Sunday, March 13, 2011

Flowers and some stitching

Spring has sprung in central Virginia. The birds are singing, I heard spring peepers Friday night, the mourning doves are getting frisky and there are all sorts of flowers blooming in the yard. I think I may have to change the name of my blog to "White Flower Meadow" as the yard is now full of these:

I'll try to get a picture of them open but, if I remember correctly, there will be 5 petals with a dark, purple or blue line or spot at the bottom of each petal and they're very small, the leaves in the background are about half the size of my thumbnail. I know they're weeds wildflowers as we don't have any "real" grass in our yard - when you're front yard is 3 acres, planting and keeping up grass is prohibitively expensive, weeds are free and they stay green right through the summer.

My "Christmas" cactus is ready to bloom again. Not sure what's causing the strange blooming pattern, but I won't complain too much as it is pretty.

As this is a stitching blog I should probably show some stitching. Still plugging along on Egyptian Garden. The outer border is done, the "cat" block is done sans cat, I finished my last set of columns (and there was much rejoicing!!) and started the last far-away palm border.

I wish I could say I was doing more than "plugging" along - I am so close to finishing, but I've done this before - get close to a finish and I totally lose my desire to stitch that project. I've tried pulling other things out and working on them and then going back, but it just doesn't work. I hit a certain point and POOF! no more project mojo. I don't have the option of putting this away and working on it later as this is my DIL's Christmas present (from last year!) so I *have* finish it.

Anyway, here's my progress on the Homespun Elegance Christmas ornament (officially called "Holiday Joys Sampler"):

Yeah, that center crease is going to be tough to get out but as this is done in DMCs, I can give it a good soak and iron.

Sarah Elliott has reached her new home port. Such a pretty pattern! I'm trying to figure out how to get it into the rotation, but I really do need to focus on getting Egyptian Garden done before I even start thinking of anything new.

ABC Stitch emailed me that my first order is on its way. If I remember correctly, actually remembering at all is becoming an issue, these should be the pieces for Blackbird Designs Gathering Basket and Wild Lilies.

Not that I watch a lot of television, but I've been trying to stay away from it the last couple of days as the situation in Japan is heartbreaking. My heart goes out to everyone effected by this tragedy. I sent an email to our office in Hilo, Hawaii on Friday, as expected, they weren't in, but the reports from Hawaii are pretty good, so hopefully everyone there is safe.

A little less than 12 hours and I'll be in bed so that I can get up and torture myself at work for another week. It's so sad that my Sunday has now been ruined by those people. Used to be the "dread" would start Sunday evening, but it now starts Saturday afternoon and continues all through Sunday. Maybe if I get myself going I'll be able to distract my thoughts with my stitching.

I just looked over and I've got 17 followers!! Don't know when (or how) that happened, but thank you to everyone. Hopefully my drivel won't scare anyone off - I mostly keep this as a way for me to keep track of what's going on in my life and my stitching.


Daffycat said...

Oh, your WIP are just lovely, Susan! Don't worry, mojo comes and goes sometimes.

I always know it's spring when I finally hear the frogs singing! Yay!

*grin* I posted a little request on my blog when I showed everyone what you sent for the TUSAL giveaway...

Mouse said...

Yeah and thats how you got me .. love the stitching and sorry to hear you have probs at work ... stitching mojo is a funny thing isn't it but we are here to help and cheer you on :) love mouse xxxx

Angela P said...

I've gone through major stitching spurts and then lost my mojo too, I think it happens to all of us. I love your Egyptian garden project, I am terrified of larger projects and tend to stay away from them.

Rebekah said...

I am loving your Egyptian Garden! Very pretty! I am stitching that too. Well, I start stitching and then, like you said, kind of lose my mojo. I think the size may have something to do with it.

Rhona said...

Wow, your Egyptian piece looks incredible! Can't wait to see more of it, hope your mojo returns - I'm having the same problem (maybe our mojos have run off together - let's hope they return soon!)

Love your pics and descriptions of Spring, can't wait for it to get to NY!

Always smiling said...

Your Egyptian Garden is beautiful and it does take courage to stitch such a design. I have Convent Herbal Garden all kitted up and I still haven't started it. Perhaps when I complete my Celtic Lady Summer which is presently in my UFO pile!
Happy Stitching and I love the meadow flowers.

Chris x