Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IHSW - Late Posting Again

"A man's mind plans his way,
but the Lord directs his steps
& makes them sure."
Proverbs 16:9

I didn't get as much stitching done this weekend as I had hoped, but I did finish 3 things & got a start on a fourth.
Design:  From Me To You
Designer:  The Blue Attic
Fabric:  Lambswool linen 32 ct
Floss:  Recommended DMC

This design is supposed to have the outline of a somewhat large white heart stitched to the right of the peacock but it looked too Valentines Day to me.  I thought about adding something else there ... maybe a little key ... but my husband thinks it looks fine as is, so as is it will stay   : )  

Design:  Tis Better
Designer:  La-D-Da
Fabric:  Some kind of 32 ct linen
Floss:  Recommended Gentle Arts

I've been wanting to stitch this little design since I bought it & I really like the way it turned out.  What I don't much care for is the thinness of some of the GA flosses.  I like my cross stitches to cover the background & that doesn't always happen with GA.  Still, it's a lovely design which I'm sure I'll be stitching again   : )

Design:  I'm not telling right now   : )

I'm keeping this design under wraps for now. It's an odd shape, quite rectangular rather than square, so I'm opting to stitch it without a Q-Snap.  So far, so good!

I've got quite a few things accumulating that need to be finished into pinkeeps or whatever.  I keep trying to talk myself into doing that.  Hey!  Maybe Pearl would like to give that a shot!  I'll have to ask her   : )

I've got another iris blooming!
I forget the name of this one but a nice size clump was given to me last year by Winnie, the daylily lady. She actually loves all sorts of growing things but her favorites are daylilies.  This iris blooms twice a year, once in the spring & then again in the fall.  I wish they all did that   : )   Please try to ignore those sad looking rhododendrons in the background.  Yesterday we had quite a storm.  The rain was pretty heavy at times & we had some thunder & lightning, but the worst of it was the wind!  We had 50 mph winds which actually loosened a downspout on the side of the house!  I am thankful that it was not totally pulled away!  We are predicted to have more storms today so I am sending John up to the foundation block pile at the end of the yard to bring back a block to hopefully secure the downspout until we can get it fixed.  Anyway, I had hoped during all that wind that it was blowing off all those rhododendron flowers, but no such luck.

I hope you all have a lovely day!  I have a lot I should be doing.  What I actually will do, however, remains a mystery   : )   Well, not all of it.  I'll be eating.  Can't let a day go by without doing that!  Wait ... this is me I'm talking about.  I can't let an hour go by without eating something ... lol!  In fact, I think I'll go rustle me up some grub for lunch right now.  Some of you have been showing off your baking skills recently.  Maybe I need to look at my recipes   : )


Mii Stitch said...

Nice finishes Shirlee! Lovely flower pic too x

cucki said...

Sweet stitches like always..
Lovely flower..
Big hugs x

Edgar said...

What a lovely iris!! Those are two really cute finishes!!

Simply Victoria said...

Nice stitching - love "Tis Better!"
Gorgeous irises you've been posting. Be safe in the storms of weather and life...

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching Shirlee xx

Vickie said...

ooOoo! I like all of those finishes. =) Yes, maybe Pearl rocks at finishing? Could be. Go ask her. You two can really accomplish great things. ;)

Peggy Lee said...

I'm not a big fan of Iris but I have to admit yours is beautiful! I may just change my mind about them.

Love your stitches. The La D Da piece was gifted to me as a little pin pillow by Mouse. I really like it.

We were in town yesterday when the storm blew through here. We had left a couple windows open and my sewing machine was well watered. We had papers blown from off the desk and clear out of the room in to the hall!

I think I'll go eat something now...

marly said...

Where have I been? I've never seen a pure white iris!

Dawn said...

oh love your la d da. Flowers are gorgeous

Catherine said...

Adorable finishes!! Love the "from me to you".
Your white iris is stunning!!

Kaisievic said...

Lovely finish, Shirlee and an intriguing start - what did you have for lunch?

Chris said...

Lovely stitching Shirlee! I have your piece of to get in in the mail :)
Beautiful irises!

Sally said...

Lovely finishes Shirlee. I've just bought the La D Da one. Love it! Also love From Me to You. Not seen that before.