Monday, 11 April 2011

My 'MOJO' is still with me.

Yippee and wonders the sun has shone for three whole days ...Friday, Sat.,and Sunday all while we were staying with my DS and her DH, today, Monday it's been raining like mad for part of the day and then the sun arrived again,I hang out my washing and guess what it's started raining.!!!!! Am I a jinx?? Mind you it is April so perhaps that accounts for the uncertainty.
My DH and I had a lovely weekend with my sister and her hubby. My DH spends as much time as he can on a golf course and my sister and I do a reasonable amount of stitching.
My sister had ordered some buttons for me from Mary Jane Collection along with goods that she wanted. So as they had arrived when I got there I was able to complete my 'Warm Winter Wishes'
I am really happy with this as I think the Snowman has a very contented look on his face!! All I have to do now is to try and find a frame for it. Square frames seem to be out of fashion....

My African Lady, Kuihugura (Looking Back)is coming along as I've said before she is my evening stitching.
I tend to do most of the coloured part and then fill in the black sections. There is stacks of back-stitching on it YUK.

I have made a new start, this going to be made into a cushion.

Guess what it's a cushion for Christmas. It's called 'Agneatha with Apple'. I've had a bit of a problem getting into it but now I can see something happening . The 'Cat' part is a bit of a pain at the moment so I'm working on trying to get to the bottom edge and then taking it from there upwards ( not sure if that makes sense).The colours on Agneatha are quite close in parts and I have had bit of a problem differentiating between them. Anyhow this is as far as I have managed to date
Possibly the cause of my difficulties it that is on aida and I have not been doing much on aida for quite a while.
Now on to my 'handbag' stitching. This is the TLC Designs 'Santa II', he only grows very slowly, but at least he is growing.

Here is 'Santa VII' all finished. I'm going to give his mustache a trim but I'm still plucking up the courage. I think he'll look good on the tree come Christmas.

I bought this little chart at 'The Nimble Thimble' last time I visited my sister and as I finished my Waxing Moon's design decided I needed a boost to the moral.

I take a selection of things to either start or stitch. This time I decided to 'Start'. Now granted I still have to 'Finish off' properly but I quite surprised myself.

The Tree above still needs some gold beads attaching and I haven't had time yet to even look for some in my stash, so when they're on I'll take another pic. The next photo shows the miniaturised version of the first photo. It's the first time I have attempted any 1/1 , haven't decided yet whether or not it'll be the last. What do you think?

Here's a little bit of 'Spring' from our garden. This is the blossom on our plum tree and one of the pear trees I hope that the winds don't blow it all off before the little bugs have a chance to 'do there job' so that we'll have stacks of fruit later in the year...Yummeeeee...

Oh! there is a 'Give Away' it's for a blog anniversary if you are interested just click the link cenefas de flores and best of luck to you
Our pond needs some serious work on it after having had part of the surrounding wall getting quite a large crack in it owing to the severe weather we had over winter. Unfortunately the water is still rather on the cold side for my DH to wade about in it to mend the wall, so it's going to have to wait a little while longer. We also have to take out the plants and split them so they don't get too big and that's a job and a half.

Here is my last photo for this post... can you here the FANFARE..... Castles in the Air is up to date. Well it is as I write this post. I bet if I go and look there will another download just to catch me out. So do you know, I'm not going to look until I've actually 'pressed the button' and posted. Is that a cowardly move or not??

I have altered part of it (now what's new you are wondering). I have reversed the 'Swan', I didn't like the 'Mermaid' that should have been there, so in goes the swan. To me it has balanced the bottom section as at the top there are a pair of Peacocks.. I have also altered the swans slightly, if you have a look at an earlier post see if you can spot the difference...that's my challenge for you.. Good luck...

That's it for now folks... Thanks for popping in and leaving a much appreciated comment if you have had the time... Until next time as usual 'May the Needle be with you'


Crystal said...

I would say your mojo is still with you beautiful stitching.

Alisa said...

Wow, you have done some wonderful stitching! I love the African Lady, those colours are just stunning!!

Bekca said...

You certainly have got plenty of stitching mojo at the moment! Congrats on your lovely Warm Winter Wishes finish, and I do so love those Santa ornaments. Hope you get to enjoy even more sunshine, happy stitching.

Blu said...

Yes, I'd say the mojo is strong in this one!

Lovely stitching on your WIPs. And that over one Christmas tree is adorable!

Cath said...

Gorgeous stitching . Looks to me like you have changed the colour of the beaks .X

Jane said...

I think your Mojo's on fire, better check your needle's not smoking!
All beautiful stitching and lovely colours ~ Warm Winter Wishes is so cute but do agree with you that a square frame these days just doesn't seem to exist.
I did have the Agneatha kit but as I'm not a cat person I traded it on but I remember it is quite colour intense, it will be beautiful when it's finished as a cushion.
Enjoy your week xxx

grannyanne said...

Gret stitching. Look forwardto seeing more progress on Agneatha.

Lostinblue said...

Love the colours on your African lady, you can almost feel the warmth coming off it.

I like the swan like that, it looks just right!



Siobhan said...

Your stitching is so pretty! Your over one is amazing.

Nancy in IL said...

OMG, your mojo is strong! I'm sooo impressed with your blog. It's not only pretty, but there is so much on which to comment. So many things I want to say, starting on Castles in the Air. I've seen this SAL on several blogs, and I love that you made the change with the swan - you have an original! It's such a beautiful piece (love the specialty stitching)!

I know the thing you're talking about with kits on aida. I have the same problem. Don't enjoy working on it any more. But Agneatha is going to be so sweet.

Warm winter wishes turned out sooo cute. I have that one in my stash, so why don't I get it out? LOL! Got another winter one on the go, that's why.

The JBW's are great little stitches, aren't they? I really like yours and the one over one is so good. Nice job!

Love the colors on the African piece... Mmmmm... can't wait to see the girl in it.

Holy cow, am I missing anything except your garden? I went back and saw the pansies, and being my very favorite flower because of my grandma, they really are gorgeous! Thanks for a wonderful visit!