Monday, April 1, 2019

April Already?

Good Monday morning, dear friend, and happy first day of April!
I always appreciate a month that starts on a Monday, as it just seems right...nice and tidy, you might even say it's quite "tickety boo!"

I have a couple of finishes to share with you, but first, please indulge me while I get all Grammy on ya, and share a few pics of GG...

The kiddos had some fun first outings this past month, as GG received her necessary vaccinations that allow her to venture out into the world, and boy does this sweet girl love her world!

She went out to dinner with her Mama and Dada, and was the perfect little lady...

I'm just so over the moon with this sweet little darling!

And had a big adventure to the local Nature Center, where incidentally her Dada and Uncle Little Brother also went when they were wee ones. It's so fun to see the legacy continue with the next generation. I am only starting to realize how blessed we were to raise our boys in a part of the country that has such a rich and enduring history with beautiful surroundings, buildings and stories passed down through the ages. Very fun!

Grammy's Cutie Patootie ❤︎

I can't hardly believe that she is 7 months old...where does the time go?!

Moving on reluctantly to the stitching front...

March was a very productive month, stitching wise, as I kept both my pace and my mojo, and had three finishes! Yay me!

Now, this silly dude took two tries to finish, as I murdered the first finish by not following the words of every person who has put needle to fabric, "Measure twice, cut once." Unfortunately, in my haste to finish March's HOD by the last day of February, I measured once and cut...leaving zero working edge, and then in my frenzy only made it worse...let's just say that the poor Leprechaun never stood a chance and leave it at that...

March 2.0

Hands On Designs "March" A Year of Celebrations

Next Up...

My April finish...

This may be my favorite month yet, the colors are truly yummy!

Hands On Design "April" A Year of Celebrations
I have been stitching this series on Monaco 28ct, which is no longer being made, as I understand it...or perhaps just not by Charles Craft, but either way, I have a nice stash of it that I am slowly using up. I do have to say, however, that even before the announcement was made I had noticed a very big change in the quality of the more recent Monaco that I purchased, so as anything I might be a bit intrigued to see what takes it's place in the world of stitching fabric.

And the big drumroll, please, maestro...

I finished the final Shepherd's Bush Stocking, thus far, as our family is hanging at seven...

Shepherd's Bush "Jillian's Stocking"
These stockings have been a labor of love for me. I began stitching them when Big Brother and Daughter in Love got married, carrying on a tradition that my own Aunt began. She would stitch a personalized Christmas stocking for each new baby born into our family, and as our family grew, so did the stockings...they are now a treasured treat to be taken out each holiday season. I decided to pass on the tradition and begin a new version where each new person who enters the clan, be it spouse or babe, will receive a personalized stocking, adding to the chapters of our growing Teakettle family. Thus, the stocking project began in 2013, with the first ones being finished in 2014. I stitched and had finished, one or two stockings each year, depending on time allowance. It was a great joy to find out that we were expecting our first grandchild in 2018, and once I knew that she was a girl, I started right in! Six years later, we have one grandchild and seven stockings...mine being the last to finish, which just seems right somehow. I have now tucked away the fabric, floss and trinkets where they will stay all snug and cozy until there is call for another stocking to be lovingly added to the family.

Now, if you look real close at the bottom of my stocking, you'll notice a good looking shepherd upon the hills of Bethlehem who fetches quite a close resemblance to our Pa, gray fuzzy beard and all, and you'd be right! I fashioned his stocking fellow into mine, so I'll always have him close.

You'll notice that I haven't added either the charms or beads to the stocking yet. I won't attach them until I'm ready to send it over to Miss Faye's house for finishing, to save the fabric from sitting with trinkets against the fabric...just my funky thing.

Our winter was a rather cold and wet one, and as a lover of the cold weather, having spent the kid's childhood living in New England, I had no complaints...and neither did my roses! They have come into bloom with a blaze of glory!


Thanks for stopping by for a visit, dear friend, and indulging me in some sharing


Robin in Virginia said...

Karyn, congratulations on your finishes! Your roses look fabulous. Your granddaughter is a cutie. Enjoy the week!

Kay said...

Congratulations on your finishes, especially the stocking. it must be wonderful to see the stockings every Christmas. x

Maggie said...

Cute baby, isn't it the best thing being a Nanna :-)
I am also stitching Shepherds bush stockings for my grandchildren, I've got the newest members (Arthur) to stitch this year. I have also stitched them all birth samplers. I like the thought that these stitched peices will be around long after I've gone and as they look at them and get the stockings out each Christmas they might give a thought to their Nanna who put so much love into making them for her special little people :-)

Marilyn said...

Your Granddaughter is too cute.
Cute finishes, and what a great project to make everyone a SB stocking, they are the best designs.
Not sure why they stopped manufacturing Monaco, it's seems to be a popular item.
And yes, the quality is never the same anymore.
Beautiful Roses!

Vickie said...

I just love the Year of Celebrations series.I have done them all. They are so sweet. Your stocking will be awesome when complete!

Katie said...

Don't be ashamed to be a proud grammy. Don't blink. My baby will be 21 this month. I can't believe it at all!! Congrats on finishing up March and April. Sorry March just didn't want to be finished easily for you. They sure look beautiful now though. Congrats on finishing the stockings. Great job!! I agree with you on not minding the cold. The warm weather will be nice I guess. I'm ready to open my windows and get a fresh breeze.

Khristine Doiron said...

I just love your stocking!! And how you put a little Pa shepherd in there... love love love!!! And that little GG of yours is the sweetest little thing ever!

Sweet Sue said...

Hiya Ma, GG is the cutiest patootiest! Congrats on your stocking finish, has been such a delight following along as you worked your magic on each one along the way:) My local Michaels has -zero- cross stitch fabric, never thought I'd see that happen. xo

gracie said...

First I have to start with What a lovely child. Then of course your wonderful stitching.

diamondc said...

Karyn: What a sweet looking darling, you are very lucky to be a Grandmother.
Your stocking tradition is a beautiful idea, Shepherds stockings are lovely.
I too would leave the beads and trinkets off till the end.
I do not like the fact that companies have to make such drastic changes, especially when something is popular and selling.
Have a great week.


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Kristi @Stone Family Farmstead said...

Oh wow--you are a grandma now! :D Congrats, she is a sweet little one! I also have a grand, almost 6 years old now. How time flies.

I lost track of your blog until I was updating my croutons blog post which is linked to you! Nice to see you are still cross-stitching such beautiful things.

It figures that you loved our past winter, Karyn. I'm sure you were totally equipped to handle it, while *I* wasn't at all! LOL

Have a wonderful day, old friend.