Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Stitching In the Snow

Good morning, everyone! Isn't it hard to believe we're down to our last week in March? Believe me, you'd never know that April is almost here with what greeted me as I looked out my upstairs window yesterday. Yes... more snow. And not just a dusting either--we received  four inches here in western Pennsylvania. I honestly don't remember a year like this one in terms of weather. I heard a news report recently that said our area has received either rain or snow on all but nine days so far in 2013... I never thought I would be one to retire to Florida or the southern states, but, at this point, it is sounding mighty tempting!

But, things aren't all cold and wintry here...at least I've managed to bring in some spring cheer by stitching two of the cutest new designs from  The Snowflower Diaries blog. Hungarian designer, Maja Matyas Szilagi, has released the most adorable freebies for us and her "Spring Bunny Love" design (available here) immediately captured my heart. You all know how much I love bunnies, don't you? Well, who could resist this sweet courting couple? Maja's design calls for Nina's threads, but I only owned one of the suggested colors for this piece (the color for the bunnies) so I substituted various overdyeds from my collection. This is stitched "over one" and I am so pleased with how it turned out--it almost looks like a watercolor painting. I used 28 ct. bone cashel linen, ruched some wide pink satin ribbon, added some pearly white pins, and backed it with the pink and white fabric shown in the photo. I smile each time I pass by it!

"Spring Bunny Love" by The Snowflower Diaries

Maja has so many cute designs that I couldn't stop with just one! Next up was "Tulips With Bunny" (which you can find here).  For this one, I took a different approach and chose the thread colors based on a pretty piece of fabric I had been wanting to use. I simply laid out the blue flowered fabric with my white evenweave and began pulling threads until I had a combination that I thought would work well with the fabric. Would you like to see what I came up with?

Stitching choices for "Tulips With Bunny"

What do you think? I'm very pleased with this finish and I love how everything came together as I had hoped it would when I first pulled the threads. I found the palest pink ric-rak to embellish the little pillow with that perfectly matches the lighter pink in the design. This one is also stitched "over one" on white 28 ct. evenweave which, again, makes it very tiny. It will be perfect for my bowl of bunnies for Easter decorating.

"Tulips With Bunny" by The Snowflower Diaries

Here are both of them together... Thank you so much for designing and sharing your beautiful charts, Maja! You have brought smiles to stitchers worldwide with your generosity and creativity. I look forward to stitching more of your designs in the future...

Bunny love!

Now, in looking at these two finishes, you might think that I am a real "girly-girl," right? Nope! Not at all--I don't think you would find even a single article of pink clothing in my closet...Lace, sparkly things? No--not me! But, I just love creating these sweet little pillows so much. The pastels of spring stitching truly brighten my days after the long cold winter. And speaking of brightening my day, I had two lovely surprises waiting for me in the mail recently.

From sweet Maggee, at Stitching Devotee, came these two delightful charts. Maggee had listed several groupings of charts on her blog and asked if any of us would be interested in any of them as RAKs.  And just look at the lovely pair that she surprised me with: Brightneedle's "Finger Lakes Sampler" and  Ewe & Eye & Friends "Alphabet Garden." I couldn't be more pleased--they are both charts I will definitely stitch and the "Finger Lakes Sampler" has special meaning to me as that is the part of the country where my parents, brother, and sister all reside. Has anyone visited any of the Finger Lakes? It really is a lovely part of New York State--I just wish it was a bit closer so I could visit my family more often!  Thank you, Maggee, so very much for your generosity--I think the RAK chart listing is a great idea and one I hope to offer myself in the future!

 Thank you so much for the great charts, Maggee...
I love them both!

And from my dear friend, Brenda, over at  Brenda's Stitching, came these jaw-dropping gifts. I mean, I honestly just stood looking at these goodies with a goofy, stunned smile on my face when I opened the package. Just look at this sweet stitched box Brenda made for me! Isn't it adorable? And inside the box was the most lovely "ruler" I've ever seen. It is made of mother of pearl--can you imagine?

Surprise Easter gifts from Brenda!
 
