Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Christmas Garden & something completely different....


The start of a new month and a little more on Christmas Garden to report….

I love these final two motifs.  I think I’d have to say they were my favourites.  They just seem to go so well together.

As you can see I’m now to decision time…..what to stitch in the bottom section.  Anyone guess what it might be?!?!?!  The wording, Christmas Garden, or an alphabet?  Many of you know how much of an alphabet lover I am so this one isn’t going to be too hard to guess! Yes, I’m planning on going down the alphabet route (with thanks to Katrina – if you haven’t seen Katrina’s gorgeous Christmas Garden finish check it out here).

Something else many of you know is my love/hate relationship with the sewing machine.  But, every so often I take the notion and pull it out.  A couple of weeks ago I bought a little kit and it’s been sitting there calling my name.  Over the weekend I put it together.  It wasn’t without incident, I made many basic errors both in the cutting out and putting together but I did come up with something that sort of looked like how it should! I was so taken with the fact that I actually managed to put it together that I decided to try again with some of my own fabric and here it is…..

Now, don’t look too closely.  While I didn’t make as many mistakes second time round it still is far from perfect (lessons definitely needed in how to stitch round a curve!) but, given how low I rate my ability on the sewing machine…..it turned out okay!

Hope all is well with you and yours.  Our younger son will be home this weekend for a couple of days and we’re looking forward to seeing him.  He hasn’t been home since Christmas, which seems a long time ago now. 

Thanks as always for your lovely comments and encouragement.  With a bit of luck, next time I post it will be to say I’ve finished Christmas Garden!  Then it’ll be decisions, decisions on what to start next.

Until next time……  


32 comments:

Chris said...

Congratulations on the successful sewing :)
Christmas Garden looks lovely. I think the alphabet bottom will finish it off wonderfully.

Annie said...

Your sampler is just gorgeous. And your sewing roll (I don't exactly know what to call it!) turned out just great. I love the pretty fabrics you chose.

Margaret said...

Christmas Garden looks soooo pretty! And hey, you did a wonderful job on the sewing roll! It's beautiful! I'm glad your son is coming home for a few days. Our DD hasn't been home since the winter. Too busy at school to bother with us. lol!

Bertie said...

Fabulous Lois, it is a very pretty sampler, you did a marvellous job on it and leave the bottom decision to yourself! Seeing yours I will tackle mine soon, like in the autumn LOL.
Good for you making your own huswif, it's lovely:)
Have a great time with your son, Christmas was ages ago!

Vickie said...

Hooray for you. You did it!! Pretty fabrics too. That sampler is just gorgeous. :)

Lanie said...

The "Christmas Garden" is such a pretty sampler and yours is lovely, Lois. I'm partial to alphabets too, so that's my guess for the bottom! :) Enjoy the visit with your son. My daughter will be home from college for the summer in two weeks...I know how we treasure their visits home!

Carol said...

Oh, you're really on the homestretch now, Lois--I've so enjoyed watching this one grow... I would definitely go with the alphabet, too--can't wait to see your final reveal :)

And your needleroll is darling. I recognize those fabrics as being some of the same you sent me. I just love them!

Enjoy your time with your son...I'm missing my youngest as well. Have a wonderful visit!

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

Your WIP is looking so pretty...you are doing a great job on this.

Your Needleroll and your Scissors Fob turned out just beautiful...I love them. I love the fabric too.

Happy Stitching :)

Lynn said...

Goodness, it won't be long now before CG is finished! I think the alphabet finish will be lovely and can't wait to see it.
You did an amazing job on your needleroll! Far better than I could have done. The scissor fob is really cute as well.
Hope you enjoy your visit with your son as much as we did with our granddaughters.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Christmas Garden is just stunning - the colors are just gorgeous and I will most definitely have to stitch this one day. I agree, thost two bottom motifs are gorgeous together!

Your sewing looks wonderful - great job, I'd say! Anyone that looks too closely and criticizes should be poked with the sharp end of a pair of scissors!

Have a fun visit with your son!

BrendaS said...

Christmas Garden is beautiful. I would definitely go with the alphabet. Can't wait to see what you decide.

I think your sewing roll looks very nice. No one should look too closely:)

Krista said...

Your Christmas Garden is so beautiful. I agree, the alphabet would look great. Your sewing finish is very lovely, great job!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I'm so excited for you Lois! Your Christmas garden is so beautiful!!! Can't wait to see your finish with the alphabet at the bottom. What a sweet little pin cushion to go along with your sewing roll. I really like the fabric you chose. Have a wonderful visit with your son.
Linda

Christina said...

Christmas Garden is nearly finished...woo hoo! It's looking fabulous. And how exciting, you get to choose something else to stitch once it's done. Are you up for another big project I wonder???

Giovanna said...

Great going on Christmas Garden!

Katrina said...

Sweet little sewing roll and you know I love Christmas Garden. Glad you are excited about the alphabet :-).

valerie said...

Wow, your Christmas Garden is gorgeous! The alphabet will look wonderful. I think I may do that or leave that bottom section off completely if I ever get around to stitching my own. Just lovely. And great job on your huswife!

Melissa said...

Oh, decisions, decisions! What will you choose? Well, either option your Christmas Garden looks wonderful and is almost done! Get those fancy shoes on as Happy Dancing is coming soon!

...and your sewing job looks great!

Penny said...

I love the idea of stitching the alphabet instead! It's such a beautiful piece and you are so close to being finished! Love your little sewing project too! Enjoy your visit with your son! I'm not looking forward to the day mine moves out.

Natalia said...

Christmas Garden looks beautiful, Lois !!! I do vote for the alphabet, definitely. I think Katrina did a beautiful job on hers, didn't she?

Christine said...

Your adventures with the sewing machine look pretty successful to me and your sampler is gorgeous

Mouse said...

oooooooooo looks gorgeous and I think when I do it I will go for the alphabet too .... and well done on making the hussif :) it looks lovely :) love mouse xxxxx

Gabi said...

Love your Christmas Garden. And same to your beautiful sewing roll.

Catherine said...

Lovely garden! You are so close ~ I plan on stitching this one and using an alphabet as well. Have you seen the Mother's Garden that just came out?
Your Sewing project looks wonderful to me!
Enjoy the time with your son!

Dona said...

Congratulations on finishing your sewing roll! It looks perfect to me.

Your CG is beautiful, too. I look forward to seeing it in final form.

Sally said...

Your Christmas Garden is looking amazing! I can't wait to see what you decide to do :)

Your sewing roll is beautiful.

Anne said...

Yay! Your CG is nearly finished! Can't wait to see the alphabet. And I think your little sewing roll turned out beautifully. I'm not the best with sewing but I keep plugging away at it!! I think that little scissor fob is adorable! Have a lovely time with your son!!

Deb said...

Your Christmas Garden is just wonderful. The colors are just so nice. I think that an alphabet will look great. I've seen Katrina's and thought it looked awesome.

I think that your sewing is wonderful too. It looks perfect.

Myra said...

Oh you are so close Lois and it just gets prettier with every stitch. I think you did a great job on your little huswifes.

Nicola said...

Wishing you a good weekend with your son. Family times are such precious moments.

Mary said...

Lois, I'm guessing your next post will announce a finish on CG...with an alphabet. Anticipation builds as the finish approaches!

What a walk on the wild side, getting the sewing machine out and producing not one, but two, beautiful huswifes! Love the springy yellow fabric. I'm hoping we'll see more of these as you perfect the art.

Here's wishing you a wonderful visit with Philip. Time flies by so fast, doesn't it?

Karoline said...

Christmas Garden is looking gorgeous and your sewing looks great