Embroidery: Flowers in a Hoop

February left with a snow storm, one of many over the past several days.

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Our granddaughter’s birthday was the last day of February, and just like me she is a crafty girl. As well as a birthday card and some e-transferred money I embroidered her a flower name hoop for her to hang in her room.

Now she has received her gift I can share it with you. I used a black transfer pen, and even though it ironed away after stitching, you could still see it when the hoop was held up in the sun. So disappointing. Won’t be using the black pen again and I’ve never had those problems with the blue or red pens.

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I transferred a pattern using my light box, and of course customized it to suit me.

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One adjustment was mirroring the green branch at the top, adding our granddaughter’s name, adding in a few leaves at the bottom and adding the date at the bottom.

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I chose the colours she likes for the flowers and backed the finished item with felt. I had wrapped the envelope in birthday paper for a fun package.

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She lives in British Columbia so I always give the mail plenty of time to get there. She got home from school one day to a fun package and found a place to hang it in her room. Even the dog wondered what was in the envelope.

parsnip and apple soup made at craftygardener.ca

I had purchased parsnips this week so made the delicious parsnip and apple soup. It isn’t one I make a lot so I really enjoy it when it does get made.

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I also cooked a big dish of roasted veggies, including parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts, onions and potatoes. So delicious.

freezing peppers at craftygardener.ca

I learned from a friend that you can freeze peppers. I’ve always frozen onion and other veggies but not peppers. I don’t eat them as they don’t agree with me but hubby loves them on his pizza. So with nothing to loose I bought a couple of peppers, chopped them, and froze and bagged them. Wonderful to toss a handful on a homemade pizza. Veggies, fruit and tomatoes are only good to add to casseroles and soups after freezing, but what a wonderful way to save all the goodness and not waste the bits not eaten the first time.

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The stitch project from Crabapple Hill Studio is coming along nicely. This was a February stitch along, but as I was late joining in I’ve just been working away at my own pace. When done this will be added to my project bag for embroidery.

jar of flowers stitch along

This is one side of the bag with the bee jar embroidery on it, and the time stitch along will go on the other side. A perfect bag to carry my embroidery projects.

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The completed puzzle this week was my escape from winter and shows I’m dreaming of warmer weather and sitting by the lake in the Muskoka chairs. This was a puzzle borrowed from the library and had 2 pieces missing on the right side.

March 4, 2023 at craftygardener.ca

This Saturday, March 4, 2023, saw another snow storm with thunder snow overnight, leaving about 30 cm of snow. Spring is getting closer but winter isn’t finished with us yet.

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I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.

15 Responses

  1. Robin

    Hi Linda, wasn’t that an incredible storm? I woke up to the thunder just after midnight and couldn’t think at first what I was hearing.
    Like you I can’t eat peppers but freeze them for Chuck for pizza too.
    Your embroidery is gorgeous. My Mum could do beautiful stuff but sadly I didn’t inherit that gene!
    Be careful digging out!❤️

  2. Vondean Erickson

    Linda , I enjoyed your message today.

    The embroidery for your granddaughter was beautiful. Such a wonderful thing to have her enjoy. Your work is so nice. I am still working on a afghan I started last year and when I get it done want to work on some embroidery projects I have.
    Instead of (twisting the needle) like my husband use to tell people I was doing when they called and he would answer the phone I should get busy with it and not read so much.

    I have to laugh at some of the people here in California who are so upset with the snow storm they had. I remember back in Iowa the storms and we always
    prepared for them. We stocked our pantry and freezer. Most people around here go to the store everyday for something. I did not get the snow but the rain came down in buckets. We needed the rain. My son told me today that he was glad that I and his Dad trained him to plan ahead for bad weather. We learned that from our parents who were from Canada and Minnesota.

    I miss some of the season changes from back home but nice I did not have to go out and shovel snow.

    Take care.

  3. Kim

    I think winter is playing with you. Indeed, it certainly hasn’t left your place quite yet. Your granddaughter’s pretty embroidered name is sweet. Love those flowers.

  4. Julie G

    Hi Linda I love the thought and idea for your Grand daughters birthday how lovely for her. Your embroidery is coming along nicely to.

  5. Angela Grasse

    What a special treat for your granddaughter! We had thunder and snow as well the other night. So weird.

  6. Judy B

    Such a fun post today! Stitching and soup, what could be better. What a fun little name hoop you stitched for your granddaughter. You are a girl after my own heart, “waste not want not” . Thanks for the parsnip and apple soup recipe. I’ve never tried it, but I will.

  7. CathieJ

    30 cm of snow is nothing to sneeze at. We have only had two dustings all winter. We saw more snow driving to our daughter last weekend. I love the embroidery you made for your granddaughter. It looks like she loved it also. Your time embroidery is progressing nicely. You’ve chosen some very pretty flosses. Enjoy your stitching. Stay warm and safe.

  8. Linda

    The snow looks so pretty, we have snow forecast for next week too. We can buy frozen peppers here and I always have a bag in the freezer it’s handy to shake a few out to add to whatever I’m cooking. I love your embroideries all are lovely. I bet that soup and those veg tasted yummy. Have a great week ahead. xx

  9. Debbie- Dabble

    Me again!! We finally got some snow last night…almost 4 inches!! Just wanted to stop by to thank you for taking the time to visit!!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Deb, let’s hope your snow goes quickly. We got so much last time there are huge piles of it, and now more is predicted for this weekend.

  10. Jenny Benton

    Where did that comment go? I apologise if you get it twice. Just wanted to say what a lovely gift you stitched for your granddaughter.
    As for parsnips, I love them too, roasted parsnips are the best. My version of parsnip soup is cooked with onions, never tried apples with it, and topped with cooked bacon, delicious.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Jenny, my website is being switched to a new server, so you might f hit a glitch with your first comment, but this one came through okay. Thanks for stopping by, My granddaughter loved her gift.

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