Tuesday, October 04, 2011

How time flies...

Howard Park mushroom!

Well it is definitely autumnal out there and I love it. I really couldn't take the heatwave we had this last weekend but things are considerably cooler now which is just perfect for me. Instead of going out and basking in the rays, I shut myself in for the weekend. I was truly miserable and kept on snapping at everyone. I really don't like the heat.

Found this mushroom at a local park and thought it was totally cool as I don't think I have ever see a red mushroom before - only in fairy tale books etc.

So, it has been over two weeks since my last post - eeekkk!! Figured I had better get a post up before I let things get out of control. In my last post I said I would have Dandy Dreams finished within a week or two but actually it only took a few days. The chart is now on it's way to the USA to Lynda who will stitch it and then send it back as I have others waiting to borrow it as well. Here's my happy finish:




I also finished stitching the September ornie that me and Tina (no blog) are doing. I was a bit late as I started it on the last day of September! Oh well. I still need to finish it off but it was a lovely one to do. This is a freebie from the Sampler Girl and you can find it on her blog if you scroll through the archives.


I have also been beavering away on Sampler au Bouquet and just loving this design! Here is where I am up to right now.




I am using the Vintage Country mocha belfast linen and the called for DMCs and love the way it is turning out. The fabric looks even better in real life and I can't stop looking at the way it all mottles and blends. Lovely.

Okay, next up is part 5 of the Istitch mystery sampler. I am keeping up with this and doing the parts as they come out but I have been glad of the break so I can stitch on other things as well. Here's my part:

Hazel 5

Sorry the picture is so small. It is at Carol's request that we keep them small for the time being.

Well, I got a lovely gift in the post today from Lynda at A Cosy Little Place for Stitching. She sent me two LHN All Dolled Up charts from my wishlist so I am super pleased with them and will be definitely stitching them along with the couple of others I have. Brilliant and a super surprise so THANK you Lynda. Love them.


Well. I think that is me all done. Unless that is you want to see pictures of my lentil meals I have been making? No I thought not so I will save them for my food forum lol. I have done a bit of crochet but it is for a charity blanket and I am not sure that the square is good enough to get used so I am waiting to find out on that one. It's that darn Jan Eaton book - I need a tutorial in how to follow her charts! Anyway, that's another story. Have a good week everyone. Hopefully it will be cool enough to get out my Autumn blankie and start working on her again soon.



Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching on your wips. They are coming along great. Great new stash - very thoughtful gift.

Maggie said...

Great finishes :-) I also have that sampler girl freebie to , so simple but so lovely!

Your bouquet sampler is coming along beautifully - i have admired that chart for so long, lol

We have some fungi growing on our grass but nothing as fancy as that toadstool, how cool!!

Carol said...

Lovely work, particularly like the Sampler au Bouquet.
I've never seen such a beautiful mushroom, only in books. I can just imagine a little elf perched on top with his legs crossed laughing at all the poor humans suffering in the unseasonably hot weather.
I too am glad it has cooled down.
Carol xx

Kathy A. said...

Oh what pretty, pretty stitches. Your Jardin Prive is coming along beautifully. I am still plugging away at mine too.
And what wonderful new stash - what a lovely thoughtful gift.

sara said...

Beautiful stitching, you have been busy, love the christmas one especially.

Christine said...

Beautiful stitching, the sampler aux bouquets is lovely and I love the Sampler Girl ornament.
Your Mushroom is a Fly Agaric by the way, beautiful but very poisonous

Elisa said...

Some great finishes Hazel....and lovely stash....a beautiful mushroom/toadstool and as it is red I think I remember that means danger do not eat!!

Margaret said...

All of your stitching is lovely! I love your finish, and your ornie. Everything else as well. As for that mushroom -- how cool is that! I love it!

Carla said...

Great stitching Hazel!!!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous stiitching as always Hazel.

Thanks for your comment on my Blog. I have 3 finishes so far on my challenge and a few more close to being finished, hopeing to hav Sabrina & Robin done this month,all being well. Hope to natter to you soon.



KarenV said...

I hear you on the hot weather - I think I spent all weekend moaning about how hot it was LOL! It's much cooler today, thank goodness.

Your stitching is lovely Hazel, great finishes and nice progress on your WIPs!

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Your stitching is looking wonderful. We have some mighty big mushrooms in our yard right now.

Chris said...

Lovely stitching Hazel and love those new charts.

Hugs Chris x

Nancy said...

Such nice finishes! Love all your WIP! That was a very nice gift you received!

Lana said...

Though you haven't been on the blog, you sure are stitching up a storm!! Those pieces look amazing! Love the photo of the mushroom! So neat!

valerie said...

