Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Slow Sunday where maybe I should pay closer attention when I talk to myself...

Its Sunday again... don't know where the time goes... the last week was pretty nice. Had 3 full days where I didn't need to turn on the AC... take that Duke Energy... lovely temperatures, low humidity, nice breeze... my idea of PERFECT weather...and then it changed. Heat and humidity will be back this week. The only good thing about this weather is that it seems to rain a bit each day and I haven't had to water as much. 

I spent  a lot of time out on the porch/sunroom with the windows open cross stitching and I have a finish... Mrs. Maguire's  Garden by Pineberry Lane...



I can't get the color of this linen accurate ... it is a lovely olive-y green... the mottling came out wonderful and I'm happy with my floss changes... I made it a lot more yellow-y golden. I have plans for framing and priscillifying this ...might get to it tomorrow.

And since I finished one project I jumped into another...and this is where maybe   I should pay closer attention to when I talk to myself. I couldn't wait to get to  this one, Summer Welcome by The Drawn Thread...


I dithered over what size linen to stitch this on... the sample is on 30 count and the stitch count for the height is only 30 stitches...so over 2 threads that makes it 2" tall ...and that didn't seem very big... so I thought I'd do it on 28 count and it would be a teeny bit bigger... so I figured out the size piece I needed and cut it out and painted it...


 I love how it came out a nice sunny yellow...more intense than this pics shows... I got all my threads together which took a while as it is charted for silks ...which I converted to Gentle Arts...which I may convert some flosses to DMC... got my charts copied so I can make notes on them and sat down to stitch. And then it hit me... this doesn't look like 28 count..hmmm....where's my ruler.... OH carp... this isn't 28 ...this is 32...so now my piece will be even smaller than the original... how did I miss this??? The linen I cut this off of even has a note pinned to it clearly stating it is 32 count. 

I debated painting another piece of linen but I just didn't want to wait so I started stitching...and very quickly came to the conclusion that while I thought I wanted 28 count, I really really like 32... I like the coverage I get with 2 ply on 32 ...and this isn't as small as I thought...


I started in the middle because I wanted to see how that flag looked and while it isn't complete yet it  is looking good. I'm also debating how many of the fancy stitches this chart calls for...that I didn't notice till I sat down to stitch...can I eliminate...today I'm not feeling them... maybe tomorrow...so in the meantime I'll just work on the letters. 

On the gardening front, my yard is looking nice... I do think I may have over stuffed the window boxes... I have 5 of them this year and started out with a plan of 6 wave petunias to each section of window box and in total there are 12 sections for the 5 boxes... but it looked skimpy so I went and got more ...


Some of the petunias are down right leggy already...need to pinch them back...this is the corner by the porch ... got the wagon last year at Hobby Lobby... I'm pretty sure that plant behind the wagon is a week...and ENORMOUS weed but it so green I haven't got the heart to pull it out yet... I'll probably need a machete to chop it down... the stems are really thick. Why is it that weeds can look so good and the climbing rose bush next to it (that I'm not showing) looks really BAD...something has eaten the leaves... I sprayed some Neem oil and will see what happens. The lady down the street said the same thing happened to her climbing rose bush...she chopped hers back to the ground and I will probably have to do that too...maybe when I whack down that big weed. 

This is one of my views from the porch...


with the windows open the petunias smell lovely...one of my favorite flowers.

Now the Dude is sacked out on the couch today...I've thrown a quilt over the couch as the new slipcovers attract cat hair like a magnet and I'm tired of constantly cleaning it up.


I might take a little nap too... dinner is pretty much organized... doing shrimp over pasta with roasted asparagus, salad, watermelon and rolls. I'm hoping for lots of crafty time this week. Did a bit of sewing last week and want to get some quilt tops off to be quilted...and there is sock yarn to be played with and of course stitching to be done. I am never bored...and that is a wonderful thing.

