Monday, 10 February 2014

Spring Sampler (1)

Hi. Hope you all had a good weekend. It was quiet and quite cosy here. The dreariness and the coldness of the February days have made me long for something warmer, cheery, full of life. Now that Christmas season is gone, I am looking forward to spring. So alongside with my crochet, I've started cross stitching a spring sampler from Riverdrift House.
What I like about this kit is the compilation of various springy elements in cheery colours, the stitches are only full and there's no backstitch so the sampler should be pretty quick to stitch. 

A close-up of how it should turn out.

With a glass of wine next to me, I was stitching all Saturday and Sunday evening and this is what it looks like right now:

I love working on the fonts in this sampler and stitching every little character featured in the sampler is a single little joy too :) The finished piece should measure about 25 cm x 25 cm.

The rainy Saturday was all about being cosy and warm. We had a long lie-in in bed and my little furry buddy, Cookie, was enjoying that lazy morning with me :))) He's such a lovely fella (Oh, by the way, have I mentioned that initially SHE turned out eventually to be HE? A real tomcat boy! The name - Cookie -  remained.)

"He is soooo your cat", my bf often says. He hangs around me most of the time. He always seeks for me to play with him, he waits for me on the stairs when I get back in from work and he is my personal morning wake-up call assistant hovering over me when it's time to get up for work. He talks to me, he meows back and absolutely adores being in the centre of attention. He is always full of beans.

So we both enjoyed that morning together. Purring kitty on your lap is such a calming moment of the day. I always treasure it.
Currently on my reading shelf is this novel: Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell. I just started reading it and already I'm finding it whimsical, even sensuous as the author is good at creating moods through the description of the simple everyday things. There's some sort of illusive peace and serenity in this book alongside with a scorching heatwave that makes people behave a little bit strangely...

I don't know how the book will develop. I'm dying to find out soon! :) Now back to my cross stitch sampler.

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  1. What a pretty sampler. It really is perfect to brighten up our dull days. I enjoyed seeing the photos of Cookie. Our cat will stand in the hall and meow loudly until someone comes and attends to his needs. They are great company but we know whose the boss :)
    Ali x

  2. Your spring sampler makes me long for spring Martha, and your work so far looks so neat and professional. Enjoy reading with your gorgeous cat!

  3. Wonderful Spring Sampler, dear Martha!
    Happy week to you,

  4. This is a great start on your Spring sampler! Perfect & colourful for these dull rainy days :)

  5. Such cheerful colours. Cute Cookie. :) x

  6. A lovely sampler, its nice to get away from all the rain and wind and focus on brighter colours. I look forward to seeing it completed.

  7. Lovely cross stitch you are working on. Cookie looks like an adorable cat. Lilly sends her best wishes to Cookie!

  8. I missed this one somehow, but it is very pretty!! xx


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