Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My heart is going to bloom :)

Yes, indeed – and I’m most excited about it too. My heart is really going to bloom and it’s bouncing in anticipation. “Where my Heart Blooms”  is the name of the chart that arrived yesterday on my doorstep. One of the 2 charts that I so badly want to stitch but couldn’t get my hands on. And amazingly a fellow stitcher and new friend sent me a message that she will borrow me the chart.  That is SO generous.  Even more if you consider that Carol doesn’t even know me, and still trusts me enough to send me this darling OOP chart.  I’m still in awe about that. And so very thankful.

While Carol is visiting Europe, her chart is on vacation with me in Australia.  I’m babysitting it so to speak. We will have some quality fun time here – that’s a sure thing!  All threads are already ordered and lots of different fabrics fondled to find the right one.
Does anyone can give me an indication about what DMC color is close to  “Korty’s Special Blend” from R&R Reproductions ? 

Also…getting a bit bored by what I’m stitching lately, I subscribed to a Mystery Sampler. It’s called Bird of a Feather from “With thy Needle”. I saw the border of part one and was sold. Plus… I LOVE LOVE LOVE birds, which means it really can’t go wrong. It's a no brainer.  Right now I’m stalking the postman daily awaiting the chart and materials. 

Except running up and down here like a chicken without head I did manage to put some stitches in. First of all there are 3 ornaments… (I’m having a thing with ornaments at the moment…lol)

Quaker Fragments (one of the March stockings)
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 30ct R&R Reproduction Linen (Apple Brown Bindi)
Fibers : Gentle Art (I used 2 Special Edition colors)
Stitched for Cindy  as Quaker ornament for an exchange at Hooked on Exchanging

Winter Sheep
Designer:  Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 30 ct Weeks  “Straw”
Fibers : DMC.  Although I did change 2 colours and used DMC 3852 and 814 instead the recommended colors. Added couple of beads too.

The  Merry Skater
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Belfast – Summer Khaki
Fibers: DMC (used white instead of cream and 3852)

Obligatory update on Amsterdam….

Ohhhh….and I’m knitting a scarf for my youngest daughter

Anyway, thanks for reading it all to the end…and I’m going to stalk the post man a bit because awaiting several packets from over sea!!! (Insert here the picture of a desperate woman clinging to the poor posties legs  while he tries just as desperate to get away….) Thank god I’m not impatient!!!


Ineke said...

Bird of a Feather looks lovely indeed! I can't decide yet, because I've so much stash already.
A vacation chart is a great idea.
Happy stitching while you are stalking the postman ;o)

wendy111 said...

I have done exactly the same as you and just had to have Birds of a Feather. I guess mine will arrive at some stage, but look forward to seeing your grow.

staci said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous Gabi! And your daughter is going to love her new scarf :)

Stitchers are really the most generous people...I hope you enjoy every stitch of WMHB!

Sally said...

Aren't stitchers the very best?

Your ornaments are gorgeous.

Well I waited until I saw the little snippet of the mystery and caved! I know I shouldn't and I will feel so guilty but I love the way it looks and I love birds. I emailed Anita but she had sold out. Thankfully she's getting more in but I'm going to be a cheapskate and sub the WDW if I can!

Carol said...

So glad I could help you out with Where My Heart Blooms, Gabi--take your time with it and enjoy each stitch. I know you'll do a beautiful job with it :)

Your ornaments are all darling--I especially love your stocking finish. Can't get up my nerve to try that one yet!

Have a great week :)

Cindy's Stitching said...

You have been busy Gabi. I love my little stocking, it is in a home where it is loved. Carol is a great stitching friend of mine and also a very good story teller. The ornies are cute. Stitchers are the best. You picked out a lovely chart.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm happy for you that you were able to get the chart you desired. It's a beautiful design. Enjoy your Mystery Birds of a Feather SAL.
Love your stocking ornament.

Marjorie said...

The mystery sampler looks great, I'll have to check it out! The ornaments are fantastic and congrats on the BBD chart. I know firsthand how hard it is to track down some of the older ones, it's great your friend is so generous!

Emily in NC said...

Cute ornaments. Can't wait to see this Birds of a Feather come to life.

Deb said...

You have some great projects finished and in progress. I think you're so brave to be stitching Amsterdam - that is one impressive peace and beautiful to book.

I'm glad that someone came through with the chart for you. Bloggers have to be the best in helping out people!!

chrisstitches said...

Love the Amsterdam & other pieces. How wonderful that you are borrowing the chart.
Chris B.

Joke said...

What a great idea of Carol, sending her chart 'on vacation'. Your scarf and stitching projects are beautiful, I think about stepping in in the Mystery too.

valerie said...

That was so sweet of Carol to let you borrow WMHB. I am only half way through stitching mine. Your ornies look the stocking finish!

I also signed up for the Birds of a Feather Mystery. Not sure when I will start it but I wanted the charts! lol

Beautiful scarf for your daughter!

Catherine said...

