Thursday, June 25, 2009

An ending and a beginning


Prairie Schooler "Spring Has Come"
32 count Wichelt lambswool
DMC threads

I finally sat down to put the last "few" stitches in Spring Has Come. It seemed everytime I thought I had stitched the last stitch I noticed another one that I had missed. It's those dreaded single stitches that get to me so it takes a little discipline to get them in.

But it's done and now I have to figure out how I want to display it. I have the rest of the season charts, but don't think I'll get to another one anytime soon.

I started BOAF Bitter Flower which I want to give to my mother. I haven't given her any needlework since I did a bargello pillow in the 70's. I hope she still has that pillow up in the attic somewhere. Think I will rescue it on my next visit.

Birds of a Feather "Bitter Flower"
32 count BOAF Barn Owl
WDW threads

Sorry about the yellow cast to my photos. It is bright and sunny outside, but I took these inside on our sun porch, which is not really a sun porch because of all of the trees surrounding our house. DH wants to remove a few trees ($$$) but the tree guy that came over the other day said that would be a mistake. There is one broken sweet gum that really needs to go and a lot of deadwood to be taken out of the elms and maples.

I have gotten back into gardening after neglecting our yard for the past couple of years. I just feel so totally overwhelmed by our yard sometimes and there are so many projects to be done that are costly. I realized yesterday as I pulled weeds that I have probably lost a fair number of perennials because they were crowded out by the asters and black eyed Susan's. I am trying to revive the herb garden as well and when the sweet gum goes, I'll be able to expand it.

We also need to paint and repair trim on this old house, so we are never lacking for things to do! I know I am lucky to live where I live, on such a nice large lot with a lovely brick home, but it really gets to me sometimes that we are always so behind. At least that's how it feels to me. I need a million bucks so someone else can do the work! We tried renovating our kitchen and ran into a number of problems, now it is half finished and I'm ready to call in the troops. Yikes! If it's not one thing, it's another...

10 comments:

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Spring has come is so beautiful.
Congrats on the finish!

KarenV said...

Lovely finish! I like your new start too.

Deb said...

Both pieces are beautiful. Congrats on the PS finish. They have to be one of my favorite designers. And will look forward to progress on your new piece.

Pam said...

I know that feeling of always being behind with things around the house. I finally had to stop stressing over it because it seemed like I was the only one who was! You finish is beautiful!

Melissa said...

I like Spring a lot. It looks lovely. I have stitched Bitter Flower and really enjoyed it. I hope you are too.

I can understand trying to tackle the gardening for example can be overwhelming at the beginning. Just do it bit by bit and you'll be amazed at what you can claim back from your garden! Have fun!

Jan said...

Lovely finish on the PS, and I look forward to seeing more of Bitter Flower, that is one of my favorite BOAF charts!

It is always something, when a homeowner, lots of maintenance and things to take care of. Maybe knowing your neighbors probably feel the same as you do, will help you to feel better about it.

Tammy said...

Both of them are great!

Karoline said...

Spring has come is lovely, congratulations.

Great new start :)

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching! Congrats on the PS finish, such a cute one. I just love those. And that BOAF you just started is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see more progress on it!

Carol said...

What a lovely finish Barb! Sounds like you and I (and most women I know!) are in the same situation--too many things to do and not enough time (or money) to finish them all. Just take it one day at a time... Have fun with Bitter Flower--it is so pretty...