Thursday, March 08, 2012

March Wipocalypse update and a beautiful RAK!

Wow hasn't the time just flown? Perhaps because February is a shorter month? I'm not sure but time does seem to be flying by at the moment. Life has passed me quite a few downs this year already but now and again I get a few ups. This was one of them:



The cutest little RAK ever arrived in my post last week and I have only just got around to posting about it. This was so unexpected and it is so nice to get this in the post instead of the usual bills. This little beauty was gifted to me by Cath at The Stitchin' Chicken. Thank you so much Cath, it made my week!!!

Okay, so March Wipocalpse time is here already and I am actually ready to post on time! I have been keeping very very busy on my Sampler au Bouquets and well into the third and final part of this stunning sampler. I even resisted the urge to start a new Sampler Girl one - Tina!!!! - bad influence that girl - oh I wish she had a blog and then we could all harass her!! Just kidding my sweet friend and I will start that new one soon I promise but I really want to get this one finished this month if possible. So, here's my progress....



Please 'scuse the crumples!





And a close up of the progression. 

So that is all I have for you at the minute. My hyacinths have started blooming. I have been doing a little more knitting on my waistcoat - slowly, surely. I have also been inspired to knit a skirt by the lovely Staci so that might be another project in the bag. Thanks for all your wonderful  comments and emails. They make my days easier. 
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54 comments:

Julie said...

SAB is looking stunning, you have been busy.
Sure RAK gift from Cath, how lovely.
Xxx

Cath said...

So glad that you like your little gift .
Your sampler is looking beautiful . Well done .X

Chris said...

Beautiful progress. I really like this design.
What a lovely surprise from Cath.
Have a great weekend!

Diane (di) said...

Oh wow... what an absolutely stunning sampler. Gorgeous, Hazel!!

Vickie said...

Such a gorgeous sampler. I have prayed for you Hazel. Have a great day. :)♥

Margaret said...

It's gorgeous!!! Good for you for sticking to it and getting so much done! Hope life gives you many more ups this year, and no downs.

Jackie said...

Your sampler is beautiful - I especially like the blog you just stitched. I have no doubt you'll finish it as planned!

Giovanna said...

Great going on the sampler, and lovely gift from Cath!

claire93 said...

oh yes, your Jardin Privé is coming along nicely

Catherine said...

What a sweet rak!! And your piece is looking so lovely! I know how hard it can be to resist a new start.
Wishing you many more ups than downs, and may your downs be just little dips....

lily said...

Your stitched piece is looking beautiful, and what a lovely gift through the post.........can't wait to see your knitted waistcoat. x

Elisa said...

Great progress Hazel and a pretty gift xx

Ann said...

Hazel,
You received a nice little gift there (which can be used/displayed in different ways).
I love the small cushion with the AMAP monogram on it (I bet those chocolates tasted great)!
Kind greetings,
Ann

Shirlee said...

Love your RAK & sampler : ) My hyacinths surprised me yesterday when I went behind the garage & saw them blooming. I guess we can't deny anymore that spring is here.

lesli said...

Ohmy....Sampler au Bouquets is just wonderful! The colors are so beautiful together. Lovely stitching! Your RAK gift is adorable..and well deserved!

Cole said...

Beautiful stitching Hazel! Such a lovely piece :)

Louise said...

your RAK is just beautiful! The progress on your sampler is coming along nicely. What a beautiful piece. Once again, much inspiration for me to get stitching again :) Lovely chatting with you this morning.Glad we're friends !
Louise xx

Dani - tkdchick said...

Hazel I'm so sorry to hear you're going through a rough patch! I'm sure you'll come out at the other end with a smile on your face!

What a lovely RAK

Your Jardin Privee piece is just lovely!

Ziggyeor said...

Pretty piece, I like that sampler.

Nancy said...

Your stitching is beautiful! So glad you received a RAK to make your day!

Christine said...

Wow Hazel your Sampler aux bouquets is gorgeous. Lovely RAK gift too

Kim said...

SAB is such a beautiful piece. Congrats on your progress :)

milly said...

Hi

Your SAB is just beautiful.

Lovely RAK gift too.

MoonBeam said...

What a sweet little RAK! Love the color. I also love that sampler. I am green with envy every time I see that on someone's blog. You're getting close...keep up the good work.

Bobbi

Carla said...

Hazel, your sampler is so beautiful. I look forward seeing your finish

Sarah said...

Wow, your sampler is looking great Hazel!

Becky K in OK said...

Wonderful RAK. I know it lifted your spirits.

The Sampler if beautiful. I have this in my stash. So I must get it started! Take care dear friend.

valerie said...

Great progress on your sampler! It's stunning! Lovely gift from Cath!

robindefender said...

So, so, soooo pretty! And what a pretty little RAK you received.

Beth Pearce said...

What a cute giftie you got! And, your sampler is beautiful.

Sara said...

Your sampler is beautiful, nice progress!

Veronica said...

So, so pretty. You really are tempting me to start my Sampler au Bouquets too. LOL!

Well, here's another temptation... You still interested to join our 6 Fat Man SAL? We'll be starting in April so plenty of time to gather your materials still ^.^

Hugs,
Veronica.

Sally said...

What a beautiful RAK you received from Cath. Doesn't it lift your spirits just when you need it.

Your sampler is looking beautiful.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

OMG, Hazel! The sampler is gorgeous! What a beautiful piece of work - love, love, love it. What a sweet RAK you got as well. Here's hoping for lots of happy days for you!

Tracy said...

Lovely gifty hun. I cannot believe how much your sampler is coming on you'll be finished in no time, it will be nice to see it IRL in a few weeks

Anne said...

Lovely Rak you received! So pretty and happy!!! Gorgeous progress on Samplers au Bouquets! I love that design! I think I can smell the hyacinths from here...one of my favourite spring smells!!

Deb said...

Your sampler is just beautiful. I really love the colors in it!!

CJ in OK ;-) said...

What a cute little surprise giftie. Love your progress on the sampler and so inspired by your will power not to start another yet. CJ in OK ;-)

Yvon (jioya) said...

That sampler is worth all the time you spent with it.
i love the colors on it.

Hugs Yvon.

jenny said...

ever time i come and visit I'm amazed by how much you get done, even with everything thats happened. you are a crafting inspiration.

Carol said...

I do hope your year improves, Hazel...Lovely gift from Cath and I so love your progress on that lovely sampler.

Take care now and enjoy the smiles of your lovely children :)

Carolyn NC said...

Great stitching and RAK!

Ranae said...

The JP sampler is loking so pretty
What a terrific RAK you received from Cath

Mindi said...

Lovely progress on Sampler au Bouquets, its looking gorgeous. That design has always been one of my favorites from Jardin Prive.

The RAK you receives is adorable!

Kate said...

Great RAK gift and lovely progress on your SAB, ot's looking great.

Valentina said...

Sampler aux Bouquests looks lovely!

Tiki said...

That is a fabulous sampler! Great work!

Michelle said...

Beautiful progress! It's gorgeous!

Joysze said...

Sampler is looking beautiful, Hazel. :D

wranglerkate said...

Gorgeous work Hazel! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I'm sort of new to reading blogs, and I'm wondering what "RAK" means. Thank you again, Kate

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :) and such a lovely gift to receive

Patty C. said...

Lovely work ;)

Brigitte said...

The Sampler aux Bouquets is nearly done. Or maybe it's already finished in the meantime?
And yes, time is just flying by and I can't believe that spring is definiteyl exploding here with all its little flowers. Very early this year in our region ...

JoAnna said...

Great progress!