Wednesday, April 11, 2012

First finish...and the second--well, almost!

There's a lot to celebrate today. First things first...I have my first follower. Thank you to Nurdan for joining my stitching exploits!    I've perused your fabulous blog and am awestruck by your beautiful work. She is new to blogging to so if you would like to see her exquisite embroidery the link to her blog is below.  I think it is important to promote fellow stitcher's blogs and support the beautiful handiwork we all do!

Secondly, I have my first finish since joining the stitching blog world. (I almost finished my Just Nan design, and was even ready to show it off, but alas, I found some stitches I missed!  I should hang my head and stand quietly in the stitcher's corner. Not that I would mind a wit--I could do more stitching!)

 Actually, this piece has been finished for years, it's just that I have just now gotten around to finishing it into a pillow. What do you think?  I'm pleased with the way it turned out and happy it was finished in time to be displayed on Easter.

It's a design by Bent Creek entitled Easter Row. It was done on an unknown color of 28ct. linen. The buttons are all from Just Another Button Company. You could choose to stitch it without the buttons but they are all so cute and together add caboodle's  of charm. We could all use a bit more charm in our lives, I dare say!

My Easter was fabulous, but a bit low key. I actually had to work so it wasn't as relaxing as it could be. But my Mother and Father dropped off a gorgeous hydrangea on Saturday. I was so surprised!  I love blue hydrangeas, along with a host of other flowers; including iris, pansies, yellow roses, columbine, foxglove and forget-me-not. When I lived in the country I loved to garden, but now that I live in the city there's no room to grow a garden. Any way, here's a picture of the lovely hydrangea:

And, if the hydrangea wasn't enough floral finery for Easter, my dear husband surprised me with a stunning bouquet:

The large purple "flower" in the middle isn't a flower at all; it looks like some sort of leafy cabbage!  Here's a close-up of it:

Whatever it is, it is sure pretty!  If anyone knows the correct terminology for this beauty please let me know!

Additionally, I have made some progress with the Just Nan "Flowering Crown" piece I've been working on. As I previously stated I am almost done, except for a few small rogue stitches. I will talk more about this piece once it's completed. I have had a great time working on this design!

I am pleased with the way the sparkles show up in this picture.  Initially, when I picked the fabric from my LNS I was afraid it was too dark, since some of the flowers were stitched with a light pink. But I'm happy with the end result and the pink still shows up.

That's it for now. Thank you for reading my blog..and please--leave comments. I'd love to hear from you!

Brightest Blessings,



  1. Beth, I am so happy to have found your blog....with a little help. :o) You are a Just Nan fan and so am I. I love her new design but haven't gotten it yet. I have several other irons in the fire to work on first. Good luck with your blog and you should start a "followers" tab so you can see how many people love reading about what you are doing.

    1. Thank you Barbara! I am definitely on a Just Nan kick! I'm on my third Just Nan project in a month! i need to work on something else soon, preferably one of my long neglected WIP's! Welcome to my blog! So happy to have you here!

      Brightest Blessings!

      Beth B.