Sunday, March 10, 2013

Some slow chicken stitching on Sunday

So on Thursday I said I'd be back on Friday and now it Sunday afternoon. My weekend disappeared faster than that hour we lost to Daylight Savings Time - which is one of the biggest pains in the butt I know of ... more ranting later. Anyway I have had a bit of time to stitch and this is what I'm working on...


This design is by Tra la la and is called Duo de Printemps. How could I resist this one? First, that chicken has a polka dot wing, then there are those giant tulips (my favorite flower) and it includes an alphabet. The trifecta of cross stitching wonderfulness in my world. I did change the colors to suit me and this little bit of gingham linen I had in my stash.

I started this last Wednesday when we had a snow day and was determined to use stuff I already had. So, I changed the red tulips to yellow (I don't have to tell you yellow is my favorite color, now do I - LOL). I used a Cosmos Seasons floss, 8027, which is a Japanese company. It has a variegated look to it that I love. The green leaves are color 8016 and the outer border and the alphabet are 8025. This skein is marvelous - it has two shades of blue - similar to DMC 931 and then two shades of taupe-y brown and two shades of a forest green. I selectively cut lengths of the colors I wanted to use. I stitched the outer border in the blue shades. I used the taupes and greens for the alphabet. Lots of variety of color from one single skein of floss - love that. The red is DMC 4210, one of the new color variation skeins.

This finished about 4 1/4" wide and 5" tall. I'm not sure if I'm going to frame it or finish it as a little pillow. Oh looking at the picture I realize I'm not totally done. There is another heart and some little motifs to finish. Oh well I'll get to that later.

And now for my rant on Daylight Savings Time - the short version - I intensely dislike it. I can't see a single reason to have it. We don't save any power with this and it messes up people's sleep cycles and has been related to an increase in accidents when it changes. I know the battery companies use this occasion to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors, but I'm sure they could tie this reminder to Easter and Halloween and still make their point in a timely fashion. So now that I'm up on this soap box I found this site - you can click https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/eliminate-bi-annual-time-change-caused-daylight-savings-time/ShChxpKh#thank-you=p - it is a petition to eliminate the bi-annual change. It is on the White House page where petitions are posted. It needs to get 100,000 signatures for the government to look at this issue. I would love them to change this instead of my health care and taxes - just saying. So if you are on the same side of this issue as I am, go over and sign. Climbing down off the the soap box now...

Happy stitching-
carol fun

18 comments:

  1. OMG, this little cross stitched tidbit is adorable. It would look so sweet in my kitchen.

    In Arizona we don't change our clocks but I've lived in other parts of the country where we did. It used to take forever for my body clock to adjust...I hated it. Now we just have to adjust to the time differences with the rest of the country.

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  2. I am babysitting my grandson this afternoon. He's 3. I shall blame daylight savings on his meltdown, before he mercifully took a nap. ( for awhile there I was blaming his personality in general, ha ha ) Still I got some sewing done BEFORE he got over here : )

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  3. Love this trifecta stitchery!
    The time change doesn't bother me...I work shift work and my sleeping pattern is already messed up beyond repair!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  4. Cute sampler, I have always wanted a chicken coop in my backyard. Your stitching is delightful!

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  5. Soo cute on the gingham! Changing colors is de riguer for most stitchers, I think---your variegated thread adds a lot. Did you see the tulips on Lori Holt's (Bee in My Bonnet blog) row by row along this week? They are too cute as well and I may have to do a tablerunner.

    Daylight savings time changing is bothersome, I agree, though I do really like those days in summer when I have 2-3 hours of daylight after getting home from work :)

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  6. This is really cute. I vote for a little pillow. Do you think Big Dude would like it? Daylight Savings Time is the reason I don't know what time it is for two or three days. Makes me sleepy just to think about it! (or Am I wide awake? ) Too confusing!

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  7. What a cute little project!! I'm headed over to sign. I hate these time changes!!!!

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  8. What a cute little cross stitch! I have to agree with you...I'm not fond of daylight savings time either.

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  9. AMEN! I hate Daylight Savings Time. It is an idea whose time has passed!! Love your chicken cross-stitch. It is too cute.

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  10. I think the further north you are, the more you appreciate DST - though it takes me about a week to adjsut to it. Love your little Tra-la-la stitch Carol - your color pallet is bright and cheery and very YOU!

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  11. I love that stitchery--you always pick such neat ones to do--
    Where do you buy the Tra-la-la patterns????
    I only seem to find the other company that is similar, but starts with a L--
    Happy stitching--
    hugs, di and miss gracie

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  12. Love your stitching! Very sweet.:) It's my least favorite day of the year too!

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  13. Your little sampler is nice.

    Have a nice week, Manuela.

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  14. You always make me smile...yes...we all know by now that you like yellow...and thank goodness you know how to use that color well! Adorable sampler...and I am so thrilled to translate the French title...Duo de Printemps...4 weeks of immersion French lessons have paid off.

    I'm with you 100% on Daylights savings time...hate it! My husband tells me France has their version in a week or two...we aren't sure of the date but we'll find out!

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  15. Love the chicken!! Adorable on the gingham.

    I'm so glad to see your daylight savings post. Glad to sign the petition. Will post about it on my blog, too....if I can come out of my personal brain fog from the change!

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  16. I love your little chicken sittchery! But I also love Daylight Saving time. But if we could stay in it all year, that would be okay with me!

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  17. Such a cute chicken, and it's perfect on that gingham! Very sweet. I want to try some of that variegated floss. I looked at the blue DMC, but it looked like it had an awful lot of white in it and I wanted it to stitch a snowman embroidery, and I was unsure of the white. Yes, I know snowmen are supposed to be white, but I want blue snowmen. :)

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