Wednesday, March 01, 2006

An Early Spring!

The flowering plum trees have bloomed! I am so thrilled...its a whole 2 weeks early this year. It is always a wonderful promise that spring is actually on its way. I love spring, it is my favorite time of year! This picture is just outside my office at the credit union, so I really can enjoy looking at all that pink most of the day!!!

I am almost finished with Honeysuckle Rose (Again, thank you Anne!). I had planned on finishing it up before I posted a picture, but decided to go ahead and post it now since it is nearly done. I just have some of the light green to finish up and some gold in the center of the flowers. It calls for gold beads, but since it is for a clock center, I am afraid the beads might get in the way of the hands. I also need to figure out some sort of "Buttonhole" in the center of the design for the clock works to come through the fabric. I probably will just end up with some sort of Kloster block square in the same color thread as the fabric. I can hardly wait to get it all together!

I have decided not to make a goal list for March, as I cannot count on how much stitching time I will really end up with in any given month. But I hope to design some more on "My Child's Heart" and get at least one more of the Shepherd's Bush Christmas ornaments finished. So, is two items a list? LOL! I really should put a few more stitches into Victoria Sampler's A is for Angel, since I joined the support group that Thea has set up for the Alphabet Samplers! That little list will be more than plenty for me to do!!!

Every week I read the SBQ question, but never have the time to go back and forth to copy and paste and make a note, etc. But I think I will try it this week.

Today's SBQ was suggested by Cheryl and is:What cross-stitch magazines or other publications (as opposed to blogs) do you read on a regular basis? What do you like about them?What do you not like? What would your perfect publication include?

My answer: back in the old days I subscribed to nearly every stitching magazine that was made, but rarely stitched much from the magazine. My favorite used to be Cross Stitch and Country Crafts, and I still have every single issue in my collection. These days, I don't subscribe to any stitching magazines, tho I collect and use a lot the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issues. If I happen to be in Barnes and Noble, I will look at all the magazines and only buy one if I happen to see one that has a pattern that I am fairly sure I will stitch someday. But it is still fun to browse!
So my requirements are that it MUST have a pattern I want to stitch, and perhaps some great articles. My perfect publication would be a whole magazine of patterns that are irresistible!


Von said...

What a lovely sight to gaze on while working, Con!! We had such a gorgeous day today; it truly smelled of spring.
HR is just so pretty and will make a delightful clock!

Lili said...

What a wonderful tree! How lucky you are seeing this already! Here, nature still hasn't shown a sign of awakening...
Your Just Nan project is very charming, I love it!
Totally agree with you on cross stitch mags.
Take care!

AnneS said...

I had to laugh reading your blog tonight - seeing those plum blossoms heralding the oncoming of spring for you ... I was walking up the road from work to my car, and there was a reasonable breeze blowing, and there was a shower of leaves falling off a couple of the trees (it really looked amazing) - and it reminded me that today is in fact the first official day of autumn for us haha - nothing like being total opposites :D At least when winter eventually does get here, we don't have snow to contend with, just icy cold winds ... :) Love seeing HR growing - it's going to look great as a clock :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Con, Don't know if I have this figured out but will see what happens. I enjoy your blogs but didn't know how to respond.

Looks like spring is on the way.



Connie said...

Hey Mom! good to see you here! you did it! We are all fine, worked in the yard, went shopping in Puyallup and set up Chris' laptop to use for email in my bedroom. Busy day!

Love you!