One of the unique things about this handrafted box is that you can interchange the designs seasonally, so I plan on stitching a little something to place inside for each of the four seasons... And, of course, the box will always be filled with something like these pastel peanut M&Ms that I bought for Easter--yum!  Brenda, "thank you" doesn't seem adequate to express my gratitude. I am so pleased we have "met" through our blogs and I hope our friendship continues for years to come. I truly love your gifts and your kind heart...

 Beautifully stitched box from Brenda


GIVEAWAY UPDATE:  There is still time to enter my giveaway on my previous post. I have so enjoyed reading about the "simple things" that make you smile. They have made me smile, too--honestly. And I'm truly touched that so many of you would be interested in winning one of my little pillows--thanks to all who have entered. If you would like to enter, simple click here to enter your comments. The giveaway will close on March 31st...

I sure wish I was leaving you with a photo filled with dancing daffodils and beautiful birds that should be on a post dated March 26th, but this is what my backyard looked like yesterday! Easter? Hmmm... I hope no one is having Easter-egg hunts this year--the poor eggs would be totally frozen after too long in this weather!

 The last (please, please, pretty please?) snowfall of March...

Thank you all for stopping by--and for all of your wonderful and much appreciated comments. It's always nice to see who's been by for a visit! I'd like to welcome my new followers, too--so glad you're here...  And for anyone wanting to stitch that cheerful bunny in his bright yellow slicker in my new blog header, you'll be happy to know that The Cricket Collection has re-released that freebie and you can find Mr. Slicker Bunny himself:  just click right here. Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates and Happy Spring to all! Bye for now...

109 comments:

María Dolores Jiménez Acevedo said...

These are lovely!!! Preciosos!!!!
Un beso

Dawn said...

Love all the pieces, they are so cute! the box is very sweet to.

Patty C. said...

Your bunnies are just beautiful !!!

priscilla said...

Amazing stitching , amazing finishes :) Love those bunny designs ! Yikes, I too am ready for spring and NO MORE SNOW !
Have a great week Carol !

Vickie said...

ooOoo! Lovely, lovely finishes Carol. I printed both of those off. Maybe next year! I have a list in order to stitch and it is so long already!! I just love pink as you might know, ;)
Wonderful gifts for a wonderful, inspiring lady. I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Easter.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Your two little Maja bunny finishes are really cute and Brenda's box gift is just great. The snow willmelt eventually and the daffodils will arrive just maybe not for Easter this year. Here's wishing you a beautiful spring, whenever it arrives. CJ in OK

Nancy said...

I love the freebies from Snowflower Diaries too! Your finishes are beautiful Carol. The snow looks magical, but I am ready for spring!

Ellen said...

Gorgeous, just love those bunnies! Your finishings are just perfect! Maja's freebies are so pretty!

Wonderful gifts, especially the box!

Happy Easter!

Hugs,

Elizabeth Ann said...

Your little bunnies are Sweet! I love the way you finished them too. Happy Easter to you and your family! - I am so thankful the snow missed us and went right over to you....

Ann said...

Hi Carol,
I love your two finishes and certainly will have a look at this ladies site!
It's great to see your April bunny back on your header! Reminds me that I still have to stitch mine :-).
I'm sooooooo tired of all that snow by now (in Europe we also suffer from that white stuff)! It isn't funny anymore ... April is almost there!
I can't wait for your next stitched ornaments ... can you give us a hint for April/May? ;-)
Have fun!
Ann

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching & beautiful finishes on all of them!! x

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Carol, I just love your updates! You always choose the cutest stitches and inspire me to do some finishing. : ) The sweet little bunny couple is adorable and that BOX... WOW! I can see why you were smiling! Charts and stitching and M&M's... cross stitching is such a "comfort food" type of hobby! :) Have a blessed Easter!!!

Tricia

Gillie said...

Just gorgeous, Carol! She really is a talented and generous lady! I am sorry about your weather, the last snowfall passed us by and it's chilly but bright here. Still don't want to escape to Florida, though!

Kate said...

Carol, as usual everything is so beautiful. Maja's designs are adorable and you've done beautiful finishes with them! Shame about the fresh snow ....

Margaret said...

I love what you did with those freebies -- fantastic! Your finishing sets the designs off so well! What a lovely gift from Brenda too -- I love that box and the design! So fun! Thanks for the link to the freebie from CEC too. Love it! Sorry about your weather. I think we all need to throttle the groundhog. lol!

cucki said...

aww truly so pretty x

Deb said...

