Friday, February 17, 2006

And, here she is....

Finally, I now have my first finish of 2006... and here she is...

Celtic Winter

Lavender & Lace, c. 2005

Silkweaver 32 ct Blue Diamonds Reflections Lugana

Stitched 9/8/05 - 2/17/06


This was started as a SAL back in September, and somehow Katrina and I both managed to finish on the same day... pretty cool! So, now you have it, my first finish for the year - nice to get that out of the way! I loved working on her and will be stitching the other three seasons, just not right away - too many other things on my plate right now! I also really enjoyed that this was a SAL with so many stitchers, and each has been so wonderful! (I am sorry the photo is so small - Mike took the picture in high resolution, blogger wouldn't take it, I had to put it in Photobucket and size it down a bit to fit the blog... and it turned out so small.... but you can see a bigger pic here).

I have been asked what will replace Celtic Winter in my rotation... right now, it will be a good slot to get some more time in on Mermaids of the Deep Blue :-)

There is a new blog for us all to read now! Please check out Karen's Blog when you get a chance. Karen is a very dear friend of mine in Leura, NSW Australia. She owns and operates Dragonfly Dreams, an exceptional needlework shop which many of you already love!! Karen is a talented and very avid stitcher... check out her recent finish of Drawn Thread's An Open Heart, and her stunning start on Mirabilia's Stargazer!! Please say hi while you are there too! I have bragged so much to her lately about how wonderful this blogging community is, and I am certain she would love to meet you too! Thanks!

There are several of us now ready to start Houses of Hawk Run Hollow as a SAL... anyone can join us, if they want! But those who have expressed doing it right now are: Becky, Bea, Barbara and Karen - OK, get stitching ladies so I won't feel like I am too far ahead of you!! LOL

Hand-Dyed Fibers (aka Vikki Clayton) is sponsoring a new online mystery sampler - Sampler Cove's Bordeaux Mystery Sampler - and it is exclusive to Hand-Dyed Fibers. Here is the top section. I love it! I just signed up. Thought you might want to know about it :-)

Whew! Finally - the newest Cross Stitch Gold arrived today. I was really beginning to wonder about it. I received the last one really early last month... but all is OK now.... There is a really cute Venice themed chart in this one... I love it, but cannot figure out why the designer, Maria Diaz, opted to make the water in the canal brown?? That might hold me back from stitching this.... but I otherwise really love this - Bea, is the water in Venice brown? I thought it was quite blue... at least in the films I have seen it is...

Here is what I hope is a better picture of the Venice project... OK, time to see if I can fit in some time on Medieval Town Mandala now while we watch Saw II...
And, I did get a chance to do a little... will put a lot of effort into it this weekend and maybe finish Part 5 (oh, I hope so!!). I really like stitching the gold swirls :-)

Stitched on today: Celtic Winter (Happy Dance!!) and Medieval Town Mandala

43 comments:

Shelleen said...

thanks Carol, I added Karen to my favorites :-)

Carina said...

Thanks for the link, Carol. As I have told you before, I'm so glad you told me about Karen. I had so much meeting her in person at her beautiful shop and will definitely stop in Katoomba again to say hi when we are in Aus this summer.

Von said...

Thanks for letting us know about Karen's blog. What a wonderful addition she'll be to our stitching circle!

Jenn said...

Thanks for letting us know about Karen's blog Carol.

~Harsha~ said...

Thanks Carol.. I'm gonna add Karen's blog to my links in a while!

Julie said...

Thanks for letting us know about another fellow stitcher's blog! I think I might join you all in the SAL for Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. I'm just waiting for it to arrive in the mail....

Katrina said...

Hi Carol, you are ever so close on CW now, the 3750 stitching is rather tedious huh? Will be watching for your HD!!

Jenn said...

Congrats on the finish Carol. Is this her official photo from Mike?

I don't think the water in the Maria Diaz piece is brown. I think it's gold and reflecting the setting sun.

Ooohhh brave girl watching Saw II. :)

Cathy said...

Carol

I enjoy your blog. I try to read it daily. Keep the photos of your wips and completed projects coming. It inspires me to keep stitching.

Kiwi Jo said...

Congratulations Carol!! She's beautiful!

Bastet said...

Congrats Carol! She is truly gorgeous. Thanks for adding the link to Karen's blog, she sounds like a doll.

Julie said...

Wow, Carol...she's lovely! What a beautiful job you do...and what an inspiration you are to all of us!

Congratulations!

Blessings,
Julie

Dianne said...

I can just see you happy dancing up there in NH!!!
Wow-you should be so proud.

Chiara said...