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts ... do check out the quilt on her header... so pretty...hope you are having a lovely Sunday and will have an equally lovely week...


happy stitching-
carol fun 


PS... I ran this post through spell check and for some reason it doesn't like the word "wagon"... I'm clueless as to why...that's the only way I know to spell it. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Driving by on a Slow Stitching Sunday...





Hello there... I'm just driving by ...in my little polka dot egg car with my goggles firmly in place to say "what have you been up to?"... as usual, I've been doing a bit of this and a bit of that  and after being gone for two weeks I have some stuff to show you. First lets talk about this hilarious chick in the egg car... a friend  called me the other week and left an intriguing message that she had found something while she was shopping and it HAD to come and live at my house... and this is what she dropped off... OMG is this not HILARIOUS??? What kind of a brain conceives of such a creation??? I'd like to meet them and take them out for lunch...LOL Thanks Meredith... I just LOVE him!!!

And have you guys been as hot as we've been here in SW Ohio?  I heard that this was the hottest May on records and my utility bill certainly reflects that. Usually you get a couple of weeks in the Spring and the Fall where you don't need AC or heat and you can open the windows and enjoy the breeze...not this Spring...heck we didn't really have a Spring... I think it lasted all of 3 days...maybe. 

So I put away my "spring-y" stuff and  banished the bunnies to their plastic bins and got out my more "summer-y" decorations...heavy on the bird stuff. And I've added several new cross stitch pieces...

To begin, this is Shakespeare's Peddler's Magic Garden Sampler. I started this one back around 2016..even stitched that date  on it... adjusted it for now and "priscillified" with burlap ribbon and a cool galvanized "frame".  You can click here and see all the changes I made... color of linen, color of flosses. I'm very happy with my version of this sampler.




Next we have my current favorite stitchy lady...Mrs. Maguire from Pineberry Lane and this is Mrs. Maguire - Bee Charmer.  Another galvanized piece with some burlap, buttons and pins...you can enlarge it to see it a bit better. I'm thinking I should go back and backstitch around the bee wings... I did the bee skep in satin stitches, I like the dimension it gives the piece and of course I changed the linen color (painted it with Rit dyes) and the floss colors were changed too. I think my style for this can be categorized as "bright Primitive"...kinda an oxymoron since most Primitives are browner than I like. This makes me happy and that's all that counts.



And here is an itty bitty little gal from Pineberry Lane... I just stitched her and her giant tulip from the chart "Except this Posey from a Friend" which you can see here. I may stitch her again in one of the larger pieces.  You can't get simpler than the embellishment here ... a bow and a button. I picked up that little galvanized clip frame at Hobby Lobby...in fact all the galvanized "frames" I've used have come from Hobby Lobby.  



And speaking of Hobby Lobby, I was there last week... they already have a lovely display of FALL stuff and I saw candy canes in another section... sheesh... can't we even get through 4th of July before we start thinking of the holidays? I know people who create stuff for craft fairs need to get an early start but I'd really like to live in the moment for a while.

Here's a pic of the display shelves...


Right now I'm stitching on another Mrs. Maguire piece...this is Mrs Maguire's Garden...


I dyed this linen in a small mason jar and I LOVE how it turned out...all splotchy and blotchy... it is a lovely mottled olive green... I started with Rit Apple Green and added a touch of Golden Yellow. Again I've brightened this up and I added an apron to her dress... I saw that on IG but I don't remember who did it. Along with this one Mrs. Maguire also has a hen house ...you can see it here... which I can't wait to get to.

And another piece I can't wait to stitch is this one from Drawn Thread...



you can see this pattern and her other seasonal "welcome" pieces here... and I want to do ALL of them!!! Now they aren't real big...216 x 30... so on 32 count that will be 13.5" by 2.8"...I cut a piece of linen this morning and I'm thinking of doing a mottled yellow background... the stuff it in a mason jar technique. I pulled my threads...did a conversion from the called for silks (lovely to work with but pricey) to Gentle Arts. Have everything except the blue for the letters...grrr... now I have a little of the Presidential Blue but not sure I have enough for the whole piece. I ordered some this morning but may take a chance and get started on it. I think it will fit perfectly on the top shelf of my display rack and I can change them out as the year progresses. I LOVE the Halloween one ...and the Autumn one...and the Spring one...and well you get the idea. 

