Spring Has Sprung At Last!


For the first time, today actually feels like it is finally springtime!  It started off a little cloudy and chilly this morning, but as the progressed, by noontime, it was sunny and warm outside...around 75 degees.  Definitely warmer outside than inside the house, for a change.  The flowers are starting to show green shoots in the flower beds too.

We celebrated Miss Ella's FIRST BIRTHDAY!  Where has this year gone so quickly?
Ella Claps While Everyone Sings "Happy Birthday"!

Captivated by the Birthday Cake
 My how our two little grandchildren of ours have grown so much this past year.  Emery, our grandson, who lives in PA, turned ONE in January, and he is walking and running everywhere, and talking up a storm too.  Last week, our son, Kevin, called and turned on the speaker phone, so that we could hear Emery talking, and he was saying, "cracker".  He is also being taught "signing" for words, so he signs as well as tries to say the words at the same time.  Very smart little boy indeed!
Emery Slides All by Himself!

Over this past weekend I finished my "April" mini-calendar cover, complete with it's pretty coordinated lining.  If I do say so myself, I am quite proud of it because I tend to shy away from small pieces that require finishing details, but I think it turned out nicely.
Drawn Thread Design
32 Count "Violet Mist" Linen
Needlepoint, Inc. Silks
Calendar Cover Lining

Last week I finally made it back to my sewing group, at our LNS, after a long break with my most recent surgery.  A stitching friend offered to pick me up and take me, and it felt so wonderful being back with all of the girls again!  While there, I just had to poke through some of the newest needlework projects on display, and of course, I couldn't resist purchasing a few of them.  This is my progress so far, on one of them, "Basket of Memories", by Blackbird Designs.  It is to be finished into a little pillow pincushion, complete with ivory lace, since I don't know how to make tatted lace...wish I had learned that lovely needleart from my grandmother!
32 Count Ivory Linen
Gentle Arts Aged Pewter Fibers

The sweetest part of this darling little pincushion, is that it will be filled with "lavender".  Can you just imagine the beautiful aroma that will fill the air?  I can't wait to finish it so that I can fill it!  My LNS packaged up the sweet lavender in this lovely little cellophane bag!

Well, the hour is getting late, and I need to do some laundry and get dinner started before I can relieve my guilt and pick up my stitching again before my dear husband comes home from work.  After all, I need to appear to have done something "productive" with my day.....LOL!!

Until my next post...

Crossing in Stitches With You in Friendship!

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