so much for February!

February went by in  a flurry of renovations!  We had new carpet installed on two of the four levels of the house, which meant emptying one level, painting while the old carpet was still down, having the carpet installed, replacing furniture, and then a week later, doing the same process on the next level!  While I am delighted with both the fresh paint and the carpet, I do not know if my knees, elbow and wrist will ever be the same!  Now the only things left on my reno list includes installing a bathroom on the family room level, and then gutting and renovating the main bathroom.  That will wait for another few years.  See what happens when you have accomplished all the major gardening work that you had planned??  I just moved indoors!

I did have some stitching and knitting finishes in January and February – and I think I will save the knitting finishes for the next post.  How about these for finishing work in January?  This lovely stocking and tree door hanger are Pauline’s http://www.paruscircle.blogspot.com/  

           Cheryl stitched these lovely BBD stockings for me for Christmas, so I took the time to finish them up     I just adore these little stockings, and keep them up year round on our Norfolk Pine tree in the living room.

I stitched this Mon Bo Sapin Tree (c) Tournicoton as part of a SAL with a yahoo group – this is over 1 using 1 strand of WDW Bethleham, on 28 ct blue linen.  I am thinking of a spindle stand finish for this lovely tree.

   This was my January 1st guilt free start project – I wanted something bright and cheerful to stitch during cold and cloudy January, so Country Yellow Teapot by DMC it was!    I have the Country Blue teapot to stitch as well, and am thinking of stitching a few more teapot and teacup designs to do up a quilt. If you think you might like the chart and leftover floss for this teapot, drop me a line.  I would be delighted to trade it away to a new home.    Trade pending.

February began the RR projects on the yahoo group I belong to.  I stitched this lovely owl from the Stoney Creek book In The Woods for Nancy’s RR.  He is all done over 1 thread in DMC:   I have loved this owl for a long time, and was delighted that he fit so well with Nancy’s theme.  I did not do all the backstitching that Stoney Creek includes in their charts – just the bit around his beak and eyes.  My choice of project for this same RR is the Carriage House Samplings alphabet – I borrowed KarenV’s idea of making up a book – check out her blog http://kvstitching.wordpress.com/ and here is a pic of her finished piece :    Isn’t that fabulous?  I have not yet decided on a cover page for my book, and hope to work a bit on that this month.

Finally, here are my January and February ornaments.  I am doing something different this year, in that the yahoo group gals are doing an ornament SAL.  Each month, a member chooses an ornament, and we all stitch it up.  I stitched my ornament choice – Winter from Marjolein Bastin’s Four Season Collection on blue evenweave in January,   and this lovely Celtic Christmas banner was Nancy’s choice in February 

And that is it for February!