Sunday, 9 June 2013

Oh happy day!!

Well here I am on a lovely June Sunday, the sun has his hat on and the sky is blue. I have finishes to share , and other news too. Martin had a birthday last week and 2 days later Ella turned into a teenager. So a happy time for them both . Although I am sure Martin would like to be a little younger again.
I have been out in the garden taking a few pictures as everything has started to bloom ,my favourite rose is the header this time. Not sure of its name but it is a pretty one.Whilst I am typing this Martin (bless him) is out mowing the lawns ,the smell of fresh mown grass is wafting through the house. Any of you like pink , hmm this rhododendron is
gorgeous and a real in your face pink. It does not flower for long though. We thought with the tough weather we have had this winter the bananas would not come through but we still have one. The gardener Dale is coming to replace the things we did lose and also add some more  to our garden. Anyway I will perhaps share some more flowery pics with you later. Stitching wise I have 4 yes 4 finishes since last I wrote. Do you want to see ?

Well here is the Wordplay June, I stitched the word Strawberry in red rather than the walnut it called for.
It is hanging on the chimney breast as I speak. I found some nice strawberry fabric for the back .
My new start tomorrow will be July. I have to get a couple of the threads as I am missing a couple , I really thought I had all the ones to do these pillows but when I put  all the things in my Wordplay bag for July I still need those few. Oh well such is life.
I have also finished Peace by Little House Needleworks that I am Stitching along with Sally ,I finished this on the same night as her so feel quite pleased with myself as usually Sally is a little ahead of me. Now for Courage ,when it arrives eh Sally.

Speaking of courage ,I went with trepidation to the drs to get the results of blood test etc and was told I am diabetic. So lots of appointments to come, I have been put on meds as my glucose levels were through the roof ,but although I have been given that news I have to admit it explains and awful lot. The nurse said this has been brewing for years ,tell me why have they not tested for it before now. Oh well  it can only really be good in a way, as I am on a strict diet now and this afternoon when I took Ollie for his walk I felt better than I have for ages . Not exactly striding along but quicker and in less pain. Whoopee who would welcome having a result like that -Me!!
Anyway you remember I was mentioning Caitlin my 15 year old grandaughter who was having problems at school , she thought no one loves her ,so I have just made her a little cushion to keep on her pillow. It is the You are so loved by Snowflower Diaries, I changed the colours to her new bedroom colours as Orange would not go .
I filled it with Lavender and the filling I usually use. I am pleased with it and hope she will like it too.This is the
back.I have only one more finish to show you but it has to be framed yet. So hope to be able to get a frame that suits it.If any of my parlour maids are reading ,there will be a picture of it framed in the gallery, So miss Julie will you be my partner in the next dance. I am having a new start on Wednesday ,will share that with you soon.
This is my Wednesday in the Parlour piece over at Needlecraft Haven . There have been some lovely finishes over there and more to come I am sure.
So thats the stitching news , I have a little stash , a new pattern which I am awaiting fabric for . A few buttons and charms I have ordered. Martin organised a workshop on Silk ribbon embroidery with Ann Cox and when he went over to introduce her to the ladies he bought me these .
I must admit to wanting to try this for a while ,has anyone out there done any. Just hope I can do them justice.Lastly thanks for the continuing comments and I hope you will enjoy seeing my bits and pieces. I do love reading others blogs and finding inspiration . Well must go and make a cuppa for the hard working man , take care all . Pansies mean thoughts and you are in my thoughts often.

Hugs and much love
Barb.x

21 comments:

stitcheranon said...

Beautiful finishes: each and everyone. Fantasic. Well done xx

Erna said...

Hello Barb , that's a lot of beautiful finishes.Sorry to hear about your health , I hope you will soon feel better....
Hugs and a wonderful Sunday
Erna x

cucki said...

Very sweet finishes xxx

Julie said...