I'm having a family dinner tonight...prime rib sandwiches (left over prime rib from Easter), corn on the cob, pasta salad, chinese coleslaw, sliced avocados, blueberries, watermelon and strawberries with angel food cake for dessert. Everything is prepped and ready to go so I have a little bit of time to sit on my sunroom porch and stitch. I got a ceiling fan installed last week and I have an electrical outlet too so after dark I can sit out there as I plugged in a nice floor lamp. Now if Mother Nature would cooperate and let things cool down a bit I could open the windows. The humidity is suppose to lessen this week...and that would be excellent... it feels like July, not May... curse you Mother Nature!! I shouldn't be so hard on the old gal... my flowers are liking the  rain and the humidity...

pyramid of petunias on May 6...


Same pyramid of petunias today...


looks pretty perky!!

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today ...hope you all have a great week... I have plans to plant some dahlias and stitch and maybe even sew some quilt blocks...

happy stitching-
carol fun 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day and Slow Stitching Sunday where I realize I'm not cut out for certain things...

Happy happy happy Mother's day to all  of you who've nurtured a child... I saw a sign in front of the local Tire Discounters yesterday which said...Happy Mother's  Day, if it was easy Dad would do it... there is some truth to that, isn't there? LOL  Hope you are having a lovely day...mine started with fresh donuts brought to my house by my older son... and while he texted me at the ungodly hour of  7:45 am that he had the donuts, we didn't eat them till I woke up at 9:30...thank goodness I had my phone silenced...well actually I do that almost all the time... I am not an early bird...9:30 was early enough... the donuts were delicious ... I got a coconut one...and then we sat and watched the Formula 1 race from Barcelona... when he lived at home we watched these races every Sunday morning they were on... it was nice to do it again. He and my DIL are coming back with dinner later...carryout from Carraba's ...my favorite. And I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon (after I get this written and posted) sitting in the sunroom/porch and stitching. It is my tradition to start a new project guilt-free on Mother's Day...

And speaking of starting new projects... I realized this week that I am not cut out for Stitch Maynia where you start a bunch of new projects...that Catholic guilt I talked about before is real...and it came back on Monday. Now I only started 2 things...both patriotic which I do want for this year... which is good, but after working on some WIPs that I love I just didn't want to add to the pile. So I spent last week working on my  Lizzie Kate "Things Unseen" sampler...


I got all the flowers in the basket started... I filled in the bird and I stitched the house...made it brighter yellow than the called for Weeks Straw... I used my favorite yellow Crescent Colors Queen Bee and gave the place an olive green door... just like a certain little house that I'm very fond of... There are suppose to be 2 sheep to the left of the house...I'm thinking they may be replaced by two chickens... a bit more personalization. That border still needs work but it is perfect mindless stitching for "watching" videos ...right now I'm hooked  on "Call the Midwife"... I got started on the show about 2 seasons ago so I've never seen the beginning. It popped up on Netflix and I watched season 1  last week. Now I should have gotten more done but between the Midwife and working in the yard several nights I sat down in my chair, threaded my needle and promptly fell to sleep.

In my defense, I cleaned out and refilled 5 big window  boxes and planted them with about 80 wave petunia... I cleaned up the spent hyacinths...and I planted about 110 marigolds. Still need to replace some perennials that don't show signs of returning and get some short zinnias and lantana to edge the bed.  Working outside next week will depend on the weather... we've gone from winter to summer in the blink of an eye... Spring has lasted about 3 days, really it did... already  had upper 80's and today humidity has returned. Forecast for the week is lots of stormy weather and temps pushing 90...sheesh it is still May...not July...

