Monday, 6 April 2009

Welcome Home

At long last I am happy to welcome home my Secret Garden. I actually finished this in May last year but i could not find a frame to fit so ended up taking it to be framed, and thereby hangs a tale. If you are not a regular reader and want to know the saga you will have to look in last months posts.

So - blast of trumpets - and here it is It was supposed to have had a double mount with a dusky pink peeping out about a 1/4 inch on the inside edge of the green. Than had not happened but I was not about to complain as I was just greatful to have it back at long last.

Not a very good picture I'm afraid which is in part due to the fact that it was difficult getting something without it being obscured by reflections or flash light and also by the fact that I do not have very good photographic skills. If you would like to see it as it was when I finished it then click here.

On Friday afternoon I had a lovely RAK suprise in the form of a little pillow ornament from Tammie (A Stitch In Time). I was quite amazed when I opened it and saw the tulips as they were almost identical ones to what I had in my room. Unfortunately mine have opened right out now so they do not look quite as alike as they did at the time but I wanted to take the picture in daylight so that you could see them together so it had to wait until this morning. Thank you so much Tammie and I can assure you it will be treasured. It always feels so special when you get something which has been handmade just for you.

My little bit of stitching - just for me this weekend has to remain a secret until the end of the month as I have done it as a special little gift for someone. All I can tell you is that I enjoyed stitching it so much that I will be doing it again next weekend but this time it will really be just for me..

Whilst chatting to a friend the other day she asked who had won the draw for the Flapper charts. Well unfortunately no one asked to be entered in my draw so there was no one to win them. I will have to have a think and maybe put something else up that people will like better for my next competition draw.

I have done no stitching at all this morning. I have no excuse other than I am full of cold and have a sore throat and really cannot be bothered. I am going to have another Beechams hot lemon and go back to bed shortly and then maybe later I will feel like it. I certainly hope to feel better by tomorrow as my darling little boy is coming to stay for three days and I am really looking forward to us doing things together. The forcast is not so good, I am thinking summer has been and gone now and rain is supposedly on the way again - which is really annoying when I had lots of plans for us to go to outdoor places over the easter hols. Oh well such is life, the best laid plans and all that bumph lol.

Thank you all for the lovely comments which I am sure by now you know really are appreciated.

Replying to some recent comments

Oh Julie I do wish that the sewing machine was conqured but I think I still need a lot of practice.

Colly - I think I have a way to go before I attempt quilting - though I admit the bag has whetted my appetite for trying more.

A few of you - asked about the "Spot of" seasons. Firstly they are all seperate designs (Spot of Spring, Spot of Summer, Spot of Autumn and Spot of Winter) from The Drawn Thread whose designs I just love. I just chose to stitch them as one long project and I intend doing a pinkeep type finish for them to hang on the wall in my bedroom. I also intend doing the pinkeep type finish for the Sheperds Bush, Be Attitudes which I am stitching. I love this finish and for our bedroom I think (I hope) they will somehow look softer than frames.

may your frogs stay in their ponds.


Erica said...

Congrats on the Secret Garden! It looks beautiful! Certainly a battle well worth fighting!

brokenfairy said...

So glad to hear that Secret Garden is back with you!!
What a lovely RAK gift.
I do hope you feel better soon Helen

Sally said...

Secret Garden looks beautiful Helen. I'm so glad you finally got it back.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Julie said...

Nice to see Secret Garden returned to you, its lovely.

Hope you feel better soon, have fun with Oz

Natasha said...

Secret Garden looks fantastic. They did a great job framing and you on stitching.

Jope you are feeling better soon its the pits to be sick.

Christine said...

So glad that you finally got your Secret Garden back, and your little tulip pillow is lovely.
Hope you feel better soon

Patti said...

Love the Secret Garden and so pleased you finally got it back from the framers. Love Patti xxx

Karan said...

So glad you got SG back - well worth the wait, it looks gorgeous.
Lovely RAK piece too. :0)
Hope you feel better soon & you have lots of fun with the little man. :0)

Ranae said...

What a relief! SG looks beautiful.
I love both the real and stitched tulips

stitcherw said...

So glad you got Garden back, it looks wonderful. Hope you're feeling better soon.

staci said...

Congrats on your beautifully framed Secret Garden! And what a lovely RAK to brighten your day...feel better soon!!!

Cheryl said...

Your framed piece looks great and
im so glad you got it back!
I hope you feel better soon and enjoy the time with the wee one

Lindsay said...

I'm so glad to see you got Secret Garden back, it looks fantastic even if it wrong.
Feel better soon

Brigitte said...

OMG, you have it back. So good that the saga ended in a positive way. It looks good in its frame.
What a lovely gift you received from Tammy. I love the tulips she stitched for you, they are such wonderful flowers, on the pillow just like in real life.
I hope that you feel better by now and can enjoy your little grandchild.

mollycaff said...

I'm so glad Secret Garden is back home with you Helen, it looks lovely, well worth the wait!

Nicola said...

Glad you finally got your Secret Garden back Helen. It looks lovely in it's frame. Gorgeous tulips too from Tammie.

Hope you are feeling much better now.

Cyn said...

Hi Helen,

"Secret Garden" is beautiful and no one will know about the missing pink mat except for you, and your many readers! :-)

The pillow is very cute and I love the Tulips!

So sorry to hear that you have had a cold. Hopefully you are much better now. :-)

Windy Meadow

Kathy A. said...

Well, I let out a whoop when I read your blog and my DH wondered if I had lost my mind. I am so glad that your Secret Garden came home.
Love your ittle tulip gift - so very pretty.

Marita said...

::happy dance::

I'm so pleased it came home safe and sound :)

The frame looks lovely. And what a delightful RAK.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your garden is just lovley! I hope you made sure you didn't pay for the mat they didn't put in!

Lovely little RAK!

Tracy said...

Your Secret Garden looks stunning and what a beautiful RAK, hope you are feeling better

Mylene said...

Glad to hear Secret Garden is back with you and it looks beautiful!

Happy Easter weekend!

Von said...

Your SG looks amazing, Helen! It must be a thrill to have it displayed in your home. :)

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.