Blogging and reading blogs has definitely fallen to the bottom of my to-do list recently, as happens in the spring when there are so many other things to do. The roses have been pruned and now I'm in the middle of clearing the ground to prep for fertilizing and mulching. Being a fair weather gardener, the going is slow, but I did get a chance for a couple of quick sessions outside this week. It's gorgeous outside today, but I'm stuck here at work. At least with longer days now, I should have plenty of time to work this evening.
Some of my roses aren't doing too well after the long, cold winter, but there are signs of renewal on even the worst of them.
Stitching progress has been slow too. For my April Stitch Maynia start, I got my VS Retreat project loaded, put in a few grid lines and make a start on it.
The lighting is bad on this pic, but I've chosen to stitch it on 28ct Smokey Pearl linen. So far I've only done some backstitching, but the florals will go on next with a birthday cake in the center of this section.
And here's my progress on Hello Spring.
I am really loving this little sweetie!
This week I joined a Facebook group stitch along for the Coffee Quaker design that was released earlier this year by Heartstring Samplery. It's been really helpful to look at what other stitchers are doing, the choices they've made, etc. to help me make my decision before getting started. I was originally planning to get a length of 40 ct platinum linen, which I would have to buy somewhere. Now I think I'll just go ahead and use 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha that I recently ordered. Several other stitchers have used that and it's looking really good. There's really no need to spend more money when I have something perfectly lovely at home already!
We had a really nice Easter weekend. Saturday the grandchildren came over to color eggs and then have an egg hunt. This year Uncle Brendan and Uncle Kyle did a fabulous job hiding the eggs for the older boys (ages 13 and 11) and it took them over an hour to find all their eggs! Then on Sunday we had Easter dinner with most of our adult kids who didn't have to host dinner for their other sides of the family. I try to keep Easter low-key since Christmas is such a big day. And we have our big birthday bash coming up next month on the 20th where we celebrate everyone's birthday all at once! Love that!
Well, I think my break is over and I'd better get back to work! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend my friends!