Saturday, April 27, 2013


These are the sides to a new small purse I have been working on.
I've already sewn it all together, but my photos weren't so great (they were terrible in fact!!), so I will be back with it all sewed together soon.

Just some fun stitching. The tiny bees were probably the best part! I'm sure they will an appearance in other projects too!

Otherwise, spring is finally here. It's late April, but the crocuses and snowdrops are still in bloom!!  The crane migration was late too, but they did eventually come in all their grace and beauty.
At the most this year there were 10,000 at one time. Tons of barley are put out for them to eat every year.
Of course it isn't just the cranes that love to enjoy a meal.
Swans, geese, ducks of different varieties come too!

And not to forget the small birds!  This place is a haven for gulls, terns, larks, and many, many other birds, including these charming house sparrows that I saw in the bushes. Sparrows are common birds that often go unnoticed, but they have beauty too if you just choose to see it.

Friday, April 12, 2013

April 2013 Journal Project

Time for another embroidery journal project!

I call this one Night Flyers.

There is a story behind this project. One night we were outside putting out the pellets for the ducks as we always do. We weren't quite quick enough, so the ducks were already flying. (They live down in the river nearby.)

They won't land though if we are out moving about though, so we moved over to stand by the wall of the old house. The moon was a crescent, it was an icy, cold, starry night. I tried to capture this in an embroidery.

I limited the number of ducks to 6, but there are many more that come! You can hear the whistle and quacking as they circle about. They always come just as the last bit of light fades or in the morning just before the sun rises.

 Another project done, time to think about a new one!