Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Spring" Pinkeep and more

Hello everyone! Today I'd like to show you my new designs which I gave a very simple name "Spring". The story of the design is simple too. For a new project I needed a pincushion which I wanted to put inside the wood box to keep the threaded needles safe, organized and ready for work. Not a bad idea, isn't it? But when I finished stitching the design I did not want to hide it inside the box and made it into a pinkeep, then followed a Berlingot and a Scissor fob. Now I'd like to present you "Spring" sewing set:

Here is "Spring" Pinkeep:
Its pattern can also be finished into a pincushion or an ornament or a framed picture.
"Spring" Berlingot:

I wanted to make a berlingot a long time ago but I did not like the look of its back, I tried to sew it up in a new way and like the back much better now:
"Spring" Scissor Fob finishes the set now but some more designs from this collection will follow:
If you are interested in buying any of my designs, please contact me. My e-mail is in my Profile.
Last November I joined Christmas SAL which was initiated and organized by Yoyo . I liked the idea to stitch something from the stash and set myself a task to finish "Gracious Era" from Dimensions by December this year. I started stitching it in January and this is where I am now:
I must also report on another SAL organized by Yoyo - TUSAL:
My box is almost empty, it's not because I stitched so little. It is because I gave my snippets to wrens who are building nests now. They are so hard working birds and I love to watch them!
Since I posted last I have been awarded Beautiful Blogger Award by
Carol , Michelle, Jules (Julie) and Sunshine Award by Jules (Julie)again. Thank you very much dear ladies, it's a great honor to get awards from you. As I got 4 awards I can nominate about 50 bloggers, right? It's not hard to do. On the right hand side I have a list of my favorite Blogs and I am passing the awards to all of you - you have deserved it! Your blogs are a great course of inspiration for me.
And to finish this post I've got some pictures from my garden.
Firstly, I wanted to show you a picture of a four-petal shamrock. I noticed it while weeding a flower bed. Does this mean that I am lucky or that I must weed my flower beds more often?
Some wild spring flowers for you
Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog - I appreciate this.
Happy stitching to everyone!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lucky Shamrock Biscornu and more

It's been awhile (again) since my last post... Thank you for still staying with me. I really appreciate your understanding and your patience. I am still getting lots of questions about my mother's state. I am happy to say she is much better now, she can't walk yet but she is exercising hard to strengthen her legs to be able to walk again. We've made lots of changes in our home so as mother can roll her wheel-chair everywhere and can reach the things she needs from the chair. Our biggest remodeling was in the bathroom, we had to widen the doorway and to install a bath tub with a door in it.
I was already back home when this project was finished, my son sent me some pictures to have a look at the new bathroom.
My journey back home was the worst I've ever had - I got a bad food poisoning and still feel not very well. The air fares are rocketing up and the service - down...
Well, on the stitching front... :-)
In Russia I saw an interesting TV show about Ireland and got an idea of designing Shamrock biscornu, "Lucky Shamrock" Biscornu - everybody needs luck nowadays!

While creating the biscornu I also took the inspiration from my old and very attractive plant - Oxalis Triangularis - a "relative " of Shamrock.
I continued working on "Snowflakes" Collection and added 4 more "smalls" to it. These "Snowflakes are a little brighter - spring is already in the air! and just a few beads add some glitter to them. Here is "Snowflakes" Biscornu:
My friend Natasha and I looked for old big wood spools in all the cross stitch stores, and we asked all our friends to help us in our search but with no results unfortunately. Natasha, I made this scissor stand from the spool that I bought in Hobby Lobby:

Next goes "Snowflakes" Tape Measure Cover:

"Snowflakes" Ornament finishes the collection:
"Snowflakes" Sewing Set:

If you are interested in buying my designs, please contact me. My e-mail is in my Profile.

I also want to introduce you to my cross stitch assistant, this is my Man'ka, turning 20 this spring. Of course, she is a member of our family but she is sure she is the head of it. Man'ka was stealing my stitching chair all the time!
When mother got better and I could leave home for a couple of hours my friends took me out, to some exhibitions, shopping and just for walks. Sveta and Natasha, Irina, Al'bina and Nina thank you for your support, your friendly "shoulders", which pushed me to life.
Thanks to you I saw the most beautiful ice sculptures. Our city hosted an International Ice Figure Contest. In the picture you can see artists at work:
In the Art gallery there was an antique exhibition from private collections. This fabulous picture is made of semi-precious stone tiles.
We were allowed to look inside the storage room and there we saw this huge Matryoshka, isn't it pretty!
Thank you for visiting my blog, your comments are always treasured.
Happy stitching and take care!