A Snow Day

this is what it looks like here today!!  And the forecast is for the same for the next 3 or 4 days.  Welcome to spring in southern Alberta – lol.

 So it seems like a good day to get caught up on a few things, beginning with the ornaments I stitched in March!  The first is the last ornament in the ornament RR I was involved in – this is Marilynne’s choice – O Christmas Tree (c) Suzann’s Designs in the 1998 JCS ornament issue.  I substituted GAST for the DMC called for.  I love the back of this one, it was so much fun to sew together.

  And this one is the last of the Dragon Dreams ornaments I needed to catch up on – Checking It Twice from the 2007 JCS ornament issue!  My DS has already claimed all the Dragon Dreams ornies – the kids each pick a stitched ornament a year for their collections.

  and for the Chatelaine Waterlily Pond Quilt – here is block 3 in the Quilt A patterns!  I am so taken with this quilt and am looking forward to doing the 4th block this coming week!

I had the opportunity to finish some things for Jodi this past week too!  These lovely ornies were stitched by other ladies in our yahoo group for Jodi – aren’t they gorgeous?  There were two other lovely pieces that I know Jodi is using as gifts, so you will have to wait to see those.

And finally, here are my April ornaments!  I love hearts – this one is by The Sweetheart Tree – I subbed GAST for the DMC and did a satin stitch heart rather than buy the charm they called for – and it is Hollyberry Heart from the ’98 JCS ornie issue:


and this is Merry Christmas Roll from the ’97 JCS issue.  Could you guess that it is by Shepherd’s Bush Printworks??  I  used GAST again rather than DMC, and subbed a sledding charm, rather than buy the Santa bead that was called for.

I hope to spend the next few days getting caught up on finishing work, and then begin finishing my Ackworth Quaker Friendship book!!  I finally found a fabric that I like, and ribbon that will work 🙂


A Swift Kick??

Anyone have a swift kick to spare? I could certainly use one! March was a hurry up and wait month – waiting for an offer for the job DH applied for to arrive, waiting for an appraisal on our house, waiting to make the decision as to whether we would move or stay, waiting for the weather to improve so I could get out in the yard, waiting, waiting, waiting………
Well, the waiting is over! The offer came in and was a good one, but not good enough, so here we stay. The appraisal was unnecessary after all, but included some good information, and some areas where we need to do some work. All that decluttering for nothing!!! LOL The weather is much nicer, the tree and shrub pruning is done, and the spring cleanup type yardwork is finished. There are crocuses blooming, and the daffodils, tulips and irises are making their presence known.

The kids and I had a lovely trip to BC to stay with my Mom over Easter – look, pics to prove it!

I did manage to complete some knitting while we were away.  This is a prayer shawl knit with Lion Brand Homespun in Barrington colorway.  Since I am not at all religious, I think I will call it a comfort shawl – it is the perfect weight to wear on a chilly spring morning or evening, and is thick and comfy.

These socks are knit with JLSalvia yarn using Nancy Bush’s basic sock recipe from Folk Socks.  I do have some toddler socks and ornie socks made up too – but have a few more ornie socks to make to use up the rest of the ball, so that will wait.

A while back I posted pics of the lovely scissors fobs that Jodi sent me in our exchange, and since Rachel has now received her package from me, here are the pics!  I stitched Just Nan’s Beaded Rose over one on mint green Belfast for her, stitched it into a tiny biscornu, and found a cute pair of pink scissors to match.  I added in the beads so Rachel can make some beaded fobs – she does gorgeous beading.

Finally, here are progress pics on the Giggles in the Snow girl wip, and on the Honor Thy Needle pyramid etui SAL piece.


Oh, and before I forget – a pair of felted clog slippers for my DS – who was feeling a bit left out when his dad and sister had them and he did not!

And that swift kick?  I need one to get going on stitching and finishing work!  Since our return from BC, and all the yard work, and all the waiting, my stitching and finishing has been largely ignored.  Time to get moving on it again!