Monday, June 29, 2015

Leaving the Nest


Design - "Bee Ornament"
Chart - "Where There Are Bees" #193
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 28 count white Cashel
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 22 June 2015
Completed - 26 June 2015

I like the simplicity of this design - only two colors of DMC.  I appreciate that Prairie Schooler designs call for basic colors of linen like Lambswool, and use DMC floss.  I almost always have everything I need to stitch a PS design in my stash.  Nice.

This weekend the swallows were busy, busy, busy. 
Feeding their young...

...and encouraging the babies to 'fly the coop' 

The babies did fly, but not far and perched and pouted on the eaves above their birdhouse.   

Parvati thought all the comings and going were most interesting.

My big fat baby Tree Swallow did not want to leave.

Though she'd pop out about 1/2 way.

Look at all the encouragement she received from a Barn Swallow above on the left and her father, the Tree Swallow above on the right. 

Daddy Bird is such a pretty blue!

"Do I have to leave home Dad?"

Here an adult Violet-green Swallow sits on the eaves...

...keeping a baby Violet-green Swallow company. 

"Should I stay or should I go?" (ask the Kinks!)

Aren't these two the cutest feathered things?

I still have three Violet-green houses with babies.  I am hoping they leave soon as it is supposed to get very hot through the 15th of July; and the bird houses have to be stifling.

17 comments:

Kate said...

Lovely stitching :-) I like that about PS designs, too. Your bird babies are so cute! I hope they get brave enough to leave the nest soon.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I agree Beth, it's so much easier when the supply list is a bit more realistic.
The two babies are so cute, I hope they fly the nest soon.

Margaret said...

So so cute! I hope the birds fledge soon so they don't suffer in the heat. Love your bee finish!

Wanda said...

Beth, what absolutely delightful pictures and the captions had me laughing out loud! Love your bee and totally agree re PS.

Frances N said...

I LOVE Prairie Schooler and your bee is so fun!!!
I really enjoy seeing those sweet little fat birds--it's too cute watching them wanting to fly and being a little timid! But once they get the hang of it, they fly for the rest of their lives!!!

Justine said...

How cute are those baby swallows? Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Your bee stitch is really sweet too.

averyclaire.org said...

I love bee needlework also. Yours are lovely. And the animal photos you take are delightful and beautiful.

Vickie said...

hahaha! I adore these baby pics.

eileeninmd said...

Adorable captures of the baby swallows. The Violet-green swallow is beautiful! Have a happy day!

bailey-road.com said...

Nice set of photos. Baby Swallows are so cute. I like your cross stitch bee too!

Margaret Adamson said...

Glorious shots of the Swallows and Ilove their nest boxes

Marie C said...

Absolutely DARLING baby birds with their encouraging parents! Just love your wonderful photos! Love the cross stitch pattern also, and the header cross-stitch!

Mary Cromer said...

For any Swallow shares I always gush on and on, for they are so at the top of my top 10 favorite birds. I absolutely love them and your shares are all so sweet including the cat watching them., Hopefully they all fly high and not low. If you have not already, please stop by and say hi~

June Caedmon said...

Lovely "Bee" design and your swallow babies are sweet!

June Caedmon said...

Lovely "Bee" design and your swallow babies are sweet!

Rambling Woods said...

Hello! I saw your counted cross-stitch and it made me think of my late Mother and she always had one she was working on. Made me smile... But how cute are these swallows? So lucky to be able to watch them. One of the great joys of summer is to watch parents bring their youngsters to the feeders. I love all the begging calls... Michelle from Nature Notes...

Rambling Woods said...

The deer came and ate the tops off of all the heath aster again, so I am trying to plant natives that they don't like, so I will hope for the best for the columbine. Thank you for letting me know...Michelle