"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

-Hans Christian Andersen

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stitch Me Up a Spring Runner

Hello everyone and thank you so much for visiting me today as I take part in my very first blog hop.  So exciting!  It's the Stitch Me Up blog hop hosted by Mdm Samm, Sew We Quilt, and Jane, Jane's Fabrics.  Thank you both for putting together a fun hop and such a great source of inspiration.  Everyone's creations are just lovely.  You all are so very talented.

For this hop we were provided wonderful designs to choose from.  The designs were created by Cyndi from Stitch, Stitch, Stitch, and Debbie from Busy as can Be.  The sponsors are Colonial needle and Presencia Threads.  I chose to stitch Bee Tree Designs, Elements, it has such a vintage look to me. I  love vintage embroidered linens and display them around my home.  This sweet design provided the perfect opportunity to stitch a Spring runner for my Easter table.  I used a pastel palette of presencia finca size 12 perle cotton and colonial needles for all of my embroidery. 

I love the simplicity of this design and the way it flows so I shaped the corners of my runner to enhance the look. The fabric is 100% linen backed with white Kona Cotton. 

I made a generously sized runner so that I could place my table decorations on it without covering up or obscuring the embroidery.

We're ready for our breakfast tea!  What a fun Hop...Thanks Mdm Samm and Jane for allowing me to participate.

Now I'm going to hop on over to visit these lovely blogs, please join me.

Kristin @ That Other Blog
Robin @ That Other Blog
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
Dexter Days The World Through our Window
Sew Nicely
My Art, My So Called Life
Just Sew Sue
Co mne bavi
Life, Quilts, and a Cat too
Tea Time Creations
Read, Quilt, Cook, Pray
Cate's Linens
Shade Tree Quilting
Ladybug Dreams

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Red House Sampler

Just a quick post to show my latest cross stitch project.  Brenda Keyes Red House Sampler. This is the stitched model.

This is how much I've stitched thus far.

I'm stitching it on 28 ct. Cashel Platinum linen using the suggested dmc floss colours. It's quite a large sampler but not as large as my last one which was Needle Print's reproduction sampler Mary Peacock...She should be home from the framer this weekend.  I'll be happy to finally get that one on the wall.

Thanks for visiting me.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It's Spring Somewhere

But not here, not yet.  This is what was going on outside my window yesterday.  

 There's beauty in the day and I'll remember to visit this pic in the summer when its 98 degrees.

Hope you're having a sweet Spring day.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Need a Litttle Sunshine

I'm so ready for Spring and warmer weather.  There have been many overcast days.  A little more sunshine to enjoy would be wonderful.  Let's see if I can brighten things up a bit.  How about a sweet cross stitch for the tea room.

Maybe start gathering my Easter table decorations.  Not quite sure which china I'll use but I am sure this bunny pitcher will be the center piece.

Some lemon cookies would be nice too!

Think I'll end the day with this little cutie.  She needs clothes.

Better get started knitting her dress:-)

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to stop by on Thursday March 28th for my Stitch Me Up blog post.

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