Monday, March 14, 2011

Ahhh....Spring!


The smell of flowers and budding trees is in the air - yes, spring is coming, and none too soon for me. But for those already suffering with allergies, this first finish is for you. It was a Christmas gift from my sweet sister-in-law. Bless Ewe-Pine Mountain.

...Next up is Needle Delights' Scarlet... now how perfect is this for an NC State fan? Though let's not discuss this year's season....ouch.


...Another block on Alphabet Zoo.


...Some progress on Karen's RR - Anagram Diffusion's Sampler Saisons. She used VC Hand-dyed Fibers; loved stitching with these and the colors are perfect!

I learned a new trick from another stitcher this weekend at our Myrtle Beach retreat with Susan Greening Davis (more on that later). For those that remember gum wrapper chains, you can use the same technique with ribbons and create lovely little ribbon chains to attach scissors to baskets, fobs, etc.

So when Kate gave several stitchers some scissors in her beautifully sewn scissor holder, this looked like the perfect attachment. :)

Zentangle is now framed; first one was pretty, but a little too bright, so I went with a slightly toned down version - better, I think.

This week my youngest DD and I are off to CA to see my oldest DD and SIL...the temps here will be 70-80 degrees. In Los Angeles, they'll be in the 60's. What is wrong with this picture?? LOL

God bless you all and everyone take care.

39 comments:

lynda said...

Wow...you've been busy! I love that little pillow!

Bernice said...

I love the pillow and you have been very busy stitching.

htimcj said...

That is very nice stitching!
Heidi-ILCS

Ruth said...

You have certainly been busy, I love the pieces especially the spring pillow and the alphabet zoo. Your finished framed piece is wonderful

Tricia said...

I love your pillow! I have that one on my wish list. It's adorable. Enjoy your warm weather. I can't wait for it to make its way here!

Parsley said...

Oh my word! I love all the stitchy projects!!

Carol's Stitching said...

Love all your stitching! The Alphabet Zoo is my favorite though. Everything is looking wonderful the scissor ribbon chains are too cute! Enjoy your spring ~ I think all of us are ready for it!!!!

Carol said...

That little lamb pillow is so dear, Carolyn--I love the fabrics that you used. And, yes, I remember making chains from gum wrappers--I once had a huge one (wonder whatever happened to it?)... Fun idea to substitute ribbons!

Enjoy LA--hope it warms up for you (I would love it to be anywhere near 60 up here in PA!)...

Meari said...

Wow, great stuff! Your sheep finish is adorable.

Kerry said...

First time visiting your blog, fantastic! Hope you check mine out. Love your stitching.

Lea said...

They are all very nice! I LOVE the NC state fan one! I am a Wolfie myself LOL!
lea ( who is also in NC)

Lisa said...

Lots & lots of stitching Carolyn, well done, there are some lovely pieces you're working on & Zentangle looks fab.

Karen said...

Great update!!! Love the finishes!! And of course, I love my Saisons - I'm glad you have enjoyed working on it :) Cool ribbons for your scissors - I used to know how to make those when I was in the AF and had to secure my line badge to my fatigues - I have no idea how to do that now...? Zentangle looks awesome!!!

Have a great trip!!

Karen said...

We missed in Manning on Saturday but it looks like you had a great time at MB.

Love your finishes! Hope you have a great trip....

happy stitching...

Emily in NC said...

Everything looks great, really like alphabet zoo and you needlework piece.

Kay said...

You have been keeping busy! I love the spring finish it turned out so cute! The alphabet zoo is amazing as well, the fact that it is all in red catches my eye because it is one of my favorite colors.

Nan said...

You've been a busy girl. I love your zoo piece.

crossstitchbibs said...

Nice work!!! You make me jealous that you have accomplished so much!!!

Nancy M said...

Great update! Love the framed piece, did you have different mats with it? I don't remember seeing it framed before. I remember those chains. The top one reminds me of tuity fruit gum chains!

Anonymous said...

Lovely stitching and enjoy your trip.

Marl

Shari said...

everything looks great! Love the bless ewe pillow!!!!! Yes, getting that time of year, but I for one will take it!!!!

Siobhan said...

Beautiful work! You've really been busy. Lovely--all of it!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Hey,Girl! You've been stitching even if we haven't seen hide nor hair of ya! Very pretty stitching as always. Have a great and safe trip - I know it will be a ball. Let us hear from you and see some sites! Take care.

EvalinaMaria said...

Great stitching progress and what a lovely finish! I hope that one day I'll learn how to make a pillow...

silentsgirl said...

Everything looks beautiful, but I'm especially in love with the second piece, with all the specialty stitches. That's gorgeous!

Katrien said...

beautiful stitching

Tracey said...

Love that pillow, it's so cute! All your WIP are looking great!

CameoRoze said...

Wonderful update! Bless Ewe is GREAT! Always fun to see what you're up to.

Maureen said...

Love your Zentangle - the framing really compliments the bright colours - hope you enjoy your trip away.

StitchinKat said...

I see you've been staying out of trouble by stitching! When you get back from your western jaunt, call me and we'll do lunch and have a bit of a SAL okay?

Sharon said...

Wow - your needle has been smokin'. :) The finish is just a beauty! I can't wait to see your progress on the rest of the pretties.
(I used to get in trouble for making gum wrapper chains in class!) LOL I love the re-purposing idea.

Shelleen said...

love the finish and progresses. I used to make the gum wrapper chains all the time.

Vinniey said...

I love your scissor ribbon chains! I think my daughters will love it too. :) Lovely pillow from your sister-in-law. Love the matching floral fabrics with the stitching piece. Great progress on your Alphabet Zoo.

Jackie said...

Hey Carolyn. You are a busy bee:-)
I enjoyed see all your stitched goods. That little pillow is darling and that piece in red, which looks to be needlepoint. Regardless, it's very pretty.
Enjoy your stay in California and come back and tells us about your visit.
Hugs.
Jackie.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

What lovely work! Just love Zentangle - so bright, and different (in a good way!).

Sarah said...

Verry nics blog.

I follow your blog ;)

Mvg sarah

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marylin said...

very nice

have a good day
marylin

Nancy in IL said...

Carolyn, what interesting things to be working on. I really love the pink Victorian house you stitched on Nancy's RR. I just loved looking at the various RR's! Really intriguing! And I love that YOU loved working with VC's silks. I just received an order from her to do a Sampler Girl Jane Austen sampler. I can't wait to try them!

Cindy's Stitching said...

The scissor holder is beautiful. I like the personal detail. One of my favorites i the red animal alphabet. All the pieces are so pretty.