Thursday, May 19, 2011

They say it's your birthday

Well, yesterday was, in fact, my birthday.  I actually had a great day, although I had to work.  My mother surprised me with lunch and gifts by coming over in the middle of the day, unannounced, which is usually a complete no-no in my corner of the world, but it was a nice surprise!  She brought me wonderful flowers and a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.

BF and The Stepdaughter also each bought me a charm for my bracelet, and I used birthday money from my grandparents to purchase the Celebration Cake charm.  My bracelet is coming along now!



Now, as for stitching, me and my stitching mojo have been at odds, let's say.  It has been a frustrating week or so for me with starting one new thing after the other, and then not liking it, or getting bored of it.  I was very angry and frustrated and upset at the whole thing.

I had a bit of time this morning and I decided to go to The Stitching Post and hope that inspiration struck and I would find the perfect project.  I walked all around the store, looked at everything, and nothing was jumping out at me.  I thought to myself there is no way I am leaving this store without a project, darn it!!!

So, I passed by the Mirabilia/Nora Corbett rack and stopped, and looked, and actually picked up Bliss Fairy, which I have always wanted to do, and then I saw The Peony Garden.  I don't remember this one coming out.  And the flowers just threw me and I said this is the one!  (I also want to do Charlotte!)


This one calls for Caron Waterlilies.  I have never used these, so did not know they were silk, to the tune of $6 each!!!!!  But I still got them, but they did not have all of them the pattern called for, so I ordered the missing ones, along with the two Mill Hill beads they did not have, from 1-2-3 Stitch.

These silks are gorgeous and variegated, and all of the flowers, stems, petals and all are stitched in these silks, so it should look interesting. 

Picking out a fabric was also a challenge and is usually my hardest task in a project, besides actually stitching the project to completion, of course!  The pattern called for Light Pink Sand linen or aida.  Hand-dyed Jobelan sitting in a basket caught my eye.  I love Jobelan.  It is probably my favorite evenweave fabric.  And they had Pink Dahlia in 28 count, so I bought that.


Now, I have not stitched on 28 count or 2 over 2 in quite some time, as I have been stitching on 40 count, 1 over 2.  So I am ready for the shock of BIG stitches!

I pray that I can finish this one.  The first large project I ever stitched was a Mirabilia, and there was a time where that's all I stitched, one after the other, and I never tired of them.  Maybe it is me just coming full circle back to where I started.  I sure hope so.  There are so many wonderful Mirabilia/Nora Corbett patterns out there that I want to stitch.

16 comments:

Amy said...

Happy birthday! I'd say you have had a wonderful one, by the looks of your flowers and your charms! Love, love your bracelet!

I also love your choice in new stitching and the threads---your fabric is gorgeous! I think your mo-jo should sky-rocket with all of this!
Amy from OK

valerie said...

Happy Birthday! I say it's good to always treat yourself to something new for your special day! I love Mirabilia and I have this deep urge to go back to stitching strictly Mira/whimsical designs. I just want to finish up my wips before I do that and it feels like it's taking forever!! You will love stitching your Peony Garden.

natalyK said...

Happy Birthday!! It's sounds like you had a wonderful time celebrating. I think stitching cycles between the quick stitches and the meaningful finishes. Enjoy Peony Garden it is gorgeous and the Caron silks are wonderful to work with.

Crystal said...

Happy Birthday, sounds like you had a great day. Love your new stitchy project, looking forward to seeing your start.

geeky Heather said...

Happy birthday! What fun flowers. Enjoy the Mirabilia and the luscious Waterlilies!!!

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday! Beautiful flowers and new stash! Those Waterlilies look wonderful!

CalamityJr said...

What a lovely birthday! I'm sure your new project is going to be beautiful - can't wait to see your start.

KaLu - Claudia said...

Happy birthday!!!!

Bliss fairy is a beautiful design I cant wait to see your progress =D

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Belated Birthday. Glad you had a lovely day. Look forward to your progress on your new project. Love the fabric and silks.

Rachael xxx said...

Belated birthday wishes

LoriU said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Oh I am so happy to read you are doing a Mirabilia! I used to love watching you stitch those in the past and you really helped me with Waiting for Ships!

Pumpkin said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Happy (belated) Birthday Danielle :o)

I was beginning to wonder where you were! Glad to see you didn't let your lack of stitching mojo keep you down ;o) LOL!

Nicole said...

Happy belated birthday Danielle! Looking forward to seeing your Mirabilia start! :)

Emily said...

I'm glad you had a great Birthday .. Happy Late Birthday!!

Such pretty flowers!!!

Sara said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you got some lovely gifts and some stitching mojo back. Have fun with your new project, I know you'll love the silks!

Joyus said...

Belated happy birthday wishes :-D