Saturday, February 5, 2011

SAL Finishes, and a New House!

Hi all!  I hope everyone's week has been a good one, and all have managed to survive the wicked weather!  Our area didn't get the ammount the weatherman was calling for, but we still got enough!  My DD had a snow day last Wednesday, and a PA day on the Thursday, so she was quite happy!  She and I spent her snow day stitching and watching movies, which was lovely!  And since I got my housework done Thursday and Friday, now all I have to do this weekend is laundry and stitching!

On to the updates!  Finished Part 18 of Castles in the Air by Papillon Creations!  A little Tudor cottage!  I just can't seem to stop gushing about this one!  I love how everything is turning out!  But I think that if I had the whole complete chart in front of me, I would be overwhelmed!  But by stitching pieces of it every month, it isn't overwelming and I look forward to the challange!
Here is a close up!  I just love the arbor!  It is just so sweet!
I outlined the fence, otherwise you couldn't see it, and adding metallic blue to the white would just look silly on the fence!

I also started the February ornament for my ornament SAL.  I really wanted to do a Gingerbread one, and really liked the Country Cottage Needlework one from the August JCS ornament preview issue.  As I was stitching it, I noticed the title,"Season of Love" and thought it was pretty apprpriate for the month of February!  February being the month of love, hearts and other gushy stuff!  LOL!
Have a new start to share with you!  I couldn't help it!  I thought it was so cute!  I am working on Brooke's Books Winter House Challenge!  I used some fabric, metallic floss and beads that I had in my stash!  We are to make it our own by adding beads, buttons and whatever else takes our fancy!  It has two cardinals in it, so you see why I needed to stitch this one?!?!
This is what I have done so far!  I have set it down now though to work on my Flower of the Month afghan, Februrary's Violets!

I don't have any new pictures of birds, but I thought I would show you one that I took over the summer.
I am sorry that it is kind of hazy, but my camera went from air conditioned house to hot late afternoon summer air very quickly, and I had to get the shot!  There was a banded pigeon that had started to hang around my bird feeders (Sorry, I should have taked pictures of it!) for a few days.  But one day I noticed a bunch of white stuff on the back lawn, and went over to investigate, and discovered it was feathers!  Later that afternoon I saw this Cooper Hawk guarding its kill!  I felt bad for the pigeon, but it was sorta neat to see the hawk!  But other birds disappeared for a few hours!  They don't particularly like it when hawks come to visit!  LOL!  The hawk took off with the pigeon into a tree.

Well, that's all I have to share this time!  I hope everyone is staying warm and dry, and stitching!  Till next time!


Dani - tkdchick said...

That cottage is adorable! Congrats on your finished ornament!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Dani! Having fun stitching that one!


Deborah said...

Your Papillion is absolutely awesome!! I so envy you!! I have continued to print the parts out, but just have not found the time to consider them seriously. After seeing yours, I feel inspired once again!!

Love and Hugs!!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thanks Deborah! I am loving it as I go along with it! Actually it is going to my Mom when I am done! I just want to stitch it! I would love to see your progress!


Stitcher said...

Love your finish, I've done that one too. And love the progress pics. I particularly like the smoke on your house.

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you! The ornie was a joy to stitch! And all I did was add Kreinik filament to the pink!


klmvangard said...

It would be wonderful if you would send a picture of your Castles in the Air to Papillion Creations web site gallery. That way we would all be able to see the gorgeous colors/threads that you used. Yours is by far the prettiest that I've seen.

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you for your kind comments! I guess that I should upload to Papillon Creations site, but when I started it, I had dial-up and it would have taken forever to upload, so I never did! Maybe now is the time!


Marcy said...

By all means -- gush away! Your CITA absolutely stunning!

Cool pic of the hawk. I like hawks especially the ones keep the neighborhood squirrel population under control.

Babs in Alabama said...

Love the birds, the gingerbread piece, but oh, how I love CITA. What a beautiful job you are doing!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you Marcy! I am loving stitching it!


stitchesnscraps said...

Thank you Babs! ;)


AmyJo said...

That hawk is really awesome !!

stitchesnscraps said...

Thank AmyJo! I was thrilled to actually catch this shot!

Lynn said...

Castles is an amazing piece and you're really coming along nicely with it. So pretty!!
Congrats on your ornie finish.
Love the picture of the hawk. I found one in our tree last week and posted a pic on my blog. I hadn't seen one that close. They're an amazing bird.

Nancy in IL said...

Melissa, you have an amazing blog! I love all you're working on, of course, but the Castles in the Air is truly a work of art. And if I'm not mistaken, it's done on aida? I can't believe it! It looks so difficult, but there must not be any fractional stitches or specialty stitches. Whatever be the case, yours is breathtaking! I'm now a follower of your blog too!

stitchesnscraps said...

they r all veeery good stitches, mum!!! lol if u need me give me a holler!!! :D

Samantha said...

haha im on now!!! any good stitches i should do??? lol otger than da 1 im workin on???

Samantha said...

u need 2 finish ur CITA asap!!! so u can update ur blog!!! D: