Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Winter has arrived .........................


Winter has certainly arrived at our house - Look what I spotted in the garden this week.  A robin red breast - A true sign that winter has indeed arrived.  I have to admit to being a little blue throughout these past few weeks.  I am sure it is because I leave for work in the dark and get home right on dark and spend all day inside an office - Hmmmm I think I had better start taking my vitamin D again.


I haven't been idle though I have been stitching a few blocks of a soon to be released redwork quilt for a friend.  It is a gorgeous design and one I think I will make in pinks.


We have had a new kitty join our family.  Meet Candy.  She is such a delight and is chasing a kitty ball around the house as I write this post.  She never stops playing - Who needs to watch telly when we can sit and watch her antics every night.


My online friendship stitching group had a winter swap.  I enjoyed making Gail Pan's Cottage Garden Threads Thread keeper so much that I decided to make another one for my partner Sandy


I am so pleased that she loves it - It is a real joy to stitch and easy to make.  Gail writes a very easy to follow pattern so no hiccups with this pattern at all.


I also played along in a COLOUR SWAP.  These are the gifts that I sent my partner Peta.  You will have to go over to her blog if you would like to see what I sent her as I forgot to take a photo of it all unwrapped.


This is what she sent me


Look at it all - Wasn't I spoilt?


This bracelet is just gorgeous and made by Peta herself


Lots of shabby coloured bits here


And look at this adorable kitty made in shabby fabrics.  Her name is Rosie.  Thanks so much Peta I love it all.

Hugs  Fee XX

41 comments:

pamkennison said...

Hi Fee, you were indeed spoilt its so lovely to have that happen. Love the redwork quilt, will be interested to see it when its released, I just love redwork. Gail writes great easy to follow patterns, I'll agree with that

Have a great day

Pam

Christine M said...

Lovely gifts from Peta. I love the bracelet. Candy is very cute. I'd love to give her a pat!

SandyN said...

Fee.. I just LOVE my cottage thread holder... thank again. Such a cute kitten...


Sandyn

Isabella said...

Gosh she has ears to die for Fee, and lovely healthy bright eyes she will go far me thinks.
your swaps gifts look rather nice too LOL

Christine said...

You can always fly up to Brisbane and catch some sunshine, spare bed here....

Lurline said...

Exactly ... Your gifts are adorable. At the weekend, I saw some beautiful cross stitch being done with DMV stranded thread, colour 3350 - it looked stunning!
Hugs - Lurline.

Lurline said...

Exactly ... Your gifts are adorable. At the weekend, I saw some beautiful cross stitch being done with DMV stranded thread, colour 3350 - it looked stunning!
Hugs - Lurline.

Deb R - frog cottage said...

ohhh what a wonderful idea for a swap, and you were definately spoiled!!! Your redwork is stunning, bet I can guess who the friends is :)

retdairyqueen said...

You both did very well in the Colour swap Pop over to see what Igot and what I made for the Oass
Hugs

Miriam said...

Love your new kitty.

I haven't seen a robin red breast for years! Beautiful!

The redwork is gorgeous!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Cold here as well...your gifts from Peta are all so lovely Fee...your stitcheries are so gorgeous...

Annie said...

Lovely gifts received from Peta Fee - and you're right, that bracelet is just gorgeous. Love the redwork blocks.....and unfortunately I know exactly how you feel both travelling to and from work in the dark...less than 3 weeks till the shortest day....won't be long now and the days will begin to draw out! xoxox

Michelle said...

Cute gifts...we have had strange weather here... the South Island has snow the North Island has rain and wind and here in Taranaki we had a high of 20 degrees and none of the bad weather we were told we were going to get!

De said...

Lovely gifts Fee and Candy is very cute!

Jo in TAS said...

Aren't the winter blues terrible! Candy's very cute. You're a real gem to help out Rosalie, I can't wait to see it all put together!

Jo in TAS said...

PS Peta's bracelet is so you!

Debbie said...

Lovely gifts from Peta! You were indeed spoilt. Love the redwork, beautiful stitching as usual.

Beverley said...

What sort of cat is Candy?
I hope your blues go away soon. We get Robins in the garden all year around.
Bev in Britain

Roseanne said...

Love all your gift Fee. kitty is very cute.

Joy said...

Oh that bracelet has 'Fee' written all over it ;o)!!!! And are those pink M&Ms in amongst those gawjus pressies??? Oh how fabulous :o).
I can't remember the last time I saw a Robin - probably in my very young years lol. Oh I love your Tassie Fee but sadly I could never do a Winter down there - brrrr.
Your stitching for Rosie is divine ... and Candy is just too too cute.
Take care hun and stay warm!!!!!
Love n hugs,
Joy xxxx

Fiona said...

I didn't know you got the robin redbreast there... how sweet..... love the stitcheries you are doing... winter time can be hard with all the dark....
Hugz

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Isn't it fun to be in swaps Fee! Hope your blues go away soon....enjoy the weekend and Happy Stitching xo

marina said...