I just love your finishes!! So pretty! The box from Brenda is wonderful as well. I'm with you on the snow. I hope that we've seen the last of it. It's time for Spring already!!

Parsley said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your bunny finishes. Oh my! Seriously, they are so pretty I am jealous. My finishing skills stink. lol

Anonymous said...

What adorable bunnies you have stitched and finished, Carol! You received some lovely gifts in the mail as well! We had snow here as well; love your snow picture.

Wishing you a snow-free last week of March!

Robin in Virginia

Shirlee said...

A delightful post, as always, but made even more so with the addition of the snow photo : ) I love bunnies too. I am going to have to stitch a few. Thank you for Sunflower Diaries' link!

Rita said...

Beautiful bunnies!

Here's hoping spring weather will arrive soon.

Escargopotte bordados said...

lovely bunnies ! I love your finishes !

Laurie in Iowa said...

I love your sweet bunny finishes... it may not be Spring outside but at least you've brought inside.

LoriU said...

Oh my goodness! That little bunny couple is sooo cute! love her little skirt!! Thanks for sharing the links for the freebies! Great finished job as always!

I too am hoping this was the last snow. I need some sun to warm these old bones!!

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful stitches! You're right about the weather - it sure feels more like winter. We're looking forward to 40F later this week. It's hard to imagine Easter without spring flowers blooming in my yard.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your sweet bunny finishes are adorable, as usual! I have the threads pulled... we'll see how that goes. The tulip bunny is sweet, too. Pulling from great stash was a great idea. It makes me smile to see your RAKs. No one deserves them more! Hopefully Snow has made its final appearance up your way! You know you're welcome to retire down here in the South of Carolina ... maybe Charleston, or even Savannah, Georgia? Think coastal breezes and warm sunshine! Stay warm and stitch on!

Erin said...

Love the freebie finishes, Carol! I stitched up the "Tulips with Bunny" design, over-2 on 28-ct. pink fabric with my own floss substitutions as well. Isn't it fun to see how we all interpret patterns differently?

Love your gifts too! (I live in the Finger Lakes region myself, and would love to stitch that little sampler!!)

Erin

Kay said...

I am so happy I looked at your blog today. Firstly, thank you for the link to the Cricket Collection bunny. I have printed it off and it is sitting on my to do pile. I fell in love with The Snowflower Diaries patterns as soon as I saw them, and I have done the Bunny with Tulips too. I choose my own threads to and it is so pretty and springlike. We need designs like that around to help remind us of spring at the moment. The weather is not great in England either.

Sweet Sue said...

Pretty sweet 'lil finishes:) Happy Easter to you and family!

arcadia said...

those bunnies are so cute !
Your backyard view is just...wow... I'm jaleous :-)

Katherine said...

I love the finger lakes region! We had one of our best vacations there. Seneca Lake is gorgeous, the town of Canandaigua (not sure I spelled it right?) is charming - and there's a canyon? gorge? that has a trail you can walk through that is just g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! Its remained a place that we've wanted to return to we enjoyed it so much. Very cute spring pieces. Yes, PLEASE, no more snow!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I agree! Its been the winter that just won't go away!!! Its usually pretty nice by now but nope!!!

What lovely spring finishes!!!

Melody said...

Hi Carol. What cute bunnies you have stitched. Thanks for sharing the link to her charts. Also, thanks for sharing the link to the Cricket bunny in the slicker. Love that design! I will have to add him to my need to stitch soon pile.

I agree, winter is hanging on way past it's welcome. I mean, come on, the calendar says it's Spring, why can't the weather cooperate? We had snow recently as well. The same system that visited you. Lucky us.

butterfly said...

Lovely rabbits, just fell in love with them they are on my pile waiting to be stitched .
Your finish is just wonderful you have a real flare with mixing just the right colour to the design.
Not more snow , we just had a flutter but stopped now thank goodness. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post hugs.

Marsha said...

Love your newest bunnies. Your finishing is wonderful. I love seeing how you finish them. What a cool box from Brenda. We're having snow too. A weird spring for sure. Stay warm!

Blu said...

