Monday, March 30, 2009

A Little Bit More

Well, as you can see, Elizabeth is growing. I am getting such an expert on doing stem stitch and French knots. I must say though that I don't mind doing either. I just sit down and off I go. It is such a pain sometimes when I get into full gear and I have to stop. Elizabeth is one of those pieces that you can see straight away your progress. Those shapes down the bottom of the sampler are flowers that are all filled in with French knots.

I must admit though that for a sampler that I thought would be quite taxing it is really quite easy. A piece of cake in fact. After I finish the fore ground I have to go back and fill in the sky. I found that it was easier to do the background in the gardens in the stem stitch before I had to fill in the flowers.

I don't know if you can see these 2 beautiful parrots that often pay a visit to my garden. I have a vine that has grown up among the gum tree called a "Banana Passion fruit". That is what the pink flowers are. The birds like to get among the branches and have a feed on the fruit.

Thank you for all the well wishes regarding my DH's recent illness. He is a lot better now and has gone back to work. Last week though I felt really sorry for him. We had a bush fire that started from a hazard reduction that the National Parks had started to clear the undergrowth. Unfortunately during the afternoon there was a very strong wind that pushed the fire towards a lot of houses in Leura and they had to call the Rural Firefighters from nearly all the stations in the mountains and also the NSW Fire Brigade to protect these houses. My DH came home early when he heard about the fires and after a train trip of an hour and a half he ended up patrolling this fire till about 10p.m. During the night another fire had started on the opposite side so there was another call out. My DH couldn't go to that call out as he had a lot of work that had to be done. When he came home on Wednesday evening he went out again at 6p.m. and came home 6a.m. Thursday, had a shower and something to eat and off to work again. Boy did he sleep well on Thursday evening. Thankfully we had some rain and that fire is now out. Scary things these fires. Especially when they get out of hand.

Well, as you can see, I have been awarded the Kreativ Blogger award from Margaret at Days of a Sampler Lover

Because I am so slow posting these lovely awards most of the lovely ladies who I would love to give this award to have already received this award. So I would like to dedicate this lovely award to all the lovely people who drop by by blog and leave lovely comments.

Since Autumn has come, I can really feel the difference. Most days though have been lovely, but the early mornings are getting cool along with the evenings.

By the way, I have been doing some research on my Grandmothers birth certificate as as you know I want to put her name which is similiar to Elizabeth Cox on my sampler. My Grandmother was born in Norwood, Kent, England. Could anybody point me in the right direction to where Norwood is in Kent. My Great Grandmother (her mother) was born in Hortsted Keynes in Sussex, so I am thinking maybe Norwood could be near the Sussex border.

Well, I hope you all have a lovely week.

15 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh my! Eliz. Cox is just sooo beautiful! Your embroidery is gorgeous --- it looks absolutely perfect! Is there any cross stitch at all in this piece? Sure doesn't look like it! lol! You are a very talented stitcher!

Suzanne said...

Wow, looking at the detail of your embroidery, it's so complex. Your stitching looks perfect. This piece just gets better and better.

My DH was called to that fire, but work commitments prevented him from attending.

Love the parrots, we get them too, but this year we had so many on the tree, they made an aweful mess in the garden ripping leaves and seed pods off and they pooped all over my washing!

I love this weather at the moment, but I still would prefer it a few degrees cooler.

Nic said...

The Norwoods I know of in that area (West, South and Upper)are actually now suburbs of Greater London. - they would, depending on the time of the census been marked as being in a county, probably Surrey or Kent - Wikipedia is a little unclear. If that is the case, it's not at all far to Horsted Keynes, especially after the coming of the railways.

Love the sampler, it's gorgeous!

Brigitte said...

Elizabeth is coming along great. I know the feeling when you have to stop stitching while being in a good stitching flow. That sometimes happens to me when I'm not too tired an ithe evening and could stitch through the whole night. But unfortunately I have to get up early the next morning. Sigh.

Deb said...

This piece is so beautiful. I love your embroidery. I used to do that when I was a child and haven't in years. I have forgotten how beautiful it can be. Can't wait to see more of this as your progress!

Kathy A. said...

What lovely progress you are making on Elizabeth. I can't imagine all those French knots.

Annemarie said...

Now, I don't mind French knots, I really don't, but it looks like there are going to be whole lot of them in these flowers! This is such a beautiful sampler!

I hope your husband is well rested again.

Lapplisor said...

… and I see this progress now.
it is so marvelous to accompany you thereby…
♥☼♥Barbara♥☼♥

- Sandra, I wishes you a beautiful Easter.

The Scarlett House said...

Everytime I check in and see your progress, I'm stunned and amazed all over again. I may have to rethink this one. It is truly one of the prettiest samplers that I've ever seen. Stay safe from those fires. I can't believe that you're heading into Fall. Summer is upon us here.

Karoline said...

Elizabeth is looking lovely, great progress

Michelle said...

Elizabeth is looking gorgeous! So amazing!!!!

Lelia said...

It looks great & you will be finished in no time!!!

Teri said...

Wow! That red barn is spectacular. You really are making a lot of progress!

Siobhan said...

Your Eliz. Cox looks wonderful! I am in awe of your embroidery. I know how to do it, but get so caught up in the love for the little X that I forget and get intimidated. Beautiful work!

Joanie said...

Hi Sandra,

I love your Elizabeth Cox! Your work is exquisite. I am green with envy at the quality of your work.

I promise a long email this weekend. I've neglected keeping in touch and I am determined to change that!