So here is my choice for my traditonal Mother's Day start...Mrs. Maguire Bee Charmer by Pineberry Lane...


I love those GIANT flowers... I'm going to stitch it on this 32 ct linen I painted yesterday...


a soft yellow and some olive green...and now that I look at it I see a chicken in the lower left corner and a seahorse in the upper right...ROFL... I totally didn't try to do that ... oh well at least it isn't as risque as the piece I painted for the Christmas sampler... you can read about that fiasco here...you have to scroll down a bit.  I've brightened up the flosses a bit... while I love the style of primitives I like a little less brown in my pieces.

So I'm off to the sunroom to stitch... I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts and I'm taking my laptop out on the porch too so I can see what everyone else is doing today too...

Happy Mother's Day...and happy stitching-
carol fun



Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Slow Sunday Stitching where I ponder projects and porch furniture...

Hello - sorry I didn't post last week... last Sunday we celebrated my younger son's birthday with a special brunch and dinner so there wasn't much time for anything else.  Several times last week I thought about popping in with an update but there were appointments and lunches out and garden centers...lots and lots of garden centers. Spring has sprung and we had a couple of summer like days which had me itching to pot stuff up ...and I did... again this year I potted up 13 different varieties of petunias on my pyramid...


The petunias this year were already pretty good sizes ...can't wait to take a pic of this in another month or so. If you enlarge the picture take a close look at the purple petunias in the center of the middle shelf...they are gorgeous...and the little pink one on the bottom shelf is a double ruffled petunia... I haven't seen any of those for quite a while.

And here are the pots on my front steps... same combo as last  year...and the year before... peach geraniums and purple and white accents...



And since the weather was so glorious I decided by garden chickens needed a bit of a sprucing up...so I painted them...much brighter than they were...and I added polka dots...


and some close ups...




because you don't see a flock of polka dot chickens just everywhere...LOL... now my beds need mulching ...and I have 48 marigolds to plant in this bed...and I added some new outdoor lighting to my yard...you can see one of  the lights next to the red chick...they are solar with a battery back up... very bright...10 lumens... got them at Costco.

Plans for today include getting my newest window box attached to the house...just in time for the 4 flats of wave petunias waiting in my driveway... weather for this week should be great for planting. 

As for crafty stuff I have a finish to show and I need to report  that I didn't listen to a word I said 2 weeks ago about Stitch Maynia...

Lets start out with something to be proud of before I hang my head in shame...

Ta -dah!!!  Tis Spring by Notforgotten Farm...


The frame was a bargain from Homegoods...and I only added a bit of priscillafication... but I'm very happy with this piece. There is just something about animals in clothing that makes me smile!!

As for Stitch Maynia...well I caved...sort of...there was so much chatter about it on Instagram and on Flosstube...and all the cool kids were doing it ... so I decided to join in. Now I'm not starting 18 new projects... I perused and pondered my stash of WIPs and made a plan to stitch on 9 of my WIPs and start 9 new projects. I'm trying to pick small new projects...several patriotic ones that I want to finish by July...and I'm going to put a few stitches in some Halloween and Christmas projects too. I'm thinking of it as prep work for the upcoming holidays, and yes I am trying to justify my rash behavior. So far on the WIP side I revisited two projects that are very pretty...Vintage Birds by Jeanette Douglas Designs which you can see here...and Lizzie Kate's Things Unseen Mystery Sampler which you can see here. It was fun to stitch on both of these. And I completed Shakespeare's Peddler Mystery Garden Sampler which you can see here. I will be framing this one to display this summer. 

As for starts I have 2 patriotic pieces... Liberty by Birds of a Feather...click here...and Gold Star from Marly of  Santas and Samplers.  I have another patriotic piece I want to stitch on, but today I think I'll work on  a Christmas piece. You don't have to have an Instagram account to check out what I'm up to...just click here ... carolfun53..for updates. 

