Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Spring" Pillow

 It's again been awhile since I posted last. My only excuse is that worrying about my mother makes me feel low. Her new problem is kidney stones and if her health condition allows,  she might have an operation soon. There are a lot of telephone calls, e-mails so it's hard to concentrate on stitching. There were days when I could make just a couple of stitches.  I mostly worked in the garden and did some other crafts, new stuff challenges me more and helps a little forget my problems.
Well, I worked a little more on my "Spring" designs. Here is what I added to the collection:
 I've made a pillow which can be used like a season decoration or a pin pillow for the big projects - that is what I need right now for my Christmas SAL.
"Spring" Pillow:
To match the pillow I've also made two pincushions .
The first one if I am not mistaken is called a flower pincushion:
 And the second one is a sun flower pincushion:
 There is a little story behind the pincushion. About two years ago when Olga and I had a private SAL, Olga suggested that we should make a sunflower pincushion. ( By the way, Olga is very good at making them and has a tutorial on her blog).  I was busy doing something and promised my friend  to make the pincushion later. OLGA, I did it!!! It only took me 2 years to do this but I've kept my word.
My pincushion is not an exact copy of the sunflower one.  I used "Japanese" petals for my pincushion . Some time ago there were many tutorials in the Internet on making these petals. In Japan  this is kind of folk art, they make amazing things with these petals.  I used my own way to assemble the pincushion. Besides, I could not find a lid at home that can be used for the pincushion :-( . A small plastic cup was used instead.
I think my pincushion looks more like Dahlia rather than Sunflower, does it?
To embellish the pillow and the pincushions I used some vintage buttons and made some pins.
Another project was "Spring" necklace, the picture does not do justice to it. In real life the beads are more beautiful .
 I also made some seasonal flower arrangements:
and made some coasters:
If you are interested in buying any of my creations: cross stitch patterns, jewelry, pins, etc., please contact me. My e-mail is in my Profile.

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I worked a little on my Christmas SAL project too:
 I really enjoy stitching it , especially after your lovely comments on my work. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
I've never spoken on cooking before. But today I'd like to tell you about the little kitchen tool we bought that we enjoy so much. About a month ago we bought Ninja Master Prep which blends, chops, mixes. I use it to make kind of fruit drinks or desserts. In the heat that we are already having our "drinks" are indispensable. They are really delicious and help me make my husband to eat more fruit - he's already lost some weight.  I took a picture of one of our drinks. It's made of an orange, apple, some strawberries, cranberries,  cubes of ice  and a little of ice-cream. I sometimes add a carrot - you will never taste it in the drink, some honey or cream. I've  tried different combination of fruit and berries, my favorite is pineapple + orange, my husband loves banana + strawberries. In the picture the straw in the glass is blue - that was my husband's drink.
We have discovered another park here, it is Rose Center, they say the biggest in the USA. It is huge, about 114 acres, to see it all will probably take us some days. We spent about 2 hours there and I took some picture for you.
The roses are just gorgeous, there are so many different colors, sizes, shapes. Next time I will show some more pictures from the park.
Enjoy the pictures:
Thank you for stopping by. Special thank you for those who takes time and leaves me comments - I highly appreciate this.
Have a lovely weekend!


Patty C. said...

Your work is always sooooo lovely :)

Adriana R. said...

Una belleza todo. El cojín con los pétalos estilo japonés me encantó. Y el bordado va quedando muy bonito. Ojalá que tu mamá mejore de su problema renal, en verdad que es horrible el padecer esos dolores.
Ah, tengo que hacer un comentario aparte por esos jardines maravillosos, esas plantas son espectaculares.
Bello todo!!

hohla said...

Оля! Это что-то невероятное! Вышивка, ткань с огурцами - роскошно! И подушка , и игольницы, и оригами - нравится все!!!

Ponechka said...

