Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Last Day of February

I took a walk this morning, down the driveway to get the Sunday newspaper.  It was such a lovely morning, I did not even bother with a jacket.

Dorothy's creek rushed along making a pleasant sound.

The moss on the oak tree draped with artistic flare.

Yet more varieties of daffodils nod their heads.

...and the chipmunks are not in hibernation, but are busy eating sunflower seeds and stuffing their fat little cheeks!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hellebore Weekend - NW Garden Nursery

What a lovely February day!  We took a short roadtrip this morning out to Ernie and Marietta O'Byrne's NW Garden Nursery to view their wonderful plantings and nursery.  The hellebores were at their peak!


I don't think that my photos begin to do justice!  To find out more, look at their website NW Garden Nursery and also be sure to check out their
 Gallery of Singles and their Gallery of Doubles.  And lastly, their page of photos of Hellebores in the Garden.

The Eugene Register Guard also published a nice article on

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Snowbird - Progress

You can see the rice stitches (light green) in the wing of the bird.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snowbird - A Start

Hey, it's still February, right?
So one last snowman before switching to Easter / Spring motifs!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Be Merry - Progress

I have enjoyed stitching this, but found I do not have the Thread Gatherer, Silk 'n Threads "Belvedere Gardens" needed to finish up the hat.  So I've ordered it and will start something else while awaiting its arrival! 

Monday, February 22, 2010

February Sunshine

Parvati and Padma - large heat-seeking missiles, found my "stitchy chair" to be the perfect spot on a sunny February afternoon!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Checkerbird - A Finish

Design - Checkerbird (kit)
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki Belfast
Started - 17 February 2010
Completed - 19 February 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Is it February or is it April?



Wild Iris



Strange wildflower



Emma Bridgewater Mugs

The last couple of days, the weather in the Willamette Valley has been more like April than February.  Cold frosty mornings, followed by gloriously sunny days.  Spring is bursting everywhere - even inside! 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Checkerbird - A Start

Needed something small and portable to take with me on a busy day, so this seemed to be the ticket! 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Drawn Thread - Snow - A Finish

Design - "Snow" (kit with fabric)
Designer - The Drawn Thread
Fabric - 32 count R & R 18th Century Blue
Started - 15 February 2010
Completed - 17 February 2010

An older chart from 1995, so it has a different look than the other snowmen I've stitched recently.  I am pleased with the simplicity of it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Drawn Thread - Snow - A Start

Back to my stash I flew!
I unearthed this little kit. 
It had the fabric - I had the DMC!
So we are good to go.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ABC Sno - A Finish - Finally!

Design - ABC Sno
Designer - Angel Stitchin'
Fabric - 28 count French Country Riviera
Started - 17 January 2010
Completed - 15 February 2010

I messed with the "W", "X" and "V" so that I could spell "SNOW" rather than "SNO" using WDW.   

Monday, February 15, 2010

February - Monthly Mania - A Finish

Design - Monthly Mania - February
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Dirty Belfast
Started - 14 February 2010
Finished - 14 February 2010

I made my deadline and churned this out on Valentine's Day!
The WDW Mulberry heart was an inspired color choice by the designer.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Monthly Mania - February - A Start

I decided there was time to crank out one more Valentine-themed piece before the big day arrived!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snowman Zippies - A Finish

Design - "Snowman" - Zippies (a kit)
Designer - Bent Creek
Fabric - 18 count Natural linen
Started - 12 February 2010
Finished 13 February 2010

A bit of an irony to be working on a snowman when it is so very mild here in Oregon. 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snowman Zippies - A Start

I actually began this just after midnight during a spell of insomnia - I decided why not stitch a bit?  Surely that is better than tossing and turning... 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One Love - A Finish

Design - One Love
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Dirty Belfast linen
Started - 7 February 2010
Completed - 11 February 2010

I've purchased the Just Another Button Company buttons for this piece.  They've not arrived yet - I'll update the photo when they.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ABC Sno - Further Progress

I don't know why this is taking so long to complete.
Just the alphabet remains.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Cat Days of February

Left to right:
Solomon, Parvati, Cleo and Padma
(Tom-Cat hidden - sleeping under the bed)

Who can take a nap with that crew hogging the bed?

Monday, February 8, 2010

From the Cross Stitch Archives

Design - "2000 Collector's Heart" (kit) 
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Natural light Wichlet linen
Started - 27 May 2002
Completed - 3 June 2002

I changed the date to 2002 in memory of Mary O. Cookson, my grandmother 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

From the Cross Stitch Archives

Design - Wee One "Valentine Bird"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki Belfast linen
Started - 2 April 2004
Completed - 4 April 2004

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wee One - One Love - A Start

Continuing on with the Valentine theme!
I need to order the buttons for this, but as I have the fabric and floss, I decided to make this my next start.   

Friday, February 5, 2010

2004 Collector's Heart - A Finish

Design - "2004 Collector's Heart" (kit)
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Dirty Belfast linen
Started - 2 February 2010
Completed - 5 February 2010

Enjoyed the Rhodes stitches and Smyrna crosses!
I decided to have this piece say 2004 as charted.
Then at the bottom I dated it 2010.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

From the Cross Stitch Archives

Design - "Gentle Heart" (kit)
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki linen
Started - 25 February 2008
Completed - 1 March 2008

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2004 Collector's Heart - In 2010!

So sometimes it takes me a while (years if one is being technical) to get around to stitching something!  Six years late I am up to the challenge.
Now do I date this 2004 or 2010?  That's my dilemma!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hodgepodge Hearts - A Finish

Design - "Hodgepodge Hearts"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki linen
Started - 1 February 2010
Finished - 2 February 2010 

Today has turned out to be a dark, grey, rainy day.  A perfect day to sit and stitch a cheery little Valentine!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hodgepodge Hearts - A Start

This looks to be a fun seasonal piece to stitch!