Winter does lower morale a little but before you know it we will have spring.
Love those redwork designs I hope you will let us know when they are released.
Your new addition is adorable. Lovely swap goodies!

Susan said...

Lovely stitcheries, and the thread keeper is such a cute project. Indulge yourself a little. Sending lots of warm hugs. X

Angie said...

Hi Fee. It is really hard when your stuck inside during all of the daylight hours. Your redwork is gorgeous, and so is your new kitty.

Cubby House Crafts said...

What a lovely visitor to have in your garden Fee! Can you send him my way lol! I love the robin red breasts but we don't seem to see many these days!
Beautiful gifts received and your stitching is gorgeous...stay warm!It's been really cold here on the east coast too!
Lisa

sunny said...

Lovely pressies! I just love Miss Rosie. And who doesn't love a new kitty. THey are so much fun to have around.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your little robin red breast and winter scene looks like a postcard Fee. Lots of lovely goodies too. Hope you are staying warm and cosy down there. Hugs Michelle xx

Marilyn said...

Oh Fee, how cute - used to see robin redbreasts where I grew up and havent seen one for so long. Lovely redwork stitchery, and the threadholder gift looks amazing. Your colour gifts are beautiful - the bracelet is so you. Hope you catch some sunshine this long weekend. I am with Joy -I dont do the cold very well, and that is up here in Qld, let alone in Tassie.
Hugs xx.

Barb said...

I just stopped by to say hey...heard you were in a slump....and I was thinking no Fee? Not her....so hope you are doing better now.

Teresa said...

Gorgeous post Fee.. I hope you're feeling okay.. I worry when I don't see a post from you. Your Redwork is just beautiful.. Candy is adorable.. just love that cute little face..Love Gails Thread keeper so much, I'm going to look for the pattern...Your gifts you received in the swap are sooooo lovely.. and Rosie is just wonderful. Hope you're feeling better Fee.. get some Vitamin D.. you need to see the sun and the sun needs to see you!!! Take care xx

Daisy Jayne said...

Hi Fee, someone got spoilt, love your redwork I will have to keep an eye out for when the designer release the patterns...... I just love them. Sorry to hear you are feeling a bit down,I always like to think of my favourite F words... family friends and off course fabric

Allie said...

Ooh darling Fee, winter does the same to me - the darkness, the cold, the lack of green growing things. Snuggle up by the fire, dear girl, and make yourself some special tea. Funny, your robin red breast looks nothing like ours here in the States!

Your redwork is stunning. And how I want your new kitty, Candy is just beautiful - yep, so fun to watch! I was playing with my kitty tonight, with string - she was hiding under the coffee table, while I swished it in front of her, and suddenly lunged for it - but her poor wee head hit the coffee table with a HUGE thump, I hope she's not concussed. She seemed more upset about her loss of dignity than anything. I'm afraid there might have been snorts of laughter...

Love your thread keeper you made, and all your gorgeous gifties from Peta! That bracelet is SO YOU!

Lisa D said...

Hi Fee... vitamin sounds like a good idea.. I know the feeling. I love the redwork.. just gorgeous. Your colour swap gifts are just lovely too...

Cheryll said...

I think the weather plays a huge part in our outlook! When the sun shines you'll feel better... I know I do! Cheers :)

Maria said...

Oh Hello Mr Robin... so cute sitting there.

You have been keeping very busy Fee.

Love your new little Abbe, she will keep you on your toes..

Beautiful gits Peta made and sent to you..

DAWNIE said...

Gorgeous stitchery fee. Love your new one. Also lovely gifts

KatieQ said...

We are just beginning summer here. I dread waking up in the dark and having it be night by 4:00pm. I love your kitty. I hope her antics will keep you smiling.

Sheila said...

Gorgeous redwork and so many lovely gifts from Peta . Candy is so sweet , an adorable kitty ,lucky you . Winter can be a bit hard to stay "up" with so much darkness ,I am sending you a little cyber hug in hopes that you feel a tad better . Hugs Sheila

Wendy B said...

oooh lovely Fee.....but a Robin Red Breast...reminds me of the English nursery rhymes as a child...boy our country is varied!!! Seems like a trip up north for some Vitamin D is in order!!! LOL Love your cottage garden threads folder....I see another gal is making one too...such a great idea...mine are EVERYWHERE!!!! Candy certainly is having loads of fun and keeping you occupied....just like a bubba!!! and you've made those redworks just beautifully....saw the finished top on FB....wonderful!
take care sweet Fee...sugary hugs
Wendy :O) xox

Mistea said...

You sure have made some pretty stitches.
Personally I think the pretty kitties stole this post - Your real one is sweet but oh that shabby Rosie is adorable and perfect for you in every way.
Enjoy the kitties.