Sunday, January 31, 2021

Autumn Watergarden - cattails are growing

I have finished the second cattail part of Autumn Watergarden. The corners and the middle one had been finished last week, now I am moving to the gate and the branches to finish the second quarter.

Closeup of the cattails:
And a picture of what we are doing when I am not stitching:
No, not a natural diseaster - the family does it willingly. /Do not ask my son, under18 does not vote:) / We are trekking in the weekends, whenever the weather permits. The only problem, that the weather is quite tricky nowadays, so we decided not to listen to the forecast, just go whenever we want. 

This weekend it was 17kms of melting snow over tricky frozen ground creating a slippery path - with some rain given as an icing on the cake (mud?). But we met not only rain, but sunshine, deers, ravens and a beautiful sunset on a hilltop in the woods. The sunset was not that intentional, but gave the adventure a perfect finish - getting to the car just before it became fully dark...

Monday, January 4, 2021

Farewell 2020, welcome 2021!

2020 flew away, the real proof that when I started to write the post I wrote farewell 2019 first! It was a long year, but also a very short one. I mostly loved the staying-at-home part, with some minor breaks. I really enjoyed cooking for the family, having lots of time for table games, spending our weekends in the woods with long trekkings. During autumn I worked a lot, somehow homeoffice took over, and I could not close the computer in time. Then came the last 3 weeks what I spent with family, trying not to think on work - mostly I was successful despite all the effort of the government who came out many new ideas which affects my work. I planned many things I wanted to do in these 3 weeks - and I hardly did anything, but I decided I have a whole year of 2021 to do what I want, so no worries, my plans are waiting.

So let's see what did I do in 2020:

Cross stitch:

No finishes, but 2 new starts:

Kingfisher by Anchor

Anchor: Kingfisher
Fonal/Floss: Anchor from the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart white 16 ct Aida from the kit

Sans Soucis by Long Dog Samplers

Long Dog Samplers: Sans Soucis
Fonal / Floss: Caron (#63,#153) Gloriana (#67) Edmar Rayon (#206)
Anyag/Fabric: Tea dyed Zweigart white 32 ct line

I was working on some WIPs:

Pomarium by Chatelaine, 3/4 done, started in 2016 December

Chatelaine: Pomarium
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Autumn Watergarden by Chatelaine, 1st quarter - started in 2019 August

Chatelaine: Autumn Watergarden
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

I was neglecting poor others:

Heirloom Nativity Sampler by The Victoria Sampler  - almost finished, only a little hardanger missing, started in 2014 November. This was my holiday travel piece in the last couple of years. Since this year there was no travel, I skipped this. There is only a little part missing, I should finish it in 2021!

Heirloom Nativity Sampler - The Victoria Sampler
Anyag / Fabric : 32 ct Smokey Pearl Zweigart
Fonal / Floss : selyem, a mintaív szerint / silk as in the kit

Riolis 1079 Autumn forest - small part done, started in 2018 summer

Around the World in Stitches by Papillon Creations- finished stitching, mounting to a box missing, started in 2012.
I was planning to gift it as a parting present for my son's teacher, but finally I opted for a quilt and the stitching remained untouched.

Around the World in 80 Stitches - Papillon Creations
Anyag / Fabric : 32 ct white dmc
Fonal / Floss : Anchor


6 Finishes:

Strolling Along Paths of Green by Yoko Saito. Started in 2018, finished the top in 2018 November.

Balance (Tree of Life)  - own design. Started at the end of 2019, finished in a week

Blue Explosion - own design, inspired by pinterest. It was a birthday present for my Niece

Scrappy happy own design inspired by pinterest: Farewell present for my son's teacher

 Rose Quilts  own design, inspired by pinterest - a double present for my mother

2 new starts:

Winter Maize by Ngaire Brooks: piecing done, applique in line

String - a few pieces done, I started it as a leader/ender project

I was working on a WIP:

Round the Year by betukbandi- 8 out of  16 done

SEWING & other:

Huge amount of masks


Flourishing -own design inspired by pinterest: a project bag to keep large blocks together:

2 guineapig beds, a little statue posing as a sleeping guineapig: