"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Our Precious Little Granddaughter

Last night our daughter, Carra, came over with our 3 month old granddaughter, Ella, while Carra's husband was helping some friends move.

Ella is so adorable with her big blue eyes, that just seem to glow with delight as she takes everything in around her.  She was especially fascinated with a little brown bear, and fell asleep in her little infant seat, with her hands resting on the bear.  Too adorable for words!

                                           Carra and Ella


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Latest "Works In Progress"

Do you ever feel like you have so many exciting pieces in your stash, just calling out to you, "stitch me", that you just have to start something new, and sometimes have a few pieces going all at the same time? 

For the most part, I am a fairly disciplined, organized person, who needs to finish one project before starting something new.  I often choose detailed needlework projects, which usually take a fairly long time to complete, and sometimes it feels good to be able to work on a smaller, less complicated piece, to relieve the stress of my larger project.

 In May I completed a wonderful design, from Belinda Karls-Nace, of Blue Ribbon Designs, who was our guest designer and instructor at The New England Stitcher's Retreat at the Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield New Hampshire.  Currently, I am working on finishing up retreat project pieces and hopefully will be able to show them to you soon. 
                                                           "A Sampling in The Square".   

I loved stitching this piece because of the unique designs in each square.  The colors blend beautifully and it was a lot of fun to stitch too!

When our little granddaughter, Ella, was born this spring, our daughter asked me if I could create Ella's name in cross-stitch, with "little brown bunnies" because the nursery theme surrounds a quilt and matching curtains in a pale pink with little "toile" brown bunnies.  Years ago, I had saved a "Bunny Alphabet" cross-stitch book, from which I drafted Ella's name with a different bunny for each letter in her name.  I think that it came out really cute, and I will post a picture of it as soon as it returns from the framer.

This is a recently finished piece, "School of Needlework" from Little House Needleworks.  As you can see, I just couldn't resist changing "Mrs. Ross' School of Needlework", to Mrs. Roseen's School of Needlework!

One of my "works in progress" has been a favorite piece, called "WILLKOMMEN" from Rosewood Manor.  It is on my roller bars and awaiting the beginning of the 4th panel. 

Alas, there just aren't enough hours in the day to stitch!

Consider the Lilies of the Field

Consider the Lilies of the Field
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the Lilies of the Field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." Matt: 6: 28-29)