That mushroom looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland!

Lovely stitching too. The finishes are gorgeous and I really love the thread color of the iStitch SAL. It's wonderful!

Blu said...

Gorgeous finishes! And your WIPs looks great.

And may I say that it's incredibly sweet of you to lend the chart to others. It's generous stitchers like you who make the community wonderful

Rowyn said...

Love your finishes and your WIP!

That is one cool mushroom. As you say, it's like what you see in fairytales! :-)

Helen Philipps said...

All your new stitching looks beautiful, Hazel. I love to see it in progress too. I agree about the hot weather, it just didn't seem right and was too humid for the time of year. Now it's sunny but cooler and 'normal' again I'm much happier! Hope you have a lovely rest of the week.
Helen x

Sally said...

Love your Dandy Dreams finish. I really must get some fabric to finish mine off with as I reallt want it on display.

Love the Sampler Girl ornament too.

Your Sampler Aux Bouquet is coming along beautifully.

What a thoughtful RAk from Chris.

Oooh I've never seen a mushroom like that before!

Sally said...

Forgot to say I hear you on the hot weather. I hated it and am so relieved it's getting cooler!

Carol said...

What a wonderful stitch-filled post, Hazel! Your newest finishes are beautiful and I'm loving following your progress on Sampler au Bouquet--really lovely!!

What a great find that mushroom is--it looks like something that tiny gnomes would hide under in story books... I've never seen anything like that in real life.

What great surprise gifts from Lynda, too--enjoy :)

Giovanna said...

Great set of finishes and WIPs - congrats on everything!

barbara said...

That mushroom is way too cool!

You've been productive! LOVELY stitching. :)

Kelly said...

I love your stitching, absolutely beautiful! I was wondering I am new to the whole stitching world and was wondering if you could guide me in how to get into one of these Stitch alongs...never done one before. Not sure where I would look for one! Thanks!

Joysze said...

I hate the heat too!! It's so aggravating to feel hot and bothered.

WIPs are looking great!!

Jeanne said...

Oh Hazel that is so cool to see a mushroom like that - like you I've never seen one except in books, fantasy movies or paying Wii! At least we know now they do exist LOL. I just love your sampler finish and Bouquet Sampler is looking fantastic - just love it.

Catherine said...

Congrats on your finishes!! Lovely stitching on both and on your wips!!
Wow! That is some mushroom!

Patty C. said...

I love dandy dreams
I have stitched the freebie ornament from Sampler Girl because it is just Wonderful

I am in Carol's SAL - Your progress looks beautiful -
And Sampler au Bouquet is to die for - But i haven't done that one -

Your post has me drooling !!!!

Annette-California said...

I'm in awe Hazel. Just beautiful. I've not seen any thing like your bouquet sampler. Wowwwww! I'm amazed all you have stitched. Happy stitching.

Kristen said...

Oooh, absolutely lovely! :)

Siobhán said...

What fantastic finishes!! Great job, Hazel! I love your WIPs, too. Your Sampler au Bouquet looks great on the Vintage Country Mocha. I had a fat quarter of that and have been hoarding every scrap of it because it's just so lovely.

Great new stash, too! I'm glad that the cooler weather is here, too--though I don't fancy the heating bills!

Vinniey said...

Sampler au Bouquet is gorgeous and lovely! It's so beautifully stitched. Beautiful color you've used on iStitch SAL and great progress. :)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Pretty works, Hazel. The stitching and knitting season has arrived again!
Happy weekend xx

Julie said...

What a cool toadstool, i've never seen a red one in real life either

Lots of beautiful stitching, you've been busy

love and {hugs} xx

Karoline said...

Great finishes, Dandy Dreams is lovely

Pradeepa said...

Beautiful work. I love mushrooms. I remember vaguely seeing a red mushoom with white spots on it when I was a kid just as in fairy tales. How I long to see something like it again.

Louise said...

We dislike the heat too..matter of fact..we may be moving again! Love the mushroom..so interesting looking..and your stitching...well, beautiful as always Hazel!
Blessings to you,

Pamela said...

Love, love Dandy Dreams. I think I'll have to find it. Lovely blog and I'm having such fun peeking in all the corners!


Brigitte said...

Oh great, so much wonderful stitching going on with you lately. And congratulations on that lovely finish!

Cuckoo said...

When it's hot you need to come and stay with me, it's always windy on my hill so it's never baking hot.

Oh my word your stitching is totally amazing. I love it. It is so fresh yet traditional. Gorgeous.


Katherine said...

Oh, Hazel, that Sampler au Bouquet is really pretty. I do like Jardin Prive - I wonder if I should get it to put in my "to do someday" basket. Thanks for sharing.