'Old Man Winter' made one last attempt.....

and we woke up to this beautiful (not!!!) sight in our backyard last Saturday. Thankfully it melted away by the end of the day and hasn't returned.

There is a barbecue buried under that mound of snow on the left.

Now on to more pleasant topics. As I mentioned awhile back I decided to join the Spring/Easter Exchange hosted by Elaine of Lainey's Stitching Hoose. She has set up this blog - Stitched With Love Exchanges to display all the lovely packages everyone sent out. The following is what I received from Nataly.

Isn't the pin cushion she made just darling. The beads at the corners are shaped like the flowers in the design.

I am using the pail that originally contained the chocolate eggs, jelly beans as an ort collector.

This is what I sent Nataly.

I made a scissor case using a pattern by Marie-Anne Rethoret-Melin. I had the butterfly button in my stash and I found the butterfly scissors at Anita's Little Stitches.

Wednesday evening I put the final touches on the Bluebird's Message (Loose Feathers Pattern #23) by Blackbird Designs.

It is stitched with WDW floss and on 30ct French Vanilla by R & R Reproductions.

I decided that even though my neice is not getting married until September of 2012 that I had better get started on the Bride's Tree Ornaments in order to have them done in time. This is my progress so far.

I have started the box top first. (I haven't decided yet whether or not to purchase the wooden box used in the leaflet or to use a decorative cardboard box I already have in my possession.)

I am currently collecting the Bride's Tree Ornaments form Brooke's Books Publishing. I have 3 out of the 4 currently available. I figure I shoud be prepared if my other neice gets married.

On a final note I thought I would mention that I have decided to take on another Mystery SAL. It is called Birds of A Feather by With Thy Needle & Thread designs by Brenda Gervais. It starts in May and I can't wait. It looks very intriquing.

Take care and have a good Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Loretta, glad that you like your swap gift. I am also doing the mystery sampler by Brenda. I love mystery samplers and can't wait to see what she came up with. Happy Stitching

  2. Beautiful stitch work Loretta.

    What crazy weather you've had. So strange as at the moment we're having a heatweave here in the UK. Got to about 26C (78F)today. Makes such a change from the rain we normally have this time of year.

  3. Ouch on the snow! Lovely stitching, exchanges, and finishes!