Now onto porch furniture...well I can say with complete certainty that having the porch turned into a sunroom was the best home improvement decision I've made for this house. I LOVE it...the Dude LOVES it...my neighbors LOVE it... even my UPS guy told me how pretty it looks and all he sees all day is porches and doorsteps!!  I've spent lots of time on the porch stitching and reading and knitting and even napping but I think the Dude has more hours out there than I have... I liked the sofa I got at IKEA but the fabric on the cushions was a magnet for the Dude's shedding ... and I was already tired of cleaning it off every day. Soooo... I decided I would "artfully" throw some quilts on the sofa and then I can just shake them out when the shedding becomes too much...

The porch before...nice but boring...


The porch after... colorful, crazy and comfy...


I changed out the pillows with the Dude's approval...



And here is a look at that quilt... it has been waiting for a binding  for quite a while...




This pattern is Lazy Goose and you can read all about it and how this quilt came together here. Every time I go out on the porch Dude is either on the sofa or on the bench...




As you can tell he doesn't like to be disturbed... LOL... I think he may believe that I did the porch just for him...

Well I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts today...got my handyman coming over  to work on several projects and I hope to stitch a little...and I want some porch time for me... hopefully Dude will share the couch.

happy stitching-
carol fun 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

It might be Spring...maybe...

So yesterday was nice and sunny ...and today is warm-ish, but not sunny and the rest of the week looks nice-ish with no frost warnings ...so I take that as a harbinger of Spring...and to celebrate that I went to 2 greenhouses today. I only bought a couple of plants and I'm not putting anything in the ground yet but it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. I had a $5 off coupon for the first greenhouse and it expired today...gotta spend it!! Bought 2 small Queen of Hearts petunias... they look like this...mine are just buds...


And I got a perennial called Crocosmia Lucifer...


Mine isn't budded yet. I got one last year and it was so pretty... deer resistant and it attracts hummingbirds.

I picked up a Escargot Begonia...


I'm treating this as a houseplant. I bought that cute bird pot last year...it looks nice in the sunroom.

And I bought two more David Austin rose bushes to replace the one that is totally dead and the one that is 3/4ths dead...gotta dig them up. I selected Benjamin Britten...


And Lady Emma Hamilton...


As always hope springs eternal that these will do well and I can keep the deer from eating them. I got into a conversation with another shopper at the 2nd greenhouse...he was looking at roses too...and he recommended a new to me product called Deer Out ...you can see it here on Amazon... it is peppermint based...he said it doesn't smell bad and it works well. He said he even has hostas... I love hostas but have avoided them as they seem to be candy to the deer. I'm gonna try it.

By this date last year I had already bought flats and flats and flats of petunias and marigolds. I had my window boxes planted by April 24 (go back in the history and you can see them). Well this year I decided I shouldn't start so soon as everything peaked and faded early...seems like Mother Nature heard me and has made it impossible for any early planting. This coming week is the first week we don't have morning frost/freeze warnings. I saw signs in both greenhouses saying it really isn't safe from frost till May 15...Mother's Day week...and I know that...I've been told that my by sainted Grandma since I was knee high to a shovel. But I'm itching to get started. The guy who sold me the roses was a horticulture student from Univ of Cincinnati...he reminded me it is too early to plant these bushes... so I'll put them out in the sun everyday and drag them back into the garage every night for another week or two... I hate being patient...

On the stitching front I am almost done with Notforgotten Farms' Tis Spring...


I added ecru and topaz stripes to the hem... still have to finish the basket...sow/sew some grass around those carrots under her feet and plant the tulips. I'm more than ready to move onto something new... a new project that doesn't have a female character wearing an enormous article of clothing...

