it. And your two Santas -- love them!!

Christina said...

I know what you mean Lois - all I seem to do is groan about my huge BAP. I fear I'm going to scare away my followers! I too am going to try and stitch some smaller ornies - at least then I will have something positive to blog about!
Your PS Santa's are lovely - I'm not sure I would have liked a grinning Santa either! lol

Nancy said...

CG is beautiful! You really have done a lot on it since your last post! Love the PS Santas too!

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

I see in your profile your a mum of three, me too! Youngest is 6 months then 3 & 5 - sure keep me busy! Am loving those Santas, especially the sack carrying one and of course that blackbird design is a stunner and has been on my wishlist for awhile now - definately keen to see your progress on this - have fun stitching - and please stop by if you have time :)

Denise said...

Never tired of seeing what you are stitching! The Christmas Garden is just a large one and will be lovely
when you are finished. Love the
Santas!
Wishing you well...

valerie said...

I love your Christmas Garden! It's coming along wonderfully! And the PS Santa ornies are adorable. Great job on the finishing!

Christine said...

Christmas garden is just fabulous, and I love your little santas

chica said...

I love tour blog!very beautiful stitches,

Giovanna said...

PS's Santas are the best - congrats on getting 2 done! And lovely progress on CG, it looks great.

Jackie said...

Christmas Garden is lovely! I can see why you are enjoying it so much. Congrats on getting two ornies completely finished!

Chris said...

Christmas Garden is looking great and I love those Santas!

Katrina said...

That PS Santa is so sweet and I love your Blackbird Christmas Garden!!! Have you ordered the new Loose Feather??? They just keep coming out with wonderful designs :-).

Sally said...

I love seeing your progress on CG. It us such a pretty design and those colours are to die for.

Love your PS ornaments.

Just seen that we have colder weather coming with a slight chance of sleet and snow.

Mary said...

Lois, I try to think of these BAPs as a journey, rather than a destination, so I'm thoroughly enjoying your travels with CG!! It's such fun to see the progress you've made with each posting. Of course, it's going to be a lovely finish...eventually!

As for being distracted, it seems there's a lot of that in the air lately. Maybe it's spring fever?

Love the 2 PS Santas! I have to agree - the original backstitched teeth do make Santa look somewhat like a gopher. The smile you've given him is much much nicer!

MoonBeam said...

I am envying your progress on CG...you're not even in the running for slowest stitcher! I stitched the PSS Halloween Hornbook piece a year or so ago...a fun stitch.

I like those PS Santas again, too. I think PS is more popular than ever.

Keep up the great work on CG. Our sampler guild just kicked off a Christmas in July 2013 SAL last night and one of the two optional projects is CG, so I will be paying more attention to mine now.

Bobbi

Carol said...

Of course, you know I love your PS Santas, Lois... The changes you've made to the second really enhance his looks. He was a bit evil looking before :)

Your CG will be such a lovely, lovely piece when finished--it is worth all of the hours you're putting in. Keep up the great work--we certainly are not tired of watching it grow :)

We are back to cooler spring weather here, but that's okay--the summer like temperatures were wonderful while they lasted! Hope your week is going well, my friend!

Melissa said...

Your CG is looking great, Lois! And the Santas - so cute!

As I type this, I hear RAIN falling heavily on our skylight! *sigh* It hasn't been a very nice spring here.

Catherine said...

CG is so pretty! Cute finishes too!

butterfly said...

Love your Christmas garden its beautiful.And old Santa looksgreat. Enjoy your weekend.

Deb said...

Your Christmas Garden is really coming along and is so pretty. And I just love your finishes too - those PS Santas are always so sweet!

Robin said...

I really like you PS finishes! I think nutcrakers look scary anyway so good choice to forego the teeth. CG is beautiful! I love watching stitching progress on one piece because it allows me time to appreciate different parts of the design. Enjoy the journey!

Suzanne said...

Looking through the last few posts and I see you have been making excellent progress on Christmas Garden. Nice work on the Halloween Hornbook as well.

I had a look at your friends new blog and she stitches some beautiful things. Found another blog to follow now.

I love you PS Santa pillows, very cute!

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Thankyou for coming back to visit my blog :) I used to stitch in hand as well and loved it but then I bought a Heaven and Earth Design Chart and found the excess fabric annoying so invested in a lapstand which I had shipped over from America because I can't even buy a hoop here in Taiwan! After that came hoops and Qsnaps for my smaller pieces:}
And Oh do I love getting some me time! Stitching lets me forget about dirty dishes and laundry at least til I finish my cup of tea then its back to the daily grind!
I find it really satisfying to produce something so beautiful (well at least I think so!) from just linen needle and thread, lets me feel some kind of accomplishment has been achieved because as you and me both know houses don't stay cleaned once you cleaned them! Not with kids, cats and dogs anyway!
I also love that Blackbird design Christmas Garden, such a lovely palette of colours - will be watching your progress.

Karoline said...

Christmas Garden is looking lovely, great progress and congratulations on finishing your Santas.

http://lasoffitta.canalblog.com said...

ohhhh Beautiful!!!
I love your Santa!!
Hugs from Italy
Nadia

http://lasoffitta.canalblog.com said...

ohhhh Beautiful!!!
I love your Santa!!
Hugs from Italy
Nadia