Monday, January 18, 2010

"Holly" Biscornu And Back To Russia

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all readers of my blog!

So much has happened since my previous post... My mother broke her hip and I had to go back to Russia to take care of her. From the airport I went straight to hospital and since that time I have not had a proper rest yet. I brought mother home from hospital on the third day after the operation. Mother was in a lot of pain before and after the operation and I spent all the time at mother's bed. Now mother is much better though we still have bad days now and then. The way to recovery at her age is going to be very slow and long…

I want to thank all my friends who have supported my family at this difficult time. I do not know what I would do without you.

I have not been blogging for about 2 months, and have been missing it so much. I am looking forward to reading your blogs and seeing your pretty projects. Since next week I hope I am able to visit your blogs on a more regular basis.

Now I will show you my last creations which I did not have time to post about. I started “Holly” collection way back in November and finished two items: biscornu and bourse before I had to leave for Russia.

Here is “Holly” Biscornu , front:
and its back:

I have long wanted to make a biscornu with some Hardanger . In this design the Hardanger stitches help create delicate frost around the Holly and make the biscornu look so festive.
I had to help my customer to make a bourse (you will see her picture a little later) and I made a "Holly" pattern to match the print which I used for lining the bourse:

If you are interested in buying my designs, please send an e-mail to me. My address is in Profile.
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I also wanted to show my Mary Wigham Sampler. Before I left for Russia it looked like this:
Mary has been such a great companion for me during my long flights and during sleepless nights. This is how it looks now:
The Sampler is stitched on 26 count Evenweave , one over one, with DMC floss.
I've made some changes in the pattern and substituted some floss. I stitched initials of my husband and me , and arranged them in the way the Russian women stitched marriage projects in old times ( birds facing each other, a crown, initials).
Before I left for Russia I finished the third ornament for Find The Cure Auction and mailed the ornaments. Unfortunately, I have not heard if my ornaments reached the destination, I can only hope that they did.
My customers finished some of my designs and I'd like to share their pictures with you.
Brenda from London ( no blog) finished "My Rose Garden" Biscornu and she said she enjoyed working on this project. She's done a great job on the biscornu, hasn't she?
Martina made the "Snowflakes" bourse. You can see more pictures on her blog. She was very creative and made a lovely bourse.
She also asked me to invite the readers of my blog to take part in her PIF. I would take part in it myself, if I had less problems with my mother's health. If you have time, please, visit Martina's blog, a young blogger and a young mother. You might find a good friend there!
Brenda and Martina , thank you very much for your pretty pictures and your pretty work.
Before my rip I got some surprise from my dear friends.
First arrived a package from Olga (UK). She stitched an Angel-Stitcher for me! Olga chose a great pattern for me, it has everything that I love in cross stitch and she finished it so nicely! I just love the ruched edge! The Angel will always sit on my stitching table. Thank you very much for your gift Olga!

The second package was from Mylene, another very pleasant surprise!
I have never seen a more pretty design with Russian dolls Matryoshkas. They are so cheerful, I always smile when look at them. Mylene is so good at making pinkeeps!
I am very happy to have this wonderful gift from you Mylene.
Sorry, no flowers' pictures for you today. I want to show some landscape pictures:
of my home when I left it:
and pictures of my home in Russia when I came here:

I hope you stay safe and warm in these cold winter days.
Thank you for visiting my blog. Your comments are always treasured by me.
Happy Stitching to everyone!


Annie said...

So happy to see you posting again. Hope your Mom continues to improve. I remember when my mother broke her hip years ago, so I can sympathize with you.

Your stitching is beautiful as always. Stitching can definitely help get you through difficult times.

Adriana R. said...

Te estaba extrañando.
Y volviste con cosas hermosas, como siempre.
Estoy verdaderamente fascinada con tus diseños y la exquisitez con la que bordas.
Mil besos

nima said...

Hope and pray that you mom will get well soon..

gorgeosu stitching....

Mylene said...

Hello Olga, so glad to see you posting and with lots of beautiful pictures of your creations. Mary Wigham Sampler looks gorgeous, congrats on finishing it as well as the lovely "Holly" biscornu.

I hope your Mom has a safe and speedy recovery.

Dovilė said...

very lovely biscornu:) Mary Wigham Sampler looks great:)

take care yourself and mother:)

Yoyo said...

