Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Exciting News

I have an excuse for such a long absence from blogging. About a month ago my first granddaughter was born.  We had worried so much about DIL's condition and the baby, now when these worries vanished we can feel our hearts filling with special love to our Julia (Юлька).
I arrived in Russia on the day when DIL and the baby were released from hospital and I can already tell you that I've fulfilled the main task of grandparents - the baby is completely spoiled! with our love.                                                                  

As far as cross stitch is concerned, I should say that I could not stitch during those months of worries, I only pushed myself into doing this but without much success. I turned to other crafts and started renovations of my stitching room which better kept my mind busy.
Worrying is not the best friend of creativity, I managed to finish only one of my desings. Now the Snowman from"Let It Snow!" has got a girl friend:
Olenka's Stitches Designs "Let It Snow! -2"
I wanted to finish my "Rose Sampler" which I started almost two years ago but I coudn't. I stitched a little more than it is in the picture, a couple more hours of stitching  and it will be finished.
 I started renovations of my stitching room but did not finish the job either. I gave a second life to some old furniture which my husband wanted to get rid of. He was very kind to help me sand it, then I painted, aged and sealed it.
This chest of draws will serve as a great storage for my craft supplies.
The bookshelf's got some changes and will be used for exhibiting my "smalls", collectibles, and books on crafts.
For the computer table I refinished this box:
I also made two pincushions, one is that round one in a wood frame. It turned out rather pretty and I thought of making something simple so I could stick in pins and needles without any fear. Somehow this "simple" pincushion turned into this charming Rat Lariska (крыска Лариска), now she will be guarding my cross stitch treasures in this box.
 I was packing for my trip in a great hurry, my cross stitch program was installed in the new laptop with an error and I do not think I can use it here. I only had time to put a few kits into my suitcase. I started one of them here. This is about one month job:

The kit contained Aida 14, I replaced it for Evenweave 25ct. and I stitch the pattern one over one using full crosses.

My DIL is rather good at some crafts. Since my first day here we began to make some blankets and shirts for the baby. Then we switched to knitting baby booties, hats, jackets, skarves, etc. Baby's little things are so pretty and we enjoy making them for our little girl. The picture on the top of the post and this one show the booties we made. I will post some more pictures next time.

I want to thank all my readers for your patience.Thank you for coming to my blog and a special "thank you " for those who finds time to leave comments, I always appreciate this.
Take care and happy stitching to everyone.


Pumpkin said...

Olga, that's wonderful!!!! Congratulations :o) I'm very happy for you and your family.

Glad to see that you are still stitching. I can't say it looks like you slowed down any ;o) LOL!

Great finds and finishes with the furniture!

Carla said...

Olga, it is soooo nice to hear from you! And even better that the news you brought are so wonderful! Congrats for you little girl. It is such an special thing to have a new born baby at family. I can't even imagine how glad you are for this special arrival. I hope everything goes well to the baby.

The snowman girlfriend is so cute. Lariska put a smile in my face. She is so funny! I love little rats (actually, I am afraid of them, but love the little dolls).

Hope you're able to find some moments to come here every now and then and let us know about, you, your little granddaughter and your always beautiful needlework.

gracie said...

Congratulations on the first grandbaby....nice to see your post!

Patty C. said...

Hi Olga ;)
I am glad things turned out well for your family - The booties are so cute & I'm sure the baby is beautiful !!!!

Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hohla said...

Оленька! Вот это событие!!! Поздравляю с внучечкой!!! Здоровья и успехов вашей Юленьке!!!

Работы у тебя чудесные! А пинеточек-то сколько!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter! Grandchildren are one of life's priceless treasures, and it is so fun to spoil them!

As always your projects are lovely! Glad to "see" you again.

Annie said...

Congrats on the new bundle of joy! So nice to hear that everything is going well.

You've been doing a lot of fun projects too and everything looks great. Love that Lariska and those cute booties!

Terri said...

Congratulations on the new grandchild!

Sônia Maria said...

The booties are so lovely, Olga!
Congratulatios the granddaughter!
I wish happiness to EVERY family.
Happy Easter!

Blu said...

Congrats on the granddaughter! I'm so glad to hear that everything worked out well.

mdgtjulie said...

Hi Olga. I'm new to your blog and wanted to introduce myself. I'm Julie, and I found your blog through Nancy M. I love the color for your rose sampler, and the snowlady is adorable. The booties are so cute. I'm glad little Julia was born healthy!!! Keep spoiling her when ever you can. That's a grandparent's job, lol.

olga said...

congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter!!!! so exciting! ....and your work is always amazing, have enoyed your blog! lots of luv from olga. (uk)

Siobhán said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you.

Beautiful everything!

Mylene said...

Hello Olga, i hope you are having a wonderful time with your family in Russia. Hope to hear about your visit when you get the chance to post. Take care!

Wendy said...

congratulations !!!
I am so happy for you !
I´ve just been back in blogland, and to then here this great news !

only thing that is missing now is a photo of that cute grand-baby !

All Things Beautiful said...

Congrats to u & family. Hope to see more of your delightful work soon.

♥marylin♥ said...

vraiment magnifique et bravo pour le kit Dimension


Felicity said...

Congratulations on the safe arrival of Julia (Юлька)! Our first grandchild, Felix, arrived only a month before Julia so I KNOW exactly how you are feeling right now. Take as many photos as you can. Spoil her rotten as only grandparents can! LOL

The creative juices are still flowing, I see. Wonderful, wonderful.

Big hugs of congratulations from me.

Patricia Lessell said...

Oh WOW congratulation. Sorry I haven't been looking at blogs or anything lately but I just had to wish you congratulations. My byline is "My grandchildren are my reward for not killing my children" and isn't it just the truth. It just gets better and better as the children get older. It is always such a pleasure and I love them to pieces and they are truly wonderful to behold.

Lots of Love
Patti xxx

zenuwpees said...

Heel mooi
Groetjes van Marie-Claire

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

very beautiful ...