Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

I remember the fun of decorating eggs when the children were young.  Dye everywhere, the necessary 'measles egg' (the one with spots of course) , a few cracked eggs, giggles and some 'beautiful' creations.

These are my signs of spring.  So warm today that I could shed my fleece vest.  A mere two weeks ago we had snow and now I have chickweed that has sprouted everywhere.  I never used to be a garden glove gal but since I like to treat myself to a manicure I am learning to adapt.

Of course I had help.   Buddy could be anywhere but he decided to sit on my weed pile or in my freshly manicured bed.

So much more yard work to do but it felt good to get my hands in the dirt again and get started.   Mr. W. wanted to hire someone to clean my flower beds.....that would be as painful as if he hired someone to do my stitching!  What planet is he from?  I have a couple of garden/deck ideas for this summer.   One involves old windows and the other an old fireplace mantle....neither of which I have - yet.   I hope the plans in my head materialize as I envision.   But first a tree that needs to come down and the rest of the beds need to be tended and perhaps a larger vegetable garden this year.

I am pretty happy with my stitching progress.   I
am nearly done part two of the Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler.

I am also happy with my progress on my guild stitch-a-long too. I am ahead of 'our schedule' at least for now.  I did a little switcheroo with the patterns on either side of the central alphabet in row five.   I flipped the stitches as charted upside down.    I just liked the more flower like looked of stitching them upside down.

Buddy just cracks me up.   He dips his paw in the pond and 'cups' water up to his mouth.   What a crazy cat. A couple of years ago a blue heron made off with all my fish.   It might be entertaining to add fish again and tease Buddy with them.

Upcoming is my semi-annual retreat in Ocean City Maryland at the end of the month.   A long weekend at a spa doesn't even begin to compete with how rejuvenating my stitching retreats are.   Heaven knows I don't need a thing but sure as spring is here, I am sure to bring some goodies back from Salty Yarns!  Good food, good friends, good times.    OCMD here I come.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching all!


Susan said...

Great progress on the sampler! Kathy R and I were talking about that motif and we decided to flip it also. Great minds..,

butterfly said...

Wonderful stitching, and I know it feels so good to get out into the garden again.
A heron stole my fish too every one of them , so I filled in my pond and just have some water buts for the birds to bath in.
Happy gardening.

Lillie said...

Lovely post, sounds stress free. LK Mystery look good so is your SAL. Your buddy is so charming.
Enjoy the warm sun and gardening.

moosecraft said...

Gardening can be extremely relaxing.... especially in the Spring when it's still cool (and the bugs aren't out yet) ;-) Buddy looks so cute drinking form the pond! Beautiful stitches! Happy Spring to you!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Firstly a great weekend in the outdoors was refreshment for the soul, I imagine :) Your sweet kitty accompanying you was an added bonus!
I adore your L*K mystery...going great! I look forward to your post on your retreat! I live vicariously through all you lucky girls going on retreats :)

Kimmie said...

Love all your pics and your stitching is fabulous!!! Your kitty is wonderful....soaking up the sun!!

Melody said...

I enjoyed reading your post. Your flower beds look great. Mine are still terrible. I need to make that my priority come this weekend. We have a large yard, too big for two people that find it a chore to garden. Oh well. Your stitching is lovely. Lucky you, a trip to OCMD!

Andrea said...

Wonderful WIPs. Looks a beautiful day to be gardening.

Barbi said...

Looks like you're getting busy outdoors already. Your stitching project is lovely.

Weronika said...

Great progress on your work. Your work is lovely.