Sunday, February 25, 2018

Getting ready for Spring to sprung on Slow Stitching Sunday...

I am ready ready ready for Spring to sprung... the daffodils in my yard are up about 6"... the daffodils I planted in pots aren't doing anything...and I think that experiment may be a bust. I think they may have gotten too wet early on and then too cold... I was really  hoping for cute little miniature daffodils  to transplant into my window boxes... but I may be disappointed... oh the joys of gardening.

So since I can't do much outside I decided to do something indoors...the snowmen have been banished to their bins in the basement, and bunnies and ducks and chicks have settled in. I've "priscillafied" a couple of cross stitch pieces and picked up a few new Spring here's a look of what I've been  up to...

First off is the book shelf unit that I always deck out in seasonal stuff...

As far as holidays go Easter is the one I have the least decorations for. Starting at the top...

I "priscillafied" this older Bent Creek sampler called Hip Hop...

Just added a bit of burlap and gingham and a button... and I have two of my egg cups with feet front and center... I'm always  on the hunt for egg cups with  feet.

The bottom half  has a bit more cross stitch... this one is from  Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers Abcedarian series of a couple of years ago. There were 12 pieces in  the  series...I think I stitched 4 or 5.... might get back to it someday...

and  a couple  of  Spring-y quilts.

The little display cabinet has ducks and a bunny and a giant cross stitched egg....

I also "priscillafied" this cute Easter egg that was gifted to me by Barb, The Wicked Stitcher...

I added a bit of color with the Spring-y checked ribbon and another button... the little bunny with the polka dot belly is from  Target's Dollar Spot just last week.

I was wandering around  Micheals last week with a gift card in my wallet... living dangerously...LOL...when I came across this galvanized metal tray/basket/I don't know what to call it...but I had to have it... when I got it home I dressed it up in Spring-y green paper Easter grass and sparkly eggs and fat  little chicks with beady eyes ...  they were another purchase from Target's Dollar Spot.

I might paint that wooden handle part turquoise when I find the super safe spot I stored all my craft paints in...

And the last thing I want to share today... the stinking cute chick  I started stitching last week is finished... my  Easter Peeps from With Thy Needle and Thread.

Here's a close-up of how I finished it...I took my cues from Priscilla and mounted it on sticky board fabric covered frame and I hot melt glued that to the wide ribbon that looped over top of this Easter egg wreath.

Now don't hold me to it...but as my pea brain remembers the wreath came from Target last year... I found it either in the back section where they put all the candy or an end cap in the decorator section. I wouldn't be surprised if it might come back again this year.

I changed all the colors on this piece except for the hat... my thread picks were  much brighter, clearer colors ... all DMCs from my stash. I really love this little guy and he has spurred me on to doing more seasonal pieces...well him and Priscilla... I've been stitching samplers for the last 30 years because they were fun and I find myself wanting holiday and seasonal pieces to display.  I did stitch up several Winter pieces but didn't get them totally finished before I was done with I wish I had moved on to Spring sooner... I've even thought about jumping on to Summer stuff... and then there is Halloween and Christmas... I've got 2 small Spring-y/Easter-y pieces started that I want to add to my 3 tier I'm waiting to show it when I get them done.  So many things I want to stitch...

And have you seen any sneak peeks of the new stuff coming out at the cross stitch trade show next week?  Brenda Gervais at With Thy Needle and Thread has 11 new charts... ELEVEN!!!  You can see them here on her IG account... so far I think I can limit myself  to about  5 of them... and then  check out this sneak peek from Beth Seal of Summer  House Stitche Workes... I want this one too...and then I saw where Stacy Nash has more cute animal pieces ... one is a chicken so you know I have to have it...and I saw an elephant too... check it out here.

Well it will be a busy week... need to get things ready for my brother's memorial service/classic car display/Chinese buffet on Saturday... so far the forecast calls for decent weather. Thank you Lord!   This weekend has been rain rain rain rain rain rain...and more rain... here in Cincinnati the  river is about 60 ft...that's about 8 feet above flood stage...they closed the flood walls on the Kentucky side... it has been years since they did that. Can't wait for things to dry out, but it is going to take a while.

I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts  and watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics... I marvel at the athletic prowess on display and wonder how one decides to throw oneself down a mountain side and then do flips and spins... where do you get the idea that would be fun?? interesting??  I can understand challenging... I think the only winter sport I'm qualified for is curling but then I've heard that it is harder than it looks too... I don't know about throwing the stone but I'm pretty good with a broom...LOL

Hope you have a good week ....

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. You crack me up. I have so much of my MIL's leftover stitchery that I may pick up the needle. Your seasonal pieces are so cute.

  2. I enjoyed your post with your spring décor. I like the black galvanized tray/carrier that you found at Michaels. I really like the chick piece that you finished and attached to your egg wreath.

  3. Spring! Bunnies and pastel colors! Your chick stitch is adorable Carol.

  4. Having watched the snow fall here twice this week, it was like a breath of fresh air to see your spring decorating. :)

  5. Oh your home looks just wonderful! So sweet.

  6. Love all your spring decorating! I don't do much in the way of seasonal decorating anymore, but you are getting me to re-think that a bit!

  7. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to change out my decorations. I don't have near as many as you do but certainly did enjoy yours.

  8. Love all your Easter/Spring displays. Makes me wish I had more. Thanks for the links to some of the new cross stitch pieces that are coming out. My fingers are itching to start something new.

  9. Your home looks just wonderful and so very Spring-like!!We are having the coldest weather of the entire winter plus we are having some floors put down. I can't wait to get all the snow stuff gone and my Spring/Easter out! Maybe that will help the weather. I do hope you have just the most pretty weather for your brother's memorial. I watch Cincinnati and Louisville. That nasty Ohio River has been very naughty!! Hopefully you live far from the river. My thoughts will be with you.

  10. Very cute and decorative for Spring! We don’t really have Spring here, well, that lasts for more than a week anyway! I have a couple of Lizzie Kate charts for Spring that I might find time to stitch :)

  11. wow !!! beautiful and so lovely work :) i really like your good idea so much.Thank for sharing.



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