Wow those bunnies are very cute! And your finishing is fantastic as always.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Thanks for the links to these adorable freebies, Carol! Gotta love spring stitching. If nothing else they do brighten the spirits when Mother Nature insists on giving us yet more snow! Hugs!

Sandrajay: said...

You do lovely stitching and finishing!! Thank you so much for the link to the bunnies.

BrendaS said...

Carol -- Love your little bunny pieces and your finishing just makes them even sweeter!

We were lucky here in the Chicago area and didn't get any snow! I'm so ready for Spring:))

Happy Easter to you and your family!

Jennifer said...

So sorry to hear you received more snow Carol but you are certainly having spring indoors with your beautiful Spring stitching . I have recently found that designer also and her patterns are so sweet. The finger lakes sampler is GREAT!! I have been there a few times and love the region . Last time we went my husband and I left the kids watching a show and had a little wine tasting that was fun . Was so happy to see your Mr. Slicker Bunny on cross eyed cricket to have for myself.Just found out my son will be coming for Easter from Carleton university in Ottawa so am excited to have him and my parents for easter
Have a wonderful Easter Carol.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh very beautiful stitching, I love the rabbits

bisous from FRANCE

Gabi said...

Very beautiful stiching and finishes. The design waits for me!
Your header again is nice. No snow here in Germany (my region) but icecold wind!
Happy easter to you!
Hugs

Christina said...

Your finishes are adorable, such pretty colors. Thank you for the links to the freebies. Such lovely gifts you received. The box is beautiful. Sorry you are still in winter. I will be sending you Spring wishes while I am out pulling weeds today. :D

Paula said...

Carol, What a wonderful post! Beautiful stitching, gifts, pictures, etc. Thanks bunches for the links.
Happy Spring!

Myra said...

Oh my Carol - you have given us so many spring treats in this post. You almost made me forget how cold it is outside. :o)

Anne said...

Gorgeous Spring finishes Carol! I downloaded those patterns too and have pulled some threads for the second design...yet to stitch it though! I actually thought of you when I saw the first one with the bunnies. I sure hope winter starts to disappear for you there and that some flowers start to poke out! Lovely gifts from Brenda and Maggee!! That box is darling!!

Hugs!

Friendship Crossing said...

OH MY GOODNESS CAROL!! Wow! You have managed to outdo yourself once again! I am in absolute LOVE w/your new bunny finishes!! They could truly win an award!
I just finished my chickie wool runner last nite, but I am so slow when it comes to finishing things~LOL.
I am ready for spring too and will not be sad when the cold weather leaves us this yr!
What a pretty scene!
Take Care,
Tanya

marly said...

First, I love your blog header! Your finishing on those darling little over one's is just as perfect as always. Honestly, I don't know if anyone does better. Those little designs are just so sweet, too. What a lovely box and sized for the smalls that you do so well. My snow has melted and will be mud soon. In PA, you always need some sort of boot!

msmartello said...

Hi Carol,

OMG! I LOVE thes bunnies. My mom gave them to me this morning since my printer is out of ink.:( That must be fixed. I cannot be out of ink with all these fabulous freebies. I love how you finished them. I am going on vacation next week but already have too many projects I am bringing. I may bring them just to look at and drool. We missed that snow! Thank Goodness! I hope we have had the last of it too. I am sick of looking at it now. Btw- if by some miracle I win your giveaway. I won't be home until April 4. Just in case you wonder why I don't respond right away. LOL! I am always thinking ahead. Hmmm.. That could be good and bad!
Happy Easter!

Maureen

Angela P said...

I love both of your Spring bunny finishes! Great gifts too :) I'm praying we have seen the end of snow too, it's been awful this year!

I missed your giveaway post so I'm off to take a peek at it now :)

Cathy said...

Thank you for posting all of the photos! I now have the Spring Bunny Love photo and have ordered the threads. Such a beautiful finish and I love the pattern!
Cathy

Katrina said...

ohhh both of these designs are so sweet! Beautiful stitching and finishing as always!

Bekca said...

Beautiful finishes Carol, thank you for directing us to this wonderful new designer :) I've been drawn to bright stitching as well to make up for the grey days. I hope the Spring sunshine appears soon!
Best wishes and happy stitching to you.

Barb said...

Wonderful Spring stitches. I am so inspired to do that bunny!!!!! Can you believe, I am finally experiencing snow here in Alabama!!!

