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Monday, August 27, 2012

"Sunflower cross stitch finished."

Hello,

Happy Monday,

With all the rose pruning that has been going on here at Kainga over the past couple of weeks. I decided I needed a little project I could work on in the evenings. I won this pattern from Cheryl from Prairie Grove Peddler so decided it would be just the right one to stitch. I picked up the DMC threads from Spotlight on a previous trip to Midland. The only thread I couldn't get was the one called "Whatley Woodlands" a Crescent thread so I substituted this with DMC 3829 and I also used DMC 519 for the word "Sky."  Cheryl had used the Crescent thread for the words, this is where I added my touch to the pattern by using the different coloured threads for the words.


I just love the little crows at the bottom of the sunflowers. It was stitched on a piece of 18 count Aida that has been dyed.

I haven't decided what I will turn this into yet. Maybe a purse or wallet or if all else fails a cushion. Will think about it over the next couple of days.

Yesterday I got a lovely surprise when I was walking past a garden bed out the back.


The first of the Iris have bloomed. I planted this new lot earlier on in the year so hopefully in a few years these will multiply like the rest I have planted around the garden


Ian picked the first of our potato for the year. Always happy to be eating our own vegetables.
Especially with the roast Chicken that Ian cooked on Sunday evening.


I love this time of the year when the "Stocks" are in bloom. You smell the perfume as soon as you are out the door. I didn't plant any new plants this year. Just scattered the seeds from the previous years plants when I cut them back last year. So it is a bit of a lucky dip to see what and where they are blooming.

Remember years ago when people lost Garden Gnomes from their gardens and received postcards from far flung countries? Well it has been a bit like that around here. The Birthday Gal my Sister Chris has been gallivanting around and using her Passport. Happy Birthday for today Chris. Have the best day ever, I know you have because I rang you!!!! Love from your "Younger Favourite Sister!!!!" and family.

Whatever you do today have a Happy Monday.
Bev C

19 comments:

shez said...

such a lovely happy post Bev and i love your stitchery,well done.xx

Nicky said...

Gorgeous post Bev, your cross stitch is so summery, love it! I can't believe you have potatoes ready, feeling very jealous. We had a few frosts last week, so still too early to plant here :-( Won't be long now though I hope! :-)

Karen said...

Lovely sunflowers. The cross stitch looks great.
I agree- the perfume from stocks is a delight!

Fiona said...

great post... I love sunflowers... and happy birthday to your sister...
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely post Bev and I love your sunflower cross stitch and the little crows. I just adore the smell of stocks...my Mum always grew them and they remind me of my childhood.

marina said...

what a sweet cross stitch!
My nana always had stocks in her garden.

Terry said...

Your cross stitch is so cute! I love sunflowers and crows! And your flowers are so pretty! I love the iris! :0)

C said...

The cross stitch looks great Bev, I like your use of color, especially on the word "sky". I picture it as a pillow with sunflower fabric borders!

C said...

The cross stitch looks great Bev, I like your use of color, especially on the word "sky". I picture it as a pillow with sunflower fabric borders!

Sue said...

Well I love sunflowers! Your stitchery is quite lovely.

Love the photos of your flowers. Seems I can smell them from here.

Simone de Klerk said...

Beautiful stitchery! And your garden has so much loveliness in it.
Perfect.

Terriaw said...

Love seeing all the wonderful nature-inspired things happening in your world today. I'm always a sucker for anything with a sunflower stitched or printed on it. Your project is so charming. We are approaching Autumn here and that is the perfect image of how things are.

Melissa said...

Lovely little piece! And happy birthday to your sister!

Sue said...

Love your sunny cross stitch. You came to mind yesterday when I washed my little apple tree cushion cover and popped it back on my favourite chair on the verandah. You'll be pleased to know it washed like a dream!

chris said...

Lovely sunflowers Bev. I particularly noticed there were lots of crows where I was last week. I miss them here.

Anthea said...

The cross stitch is lovely Bev, what a great design, well done! Whilst you were eating taters from your own garden I hope the roast chicken was not also from your garden, LOL!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such a beautiful and cheery stitched piece! Cant wait to see what you do with it. Love your garden photos. And Lucy stole my heart in your last post! So cute!

Deb said...

Love the wonderful sunflowers/crows x-stitch! I've never thought about what I would make a x-stitch into...I'm not sure I've done anything with them but frame and put on the wall. I guess that would make a lot more interesting possibilities.

We had potatoes in our garden for the very first time this year and have had fun figuring out what to do with them all!

Jess said...

I had not seen this post... Your cross sititch is lovely, I like the sunflowers, the yellow is my favorite color. :)
Hugs