I bet your garden looks a picture with those pretty blooms.
Gorgeous pressie for Caitlin, she'll love it.
Yippee, well done on completing the tea room, have to say, that wasn't one I enjoyed stitching, it seemed to take forever for a little one.
The wordplay looks wonderful, I can see it hanging in my minds eye.
Such Goid news that you felt a little better on your walk, hopefully it will improve with each and every day.
Sending lots of love and (((hugs))) xxx

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching Barb and well done on completing The Tea Room xx

Cath said...

Lovely finishes. I'm sure Caitlin will love her pillow , and the fact that you made it for her.
My daughter is having problems with a so called friend at the moment, so I might do a similar thing for her .
Once you get your meds sorted out, you will feel a lot better. Been there , done that .
Take care .xxx

Vickie said...

Such wonderful stitching Barb. I must say Caitlin's gift touches my heart. What a precious thing to receive from one's grandmother.
I love your pink blooms. Pansies are my favorite flowers always. =)

Penny said...

Wonderful finishes! What a sweet gift to make for your granddaughter. It's good that you know what is wrong health wise -hoping you feel a little better every day. :)

Shirlee said...

What a sweet & thoughtful gift of love Caitlin has received from her grandma! She is a girl rich in love! Love all the stitching finishes. I especially like that strawberry fabric you backed your Word Play with. I had quite a love affair with strawberry things in the past & I still enjoy them : ) So sorry to hear of the diabetes diagnosis but I fully understand what you mean about welcoming the result that revealed it. At least you now have a reason for the way you've been feeling & you can do something about it! You are in my prayers, my friend.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful cushion Barb, perfect gift which will not only be a comfort and support for Caitlin but will be extra special as it was stitched by her Grandma ;-) I love these sheep designs - they are on my wish list along with so many other items

Christine said...

Great finishes Barb, and the pillow for Caitlin is particularly special.
Your flowers are looking wonderful.
I've done some silk ribbon work, the main trick is to go slowly when you are pulling the stitches through as it is easy to pull too tight and then the ribbon bunches up and doesn't lie right.
Hope that now you've got a diagnosis and medication you start to feel much better

jane said...

Some lovely finishes Barb, especially the one for Caitlin.
I hope that your diabetes diagnosis means that your health will improve with treatment, diet etc, it's good news that you have started to feel a little better already.
Good luck witht he ribbon embroidery.

Carin said...

Beautiful finish on the june and peace piece !!

I love the cushion you made for your granddaughter, a very special gift for her.
Sorry to hear about your diabetes, hope the meds will help you !

Tearoom ... another beauty and your new stash is wonderful.

Catherine said...

Lovely post of goodies!

Tina said...

Glad you now have an answer to why you wasn't feeling well.
Beautiful gift for Caitlin

Looooovvveee MAys word play,my favourite so far.

Lovely garden,love your header rose.
Great LhN finish

Take care
Tina xx

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautiful summer - in flowers and stitchery!

Jane said...

Beautiful finishes Barb, all lovely soft colours and designs!
Sorry to hear about the diabetes, if I can help at all let me know, once you get the balances right your general health will improve rapidly ~ the hardest part will be giving up the chocs and the cakes!
Have a good week xxx

Sally said...

Love all your finishes Barb but love the piece you stitched for Caitlin so much. What a lovely, thoughful gift.

So glad you are feeling a little better. I am sure wigh each day you will feel tons better.

See you tonight for Courage! xx

angelasweby said...

What a lovely blog post Barb. You have been really productive :-)
Such a pretty pillow for Caitlin. I hope it cheered her up.
Lovely Wordplay and LHN finishes.
Sorry to hear that you have diabetes but, at least now it's diagnosed and you are taking the right medication, you will begin to feel loads better.
Your pink rhododendron is spectacular. We have peonies beginning to open in that striking colour. I adore pansies. We still have winter flowering pansies brightening up our pots!!
Gorgeous inspiring stash and belated birthday wishes to Martin :-)

Jannie said...

Love your projects & especially your finishes! Beautiful!

The Snowflower Diaries said...

Wow! I love your little cushion with my design - just as well as your other beautiful stitchings! :-)

Thank you very much and happy stitching, dear!:-)

Maja