Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Leaf, New Life and Quiet Moments

This intricate and wonderful blackwork embroidery piece was made for me in for the most recent Phat Quarter Swap, by Helenstacy. The theme of this swap was "It's not the end of the world".

It's called "New Leaf, New Life". I love it. So simple, so striking.

One tiny gold leaf makes a big impact.

I'm still working on the piece for my partner. I'm very nearly finished but I need to get a move on, my little embroidery will be taking a long trip from California all the way to New Zealand.

Other than the daily grind and a few yet to be revealed embroidery projects, it's been pretty quiet around these parts. I've been enjoying these cold, quiet moments. Evenings spent trying to will winter to stay around a little longer with candles, and fires and my nose buried in books...

Making every hearty, winter soup I can lay my hands on. This one, which doesn't look so nice has been one of the best so far, home made Split Pea with ham.

I'm trying to hold out, this winter had been far too short. Seasons do not wait for any man, spring is coming, and coming fast. I've been trying my best to capture it with my on going photo project.


Nature will out.
But, oh, for a few more nights of long, cold, dark...

The seasons press on...
New leaf, new life.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.


Crystal Rhew Staley said...

what a wonderful piece. Don't you just love swaps?

suzitee said...

The single gold leaf is such a striking addition...a beautiful piece. I'm feeling Winter in the mornings around here, and loving the crispness of the air in the evenings...Autumn is my very favourite season :)

Bonnie said...

I love the tree that you got in your swap! It is wonderful! I also love the photo of your book and the candle!! It is very charming. I kinda feel like I'm holding on to winter as well. Today was great for me because we had snow squalls all day long. It was great! We made a fire in the fireplace..I quilted all day, my kids did a little reading and so did my hubby.

Jill said...

That swap piece is so beautiful-- I love that single gold leaf.

Your photos are looking great! That photo with the candle is so very "Posie"! I have to say though, that snap of the blossoms is my fave. Although I do sometimes want to hang on to winter, I love it when the trees blossom!

I'm having a nice weekend here-- totally escaping into my reading. (I'm reading a book I don't want to put down!) Life is good.


Becky said...

Lovely swap piece!

And your post is so warm and toasty.

big B said...

Beautiful pictures :) Your swap piece is lovely.

parTea lady said...

That blackwork really is striking.

Your pea soup looks good. I make it every time we have a ham - it's a favorite.

The nature photos are beautiful!