Beth said...

All the bunnies are wonderful - including the one on your header. I'v epicked up a couple more blogs to follow too thanks to your latest post. The Easter box is just charming!

Barb said...

Maja's designs are adorable and your finishing is exquisite Carol. The box from Brenda is beautiful! We had about 6 inches of snow but a lot of it is gone already. But wait...what do I see out my window at this moment? Is that snow??? Yikes!

Carin said...

I love your bunnies !!! The first one I also made and it was so much fun to stitch. You did a beautiful job with that pink ribbon around ,,, looks difficult to me !
You also got some very nice presents.

Annie said...

You did such a marvelous job on the new bunny designs! They do really just cry out to be stitched.

Wonderful gifts. Love that clever box with the inset.

We finally got our first snowstorm that exceeded an inch of accumulation. But around here, it melted by mid-afternoon. Supposed to warm up to around 60 by the weekend... we'll see!

Judy said...

Ooooooooh, how sweet it is! Your bunny pillows are just adorable. Always perfect stitching and finishing! Perfectly matched everything. The gifted box is really pretty...will you share your seasonal pieces? We got 12" of snow on Sunday--the most we've had for 3-4 years. And yes: please, please, pretty please let this be the last snow of the year.

Have a happy Easter!

Judy heartland stitcher

Linda said...

More great stitching and finishing Carol. You truly are one talented lady. I have already entered your awesome giveaway. (fingers and toes crossed). Great gifts.

Linda

Carol said...

Love the bunnies...all of your finishes are beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

Carol in IL.

Wanda said...

Oh Carol, the bunnies are too adorable! Your stitching and finishing is beyond gorgeous! I was so excited to hear that the Slicker bunny pattern was available - thank you for the link. Your blog can only be described an unending eyecandy! Have a great week, Wanda

Ranae said...

Carol,
Love the precious bunny stitches
Great packages in the mail, don't you love getting them??!!
It can be spring any time now
Happy Easter!!!!

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

Ooh I love the rainy day bunny in your header, just beautiful. Your finishing is lovely Carol, I am a fan of the snowflower diaries blog such gorgeous patterns.

Lesleyanne said...

Beautiful finishes. I have these on my to do pile. Gorgeous gifts received. Look forward to seeing the seasonal designs for your new stitchers box. Thank you for the links to your header freebie. I too can't wait for spring as I have enough of the white stuff.

Jane said...

Oooooh, lovely lovely bunnies, all gorgeous and beautifully stitched. I don't know of Snowflower Diaries but something tells me they are going to be a firm favourite from now on, off to download those cute patterns now ~ they look the perfect stitch for the tedious moments with the HAED!
Have a good week xxx

Julie said...

Winter has been here way too long also Carol, although your winter pic does look so spectacular if that is our view i think i could live with that a little bit longer.

Fabulous bunny finishes, such pretty fabrics and trims you have chosen.

Many thanks for the link to Slicker Bunny, he is adorable.

Wishing you a very Happy Easter. xxx

Valma said...

I sincerely thought Earth was only mad in Europe...
It seems we will have snow tomorrow too !!
But Mum said that when I was born, it was snowing a lot, so maybe it's not that strange here =)
Amazing picture of your garden !
I loooooove your pieces
they are so sweet, really lovely
The colours are smelling 'candy floss' =)
Both are beautiful and perfect
very well done
a very beautiful box you received from Brenda !
Have a great Easter sweetie
Big hugs
xxxx

Chris said...

Don't you just love these designs? She is so generous to share them. Your finishes and color choices are just wonderful!
Happy spring! I hope you temps warm up soon!

Bertie said...

Your bunnies are wonderful Carol, at least you give us a spring like feeling! The box you recieved is gorgeous.
Yes we are all in for a very cold spring, and may it dissapear soon!
Happy Easter :)))

Libby said...

Your spring finishes are just adorable. I will have to add those patterns to my collection. I could use a few new spring finishes.

I'm with you on cheering for spring's arrival. Enough already, Mother Nature.