Congrats on your happy dance!!!She is wonderful!!1 Thank you very uch for the comments on my blog!!!!..Yesterday i bought the fabric for my Mirabila so now I'm ready to start with a "little" late!!!Better late than never :o)
cheers

Rowyn said...

Congratulations on your CW happy dance. She is stunning.

Heather said...

WOW truly amazing work Carol. Congratulations on your first 2006 Happy Dance and what a happy dance to be proud of.
Emailing you my details now and thank you, I just hope I do half as good a job as you :)

Heather said...

Carol could the water be golden from the sun beating down on it through the buildings? I don't get this magazine, so I'm no help!!

artystitches said...

Well done on the finish looks great!!

Mel in Dubai said...

Congratulations, Carol! CW is beautiful!!

I finished Celtic Christmas last year (no pic of it sorry as it's back in Australia!) and I have Celtic Autumn kitted up and ready to go. I'm not planning on starting her any time soon though :) Maybe when you are ready to start another one I might be too :)

bunnyhead said...

Congrats on your big finish! She looks beautiful. How does your husband manage to take the pics so well? You can really see the gorgeous fabric in that picture.

Robin said...

Carol she is so beautiful!
Thank you so much for your helpful instructions on my blog. Hopefully I'll be posting with pictures soon! Are you going to put something else in her slot? I know its hard to find anything new to stitch ;)! And your mystery sampler is gorgeous too. I can't wait to see the completed design. I love those blue colors. Have a great weekend!
robin

Lnanaa said...

I love the Medival project. It's so pretty.

Congratulations on finishing your Celtic Winter. I plan to do one of those someday. :)

Christine said...

Carol : congratulations for your first finished of the year. And it's a big one. It begins great !

Christine Doyle said...

Congratulations, Carol! She is just beautiful!!! Any guesses on what your next finish will be?

Lelia said...

CW is beautiful! Job Well Done!

Enjoy your week-end

Jenna said...

Woooohooooooo! Great finish, Carol! It's almost scary that you and Katrina started and finished on the same day, but oh so appropriate!

andrea said...

CW is gorgeous Carol. Congratulations on your happy dance.

BeckySC said...

She's beautiful my friend! Congratulations to you.

Judith said...

CW just lookss beautifull and you are on a roll with MTM.
About the water in venice I think it is the sun you see in the water shining.

Kath said...

Very, very pretty Carol. Another one under your belt. And for you and Katrina to finish on the same day - great stitching both of you.

Love MTM too, colours in that one are gorgeous.

zoeandcooper said...

Congratulations on finishing her. I am doing my best this weekend to catch up:) She is soooo beautiful and I can't wait to see her framed someday.

Tanya said...

Hi Carol,
Your finish is beautiful! Congrads :)

Bine said...

Oh, Carol. Congrats on this wonderful finish!! It's gorgeous!
And your MTM is growing so fast...I think I'm a bit jealous ;-( Can't wait to see part 5 finished :-) My problem is that I sometimes browse more in the WWW than I stitch.... Now up to take a look on Karens blog

Anonymous said...

CW is beautiful! On the 14th you mentioned Liz Turner Diehl's 17th Century German Garden...it is available chart only, I saw it at my LNS today (Thistle Needleworks) her shop is also on line.
Shirley, CT

Nicki said...

She's gorgeous Carol! And that fabric is just perfect for her. Congratulations!!

I suspect you already have it, but if you need the Celtic Spring chart let me know. I have a lightly used one looking for a good home :)

Missy said...

So beautiful! Congratulations!

Little Grey Cat said...

oh Wow Carol. CW is so gorgeous! Just going to visit Karen's blog now ...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your HD. I guess you won't have any troubles changing the brown colours into blue if you would really like to stitch it :-). Happy stitching. Ann.

KarenV said...

Congratulations on finishing CW Carol - she looks gorgeous! :)

Kathy said...

Wow Carol she is stunning well done.

Hugs xxxxxxx

AnneS said...

Woohoo, what a spectacular happy dance CW is! She looks amazing!! And I can't believe you both finished her on the same day - sounds like something out of the Twilight Zone LOL. Your Neighbourhood RR sounds good too ... love the idea of everyone including a cat in each square - will enjoy seeing the finished product, although I suppose I'd better practice some patience as it will probably be a while LOL. :)) Great to see Karen has started up a blog ... will have to pop by ... :)

Litla Skvís said...

I know this is late, but congratulations on finishing CW! She is stunning!

Isabelle said...

I can't believe I had to miss your HD on Celtic Winter, Carol! She is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!! You did such a great job - as always.
You've been so busy while I was away! And Lily is just too cute... :)

Thank you for your kind words on my blog :) Little sis is better but we're still busy looking for a flat etc.
I hope I can get online more often, though, cause I miss my friends! I have missed gazing at your beautiful updates :)