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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Pansy Bouquet

Hi friends! Let me share with you my little Spring finish.
This free pattern is called Pansy Bouquet. It is offered by Stitched Modern and you can find it HERE I do think these look more like primroses than pansies though. What do you think? I love them either way.
I stitched this two over two on 27 count white linen with some of the called for DMC. This pattern was designed to use almost every single one of the new 35 DMC colors. Well I only have 8 of them, and I did not want to use the browns! So I chose my own for the rest.

I have finished the March Rainbow Gallery piece for the cubby shelf. I need to finish it off. I will show that next time.

I am now stitching a special gift for a special stitching friend.

I baked a loaf a cinnamon swirl bread in the bread machine the other day. A good treat on a cold day!
Our friend Martina had asked me to share a picture of my orchids. I finally remembered.
Have you noticed I do not tell you about crummy books? That is because once I start a book and realize it is a stinker, I stop. I also don't bother to mention here the so-so, or not so great books. I just pass on the good or great books to you!😁 Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani is yet another great read.

I have yet to be disappointed by this author.😊
Love, ambition, and the consequences of both lie at the heart of this spellbinding epic of two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era of the 1940s. Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore before World War II. Chi Chi is a talented and ambitious singer-songwriter working in a local blouse factory looking for her big break, while Saverio, a singer already on the rise, is fronting a touring band and has the good looks and smooth vocals that make success seem assured. It isn’t long before Saverio becomes Tony Arma and he and Chi Chi form a duo; together they navigate the glamorous worlds of nightclubs, radio, and television. Soon they’re married and all goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put ambition aside to build a family and which will pursue a career? What compromises will they make to achieve their dreams? And on the road to fame and fortune, how will they cope with the impact these compromises have on their marriage, family, and themselves? From the Jersey shore to Hollywood, New York City to Las Vegas, the hills of northern Italy and the exuberant hayride of the big band circuit in between: Tony’s Wife tells the story of the twentieth century in song, as Tony & Chi Chi make studio recordings and promote them with appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As they juggle the demands of their public lives, secrets are revealed, promises are broken, and loyalty is tested as the Armas attempt to keep the music playing and their family together. Tony’s Wife is a richly layered novel that explores how a traditional Italian-American family grapples with the seismic shifts they face in a rapidly changing world. Replete with a pageant of vivid, complex characters, this deeply human saga of love and sacrifice showcases Adriana Trigiani’s gifts as a captivating storyteller and reveals her understanding that there are many different kinds of families: that over time love can evolve in ways that nobody can predict, especially when the hearts involved are open to forgiveness, the sweet reprise of redemption.
I hope you have a lovely weekend my friends! I hope you have nice weather wherever you are. Snow, snow, snow. That is what we have headed our way once again this coming week. Spring is quite a ways off.

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Stitching and praying,


Stasi said...

Another sweet piece Vickie-will this go in the cubby?

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finish Vickie. Great color choices.


Barb said...

Your little flower piece looks so cute! I do agree, the flowers look more like primroses!

diamondc said...

Vickie: What a lovely design and beautiful colors.
I have not heard about this book, but will look it up at the library.


marly said...

I didn't know there were new DMC colors! The florals are so delicate. You always find nice freebies.

MartinaM said...

Hi Vickie,
your little pillow is so cute, the delicate little floral pattern, the finish, just great.
Oh and your cinnamon strudel bread - I would like to bite off, looks delicious.
Your orchids bloom enchantingly beautiful, beautiful colors, I like that a lot, thank you for showing it.
Big Hugs, Martina

butterfly said...

Such a beautiful pillow love the way you finished it .
Hope it is a little warmer for you.

Marilyn said...

What a cute little pillow,
Yes, they do look like Primroses.
They remind me of my Mom, she planted all different colors. :)
She could also grow African Violets like weeds.
Your Orchids are beautiful!
What is the secret to the bread machine. lol
Every time I make bread in mine, they turn out like heavy doorstops! LOL

Mary said...

Vickie, Your new finish is so sweet. I love how you add the rickrack to the edges so perfectly!
If a book doesn't hook me right away I put it down...too many good books to waste time on reading bad ones.

Robin in Virginia said...

Vickie, I love your sweet floral finish. Thank you for sharing the link! Your loaf of cinnamon bread looks great. Hmmm, I think we might have a loaf left from the farmer's market holiday market in the freezer. Off to check! Enjoy your weekend! Ours is supposed to be rainy.

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie....

I love your little spring pincushion! It just makes my heart smile!! Your cinnamon bread looks delicious as well! May I ask what bread machine you use...mine finally died after many years of faithful I miss it 🙄

Your orchids are just so lovely! And guess what? It SNOWED at my house last night! Oh yes the little white stuff fell from! I know you are all tired of this stuff but out here in California we tend to get a little giddy when it does that 😂😂😂

Sending hugs and love your way! Happy Friday ❤️❤️

gracie said...

Yes, more like Primroses but lovely. Your bread looks scrumptious. I tried a cinnamon loaf in my bread machine but it did not come out as nice as yours. Still having rainy weather here...but that is okay.... better to sit and read while indoors.

Carla - Alaska Wolf Pack said...

Your finish is gorgeous! As are your orchids.

thank you for sharing your "good" books, putting this one on my to read list :D

Manuela said...

The little pansy are so wonderful. Thanks for the freebielink.
Your bread looks yummy.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs, Manuela

Margaret said...

I really love this little finish -- so pretty! Your bread looks yummy! We inherited a bread machine from my FIL, but we've never used it. DH prefers to do it by hand. Maybe sometime I'll dig it out and try it. I'm not the baker of the family, so if I ever want to bake bread I might need it. lol!

Lili said...

Your new finish is adorable! The miniature poodles are gorgeous!
The bread looks very yummy!!

Andrea said...

Whether they look like pansies or primroses it is a cute design. A very pretty pillow.

rosey175 said...

Before I started reading, my first thought was four o'clocks! This is a cute spring pincushion. I'm ready for spring. And the cinnamon bread looks yummy! I do love to bake bread; not in a machine though. The warm dough feels so wonderful in hand and the punch down does all sorts of therapy haha. ;)

Julie said...

Very pretty little finish, so sweet.

Astrids dragon said...

Another cute finish, so delicate!
Your bread looks good, gotta love the bread machine.
Beautiful orchids, love the colours.
Thanks for sharing good books, I really need to listen to them instead of watching stuff!

Mary's Thread said...

That's beautiful! Thank you for the link! Your cinnamon bread looks DELICIOUS! And I love your orchids too! Someday, when the kids are all grown up, I will do orchids again...

RJ said...

Such a lovely design Vickie and your finishing is perfect. Love it. Oh my does that cinnamon bread look good! I'm catching up with comments as I've had the horrible virus that is going around on top of sinus issues. Hopefully I will catch up sometime today. RJ

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's a cute pillow finish. I'd say primulas rather than pansies but still very pretty. Just wondering how they got browns into the chart!