Oh it is nice to see you taking the time to post some news. I hope that your mother will improve a bit every day. I can not believe that you have finished your MaryW, seriously dear, it is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!! Holly is really nice, I love the idea of Hardanger on a have got to stop being such an enabler, I will go broke (LOL). The gifts you received are lovely. You know I love the Matryoshkas and this one is beautiful.

As always, prayers for you and your mother.

Nancy said...

I have missed your beautiful posts Olga. I am very sorry to hear about your mother, and I hope she will recover well.

Your holly biscornu is stunning, and so is your Mary Wigham sampler. Very stunning!

Take care, and I enjoyed your scenic photos very much.

staci said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother! I do hope that her recovery goes well.

All of your finishes are gorgeous! Congrats on finishing Mary, she is beautiful!

Яна said...

Оленька, с возвращением! Новая бискорню очень красивая! Как и остальные работы по твоим схемам :) Поздравляю с подарками! Маме скорейшего выздоровления.

Wendy said...

it is so nice to hear from you again !

first I'd like to wish your mother good health, may see bee painfree soon, and get better quickly.
and of course a happy new year to you and your family !

your work is wonderfull, as always !!

hohla said...

Оленька! Как давно не было твоих постов, и сразу столько красоты! Глаза разбегаются!!!

Casa Cuori Colori said...

Your stitchig is so gentle, so elegant! I hope that your mother will get well soon... last year I was in the same situation, so I can understand and I send you a warm hug!

Solstitches said...

So nice to see another post from you and what pretty things you have shown us. I love it all.
Best wishes to your mother for a speedy recovery.


Daffycat said...

So glad to see you! Your Mary W. looks awesome!!! Congratulations!

Olga, I hope your mother is doing much better very soon. ***hugs***

Natasha said...

Оленька, наряду с ликованием по поводу рукотворной красоты и приятности общения, в сердце понимание ситуации, вызвавшей в этот раз "Back to Russia".
И пусть вся теплота, излучаемая комментариями, обратится во благо выздоровления твоей мамы, придаст тебе сил и облегчит твой труд, и чтобы чудесным образом открывалась возможность со спокойной душой заниматься творчеством и созданием новой Странички на Блоге, что так радует, вдохновляет и просто украшает жизнь.
Благодарю тебя.

Erna said...

Hope your mum is better now.Very nice biscornu, and I love your Mary Wigham,great colours

faby said...

It's so lovely to hear from you again, Olga!
I hope your Mum keeps getting better everyday.
Lots of love XXXX

Carolyn NC said...

So sorry to hear about your mother's hip. My mom has just recovered from insuffiency fractures in both hips starting last June. She ended up with a sacroplasty and is finally doing well from it all. Your stitching is breathtaking - I don't know what to comment on first! I love the biscornus, MW, and those Bourses - yummy looking - lovely! Take care and hope all goes well. :)

Sally said...

So glad to see you posting Olga. Hope your Mum will be well again soon.

Your Mary Wigham sampler is beautiful and your holly biscornu is gorgeous.

gazette94 said...

Very sorry to read about your mum , Olga, I hope she will quikly recover. Your biscornu is so nice, I love it ! and the Mary Wigham looks perfect, congratulations..

Violette said...

Bravo pour ces ravissantes broderies, le biscornu est adorable... Heureuse de te lire à nouveau, et je souhaite un bon rétablissement à ta maman

Michelle said...

Nice to see you posting again! I hope your Mom is doing well and does not have too much pain.
Your biscornu is beautiful. Mary Wigham looks great - congratulations!


Hello Olga, is a privilege to have your blog in my favorites, your works are wonderful

Brigitte said...

Sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she is better by now and that your sleepless nights are over.
Your work is perfect and beautiful as always.

Hazel said...

Russia looks lovely with all that snow. Mind you we have had plenty over here in the UK. Your biscornu and bourse is so lovely. Mary Wigham looks so pretty to. Sorry it has taken me so long to get round to reading your blog :( xx

Felicity said...

How's your mother going? Is she recovered yet? You have been in my thoughts during the last few months. Come back to blogging soon.

malele said...

désolée pour ta Maman j'espère qu'elle va bientôt se rétablir complètement!
de bien jolies créations et ton sampler est magnifique !
Ravie de te lire à nouveau
Bises de malélé