Saturday, March 16, 2013

Finishes

I was getting a bit depressed about the lack of pictures in my 2013 Finishes album, so I decided I'm going to count each of the Santa's Village houses as its own finish.  Cheating?  Maybe, considering I am stitching it all on one piece of fabric, but it keeps me motivated.  I swear Santa and Mrs. Claus's eyes aren't really as freaky as they look in the picture.  I took these outside in bright light, and you're seeing shadows cast by the itsy bitsy tiny beads I used for their eyes.


I did make some changes to the cookie shop, and turned it into a bakery by stitching a chocolate cake on a silver stand.  The cookie button is borderline too big for my 36 count fabric, but oh well.


For those that follow me on Instagram, these next pictures will be a bit of deja vu.  June, hold your breath, I finally finished Eve's Garden and the chart will be in the mail to you shortly.

Shepherds Bush Eve's Garden, stitched as kitted

The orange tree is absolutely loaded with flower buds, and smells heavenly as you walk by.  Just like a bottle of my favorite Jo Malone Orange Blossom cologne!


The lavender is coming into bloom as well.  If it were my house/yard, I'd have this all over the place.  Its beautiful and one of the best natural bug repellents around.  I had 3 plants right next to my small patio up in Utah, and could sit outside in the evening and never be bothered by gnats, no-see-ums, or any other kind of flying insect that tries to eat me alive.

I've totally gone California hippy with my breakfast.  Greek yoghurt is fine, adding homemade pomegranate jelly is delicious, the ground flax is healthy, but the hippy part was the local bee pollen I added.  Oh well, it fits in with the Birkenstocks I seem to live in due to my various ankle surgeries.


22 comments:

cucki said...

Wow well done..very pretty finishes..
Lots of love for you...
Big hugs x

Catherine said...

I see nothing wrong with counting them as separate finishes ~ they come as separate patterns after all!
I bet those blossoms smell heavenly ~ and I love lavender!!

Gillie said...

Well, you would count them separately if you'd done them separately, wouldn't you, so not cheating at all ! I looked on the Jo Malone website after your last post, wow, how could one candle cost that much! Love the sampler you've just finished too. Greek yoghurt is the best!

Giovanna said...

Your finishes are all just lovely, congratulations!

Bella said...

Hello

Just enjoying my first visit to your blog.

Your finishes are lovely!

Teresa S. said...

When I finish one set of smalls-I count the pincushion, needlebook and scissor fob all as separate finishes.

I don't think it is cheating to count each one separately :)

Margaret said...

I agree -- each of those little houses is a finish in itself. I really love how the whole piece looks though! Love your Eve's Garden finish too! I so need to get going on mine! That yogurt looks sooooo good.

Katrina said...

I say different chart, different finish ;-). Love the Shepherd's Bush finish too!!!!!!!!

Myra said...

Oh that definitely counts as 4 finishes. They are so cute, even if Santa and the Mrs. look like they just left the opthamologist and had their eyes dilated. ;o)
Eve's Garden is GORGEOUS! Love those colors.

I love Gree yogurt and yours looks yummy.

Rachel said...

They are totally separate finishes!! They look so pretty! That garden piece is stunning!

Shaunterria Owens said...

Girl, you have so many finishes there is absolutely no need to feel *any* bit depressed :) Santa's Village looks amazing (and I like the cookie button where you put it) and thank you for all the beautiful pics of your flowers. I am still waiting for the local wildflowers around here to get their act together *lol* Happy stitching!

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Barb said...

Santa's Village looks so good on one big piece of linen! It will be a great addition to holiday decorating. Love the flowers!!

Cherise said...

Very nice job Mindi! Love both of them! :)

Annette-California said...

Absolutely every house is a finish. Love your added chocolate cake:) Beautiful. All your blooms are so pretty, I can smell then too:)
love Annette

Vickie said...

See? Everyone thinks those count as separate finishes. So jealous of your gorgeous weather! Nothing but snow and ice outside here.

Ellen said...

Santa's Village is gorgeous! Love each finish on its own, absolutely awesome! I want to start this series soon ha ha!

Eve's Garden is gorgeous too!

Love to have that orange blossoms in my garden!

Hugs,

Chris said...

Gorgeous stitching. I don't think that you are cheating :)

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh, how stunning your Christmas Village is! And I simply adore your SB finish :)

Anne said...

I think each of the Santa's village part counts as a finish in my books! Lovely progress and well done on your SB finish! It's beautiful. Love the photos of the lavender and that breakfast looks yummy!

Sharon said...

Oh I don't think you are cheating at all. If you were stitching them separately it would be considered a finish. So I think the same applies even if you are stitching on it one piece of fabric. It looks great by the way. Your A and E looks fantastic too.

dixiesamplar said...

Loving all the stitching goodness, Mindi! Count em' however you want, girlfriend...especially if it motivates you to create more.

Uhmmmm, I just can't get on that whole "greek yohgurt" bandwagon...it smells like stinky socks and tastes super bitter to me, LOL! Sorry, hope that doesn't turn your stomach the next time you try to eat it!

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching. Absolutely. you should count them separately.