Pam

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Perfection from top to bottom :)
I love the rusching on the egg shaped Bunny Love...perfect addition! rusched ribbons (in my opinion) dress the whole deal up, that's why I use that technique a lot myself :) Great minds and all that!
LOL!
And your Spring Tulips teeny tiny pillow...gorgeous!
Always stunningly stitched, finished and beautifully displayed each and every post!
:)

Tiffany said...

Such wonderful beautiful things to share. I lived in Ohio most of my life so I understand the snow bit. I've lived in Texas now for 12 yrs and I honestly don't think I could handle a northern winter anymore. Gotten to use to the 100 and above degrees.

passionfruitprincess said...

Your bunny couple is darling, Carol!
I had already pinned this one! Looks amazing, really! And I love your gifts, specially the boxes. What a sweet idea, changing the design with the seasons!
Have a wonderful day and a blessed Easter!
Ana Paula

Christina said...

A lovely post Carol. My niece loves bunnies so I will be sure to check out those freebies - thank you.
Is it really Easter on Sunday? We have had snow off and on for what feels like weeks. Sunday is my youngest's 2nd birthday so we will be splitting the day in two...morning for the Easter Bunny and afternoon for the Birthday Fairy! ;0) I've refrained from buying Easter eggs as birthday presents. My birthday is April 4th and I hated receiving Easter Eggs as birthday presents when I was younger! (So ungrateful!)

valerie said...

Bunnies!! OMGosh, I am so in love! That first bunny design is just the sweetest and I love how you finished it. I think I ran across it recently and saved it. I better doublecheck though. Perfect for Easter. Congratulations on your gifts from Maggee and Brenda. That eggs box with peanut M&Ms...yunny! Thanks for the heads up about slicker bunny. I got it! And I hope it warms up for you soon. So much snow!!

Christine said...

Such lovely finishes

The Snowflower Diaries said...

Dear Carol,

I feel really honoured that you had stiched my designs, they are so beautiful, your whole blog and works are beautiful! :D
Have a blessed Easter,
greetings from Hungary,

Maja
The Snowflower Diaries

rosek1870 said...

Love all your finishes they really made me feel like spring! Also thanks for the links for the freebie patterns! They are beautiful and the perfect thing when you need a break from a big project! The weather isn't much better here in eastern PA although I did finally see a robin today and the sun for about an hour LOL.
Have a Blessed Easter,
Rose

AnaCristina said...

Happy Easter.
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Escargopotte bordados said...

ohhhh my gooodnesssss !!! love finishes ! your bunnies are just lovely

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Absolutely adorable bunny finishes! I adore the little girl bunny with her flippy skirt! The box is wonderful that Brnda gifted you. We haven't had all that much snow in SE Michigan (it seems to go around us) but it has been cold and gray and I am so anxious for Spring.
Happy Easter!!

Michelle said...

Wishing you a Happy Easter, Carol! Such sweet finishes :)

Catherine said...

It is always delightful to see your finishes, Carol!! Hope you have a wonderful ~ warm Easter!!!

Девушка с пяльцами said...

Carol, all your bunnies are gorgeous! Love them!

♥ Nia said...

I love your head banner :)

I'm so tired of this weather.. I was wishing for Spring and now there's more rain than we had during winter?? Days and days pouring without a little break... tired tired tired.. I can't even thing about that anymore, makes me sad! Good thing that I'm far from home now, enjoying some dry days in Lisbon with family =)

Spring Bunny looks lovely, adorable finish :D Look at the little bunny girl skirt! how cute hehehehe
Wonderful finishes as you always make :) and a lovely gift too!!

Happy Easter my sweet friend!!! :D
hugs&smiles to you

Melanie said...

Oooooooo, what adorable little bunny patterns. It's a great little blog too - thanks so much for the link. Finished to perfection. Both of them. Good job!!

I've never visited the Finger Lakes but I have finished that pattern. It's actually hanging in my entryway. I love the colors in it. Have fun stitching your new goodies!

Happy Easter and hope you have a nice weekend!!!! :)

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

♫ Joyeuse Pâques ♫ !!!

Bisous ♥ Marylin from FRANCE

Mari said...

So sweet bunnies!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Carol, a big smile came on my face with all the bunnies. They are my favoirte. Where is spring? Have a blessed Easter.

Pilar said...

Beautiful works!!
Hugs

Andrea said...