очень-очень красиво! Бесподобная подушечка и игольнички!

mausimom's said...

t wundervolle Sachen gezaubert! Das Kissen ist so schön! Und die Nadeln in den Nadelkissen sind wunderschön.

gazette94 said...

Oh Olga, I love your new set !
The sunflower pincushion is great, very good ideas and always perfectly made.
The rose garden is fantastic !

Irene said...

Love the Spring pillow and pin cushions. The drink looks so delicious and lovely photos of the park.

Helena said...

высший класс!!!!!!

Olga said...

Hi Olga, sorry to hear that your mum is unwell at the moment, I do hope she has a speedy recovery (hugs)........and your finishes just never cease to amaze me, they are so incredibly beautiful !!! And the sunflower pincushion came out just fantastic!! I knew you would have no trouble at making one hehhehehehehe :o)...and yes you have kept your word :o).....the pictures of the park are so beutiful ! what a lovely place you have found :o)
lots of luv from olga (uk)

Natasha said...

Всё просто прелесть!
Пусть только наступят изменения к лучшему в самочувствии твоей мамочки.

Moreen said...

Its all wonderful.

Annie said...

So many beautiful pieces in different crafts. You are simply amazing.

Sending good thoughts to your mom.

Nancy said...

You are so talented! Everything you create, and everything you design, is always so pretty!

The pictures of the park are beautiful! Take care.

wiewiórka said...

What a lovely pincushions :) Your works are so beautiful.

cheers :)

Mylene said...

What lovely lovely finishes you have created lately, Olga. Great job!

What beautiful flowers at the park, thanks for sharing them.

Sending positive thoughts for your Mom.

Jules said...

Beautiful pillows, great progress on the Christmas SAL, and lovely park!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Olenka, anotehr fantastic creation and beautiful finishing!

Your Christmas piece is just beautiful keep plugging away at it!

I hope your Mom's health improves, we can never help but worry about our parents.

Andrea said...

Beautiful. Love the pincushion and the pillow.

Sheila said...

Love the finishes and LOVE the pincushion

Violette said...

Tout ce que tu nous montres est vraiment très beau ! J'espère que la santé de ta maman va s'améliorer et que tu vas retrouver un peu de sérénité très bientôt.
Bravo pour ces toutes nouvelles créations !

Malele said...

je suis désolée pour ta Maman je lui souhaite du courage pour son intervention !
j'adore ton coussin et les deux pique épingles assorties
joli projet de Noël
Bises de Malélé

Siobhan said...

What beautiful designs! I love your pillow. Nice work on your big design, too! I hope your mother is doing better.

Pumpkin said...

My goodness Olga, you have been a busy bee! I hope the amount of projects don't project just how worried you are about your mother :o(

Your new collection is beautiful and you even made some jewelry, sewing and even drinks! LOL! :o)

Lovely pictures!

Sally said...

I absolutely love your new pieces Olga.

Michelle said...

Your stitching and finishing is beautiful, as usual! The Rose photos are also so lovely.

Hope your mom's health improves soon.

Sharon said...

Olga, your work is always so gorgeous and I love your necklace! I hope by the time you you are reading this that your mom is feeling better. I quite understand that distraction.

Nicola said...

All your creations are beautful as always Olga. I'm sorry to learn to that your mother has not been well, I do hope she is improving now.

Reyes "El telar de mi abuela". said...

Haces unos trabajos MARAVILLOSOS!!

Carol said...

I love your new spring designs Olga!

So sorry to hear about your mother's health.

Hazel said...

So many beautiful pictures. I always love your work and this one is no exception. Beautiful. x

Wendy said...

I love your Sping pillow, the colours are just great !
the rose park is beautiful are they roses that smell to ?
when I was young all roses smelled really lovely, but now adays there are very few who stil smell.

you have made great progress on Gracious Era to, I´d better try to keep up !

Brigitte said...

Your spring pillow and the little pinkeeps are so lovely. Your work is always beautiful. And thanks for showing all these wonderful flower pictures.
I hope your mother is getting better soon.