Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring... Really??

Even though it's officially the season of spring on the calendar, it's really hard to believe when you look out our window here today.

My mantle was calling out for a new spring feel, so it was time for an update.  I don't have a lot of Easter decor (I find that most of the stuff out there is too childish for my liking), so my glass egg is the only thing "Easter" on the mantle and the rest is a tribute to spring.

You gotta love Pinterest!  That's where I stole saw this idea for the kaleidoscope of paper butterflies flitting up the wall. I think it adds that certain dimension to the overall display.  Plus the colours just make me ☺

Now that it says Spring inside, I'm ready any time for it to warm up outside and reflect the actual date that we see on the calendar.  Good-bye winter... 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I Found Jesus!

Recently, I found Jesus. Literally; I found him. He was tucked away at the bottom of a drawer.  

Several years ago an acquaintance of mine was struggling with a needlework project and she asked if I could help her out.  I told her I was more than happy to complete the picture for her, but I was busy with a new job and I wasn't sure how long it would take me to finish the picture.  Little did I know when I had said that that I would misplace the kit. When I came upon it,  I felt horrible when I realized how long it had been since I said I would stitch this up for her. 

Last month I was off work sick for three weeks straight and since I was bedridden I thought this would be the perfect time to complete this kit.  I needed a project to keep me busy, but I wasn't well enough to focus on counting to do any cross stitch.  This kit was a prestamped piece that you use yarn to do crewel stitching and floss to do embroidery stitching to accent the piece. 

The completed project.
Crewel stitching with yarn gives a 3D effect to the deer by using a Long Split Stitch. 
How cute is the little lamb
The Raised Seed Stitch was used to make him look really fluffy. 
The rabbit was done with long, split stitches.
Tracey has some competition in the French Knot category.
I think I may have mastered the art of french knots by the time I finished this garden.  

Now, while I am really not interested in counting all the french knots, I am a little curious just exactly how many there are.  And because I know Jayne is reading this and has already conjured up a comment with a dare for me to count them all, I decided to appease her. However,  I started to count, but stopped at 257 because I got mixed up when realized there was a spot I missed and now I'm not starting to count all over again.  Sorry Jayne with a 'y', but I hope you are satisfied with 257.
So now... all I have to do is get this little project back to its owner.  I hope she'll forgive me. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Scarlet's Growth Chart @ 8 months old

WOW!  What a difference 7 months makes!  It takes 3 of us now to get the growth chart pictures;  one to hold the camera, one to put the cat in place and one to keep the baby from attacking the cat (which the cat loves by the way, as does Scarlet). 

Scarlet is 8 months old now and in the picture below, you can see the difference that 7 months makes.  Amazing.  She is saying 'mum mum mum' and 'da' - we could have swore the other day she said 'thank you'.  She also loves it when I sing the soundtrack to Disney's Cinerella. (guess I better brush up on the lyrics). Scarlet is up on all fours and will soon be crawling, which... you know what that means;  now I HAVE to vacuum.(dammit) No more getting away with 'oh just put your slippers on Bonnie, and do it another day'

One month old.
8 months old.
See what I mean about attacking the cat.
Seriously - the cat loves it.
Scarlet can't do this to the cat at her house,
so she loves it when Sushi curls up next to her. 
At least Sushi knows enough to close her eye.
Too Cute.
I better get those hairs before Scarlet coughs up a furr ball.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016 was held at Jody's this year and we were lucky we had good weather for our travel eastbound.  If there is going to be a...