Have you been following anyone who is going to do Stitch Maynia? You can check out the Facebook group here... the plan is to start a new project everyday for the first 18 days of May... some people only do the first 15 days... others are breaking out UFO's and some are going to monogamously stitch on one project for Maynia. It sounds like fun to start a bunch of new projects...but then my Catholic guilt of not finishing kicks in ... and that would torment me...which wouldn't be fun at all... so I think I'll pass. I've got a bunch of Pineberry Lane pieces I'd like to do...most aren't real big...and I got a bunch of new charts from With Thy Needle & Thread  to go along with the stash of Christmas and Halloween charts from Lizzie Kate... I don't need to start 15 new projects... I need to finish one or two...along with several quilt projects and the new curtains I want to make for my kitchen and the 3 pairs of jeans that need to be hemmed...etcetera...etcetera... etcetera... you get the picture...

And speaking of pictures... I have more... I freshened up my new book shelf unit in the living room... banished most of the bunnies to plastic bins and broke out a lot of birds...





A smattering of cross stitch pieces and plates and birds and bunnies... Spring stuff...

I want to add the Notforgotten Farm Bunny to this display....hopefully this week.

I want to thank all of you who've left such lovely comments... I'm not doing well replying so I'll cover some stuff here. I was asked about the floor in the sunroom... it is carpet tiles from a company called Flor...you can check them out here. I've bought from them before ...the carpet comes in tiles about 20" square... you can cut them easily with a razor knife or a rotary cutter. My handyman, Dan, cut around the threshold and into the corners  and around the door opening and made it look like a custom job. The project took 28 tiles and he laid them all in about 90 minutes. They aren't stuck to the floor but to each other with a large adhesive dot that you place at the intersection of the tiles. If one gets soiled you can lift it up and take it to the sink and clean it off. They are made from a high percentage of recycled materials. Each patterned tile is unique so you are going to get a scrappy random look which I like. They feel good under foot and make the space feel like a room not a porch.

The Big Dude adores the porch...as soon as I open the door he's out there claiming his space on the sofa...however the color of the sofa...beige...shows every hair he sheds...and I'm getting tired of cleaning up every day. So I'm going to artfully throw some quilts over the sofa...it will add color and  hide the cat hair...hopefully... I figure then I can just shake out the quilts every now and then...will show updates when I get the quilts bound and arranged... another project on my list.

Well I'm not doing dinner with my son and daughter-in-law tonight...they have other plans...and I'm not really cooking, just heating up some stuff. We have leftovers from a excursion yesterday to Lexington/Nicholasville for Sonny's BBQ... I  LOVE Sonny's... I first ate it on vacation in Florida over 30 years ago...and then I lived in Albany Georgia for a while and ate there several times a week. The location we visited is about 90 minutes one way but it was sooooo  worth it. Brought home some ribs, chicken, sliced pork, brisket, beans and cole slaw...should have a nice spread tonight for me and my younger son.

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday... and I'll spend some time there tonight looking at what every one else is up to. Hoping for a quiet week where I can stay home and work on the many many many projects I have. My goal is to finish one project each day...hem a pair of pants...put a quilt binding on...finish a cross stitch piece...dig up a dead rosebush... wish me luck!!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Slow Sunday Stitching where I compensate for only posting once a week by showing lots of pictures...

Another crazy week blew by me... there was lunches with friends...and dinner with friends...and going to see the King and I with friends... nice to have such good friends!   Most of the week I jumped from project to project...finished a pair of socks (no picture...they are in the wash)...started a new sock project, 3 times... think I have a plan now. Worked on cross stitch projects...tried to finish the giant bunny  from Notforgotten Farms ... didn't happen... here's where I am now..


I'd say that dress is a little more than halfway done.. I'm going to add some stripes toward the bottom of the dress like Donna Rae at Flannel Jammies Farm did. Doing all the blue is mindless but it got boring so I veered off into some  little stuff....

I stitched this freebie piece called Wee Crowned Maiden by Pineberry Lane which you can find here.


She is quite petite...on 32 count she's about 1.75" tall and wide... the entire pillow only stands about 4" tall. Now I changed all the colors and instead of a crown I gave her hair and added satin stitches on the hem of her dress.

Also I stitched this piece which still needs to be finished...


