Sunday, January 16, 2011

Prairie Schooler "Birth Sampler III" Finish!!

Last night, I decided to finish this sampler as I wanted to start another design.
I'm so happy that I could finish this earlier than I thought!
My dear friend went back to Tokyo, so when I found the right frame for this, I will send this sampler and some pressie for her in Tokyo!

This sampler is SO beautiful than I was thinking! Chart photo doesn't show this beauty justice, it's so lovely in the real life!!
It's just my opinion, though PS design especially old charts don't show the right colour justice in their photo, don't you think?
When my friend stitched another old design, the colour was totally different and we all were surprised!!

But this sampler and also my friend's sampler both were beautiful than the chart photo, so it's no problem, though!! :D

If I had so much enough time, I would like to stitch "Wedding Sampler III" for her, and also another "Birth Sampler III" for another dear friend even though her daughter is already 2 years old!!

I really hope she likes this sampler and will be happy to see my work IRL!
Hope Baby girl Uta loves this when she grew up!

Take care and have a lovely weekend!!
Thank you for your visit to my blog!

Design : "Wedding and Birth Sampler III" © Prairie Schooler
Fabric : 10B Fremme Linen
Thread : DMC


From last night, it's snowing around here.
It's stopping now, but when we woke up, it was snowing and took some photos!
Even this sort of powder snow is rare for us to see in this area, so Sweetie was so excited!

Even in the house, it's so cold this weekend!!!
We are wearing many sweaters on!

He was excited, but just after this photo was taken, he said "It's terribly cold, let's go home!!!"
Actually he was wanting to make a snowman, though he couldn't do that as snow is too little, and also he was very cold!!!

Take care and have a lovely weekend!
Thank you for your visit!

Monday, January 10, 2011

My New Year WIPs and Gifts from Friends!

Hi, today finally I can share some cross stitch works (WIPs) with you!
I didn't iron, so they all are wrinkled, though...

Here is "Merry, Merry" © Birds Of A Feather.
I was going to present for my son Tass, though I couldn't finish this until the last Christmas.
There is gold thread that chart calls for, so I quite hesitate to stitch their parts...
So I bought gold thread for sewing machine, don't know how it'll be, but will see!

Here is a piece of "Birth Sampler III" © Prairie Schooler.
About 2 or 3 years ago, there were so many pregnant friends around me, it was about more than 10 people.
And recently there are many pregnant friends around me again, it's 2nd boom!
One of my best friend had have a baby girl the end of the last year, so I'm stitching a birth sampler for her!!
This is quite beautiful pattern, so I'm so looking forward to seeing the finished piece!! :D

And here is a new WIP, "Snowflake Serenade" © Country Cottage Needleworks.
I'm stitching this on 40ct Newcastle (Natural) that my friend gave me, as I wanted to put this piece in the white frame in the photo above, so choose 40ct.
But it's quite tough to stitch on 40ct as I haven't been stitching on 40ct for a long time now...
I hope I will be able to finish this in the winter season! :D

And here are also birth samplers "Bless the baby" © Lizzie*Kate.
I have been stitching them from the last year (actually I was forgetting them...) for my friend's baby boy, and another three are for my brother's children.
I should have finished this earlier and was going to present for them for Christmas, though I had terrible stiff neck the last Dec., so couldn't manage it.
Hope I can finish and present them soon!

I have received some gift and also Christmas cards from friends abroad!
So I share them with you!

Here is a gift from Caro in France.
She sent the parcel to my last address, though the post office forwarded to my present address on 24th of Dec., how nice!!
Thank you Caro for a lovely gift!!

And here is a gift from Carol R. in the UK.
She made a very lovely and beautiful scissors fob for me, and also she sent toy cars for my son! Thank you always so much, Carol R. for your kind heart!

And here is a gift from Nina in Hungary!
She sent me her original over dyed threads and lovely charms!!
Aren't they so beautiful?!

I don't remember that I have mentioned or not, but now the world heritage "Himeji Castle" is restoring old parts.