Aaah, my final blog to catch up with and oh what a pleasure to read. Such lovely spring finishes. Pretty gifts too, as you say the box will be useful for adding your own small delights.
Yes where has Spring gone. It seems to have disappeared all over the world! Do you think this means a good summer? No I thought not. :)

dixiesamplar said...

Oh my, Carol...what lovely Easter finishes! And you were treated to some wonderful goodies as well. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Lillie said...

The bunnies are so adorable. Thank you for the link, I can't resist them either, LOL.

Beautifully finished and wonderful gifts too.

Tatkis said...

Adorable, sweet bunnies and wonderful gifts!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Giovanna said...

Your finishes are delightful, and so are the gifts you've received - enjoy!

Mavi. said...

Carol, siempre que paso por tu blog, veo cosas bellas que has bordado con mucho gusto, con los enlaces, y pienso "tengo que hacerlos" imprimos los patrones y se quedan a la espera de poder estirar las horas.
Me encanta como terminas todas tus almohadas y como las combinas, quedan preciosas.
Me uno a tus deseos y pido contigo que venga el buen tiempo.
+Besos++++

Carol always happened by your blog, I see beautiful things you gladly embroidery, with links, and think "I have to make" imprimos patterns and are waiting to be able to stretch the hours.
I love how you finish all your pillows and how you combine them, are precious.
I join your wishes and ask you to come the good weather.
+ + + + + Kisses

Patrizia Valle said...

the Spring Bunny Love is so cute..very beautiful !
Pat

Giovi's Creations said...

What a lovely bunnies! I love them :) Giovi

Meari said...

You know, I actually thought of you when I saw those bunnies. You stitched them up so fast! And they look adorable.

While your backyard looks beautiful, I can empathize with the 'no snow' mantra. It's been in the 40's-50's here this week. Spring is finally here, I think.

Congrats on the gifties... how wonderful for you.

Hilda said...

Dear Carol!
I LOVE your stitchings. You have such a good sense for colors and lovely trims. And you always find wonderful freebies.
The SnowflowerDiaries-Freebies I did find also - and stitched the "Tulips with Bunny" - but yours look so much better, stitched over one!!!!

When I read your post, I learned that I forgot writing about what make me smile in my last comment. So I would like to add it now:
I am sitting in my office and right in front, I look at three framed photos of my garden on a board shelf (a rose, a peony and a total view on my rose garden). Looking at these pictures I always have to smile, because I can dream of spring and summer then.

Have a nice day!
Hugs
Hilda

Elia said...

Hi Carol,
whenever I visit, I'm glad the soul seeing your works are so beautiful
I like a lot, this pair of rabbits is most tender,
I congratulate you as always, you make the cross stitch works great works delicate.
You know that now I can not visit you soon for problems, but everything will be fixed and back to the routine, I hope and trust in God.
I hope your son is much better, ^^

a big hug
ahhh I hope you have already reached the spring sunshine to your home too,

kisses besos

^^

Sally said...

Both your finishes are adorable Carol. So sweet. I have these charts saved and, hopefully, one day I will stitch the !

Beautiful gifts.

Hope you get some Spring weather soon. I was so jealous of the snow much of the UK got as it missed us where I live! I'm afraid I dread the heat of summer and much prefer Winter and Spring!

Kaisievic said...

Absolutely gorgeous bunnies and thank you so much for the links. Love the box you received as well. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it.

Jennifer M. said...

Your projects came out adorable as always Carol. Thank you for sharing the links to the patterns with us.

I can't believe you are still seeing that kind of snow up in PA. Its been beautiful in Miami. I wish I could send some of our sunshine up to you.

I hope your spring comes soon. :-)

Fiona said...

Your Easter Bunnies are very cute and beautifully finished. Enjoy your lovely gifts.

Kay said...

The bunny finishes are divine! The box is pretty as well!

Nancy M said...

More great projects and what sweet gifts you received! When you wrote this blog I was in warm Mexico! I missed the biggest snow storm of the season, but really the warmth can start any time now. I'm sure you've been warmer than we have, but still not up to normal!

Anu said...

Hello Carol,
I came across your blog while surfing around. Your Spring Bunny finish is really beautiful. I love the Snowflower Diaries designs, too. Your blog is very nice with a lot of beautiful things.
Greetings from France.
Anu