This is just the little lady from the Pineberry Lane chart titled "Except this Posey from a Friend"...which you can see in its entirety here.   On 32 count, she is a whopping 2" high counting the tulip and a smidgen over 1" wide. I plan on finishing her similar to the Wee Crowned Maiden.  Both of these were lovely little diversions from the enormous blue dress... not sure why I thought doing another ginormous piece of solid clothing stitching was a good idea...that yellow skirt  on WTN&T Needle and Thread piece (which you can see here if you don't remember it) should have taught me something... but it didn't... I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree sometimes...LOL

So while I should have been stitching on the bunny  there were other shiny objects that caught my attention.  Yesterday I was in a finishing mood so I did finish a couple of pieces that were already stitched. First this oldie but goodie by Lizzie Kate...


I stitched this piece last year and put it aside ...I think  Spring had already passed by the time I got done with it. I like the chart but wished I'd stitched it on something brighter and lighter...the two-tone mat behind the piece is my attempt at brightening this up and tying it in with the quilt behind it.

Then I finished this piece which was a portion of the chart Tansy Yarrow Rue from Pineberry Lane.



I couldn't get the corners  squared the way I wanted them, so I pinched them and tied little floss bows on them instead. If you enlarge the pic you can see the shaded rickrack... don't know where it came from but I really like it.  I may stitch this one again in its entirety someday... I do like the chart but right now I just want to stitch some smaller pieces to decorate with...and speaking of decorating here are those finishes so far in my 3 tier tray...


and the requisite closeups of each level...now this is a new tray...a smaller round one that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for half off...

top tier...


the little bird has a clip coming out of it that is attached to the bottom of the Lizzie Kate piece and the bow fills in the empty space...

the middle tier...


the Wee Crowned Maiden with no crown graces the middle tier  with some bright mini tulips I got at Micheals and that little tulip plate which I vaguely remember buying at Yankee Candle years ago.


the bottom tier...


The lady with the rake from Tansy Yarrow Rue ...a wooden bird with a patchwork wing ...got it last year at either Joanns, Micheals or Hobby Lobby and more tulips...I love those tulips ...they coordinate great with the quilt I finished last year...


Big Dude approves...

But wait...there is more... I finished the Delivering Posies by Homespun Elegance... found some buttons in my stash and the clip board frame came from Hobby Lobby...


I "Priscilla-fied" this one with some lovely yellow gingham ribbon and a yellow fabric mat... I did that because I'm displaying it with a flock of yellow birds...


and since we're talking about yellow birds... I have quite a few of them...and a bunch of turquoise ones too but that's a story for another day... this is the center piece on my table...


I love the tray but still haven't gotten around to painting that handle... sigh...someday... the birds are left over from Easter... I removed the colored eggs, found these guys a nest and added that cute little chick that is hatching...a 99 cent salt shaker from the gift shop at Cracker Barrel...I've found some really cute decorating pieces there...check it out when you are eating there. That leafy base came from IKEA...it is a square with different leaves attached to it...makes a nice base for a display. IKEA is another place with interesting decorating ideas. I'm lucky to have one close to my house...about a 15 minute drive. I walk around there about twice a month...you get lots of exercise walking the two levels and I swear I see new stuff every time I go. They change room displays quite often so I'm always finding new things I can't live without...they know me well...LOL

Well the weather today here is dreary, gray and wet... I suppose that is better than snowy and cold which others are dealing with. We had a couple of nice days last week... 80 one afternoon...I've been able to sit out on my new sunroom porch and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! 


Here we are together stitching and chilling...


And here's the Dude chilling solo... I've found him in this spot several times this week... I think he likes the new space as much as I do.

Well I need to wrap up this photo extravaganza... we are doing a belated Easter celebration tonight...prime rib...and the meat thermometer/timer just dinged... dinner will be served at 6pm.

Hope next week brings nicer weather to all of us and lots of time to stitch and knit and quilt...

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts ...

happy stitching-
carol fun