So here is the Himeji Castle now. Since tourists can't see the castle from outside, there is a big tent which was drew 3D silhouette by graphic art.
Why we went to Himeji Castle yesterday is, the Castle Marathon was held there, and my brother's children run!
So we went to cheer for them and take photos!!
Sweetie Tass made a flag to cheer for them! Tass is going to run Castle Marathon next year with me (under 7 years should run with an adult), so I have to train for it... whew...

Thank you for your visit!

Take care and have a lovely day!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Little Artist and a Miracle Shot!

Hello, sorry that I haven't been posting about cross stitch at all, this year.
Actually I haven't been stitching lately as New Year's holiday is a big event in Japan and Sweetie is also on holiday, so we are playing together a lot.

And also there were many of visitors here my home, so had no time to stitch at the moment.

Today I'm going to share some pictures that my Sweetie Tass (5 years old) drew, recently!
Recently he loves drawing so much, and always asks me to draw together.
I love his drawing, don't know why but his drawing especially faces that he draws are so cute!!
And he is getting much better and better than before recently!
The right object in the above picture is bicycle, and also he drew a signal, car (as always!), balloon, and airplane and beautiful sky!
Isn't it good?!
And here is a car (always he draws Car!!) and rainbow and signal and sky!

And here is a picture of his cousin and car (again, lol).

This is like Anime, isn't this? I like the colours he choose!

And the last, here is a miracle photo that he shoot!
We din't know how to take, but he told me that he dropped camera just when he pressed the shoot button!
Funny photo, isn't this?!

I am going to prepare to stitch from tonight, as from tomorrow Sweetie goes to Preschool
Last year I couldn't stitch at all, so I would like to stitch more like a few years ago, and would like to share photos of my WIP and finished piece with you!

Thank you so much for your visit, even though I haven't been posting about cross stitch at all...

Take care and have a lovely day!
Bye for now,

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2010 Mama's Stitching Group Meeting!

Hello, I have forgotten to post our "Mama's stitchin' group"s photos last year!
Since I've mentioned last June, we've started and have been working this "stitchin' group", it's been 7 months now! Wow!
It's so fun to stitch along, chat and have sweets together.
We decided to gather at least twice a month to stitch and chat together!

This time was three friends altogether who could gather, though usually we have 5 members altogether, stitching with tea!

And then, this time (photo below) was "stitch'n group's omelet party" that I held at my house!
The reason why I held this party is, my friends had doubts about my household that they think that I haven't been doing household at all, (LOL), so I held this party to clear my suspicion! haha!

Here is a photo of mushroom omelet (cream sauce) that I'm good at cooking!
But actually at the first try, I burned mushrooms as I was asked about something cross stitch, and totally had forgotten that I was cooking, and so re-tried to cook it (lol)
Everyone was laughing, especially my mum!!!
But, it was taste good and they seemed very happy!! :D

This green-tea cake was made by my friend for dessert!
Thanks a lot!! :D

And here is my friend's work (© Homespun Elegance)!
She likes "Cosmo Congress (like Aida, but very soft)", and always uses it.
One of member is using Linen now, but other members are using "Cosmo Congress" as they say it's the most easy to manage!"

I will take photos of my friends' (members) works, and will share them one day in the near future!
I should finish something and have to update my blog with stitch topics!! :D

Take care and have a lovely week!

Thank you for your visit!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Japanese New Year!!

Happy new year, everyone!
I wish you a very wonderful new year 2011!

Here is a photo of "Kadomatsu" at a shrine near by which was taken in the morning of 1, Jan, 2011, when we went to "Hatsumoude (Hatsumode)" .

Photos below are "Mochibana Kazari".
The real "Mochibana" is made with "
mochi", though we use two thin crisp wafers made from mochi.

I made "Mochibana" with Sweetie this year, we used colorful two thin crisp wafers made from mochi and sandwich willow twig between them, like this below.

Sweetie seemed so fun to make them!
I would like to tell Japanese tradition a little by little to him.

Here is a photo of Camellia ("Tsubaki") that was taken near the shrine where we live.

Thank you for visiting!

Take care and have a lovely winter holiday!

Saturday, January 01, 2011