Friday, February 29, 2008

Where did February go??

I don't know where the month of February disappeared to but I do know that I can't get any of that time back. I have enjoyed the cooler nights - it seems so much more productive for. My Christmas ornament for February was another from my Mill Hill collection and was again on perforated paper - black - and quick to stitch.

The wedding sampler for Meagan was well received however I forgot to take a photo when it was all complete. The wedding was a very happy occasion and all went well. 150 guests at a great venue on Docklands. The couple are now on their honeymoon in South Africa on a safari. Talk about world travellers!

My partner for the current Fair and Square Exchange was Stephanie from U.K. I am still amazed at the wonderful package she sent. Stitchers can be so generous but Stephanie is the tops. The square she sent was so beautiful and the gifts were greatly appreciated.

The pattern Stephanie worked was part of the design An Open Heart by The Drawn Thread. This pattern was in my stash and has now moved up the 'must do' list. I usually put off finishing and making up but was so excited about this beautiful piece I have already make it up into a box pin cushion - very similar to a mattress pin cushion. I just love it!!!

My major finish for this month was Golden Gate Bridge - a design by John Clayton of Heritage Stitchcraft. It was started so long ago - put away for various reasons - but at last it is finished and I just need to get it to the framers sometime. I think the solid cross stitch using a lot of the same colour became rather boring. It will certainly be a good reminder of a trip to U.S.A. a few years ago when we did travel both under and over this wonderful bridge.

There is nothing like starting a new project and I am making that a reward for finishing off a UFO. Little House Needleworks has become one of my favorites and last year I enjoyed stitching The Bookshelf so I have now started Needlework School which is such a pleasure to stitch and should be quite quick. Progress so far...

And just to finish off a couple of photos taken during my early morning walk. We live 23 km from the city and just a 5 minute walk to 'Shepherds Bush'. I often think when I am getting dressed to go walking that I would rather stitch than walk but just know I have to do it. Maybe just seeing the sign then walking through Shepherds Bush helps. After crossing a creek my walk then takes me to a walking and bike track which runs along open paddocks with horses and cows so I really feel I am out in the country.


Stephanie said...

Your finish of the squares is gorgeous - I'm so pleased you like them and have made something so lovely with them!

Well done on finishing Golden Gate, it'll look great all framed up.

Wow, I do love the photos from your morning walk - I so need to move back to Canada where the outdoors is so much a bigger part of life than it is here in the UK!

Margie said...

Everything looks lovely! :-)