Saturday, April 5, 2014

First Saturday

March was a loonngg month!  April is making up, weather-wise, for all of March's lack of warmth and sun.  We have had a couple of days in the 70s which has caused all the flowering trees and bushes to pop.  The Bradford Pears and Redbuds are all in their full glory, as well as just about every other tree, which means my allergies are in *their* full glory.  The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington DC were hazy pink when we went by yesterday - a sure sign they will bloom within the next week or so.  I do hope they hold off as I am taking next week off from work and do not want to miss my annual cherry blossom walk - when the weather is nice I walk around the Mall at lunch but always take at least one walk under the cherry blossoms. 

It was nice enough this morning to get outside and do some yard clean-up as well as some plant dividing and moving.  Several years ago there was some major roadwork up the way a bit, when they laid out the new road route it went through a daylily patch.  The Hubs stopped one night on his way home to talk with the work crew and they said to take what he wanted.  He didn't bring home many, but what he did liked where they were planted - of course these are the old-fashioned ditch lilies  that seem to live just about anywhere on anything so I wasn't too surprised and no, this is not a photo of my flowers - at least not yet!!!  We have an embankment that is starting to erode badly, so this morning I transplanted several dozen daylilies onto it - hopefully they will look like that picture in the next few years and hold the bank in place.  I have another area with hybridized daylilies that needs to be dug and divided but I will leave that for another day mostly because sitting at a desk all winter does NOT prepare one to do the necessary spring yard work!!

Sitting at a desk all winter DOES prepare you for stitching though!  And as it is the first Saturday it's YOTA posting day!!!  YOTA is hosted over at Pull the Other Thread and focuses on finishing your WIPs.  I have four projects on my YOTA list and stitched on each one at least once in March.

You can see my progress on a couple of projects at my March WIPocalypse post here.  Two of the projects have progress photos to show since then:

Elegant Doily by Kayann's Kreations went from this:

To this:

And Santa's Magic by Mirabelia went from here:

to here:

Santa will be on the frame the rest of today and maybe tomorrow.  I mentioned I was taking the week off, well I have no plans for the week other than sleeping in and not going to work so I will have a lot more stitching time than I usually do so will have plenty of time to work on Three Tulips which is up next in the rotation.  Not taking Santa off the frame won't take anything away from Tulips or at least that's what I have convinced myself of and I am really enjoying working on Santa right now.


Shebafudge said...

Elegant Doily is so beautiful. I love seeing this grow. Santa is lovely too. xx

Von said...

You're making some good progress on your wips!

Linda said...

Nice progress Susan.


Pull the other thread said...

Great progress on your YOTA pieces. I can see why you are having trouble putting Santa down, such a beautiful design and you are doing fabulous work on it.

Robin said...

Enjoy your week off from work, Susan! Nice looking WIPs.

Robin in Virginia

Chris said...

Woohoo! for spring weather.
Great stitching progress.
I hope that you have a great week!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Birthday!!

Great progress on both your pieces.