Carol is such a wondeful person! I'm sure you'll enjoy every stitch of that piece.

Love all your stitches and your scarf is lovely!

Giovanna said...

How kind of Carol! Have fun stitching this charming design. Lovely ornaments and knitting, and great progress on St.Pete.

Nancy in IL said...

Where the Heart Blooms IS a lovely chart, and it's wonderful of Carol to let go of it in travel to other stitchers! What a lovely, trusting lady!

Your ornaments are wonderfully stitched and finished, and Amsterdam is majestic, even if you're bored with it, LOL!

Your knitting is, as always, beautiful! I wish I had stuck with my knitting from a class I took long ago.

Littlebit said...

Oh my have really been super busy, it appears!! Your ornaments are beautiful! Did you put the stocking together yourself? I have those to do. The big Quaker ones I did from Carriage House didn't intimidate, but those little ones do. lol. Yours looks perfect. I do love that BBD that you are going to stitch. They are my favorite--and Plum Street Samplers, of course. :)

And This Little Pig said...

Ahh Gabi the stitching world is so wonderful isn't it, and I know "Where My Heart Blooms" will enjoy it's visit here downunder, you will take care of it, give it love and keep it lovely and warm this winter! Be kind to the postie, maybe great him or her with freshly baked biscults, nice cup of tea and a friendly dog!

Ornaments are wonderful, can't wait to see your tree this Christmas.

LiBBiE in Oz

Meari said...

Carol is a great gal, isn't she? Enjoy the chart. I'm looking forward to your progress on it.

Your ornament finishes are just darling!

Good luck with your mystery sampler. The colors on the border are really pretty.

htimcj said...

What a nice chart and great stitching!

merumo said...

How fun you are getting ready to stitch “Where my Heart Blooms”! I kitted up with mine some time ago and forgot about it till just now! I love BBD's designs so much and always enjoy stitching them :)

Kathy said...

Love, love, love the new chart you have. I can't wait to see your progress on Bloom.

Your ornaments are looking great. That will some tree you have this Christmas with all the fab ornaments you are doing. :)

Carolyn NC said...

You are staying busy! Love the new start coming and all the finishes and progress!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your ornaments are just lovely!

Katrien said...

those ornaments are gorgeous!
So nice of Carol to lend you the chart! have fun stitching :)

Justflo said...

Beautiful stitching. I could do with lessons in ornament finishing. I stitch them and they are still on the fabric square!!

Love Amsterdam it looks fab.

mdgtjulie said...

Grats on the finishes. I like The Merry Skater, and love the color on the stocking. It's gorgeous. Amsterdam is looking good. You're really making progress fast. Is that Thea Govenour's kit?

Siobhan said...

Carol sure is a sweetie, isn't she? :)

Lovely stitching and new stash! Beautiful work on your ornaments! I really need to get back to my stockings--I love how yours turned out. Amsterdam is coming along so nicely, as is your knitting!

Korty's Special Blend is a warm tan color, if that makes any sense. Lambswool would be light, Korty's would be a medium color. This link should take you to a miniscule sample of it:
If that link doesn't work, go to, click on fabrics, then R&R, and so on.

Margaret said...

Beautiful stitching and knitting both! And you have some good projects to look forward to there! :D I'm subscribed to the mystery sampler as well -- I need to pick mine up from the LNS sometime. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I've enjoyed browsing through yours.

Nancy said...

Your stitching is just beautiful! I communicate with Carol too, and I agree she is a very lovely person. I love your Amsterdam piece - it is just amazing, and I will enjoy following your progress.

I am so glad you found my blog because now I have found your beautiful blog!

BrendaS said...

Love your ornament finishes! Very nice of Carol to let her chart go on "vacation" to you:)))

I love the new Mystery Sampler that came out hope to start stitching it soon.

Hope yours arrives soon:)))

Lizzy said...

How truly sweet of Carol to send her BBD down to you on Holiday! :) I know y'all will have the loveliest time stitching and enjoying a cuppa together! I really love that one as well... Well in truth, I love all of BBD! lol

Amsterdam is just Gorgeous indeed, Gabi!!! I Love it and at the rate you're stitching you'll be finished with it in no time at all! :)

I ordered the Mystery Sampler, Birds of a Feather, from With thy Needle and Thread as well... mine came last week and I am so longing to get started stitching... I have a couple of things I'd like to finish first... but it's calling so loudly and I don't think I shall be able to resist much longer... oh, we shall see!

I Love all your ornaments... such lovely stitching and finishing and your BBD stocking is gorgeous! You are such a talented finisher... and your knitting is so lovely! I know your daughter is going to adore her scarf!

Do have fun stalking the postie, dear! And I do like Libbie's idea of the biscuits and cuppa... it may somewhat lessen the shock of a slightly mad stalking stitcher camped out upon the doorstep... ;)

blessings always in stitches...

Desi said...

Wow, you are really kicking some stitchy bee-hind! And you really let us see how happy it makes you. I'm curious as to what pattern you're using on the scarf--could you let me know?